News & Updates

9th Annual Writing Contest Winners

January 26, 2023

Congratulations to this year’s Writing Contest winners!  This year there were more than 50 entries in every category, and we welcomed creative non-fiction submissions for the first time ever. Judges, who included Patten Free Library Staff, the PFL Teen Library Council, and community members, were excited about the caliber of pieces submitted this year. Pieces […]

Staff Picks: Aurora’s Anticipated Non-Fiction

Each month Reference Librarian Aurora highlights a few of her most anticipated non-fiction new releases. Northeaster: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Blizzard of 1952 by Cathie Pelletier Remember when it used to snow in Maine? Reading Cathie Pelletier’s bracing account of the calamities that befell Mainers during the infamous Blizzard of 1952 ought […]

Staff Picks: Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology Edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason

January 19, 2023

This anthology features twenty-four contemporary horror stories that center on marginalized or othered characters. Themes include, but are not limited to: generational trauma, xenophobia, gender identity, and the objectification of women. Standouts for me involved an unusual form of peer pressure coming from a water aerobics class and a grocery delivery driver with an extremely […]

AARP Tax Aide

January 18, 2023

Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. February 7- April 13   This year Tax-Aide will return to in-person, face-to-face tax preparation assistance in the Community Room on the second floor. No appointments are required or will be made.  Tax-Aide volunteers are looking forward to assisting you with your […]

Staff Pick: They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey

January 12, 2023

A beautiful story that centers around the ballet scene in New York City in the 80’s and up to 2016. Carlisle’s mother was a Balanchine ballerina and her father taught at a dance school.  This is a story of acceptance and forgiveness that beautifully intertwines issues of the AIDS epidemic and how we reckon with […]

Town History Series 2023

January 3, 2023

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces the nineteenth annual Town History Series! The Town History Series is a long-standing Patten Free Library tradition that brings together Patten Free Library’s member communities to learn about and celebrate each town’s local history.  The town of Arrowsic, Bath Historical Society, Georgetown Historical Society, West Bath Historical Society, […]

Camden Conference

January 2, 2023

We are excited to be part of the 2023 Camden Conference!  For the first time this year we are part of a collaborative programming partnership with Kennebunk Free Library, Patten Free Library, Scarborough Public Library, and Prince Memorial Library.  This partnership allows us to offer even more great Camden Conference events throughout January and February.  Click the link to […]

Armchair Traveler: Paris and Parisians with Jayne Boisvert

December 30, 2022

January 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Zoom Learn about Paris and some of its famous residents with Cheapo Snob series author Jayne Boisvert.  Jayne will offer information on finding lodging and restaurants to suit just about anyone’s budget, (including a splurge or two), and discuss interesting attractions like the Palais Garnier and the Pantheon as […]