Program Recordings

PFL Author Talk: Susan Conley

Wednesday, September 14

Susan Conley, author of the acclaimed novel Landslide, reads from her book, talks about her work, and answers audience questions.


Maine Speaks: Malaga Island with Kate McBrien

Wednesday, August 10

Explore the true history of the community who lived on Malaga Island, off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine, in the late 1800s.


Read ME Author Talk: Phuc Tran

Tuesday, August 2

Phuc Tran, author of the Read ME selection Sigh, Gone reads from his book, talks about his writing process, and answers audience questions.


Read ME Author Talk: Meredith Hall

Wednesday, July 27

Meredith Hall, author of the Read ME selection Beneficence, reads from her book, talks about her writing process, and answers audience questions.


Ocean Climate Change in Maine: Science, Action, and Hope

Tuesday, July 19

Island Institute Marine Scientist Dr. Susie Arnold’s presentation and discussion about ocean climate change in Maine and some of the strategies being implemented locally to mitigate and adapt to change.


A Flick of Sunshine and the Remarkable Adventures of a “Bath Boy”

Saturday, May 2

Local author Fredric B. Hill’s presentation and a reading from his latest book “A Flick of Sunshine.” Hill’s talk focuses mainly on the story of a shipwreck, survival in the latter days of the great three- and four-masted sailing ships, and Bath’s prominence in shipbuilding in the mid and later 19th century.


2021 Writing Contest Winners

Forgetting by Acadia Guiliani                                                                                                                                                                                            Seaglass by Sinead Bowdish

The Poet’s Well by James M. Wright                                                                                                                                                                                      Maine by Susan Landry


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History Room Presentations

[History Room Live] U-Boats of New England 

August 26, 2022

Author and boat captain Eric Wiberg’s presentation on his book “U-Boats of New England.”


[History Room Live] Wish You Were Here! Postcards from Vacationland

July 20, 2022

View the History Room’s incredible collection of postcards and their messages – from serious to silly!


[History Room Live] The LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movement in Maine: The Importance of Primary Sources for Preserving our History

June 24, 2022

Susie Bock, Director of the Sampson Center at the University of Southern Maine, tells t he story of the LGBTQ+ communities’ fight for their civil rights through USM’s LGBTQ+ Collection, the largest, most comprehensive library of primary materials regarding the queer communities in Maine.


2022 Town History Series

January and February 2022

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, and Woolwich Historical Society each select a speaker to present on an aspect of their local history. 

Previous year’s Town History Series presentations


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