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October 2014

iPad for Seniors: Session 2, Messaging: Text and Video

October 1, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is the second of five once-a-week sessions designed to help iPad users aged 55 and up gain comfort and confidence.  We will learn how to use how to use the basic texting app and the “Face Time” app for video chats.  Pre-registration is encouraged; you may come to any one or all the sessions.  Contact Roberta Jordan by email (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us) or by phone (443-5141, ext. 25).  Leave your name and contact information.  Don’t forget your iPad!

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iPad for Seniors: Session 3, Taking, Storing, Sharing Your Photos and Video

October 8, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is the third of five once-a-week sessions for iPad users aged 55 and up.  We’ll start by learning how to take photos and shoot video. We’ll also learn how to edit, enhance, store, and organize images, and how to share them across your devices and with other people. Pre-registration is encouraged; you may come to any one or all the sessions.  Contact Roberta Jordan by email (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us) or by phone (443-5141, ext. 25).  Leave your name and contact information. …

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iPad for Seniors: Session 4, Enjoying Music, Videos, and Podcasts

October 15, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is the fourth of five once-a-week sessions for iPad users aged 55 and up.  In this session, we will learn about the features of iTunes and iTunes Radio.  We will learn how to stream video and podcasts and about the various “apps” that allow you to do this.  Pre-registration is encouraged; you may come to any one or all the sessions.  Contact Roberta Jordan by email (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us) or by phone (443-5141, ext. 25).  Leave your name and contact information. …

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Friends of PFL Annual Meeting

October 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lily King, award winning author of the recently published novel Euphoria, will be the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of Friends of Patten Free Library this year. The meeting, open to the public, will be held on October 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Library. Euphoria, released in June, was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014. The novel was reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review,…

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November 2014

The Wreck of the Hanover and Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Bath Historical Society lecture

November 8, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

On Saturday, November 8th, at 10:30 A.M. Bath Historical Society will present a talk by Susan F. Beegel on the wreck of the Hanover and the role it played in one of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novels, The Pearl of Orr’s Island (1861). The Hanover was lost at the mouth of the Kennebec River in November of 1849. The doors will open at 10 A.M., and light refreshments will be available. The talk is free and open to the public. For…

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January 2015

Town History Series: The Artifacts of Georgetown

January 24, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 11th annual Town History Series begins with a talk on the artifacts found in Georgetown. Megan G. Theriault will give this lecture that focuses on early Native American artifacts, as well as more recent pieces of material culture, all found in Georgetown. The doors will open to the Community Room at 10 A.M. for the first of this lecture series.

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Town History Series: History of the Mill Pond Area

January 31, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Nancy Sferra of The Nature Conservancy in Brunswick will deliver a talk on Arrowsic’s Mill Pond Area, including the portion recently purchased by her organization. That portion of Arrowsic, which once contained a significant lumber mill, the Crosby Mill, is now a unique ecologogical area worthy of preservation. The doors will open at 10 AM, and seats often fill up quickly.

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February 2015

Town History Series: Oyster Raising in West Bath

February 7, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

David Hennessey will give a history of his family’s saltwalter farm on Mill Cove in West Bath and its recent efforts at raising oysters in that inlet. The talk will include the reasons for choosing oysters as the “crop,” as well as the details of growing, harvesting, and marketing Winter Point Oysters.

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Town History Series: A History of Bath Newspapers: Loving the Bath Daily Times

February 14, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Charles Burden will present a thorough history of many of Bath’s newspapers, which date back into the early 19th century. His principal focus will be on his beloved Bath Daily Times, which exister for 100 years before combining with the Brunswick Record to become the Times-Record. Charlie’s talks are well attended, so come early to get a seat.

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Town History Series: “Woolwich and the Civil War: A Story Told in Artifacts”

February 21, 2015 @ 10:30 am

Board members of the Woolwich Historical Society will present a snapshot of Woolwich in the Civil War as seen from artifacts donated to the Society. Those artifacts, including photographs, a drum, and a recently donated rifle, will be linked to residents of that town and their various roles in the War.

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April 2015

Caring for our Community: The History of Mid Coast Hospital

April 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Herb Paris reviews the history of Bath Memorial Hospital and Mid Coast Hospital in a talk to be given for Bath Historical Society’s annual meeting. The talk begins at 10:30 A.M. in the Community Room and is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 10, and light refreshments will be provided.

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August 2015

Red Cross Blood Drive

August 18, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Tuesday, August 18th, the Patten Free Library will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 6 pm in our air-conditioned Community Room. The need for blood is urgent and your donation will save a life. In fact, a single donation can help as many as three people. To make an appointment or to learn more about giving blood, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Encourage family and friends to join you. There will be refreshments and…

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January 2016

Town History Series Bath: Robin A. S. Haynes, “Patten Free Library: An Architectural Look

January 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room continues with its twelfth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society. On five Saturday mornings in January and February, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., people from the five towns that support the Library will present aspects of their towns’ histories in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library. Doors open at 10 A.M. Robin A. S. Haynes looks at the architect and architecture of the original building,…

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February 2016

Town History Series 2016 Woolwich: Elwyn Rittall, “A Cat’s Tail”

February 20, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room finishes its twelfth annual Town History Series, jointly sponsored by the Patten Free Library and the Bath Historical Society. On five Saturday mornings in January and February, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., people from the five towns that support the Library will present aspects of their towns’ histories in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library. Mr. Ritall begins the series with the story of two brothers and an antique Mercury Cougar. The doors will…

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March 2016

Patten Free Library Board Meeting

March 8, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 14, 2016

Open to the public. All are welcome.

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April 2016

Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs

April 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bath Historical Society presents a talk by Fred Hill, “Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs: The Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine.” Mr. Hill, a descendant of the Crooker family, as well as a former Baltimore Sun correspondent and U.S. State Department analyst, will speak about his upcoming book on the history of the Crooker Shipyard of Bath. This will also be the annual meeting for Bath Historical Society, so there will be a brief business meeting…

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August 2016

Teen Summer Reading Final Raffle!

August 31, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm

The Teen Summer Reading Program is almost over, but it is never too late to read and record a book or two!  For every book you read between now and August 31 at 5:00 p.m., you will earn coupons for local businesses and a raffle ticket.  The raffle drawing will take place in the Community Room; you do not have to be present to win.  So far, our fifty teen summer readers have read a collective 550 books, a very…

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October 2016

BIW Memories: A Panel Discussion

October 22, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

  Bath Historical Society presents a panel discussion with Bill Haggett, Bill Lowell, Marilyn Reed, Larry Albee, and Fred Elwell about working at Bath Iron Works. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 10 A.M. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 443-5141, extension 18.

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December 2016

Teen Film Society Organizational Meeting

December 9, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you love watching and talking about movies of all eras and genres?  Perhaps you’d like to find other high school students who share that interest?  Come to the first meeting of the Teen Film Society, a project of the Teen Library Council.  We’ll organize a bit, set a schedule of films, and watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  For students in grades nine to twelve.  Join us in the Community Room.

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January 2017

The Rise and Fall of Building Wooden Vessels in Georgetown

January 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 2017 Town History Series begins with Chester Horne’s  talk on the little-known details of a significant business in Georgetown in the 19th century, building wooden vessels, particularly at the Berry shipyard in Robinhood Cove, while also providing a brief general overview of shipbuilding in the community. The doors of the Community Room will open at 10 A.M. for the first of the popular local-history lecture series in its thirteenth year, when the five communities that support Patten Free Library once…

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“Fisher’s Store: Life and Times of Alonzo G. Fisher”

January 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 2017 Town History Series continues with the West Bath presentation, a lecture by Linda Henderson and Frank Connors. This talk will offer details on the life of an important resident of both West Bath and Bath, Alonzo G. Fisher. Fisher ran a landing and store on the New Meadows River, owned a sporting-goods store in Bath, and played other roles in the public  life of the two communities.  The doors of the Community Room will open at 10 A.M. for the second of the popular local-history lecture series…

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“Where the Bodies are Buried”

January 28, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The Woolwich presentation continues the 2017 Town History Series. Allison Hepler will focus on significant individuals in the history of Woolwich, outlining their importance, and discussing their place of burial. The doors of the Community Room will open at 10 A.M. for the third of the popular local-history lecture series in its thirteenth year, when the five communities that support Patten Free Library once more share aspects of their town’s histories. This year’s Town History series is dedicated to the memory…

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Awards Ceremony for Teen Writing Contest

January 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Please join us as we celebrate this year’s winners of the annual Teen Writing Contest.   We’ll read short excerpts from every winning entry, and award certificates and prizes.  For a full list of this year’s winners, click here.

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February 2017

Champlain’s Circumnavigation of Arrowsic

February 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The fifth talk of the 2017 Town History Series is delivered by Matthew Caras, who will discuss Samuel de Champlain’s voyage to the Maine Coast in 1605. Champlain published the details of his adventure, as well as providing maps of the territory he explored at that time. The doors of the Community Room will open at 10 A.M. for th the popular local-history lecture series in its thirteenth year, when the five communities that support Patten Free Library once more share aspects of…

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“Bath Never Saw Such Times as These:” The Housing Boom of World War I

February 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 2017 Town History Series ends with Robin A. S. Haynes’s talk on the extent and context of the World War I housing boom that occurred in Bath, in direct response to the increased pace of shipbuilding, when the city’s population doubled in a short span of time. The doors of the Community Room will open at 10 A.M. for the last of the popular local-history lecture series in its thirteenth year, when the five communities that support Patten Free Library once…

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April 2017

“Tom Plant and the American Dream” by Dr. Barry H. Rodrigue, Ph.D.

April 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

On April 22, at the Annual Meeting of Bath Historical Society, Dr. Barry H. Rodrigue, Ph.D., will give a presentation on the life and accomplishments of Thomas Plant, an early 20th century entrepreneur of Bath and Boston. Plant donated funds to build the Old Folks Home that later became the Plant Memorial Home on lower Washington Street in Bath.  Dr. Rodrigue, a research professor at the University of Southern Maine and with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies,  has…

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October 2017

The Maine Homefront in World War I, a lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

October 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bath Historical Society presents a lecture by the State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., on Maine during World War I. One hundred years ago this last spring, on April 6, 1917, America entered World War I. With the same patriotic fervor that Maine had responded to a call for troops in the Civil War, 35,000 men and women across the state joined the military in 1917-18 to fight in a “war to end all wars” that promised to “make the…

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January 2018

Rich Start: “The Parkers of Maine” Town History Series 2018

January 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

The 14th annual Town History Series begins with a talk by Rich Start about the Parker family, who had an enormous impact on the colonization and development of the settlement of towns along the Maine Coast. Before that they played a role in the emergence of England as a power to be reckoned with among the countries of Europe. This is a story of a family of common people who played uncommon roles on both sides of the Atlantic. This…

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May 2018

The History of the History Room: 40 Years of the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room

May 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Do you know the story of the History Room and how it began forty years ago? Come hear tales about the local-history room’s establishment, the growth of its collection, and the people who have managed it. Learn from the staff of the History Room about some of the historical treasures in this celebration of our fortieth year. Doors open at 10AM. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 443-5141, extension 18.

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September 2018

A Tale of Two Trips: Mark Twain and Captain Duncan on the Quaker City Voyage

September 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Did you know that a Bath native figured significantly in the life of Mark Twain? Bath native Captain Charles Crooker Duncan was the captain of the steamship Quaker City, which in 1867 set off on the first-full scale pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Mark Twain and his newspaper sponsors thought this trip could provide entertaining dispatches for their readers. So it did, as well as the resulting book The Innocents Abroad, a highly…

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June 2019

Edible Book Festival

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Saturday, June 15, there will be an intrepid group of edible book creators working in the Community Room from 10 a.m. to noon.   From noon to one, we’ll open the doors and welcome the public in to appreciate (and perhaps taste!) some of their creations.  Join us!

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September 2019

Free

“The Mills of Winnegance” by John G. Morse

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Town History Series — Greatest Hits On September 9th, the Sagadahoc History & Genealogy Room begins an occasional series that will show notable Town History Talks of the past. This begins with a screening of the 2007 talk by John G. Morse IV on the tidal mills that connected Bath and Phippsburg in  Winnegance at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of Patten Free Library. Since Morse’s family had been involved with these mills for generations, he is able to…

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