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Book Review: Roberta’s YA Favorites

December 2, 2021

We Were Liars by E Lockhart Teenager Cadence tries to piece together what happened to her on her wealthy family’s private island two summers ago. Short, fast-paced, mysterious fiction with an ending you won’t see coming. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Emotional true story of a 2013 assault in Oakland, California, when an African-American […]

Starry Night

November 27, 2021

Join us Saturday, December 18th from 4-8 p.m. for a magical evening in Library Park full of music, family activities, and light.  The evening will include a luminary walk, wishing tree, music, and baked goods provided by the Friends of the Patten Free Library. Be sure to bundle up, as all activities take place outdoors. […]

What We’re Reading This Week

November 19, 2021

Patten Free Library staff love to read (it’s part of why we work here!).  Here’s a selection of what we are reading and listening to this week: Still Life by Louise Penny China by Edward Rutherford What I Carry by Jennifer Longo Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell by Ramsey […]

Radical Generosity

November 15, 2021

Practice Radical Generosity on GivingTuesday (November 30) Citizen across the globe are invited to participate in a day of Radical Generosity on November 30, 2021.  What is radical generosity?  It’s the idea that giving is more than charitable, it’s an affirmation of human solidarity.  Consider an act of Radical Generosity towards Patten Free Library:  Make […]

Book Review: The Dublin Murder Squad Books by Tana French

November 12, 2021

Sometimes you just need a really good mystery to sink your teeth into, and Tana French is the best of the best.  Not only are her mysteries complex and rewarding, but her language is luminous and rich.  It’s not often you find a series that appeals to readers of both thrillers and literary fiction, but […]

Bath Matters Kids Club: American Girl Doll Club

November 10, 2021

Starting December 3, join us every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for activities, books and doll talk!  You do not have to have an American Girl Doll to participate- you can just love dolls and even stuffed animals. Patten Free Library has an American Girl Doll collection with individual dolls that can be checked out […]

Last Chance! 2021 Annual Writing Contest

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

4 Must-See Items Worth Visiting the History Room For

November 8, 2021

by Jack Martin, Reference Librarian Ever wondered just what it is we keep in all those boxes? The answer is a lot more interesting than you probably imagined. Truthfully the History Room’s collections cover a lot of ground— most of it related to genealogy & local notables of ages past. There are a few pieces […]