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April 2020

How’s Your Week Going? Share Your COVID-19 Story

April 6 - June 30

We want to hear about how you and your family are doing while we’re closed. How’s Your Week Going? is an ongoing online storytelling event. Whether you live, work, or feel at home in Sagadahoc County, you’re invited to tell us a story about how the COVID-19 epidemic is affecting you and your community. The History Room will preserve your story for future generations of historians, genealogists, and library patrons who want to understand how local people experienced this historic moment.…

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May 2020

Free Trial to Kanopy Has Been Extended to June 12!

May 5 - June 12
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If you’re interested in independent, international, classic, or documentary films, you’re in luck. Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, our new on-demand video streaming service. For a 30-day free trial period, PFL patrons have access to more than 30,000 films that are both entertaining and educational. Developed with a curatorial ethos aligned with the missions of many public libraries, Kanopy’s catalog has been called “Awe-inspiring!” (The New York Times). Kanopy is the largest dedicated video streaming solution…

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Book Drops to Open May 18

May 18 - July 31

We are opening the book drops beginning Monday, May 18, the first step in a phased re-opening process. The book drops will be unlocked for returns from 9 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Friday. Please return Patten Free Library items ONLY! For the health and safety of our community, the Library will remain closed while we work out the next phases of the re-opening plan. No fines will accrue during the returns phase; please stagger your returns and DO NOT…

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Summer Reading 2020 With Patten Free Library: June 8 through August 24

May 28 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm

“Print or Screen: Read 15!” is the mantra for our summer reading program. This year, we are inviting everyone – children, young adults, and adults – to participate.  Help us build a community of readers by logging 15 minutes of reading every day.  There are many reasons to read a little bit every day, not the least of which is its impact on academic success. However, reading also reduces stress and helps develop empathy.  It’s a comforting routine. And even though…

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June 2020

History Room Live: Genealogy Drop-In

June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the History Room staff on Zoom to learn about local history and genealogy resources from the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room! This week, Karen will host an interactive genealogy drop-in session, where she will talk briefly about getting started in genealogy using your own family photos, papers, and artifacts! Participants are invited to come prepared with research questions and to share a piece of their own family history. Register below to recieve a link to the Zoom session on Friday, June…

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Curbside Pickup Starts June 8!

June 8 - August 30

As the next step in our phased reopening plan, the library will offer curbside pickup, beginning Monday, June 8. Curbside hours will be Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Library cardholders may request items from the PFL collection through the Minerva Library Catalog  https://minerva.maine.edu/, by emailing curbside@patten.lib.me.us, or by calling 443-5141 x11. No more than 10 items can be borrowed at a time. Patrons will be notified by email or phone when their…

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Midcoast Maine Community Resources

June 9 - August 3

This list was compiled by Information Services Librarian Laurel Cox, who has been working at home during the shutdown. We hope you will find it useful. Hotlines 211 Maine Maine Crisis Hotline or 1-888-568-1112 Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence or 1-866-834-HELP (statewide domestic abuse helpline) Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine or 1-800-871-7741 National Suicide Prevention or 1-800-273-8255 Other Important Hotlines COVID-19 Resources: Medical Info & Updates CDC Maine CDC Federation of American Scientists: “COVID-19 Ask a Scientist”…

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Digital Magazines Now Available

June 9 - August 4

We are responding to the extended closure of the library by offering more digital content for our patrons, of all ages. The latest addition: a subscription to RBDigital Magazines. This service features full-color, digital editions for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming, and mobile-app download. Patrons are able to select both new and back issues, adding them to personal reading libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out. And with personal notifications for…

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