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Staff Picks: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

October 5, 2022

Three middle aged, middle income couples – all friends – get together for a backyard barbecue.  What could be more generic?  Boring?  Typical?  How utterly…life-changing? Moriarty’s timeline zings back and forth from before the barbecue, to after, and before again, building the reader’s understanding of the characters’ lives and creating a tangle of backstories and […]

Teen Library Council

October 14 at 4 p.m. Let your voice be heard and help shape the future of Teen programming as we plan Library events, make friends, and enjoy our beautiful Teen Space. Grades 8-12. Meets the first Friday of every month, except in October when we will meet on the 2nd Friday. Have questions or need […]

JPS Event

October 3, 2022

Bath Customs House with Nathan Lipfert November 5, 2pm to 4pm at Patten Free Library. This special event is reserved for our John Patten Society members, Board of Trustees, and Major Benefactor donors. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

An Evening with Lois Lowry

October 15 at 6 p.m. Community Room All Ages Join beloved author Lois Lowry as she reads from her books, talks about her work, and answers your questions.  Books can be pre-ordered through Mockingbird Bookshop or purchased at the event.  Presented by the Bath Book Bash and the Patten Free Library.

Staff Picks: Favorite Books about Libraries

September 28, 2022

Happy Library Card Signup month! To celebrate we are sharing some of our favorite books about libraries for all ages.   Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury Book! Book! Book! By Deborah Bruss Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney The Midnight Library by Matt Haig The Library at […]

Staff Picks: Banned Books Week

September 21, 2022

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Ready Player One by Ernest Cline The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Lord of the Flies by William Golding Ulysses by James Joyce To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Beloved by Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 1984 by George Orwell Animal Farm […]

Staff Picks: Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

September 15, 2022

The book spans decades, but starts with the main character being introduced to The Library of Forgotten Books. He is expected to choose one book to protect. That book is the beginning of an intriguing, sometimes spooky, journey to learn more about the author and find out why that author’s books are being destroyed. One […]

2022 Annual Writing Contest

September 9, 2022

1st prize and 2nd prizes will be named in each of six categories: Grades 7-9: Short Fiction, Non-Fiction Grades 10-12: Short Fiction, Non-Fiction Adults: Short Fiction, Non-Fiction Entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local teachers, and Teen Library Council members. First ($100) and second prize ($50) gift certificates will be […]