Patten Free Library is temporarily closed, but has lots to offer you, even from home. Get help by email, and access library resources, including books and audiobooks.
Need WiFi? You can access ours from your car in our parking lot, or from the Library’s back terrace.
Worried about overdue books? Don’t be! For the safety of the community and our patrons, the book drops are closed. Please keep your books; all due dates have been changed to April 15, and all fines will be waived.
Need a library card? If you live in our service area, click here and fill out a request form. We will mail you a card. Are you a teacher in RSU 1? Send an email to Leslie Mortimer (firstname.lastname@example.org) from your RSU 1 email requesting a card. Include your name, address, and phone number and we will mail you a card that will provide access to our resources through the end of the school year.
Who to Contact
General inquiries? Email Lesley Dolinger at email@example.com.
Questions about your account? Email Leslie Mortimer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leslie is also your go-to source for adult book and movie recommendations. Or you can click here to read our staff book reviews.
General reference questions? Email Roberta Jordan at email@example.com. She is also available to help middle and high school school students track down on-line resources through the Maine Digital Library and other sites. Do you know about Learning Express, which has SAT and AP prep materials? She can help you with that! Roberta can also help you use your library card to download free eBooks and digital audio books. She can also provide general tech help.
Ideas and resources to support distance learning for your Pre-K through 5 children? Email Katy Dodge at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s compiled a huge list of links and on-line resources. Click here to access her recommendations.
Links and Resources
- Download eBooks and audiobooks with Cloud Library. Click here for a good video tutorial on how to get started. Please note that there is a high demand for these resources now, but there’s hope! Maine Infonet is committing $40,000 to enhance Cloud Library content. There will be a much larger collection soon.
- Access the New York Times through our website for free.
- Access the Digital Maine Library. (This is where you can find Chilton, and other on-line resources such as Culinary Arts, Hobbies and Crafts, and some popular magazines.
- Stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Open Library. Borrow and download books on your computer or tablet. Its parent site, the Internet Archive, is also an amazing resource.
- Biblioboard. Collections of e-books, classics from world literature, items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.
- Digital Learn. Free online courses covering topics from email to creating resumes to using Microsoft Word.
- Scholastic’s Learn at Home
- “Twenty Ways to Leave Home Without Leaving the Couch” (an article from Insider Magazine).