Remote Work through Libraries Initiative Award

We are thrilled to announce that the Patten Free Library has been awarded $100,000 in the Remote Work through Libraries Initiative administered by the Maine State Library and the Department of Economic and Community Development. As a community and business hub for the mid-coast region, the Library will use the funds to promote physical access to the library, build and improve designated space for remote workers, and implement technology upgrades to meet the demand for telecommunication, virtual meetings, and networking opportunities for remote and hybrid workers.

Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan is committed to attracting new residents to live and work in Maine, and sees remote and hybrid work as an economic growth opportunity. Libraries, which are centered in every community and already provide high speed internet access, connectivity, and research capacities, are natural service centers for this growing sector.

We have already seen a huge increase in patrons using the Library for remote and hybrid work, especially since the pandemic. This grant will allow us to enhance remote workers’ experiences in the Library by offering improved spaces and technology, and improved physical access to the building.

We will begin work this fall, in conjunction with the City of Bath and other community partners, for this exciting and timely project.  

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