News & Updates


August 6, 2019

On Monday September 9, the library will have new hours. Thanks to the support of the City of Bath, the Patten Free Library will now be open on Mondays from 12pm to 8pm. Now every week you have more opportunities to take advantage all we have to offer. To celebrate we have some great Monday […]

“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 […]

Book Review: The Fountains of Silence

November 14, 2019

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (2019) Madrid, Spain. 1957. Francisco Franco has been in power for 18 years. The country is still burdened by the losses of the Spanish Civil War and is shrouded in the secrets necessary under Franco’s oppressive regime. Ana, an orphaned child of dissidents, is lucky to have a […]

Book Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

October 31, 2019

This is an extremely well-researched and thoughtfully presented account of the lives of a group of North Korean defectors that worked with journalist Barbara Demick to tell their stories of survival and escape. Demick has been interviewing North Koreans since 2001, when was stationed in Seoul by the Los Angeles Times; she is now the […]

Book Launch for “Net Force: Dark Web” by Jerome Preisler

October 29, 2019

Monday, December 2 at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. Released November 26, “Net Force” is a major relaunch of the long-running series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik. Net Force is an of-the-moment, ripped-from-the-headlines techno-thriller that dives deep into the world of military tech, high-stakes hacking and cyber terrorism. Jerome Preisler is the […]

Book Review: Pumpkinheads

October 25, 2019

Pumpkinheads is the latest YA Graphic novel collaboration between Rainbow Rowell, author of bestselling titles such as Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, and Carry On, and Faith Erin Hicks, author and illustrator of Friends with Boys.  This graphic novel follows two best friends –Deja and Josiah — through their last night working together at “the Patch,” […]

Book Discussion: “We the Corporations” by Adam Winkler

October 24, 2019

Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm in the Board room. We the Corporations chronicles the astonishing story of one of the most successful yet least well-known “civil rights movements” in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation’s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution—and today […]

Book Review: Red at the Bone

October 17, 2019

Jacqueline Woodson received the National Book Award for her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, published in 2014. You might have missed her talents because she writes a lot of young adult material. But don’t miss this work of adult fiction. It packs a punch. I don’t want to appear lazy, but the last paragraph of NPR’s review […]

Book Review: Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have

October 11, 2019

It seems absurd to us now that humans once thought the world was flat, but I always get a kick out of pondering: which practices are humans performing this very minute that will seem equally absurd to future generations?  In Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, former New York Times science […]