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 […]

Book Review: Mrs Bridge

February 14, 2020

On the surface, this is a story about the life of a housewife, Mrs Bridge, who lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children between the two World Wars. Beneath the surface, this novel is actually about a lonely woman who avoids change at all costs and who cannot comprehend the fact that […]

Share Your Story

February 13, 2020

Every day, people of all ages and backgrounds turn to the Patten Free Library to find jobs or go online, to get help with homework or complex research projects, to start on a business plan, connect with their kids or simply find a space to relax. For every person who visits our library, there is […]

Book Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

February 7, 2020

I spotted Kate Racculia’s Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts on my husband’s nightstand and thought it looked like fun.  I wasn’t disappointed! It’s a thoroughly delightful read, set in Boston, so it’s fun to recognize the many names and places in the book. Tuesday Mooney is a quirky researcher for nonprofits (one reviewer likens her to […]

Book Review: There There

January 31, 2020

There There is a gripping debut novel by Tommy Orange. Orange tells the stories of twelve different “Urban Indians,” all at least in part Native American, as they travel to and interact at “The Big Oakland Powwow.” Orange is himself a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma; he uses his characters’ stories […]

Book Review: The Man With No Face

January 23, 2020

The Man With No Face is a standalone mystery/espionage novel by the well-known Scottish author Peter May. It was first published in 1981 under the title Hidden Faces. As the novel opens, Neil Bannerman, a journalist with Scotland’s Daily Standard, is exiled to Brussels by his angry editor. His assignment is to cover the political havoc […]

Book Review: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

January 17, 2020

This non-fiction account on “the troubles” in Northern Ireland was on many top ten lists for 2019. Since my knowledge on this subject might not even fill a thimble, and I like “true crime” as a genre, I decided this was a great New Year’s project for me. Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer […]

Book Review: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

January 10, 2020

You would think that Tomi Adeyemi would take her foot of the gas a little in Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second volume of the Legacy of Orisha series, given that the action continued at breakneck speed the entire first book – but you’d be wrong.  In the first book of the best-selling young […]

Library Laser Tag: RESCHEDULED!

December 30, 2019

The Library Laser Tag event has been rescheduled to Friday, February 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is open to all in grades six through twelve, plus Morse High School graduates up to age 20. We’re grateful to Gorilla Tactics of Wiscasset for providing expert staff and the taggers that we need to […]