Virtual Information Services

The library opened with limited hours on July 27. Still uncomfortable venturing outside? There’s a lot you can do with your library card from the comfort of your home. The list below tells you all you need to know about using the library’s digital resources, how to contact us, and provides recommended links for your education, entertainment, or amusement.

Essentials

Need WiFi? You can access ours from your car in our parking lot, or from the Library’s back terrace. 

Worried about overdue books?   Don’t be! Our book drops are open 24/7, and we are accepting materials from other libraries. All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours.

Need a library card?  If you live in our service area, click here and fill out a request form.  We will mail you a card. 

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Who to Contact

General inquiries? Email Lesley Dolinger at pflweb@patten.lib.me.us.

Questions about your account?  Email circ@patten.lib.me.us

General reference questions?   Email pflreference@patten.lib.me.us

Ideas and resources to support distance learning for your Pre-K through 5 children?  Email Katy Dodge at kdodge@patten.lib.me.us.  She’s compiled a huge list of links and on-line resources. Click here to access her recommendations.

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Links and Resources

  • Download eBooks and audiobooks with Cloud Library.  Click here for a good video tutorial on how to get started. Please note that there is a high demand for these resources now, but there’s hope! Maine Infonet is committing $40,000 to enhance Cloud Library content. There will be a much larger collection soon.
  • Stream movies on Kanopy from a catalog of more than 20,000 titles that are both entertaining and educational. Library card required.
  • Download magazines with RBDigital Magazines. Log in with your PFL library card number to create an account.
  • Access the New York Times through our website for free. 
  • Access the Digital Maine Library. (This is where you can find Chilton, and other on-line resources such as Culinary Arts, Hobbies and Crafts, and some popular magazines).
  • Stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram. 
  • Open Library. Borrow and download books on your computer or tablet. Its parent site, the Internet Archive, is also an amazing resource.
  • Biblioboard. Collections of e-books, classics from world literature, items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.
  • Digital Learn. Free online courses covering topics from email to creating resumes to using Microsoft Word.
  • Scholastic’s Learn at Home
  • “Twenty Ways to Leave Home Without Leaving the Couch”  (an article from Insider Magazine).

Maine Memory Network  A project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over 260 organizations from across Maine.

Niche Academy  Niche Academy is an award winning online learning platform that includes quick video tutorials for many of the resources you’ll find in the Digital Maine Library. Plus tutorials on Facebook, Gmail, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter.

 

 

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