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June 2022

[History Room Live] The LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement in Maine: The Importance of Primary Sources for Preserving our History

June 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

From the 1970s-2010s the LGBTQ+ community fought for their civil rights. T-shirts, buttons, posters, photographs, documents, and many other artifacts document how the community built itself, learned to organize, and promoted legislation that would end discrimination in education, housing, and employment. Susie Bock, Director of the Sampson Center at the University of Southern Maine, will tell that story through USM’s LGBTQ+ Collection, the largest, most comprehensive library of primary materials regarding the queer communities in Maine. This presentation will take…

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July 2022

[History Room Live] Wish You Were Here! Postcards from Vacationland

July 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Did you know that the History Room has an incredible collection of postcards? Join us as we look at some of our Vacationland postcards and their messages – from serious to silly! Participants will get to write and take home a reproduced History Room postcard. Registration required for the Zoom portion of the event only.

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August 2022

[History Room Live] U-Boats in New England

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join author and boat captain Eric Wiberg in a presentation on his book “U-Boats in New England.” Starting weeks after Hitler declared war on the United States in mid-December 1941 and lasting until the war with Germany was all but over, 73 German U-Boats sustainably attacked New England waters, from Montauk, New York to the tip of Nova Scotia at Cape Sable. Fifteen percent of these boats were sunk by Allied counter-attacks, five surrendered in the region, and three were…

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September 2022

[History Room Live] “Fall for Fine Art” Art Walk

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Have you always wondered about the colorful mural in the Children’s Room? Or some of the faces hanging in the fiction stacks? Take a walk with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Mary Kate Kwasnik to learn about some of the pieces of the Patten Free Library Art Collection. This program will NOT be on Zoom since we will be on the move and not in front of a device.  Meet at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Patten Free…

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October 2022

Kids Grab and Go Kit: Handprint Family Tree

October 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on October 28, 2022 at 8:00 am

Bonus Kids Grab and Go Kit to celebrate Family History Month! Kits contain materials and instructions for each week’s craft.  Pick up from the bin by the Children’s Room entrance. Available for ages 4-10 while supplies last.

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Kids Grab and Go Kit: Family Pumpkin Vine

October 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bonus Kids Grab and Go Kit to celebrate Family History Month! Kits contain materials and instructions for each week’s craft.  Pick up from the bin by the Children’s Room entrance. Available for ages 2-10 while supplies last.

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November 2022

Beginning Genealogy for Kids

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on November 16, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Want to know how to get started learning about your family history? Join Karen to learn the beginning steps of genealogy in this interactive workshop. Discover how you can find clues at home, bring out stories about the family you’re researching, and learn about the types of records and other resources that will provide more information. This workshop will take place in two sessions over two weeks in the Community Room. Participation in both is recommended but not required. Caregivers…

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