News & Updates


August 6, 2019

On Monday September 9, the library will have new hours. Thanks to the support of the City of Bath, the Patten Free Library will now be open on Mondays from 12pm to 8pm. Now every week you have more opportunities to take advantage all we have to offer. To celebrate we have some great Monday […]

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe in Concert

April 30, 2019

‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of […]

STEM Programs for Children and Middle Schoolers

September 12, 2019

We’re starting the school year with two new STEM programs. These are: Makey MakeyWorkshop. This is a free five-week program for sixth through eighth graders. Learn coding and circuitry through creative and collaborative projects. Starts Monday, September 30 and will continue for five weeks. 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Program is limited to eight […]

Community Read: “The Middle of Everywhere: The World’s Refugees Come to Our Town”

September 11, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30pm for a facilitated discussion of Mary Pipher’s book. The Middle of Everywhere moves beyond the headlines into the homes of refugees from around the world. Working as a cultural broker, teacher, and therapist, Mary Pipher (Women Rowing North; Reviving Ophelia)  has once again opened our eyes–and our […]

Ken Bonfield Returns! Save the Date!

Audience favorite Ken Bonfield returns to the Library on December 3 for his fifth WinterNight concert. The free performance starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room. Doors open at 6.

Book Review: The Nickel Boys

September 5, 2019

I started The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead with low expectations.   Because of my own tastes as a reader, I was not as awed as the rest of the world by his 2016 bestseller, The Underground Railroad.  I could not completely buy into Whitehead’s magical realism and his fantastical vision of an actual railroad, secretly […]

Book Review: Priestdaddy: A Memoir

August 28, 2019

For the only time that I can remember, I finished a book, turned to the title page, and read it again. Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy: A Memoir is that good: witty, perceptive, and crafted. She’s a poet, and it shows, the imagery and the diction are that vibrant. Priestdaddy is the story of a warm, weird […]

Book Review: What to Do When I’m Gone

August 15, 2019

What to Do When I’m Gone is a collaboration of wisdom shared between a mother and her daughter in a graphic novel format. Suzy Hopkins, a former newspaper reporter, explores the topic of death and offers advice to her daughter about living. Her daughter, Hallie Bateman, is an illustrator and author, and provides the heartfelt […]

In Memoriam: Toni Morrison (1931 – 2019)

August 7, 2019

“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”