News & Updates

“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 […]

Library Laser Tag!

December 12, 2016

On Saturday, January 25, the Teen Library Council is sponsoring a night of library laser tag.  This is your chance to shake off the post holiday blues!   Up to 20 people can play during each 20-minute slot, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person, or $10 for two people. The event […]

Staff Picks: Learn More About Juneteenth!

June 18, 2021

We have a new national holiday! Juneteenth (also known as”Black Independence Day”) has been celebrated by the African-American community on June 19 since 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two years […]

The Great YA Book Giveaway!

June 11, 2021

Attention middle schoolers and high schoolers! Do you need a book to get you started on your summer reading? We have a cart full of great titles that we’ve accumulated over the last year, and you can take any one of them for free! Just stop by the Information Desk in the Reference Room starting […]

Summer Chess in Library Park!

We’ve reserved the Gazebo for a weekly drop-in Chess session on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. starting June 21.  It is open to anyone ages 14 and up who wants to pick up some games.  We’ll have tables and chairs and a few chess sets; please bring your own if you have a set […]

Page Turner Adventures: Children’s Virtual Summer Reading Program

What do a former Ringling clown and a children’s author have in common? They’re coming together to entertain children this summer with Animal Adventures! Patten Free Library is pleased to offer this eight-week series of free virtual programs for our patrons in partnership with Page Turner Adventures! We even provide the craft bags at our […]

Book Review: “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee

The Sum of Us explores economic policy through the lens of who benefits and who suffers.  McGhee’s central claim is that policy has been crafted over the years to prevent services, upward mobility, and wealth accumulation for people of color, often at the expense of white people.  A signature example referenced throughout the book highlights […]

Book Review: “The Book of Eels” by Patrik Svensson

June 4, 2021

The New York Times referred to this surprise best-seller by Swedish journalist Patrik Svensson as ‘strange and nerdy.’  I just loved it. It is part natural history, part memoir, and all about eels.   Even if you know or care nothing about eels before reading the book (like me), you will be amazed to learn that […]

Book Review: “Whereabouts” by Jumpa Lahiri

May 28, 2021

I really identified with the narrator of Jumpha Lahiri’s  new book, Whereabouts.  The storyteller is an Italian woman in her 40s, a solitary soul who wrestles with conflicting needs and desires. She likes to be alone and unattached, but also seeks companionship and belonging.  It was amazing how I could identify her “whereabouts” even though […]