News & Updates

Staff Pick: The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel

December 7, 2022

Set on a small Scottish island during and after World War II, this debut by Emma Seckel is wise and eerie at the same time. The sluagh are the blackbirds of Gaelic legend that hold the souls of the unforgiven. They mass on the island when the heroine, Leigh, arrives home after her father’s fall […]

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

December 5, 2022

December 13 at 6 p.m. Children’s Room Treats and books with Mrs. Claus!  Pajamas welcome.

Holiday Cookie Decorating with Thayer Treats

December 14 at 5:30 p.m. Community Room Learn to decorate holiday cookies with three different techniques; wet on wet, detail icing, and layered icing. All instructions provided by Kaite Thayer of Thayer Treats, and the class includes a take home kit so you can continue what you learned at home.  Space is limited and registration […]

Staff Pick: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

December 1, 2022

Benji has a lot going on in his life. The trans teen has just escaped from a destructive cult and is hiding out so that they can’t get him, or the weapon they planted within him, back. Can his new friends from a local LGBTQ+ group help keep him safe while he learns to control […]

What We’re Reading: Thanksgiving Weekend 2022

November 22, 2022

PFL staff love to read, and holiday weekends are no exception! Read on for a list of what we have on our shelves for Thanksgiving and beyond.   Sirens and Muses by Antonia Angress Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit The Husbands by Chandler Baker Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell The Gathering Dark: An Anthology of […]

Starry Night

Saturday, December 17 from 4 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the season with a magical, light-filled evening in Library Park.  This annual tradition will include a luminary walk, music, and baked goods provided by the Friends of the Patten Free Library. Be sure to bundle up, as all activities take place outdoors. Thanks to our sponsors […]

Staff Pick: Small Game by Blair Braverman

November 17, 2022

When Mara joins the cast of Civilization, she thinks she is well prepared.  On this new survival reality show contestants must work together to last six weeks in the wilderness.  Anyone who makes it to the end will win a cash prize, and Mara, a Wilderness Survival Instructor, really needs the money.  Sure, her companions […]

Staff Picks: River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

November 9, 2022

What if, in the 1800s, hippos were introduced to the Louisiana marshlands to be farmed as an alternative food source?  This little known actual historical possibility is would introduce whole new branches of capitalism, agriculture and animal husbandry, and of course, crime.     These two novellas, collected with two new short stories in American Hippo, […]