News & Updates

Coming soon: Summer Reading 2023!

May 24, 2023

We’re getting things ready for you for a spectacular Summer Reading season!  Sign up for a dedicated Summer Reading eNews edition, so you won’t miss a single event or announcement!    

Aurora’s Anticipated New Nonfiction: May

May 11, 2023

Mushrooming: An Illustrated Guide to the Fantastic, Delicious, Deadly and Strange World of Fungi, by Diane Borsato It seems everyone is embracing their inner mycophile these days, and though I retain a contrarian teenager’s aversion to trends, I’m totally on board with the mushroom craze. Because mushrooms are magical. And marvelous sautéed with garlic. And […]

Museum & Parks Pass @ PFL

May 5, 2023

Summer is coming! Warm days and blue skies beckon, and it is time to take advantage of all Maine has to offer. At Patten Free Library you’ll find free or reduced rate passes to the museums and Maine State parks. Visit the Library or call 443-5141 x1011 for more information or to reserve a pass. […]

Harmful and Shifting Species with UMaine Extension 4-H

Wednesday Afternoons  in May 10-June 14 @ 3:30-4:00 pm In this series of hands-on activities youth learn about harmful and shifting species in the Gulf of Maine. Using native and invasive crab species as a case study, youth engage in games, simulations, and scientific observations. Through these activities they get to know the importance of […]

Aurora’s Anticipated New Nonfiction: Poetry

April 20, 2023

Wail Song, by Chaun Webster Wail Song, released this month, submerges readers in the belly of the whale at the bottom of the ocean at the end of our world: the abyssal zone of what it means to be human, or mammal, born beneath dark water far from any safe shore, yet still drawing breath. […]

The Book of Nightmares by Galway Kinnell

April 12, 2023

It is fitting that April is the month of poetry, when poems burst out of dormant minds and flower our consciousness. A celebration of words, a celebration of life. Poetry feels to me like a first language, when atomic particles of words fuse into strings of meaning and we know at once that something has […]

Staff Pick: African Town by Charles Waters and Irene Latham

April 5, 2023

African Town: Inspired by the True Story of the Last American Slave Ship by Charles Waters and Irene Latham In 1859, over 100 free residents of the area now known as Benin were kidnapped and shipped across the Atlantic in appalling conditions aboard the Clotilda. When they arrived in Alabama, they were sold into slavery […]

Staff Picks: What We’re Reading

March 30, 2023

PFL Staff have been busy reading this week!  Check out our extensive list below, and don’t forget to place your holds!   Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict The Wicked King by Holly Black The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader Cici’s Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training by Joris Chamblain & Aurélie Neyret, translated by Carol Klio Burrell The Aztec Heresy by Paul […]