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: “They Went Left” by Monica Hesse

January 22, 2021

It’s the summer of 1945, and 18-year-old Zofia has been released from the hospital where she convalesced after liberation from the Gross-Rosen concentration camp. She is determined to reunite with her younger brother Abek, the only other family member who went “right” with her in the lines at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but she is hindered by mental […]

Book Review: “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares”

January 15, 2021

I recently read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and fell in love with it!  It’s co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Netflix has been pumping out new series to watch, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is one of their recent releases.  I hadn’t watched it yet, but I spotted the book […]

Kanopy Movie Review: “I Am Not a Witch” (2017)

January 8, 2021

I watched this movie as part of our preparations for the Library’s upcoming “Armchair Traveler” Series, which starts later this month.  It is available through Kanopy, the Library’s free video- streaming service.  This award-winning film — by a Zambian-born, Welsh-raised director named Rungano Nyoni — is set in present day Zambia.  The movie opens as […]

17th Annual Town History Series on Zoom and BCTV

Announcing the 17th Annual Town History Series The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces the seventeenth annual Town History Series! Speakers from Patten Free Library’s five member communities will present on aspects of their town’s history on five Saturday mornings in January and February. On January 16, Nathan Lipfert will present Two Centuries of Working […]

A Year of History Room Live

December 28, 2020

When Karen suggested doing a Zoom program back in March 2020, I had no idea what it would become. History Room Live has been such a joy to produce every week. We’re both going to miss seeing our patrons’ faces while we focus on bringing the 17th Annual Town History Series online. Jill’s Reflections We […]

“Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro

December 18, 2020

In 2016, at age 54, Dani Shapiro’s life took quite a turn. On a whim, she sent in a DNA test kit to a genealogy website.  As it turned out, her father (or the man she identified as such) was not her biological father. Almost miraculously, some friends were able to use genealogy websites to […]

2021 Bath Historical Society Calendar

December 8, 2020

Click here to order the 2021 Bath Historical Society calendar. The Bath Historical Society issues a calendar every year to spread the word about Bath history. This year’s calendar honors Robin Haynes and Peter Goodwin after their retirement from Patten Free Library. Each month features one of Peter and Robin’s picks from the Sagadahoc History […]

Book Review: “Anxious People” by Frederick Backman

December 4, 2020

Frederick Backman has a gift.  He is at once an aloof observer and conspiratorial in his commentary, while challenging the status quo as absurd and celebrating life’s mundane moments.  His works are though-provoking, funny, and just a touch melancholic.  Anxious People is no exception. The story deftly takes the reader to a police interrogation room, […]