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 […]

Virtual Information Services

March 27, 2020

The library may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Take a deeper dive into the Digital Maine Library to find these specialized resources. If you’ve been meaning to learn a foreign language or take up knitting, now’s your chance! If movies are your thing, scroll to the bottom for a […]

Virtual Teen Space

We may be closed, but we still want to provide access to the resources, activities and programs that you’ve always enjoyed through Patten Free Library. Of course, some programs aren’t going to be possible. But we will do the best we can to provide a library-at-home for the weeks ahead. If you have a suggestions […]

Virtual Children’s Room

There are so many incredible resources available to children while we are closed! Please take a look at the links and feel free to email me with questions at List of Resources Children’s Room  Patten Free Library ACTIVITIES: 27 Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Free: Online Mindfulness Class for Kids: […]

Book Review: The Prydain Chronicles

I started The Book of Three, the first book in this classic fantasy series by Lloyd Alexander, with a great deal of skepticism. First of all (with the exception of the Harry Potter series), I am not fantasy fan. Secondly, the series involves five books, and when you have a reading wish list as long […]

Book Review: Bread on the Table

March 12, 2020

I borrow every baking book we get here and this book by David Norman is my favorite since The Rye Baker by Stanley Ginsberg. They’re similar in scope and difficulty and each provides histories of the breads in each recipe. The difference is that Ginsburg’s book is exclusively rye while Norman’s tackles all sorts of […]

Book Review: The Devil Made Me Do It!: Crime and Punishment in Early New England

March 5, 2020

“The Devil Made Me Do It!”: Crime and Punishment in Early New England, by longtime Bath resident Juliet Haines Mofford, is an excellent and informative read. The book provides detailed stories on the types of crime and the punishments applied in the early days of our country. Whatever the crime — public intoxication, infanticide, or […]

Book Review: In Waves

February 28, 2020

I am a huge fan of graphic memoirs and have ready many over the last few years as these books have grown in popularity.  One of my top five graphic memoirs is In Waves written and illustrated by AJ Dungo and published in 2019 by Nobrow Press.  This memoir is about surfing, grief, and loss.  […]

Book Review: Nothing to See Here

February 20, 2020

I recently finished this little gem of a novel, and was reminded of its sparkle and shine last night after seeing a wonderful interview with the author, Kevin Wilson, on the PBS News Hour. If you are looking for a quick read that will warm your heart on a cold winter day, look no further. […]