Teen Collection and Resources

Review of Things

Teen Review of Things

Read, watched, or been anywhere great lately? Tell us about it!
  • Book, movie, tv show, band, restaurant, etc
  • A few words to a few paragraphs about why your thing is the best thing
  • Your mom? Your best friend? Patten Free Library Staff (we love you too!) Who else would love it?
  • Your name as you want it to appear on our website, or make it anonymous
  • Drop files here or
    A photo of you, or of you with your thing. Totally optional, but we would love to see you!
    By submitting this form you agree to allow the Patten Free Library to use part or all of the information submitted on our website, social media, eNews, and anywhere else at our discretion.

The Collection

Books, Audiobooks, and DVDs
Come browse our Teen Space, where you’ll find YA fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, manga, HiLo books, magazines, audiobooks, and DVDs. The collections can be searched using our Minerva catalog or peruse our monthly list of newly added titles.

Comics, Manga, and Anime
In addition to our print collection of comics and manga, we have two iPads for use in our Teen Space which provide in-house access to our online comics, manga, and anime subscriptions.

Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks
Your Patten Free Library card provides you with access to the Maine Infonet Download Library, an online collection of digital books and audiobooks. If you have a library card and a reading device, tablet, or smartphone, you are ready to read and/or listen. Visit the Cloud Library website to get started or ask any of the librarians at the Information Desk  for assistance.

Can’t Find What You Want in Our Collection?
If we don’t have the title you want, it can usually be ordered easily from another Maine library using the catalogs of Minerva or MaineCat. Call or stop by the Information Desk, and we’ll show you how to place requests in these catalogs. When the book is ready for pick-up, you get a call or an email. It’s simple.

Reader Resources

BookMatch Bundles
Our Teen Librarians will put together a bag of five books for you, based on the genres and titles that you’ve liked in the past. Download and print the BookMatch Bundle paper form or fill out the online form.

Looking for other reading recommendations?
Check out our Teen Space Blog archive for the latest on award-winners, “read-alikes” for your favorite books, and book-to-movie news. Or click on one of the links below to see current and historical winners of these popular Awards:

Alex Award
Honors 10 adult books that appeal to a Young Adult audience. Selected annually by the American Library Association.

Edgar Award
Honors the best Young Adult mystery. Selected annually by the Mystery Writers of America.

Maine Student Book Award
Annual Readers’ Choice Award selected by Maine students in grades 4-8.

North Star YA Award
Annual Readers’ Choice Award selected by Maine students in grades 9-12.

Printz Award
Honors a Young Adult book which demonstrates exceptional literary merit. Selected annually by the American Library Association.

RITA Award
Honors the best Young Adult romance. Selected annually by the Romance Writers of America.

Teens’ Top Ten
Annual Readers’ Choice Award generated through world-wide teen voting.