News & Updates

Book Review: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

January 20, 2022

Nora, her ex boyfriend (but still best friend) Wes, and new girlfriend Iris visit the bank one morning for a routine errand, only to have their day turn anything but routine when they and everyone else inside the bank are taken hostage.  Luckily for them, but unluckily for the would be bank robbers, Nora is […]

AARP Tax-Aide Program

January 14, 2022

Patten Free Library is once again hosting this free and confidential Tax-Aide Program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS with focus on people age 50 and over who have low and moderate income. Beginning February 8th, volunteers will prepare Federal and State tax returns at the Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays. […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reads

January 13, 2022

For Kids: Rise Up! The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higganbotham Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander   For Teens: The March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell An Indigenous People’s History […]

Book Review: Fight Night by Miriam Toews

January 6, 2022

I am a fan of Miriam Toews, a Canadian writer whose characters and stories are often derived from her experiences growing up in a strict Mennonite community outside Toronto (a religion and life which she ultimately rejected).  It clearly was not a joyous upbringing.  Toews was also scarred by the suicide of her father and […]

Beanstack Challenge: Read for a Better World

January 3, 2022

From January 1 to January 31, the state of Maine is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. “Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our community has unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month […]

Town History Series

January 1, 2022

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room announces the eighteenth annual Town History Series! The Town History Series is a long-standing Patten Free Library tradition that brings together Patten Free Library’s member communities to learn about and celebrate each town’s local history.  The town of Arrowsic, Bath Historical Society, Georgetown Historical Society, West Bath Historical Society, […]

Staff Favorite Reads of 2021

December 31, 2021

There are a lot of favorite reads list going around this time of year, but ours is the best! Below are the favorite books PFL staff read this year. Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts Year Round Indoor Salad Gardening by Peter […]

Book Review: Laurel’s YA Picks

December 16, 2021

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker Here is sports fiction with a likeable underdog, swift action, short chapters, and epic play-by-play descriptions, that also doesn’t shy away from questions about poverty and affluence. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows  Lady Jane Grey’s history gets a wacky retelling involving animal shapeshifters. It’s […]