Virtual Teen Space

We may be closed, but we still want to provide access to the resources, activities and programs that you’ve always enjoyed through Patten Free Library. Of course, some programs aren’t going to be possible. But we will do the best we can to provide a library-at-home for the weeks ahead. If you have a suggestions about how we can help you adjust to the new normal, please email Roberta Jordan at rjordan@patten.lib.me.us.

Virtual Resources and Books

Cloud Library Additions. We’ve added a shelf of young adult books that are exclusively for Patten Free Library patrons. For information on how to download the Cloud Library app on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, click here. If you need assistance getting started, contact pflreference@patten.lib.me.us.

RBDigital Collection of Comics and Graphic Novels. Click here to register; you gain access to a great collection of comics and graphic novels that you read online or download to your tablet or smart phone. You’ll need your library card to sign up.

Wellness Resources. We’ve created a quick guide of “go-to” local resources on wellness and well-being during the quarantine. Click here to see read Laurel’s blog entry, “Reading for Good Health.”

Digital Maine Library. An on-line library that provides access to thousands of articles and resources you may need for your school assignments. Click here to access it anywhere in Maine; if you want personalized assistance with a school project or paper, contact Roberta by email (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us).

Tumblebooks. We have a great new subscription to Tumblebooks, an online library which includes two great resources for teens. Check out the TeenBookCloud, an online library for grades 7 to 12! It includes many different genres, including graphic novels. Click here to start browsing the collection. You should also browse AudioBookCLoud, an online library of audiobooks for all ages. Click here to start looking for a great listen.

BookMatch. Patten Free Library’s very own Laurel Cox will create a personalized reading list based on the information you provide about your interests and preferences. Click here to fill out and submit a request.

Thinking about college?  Our annual college admissions program with Wendy Thompson of Westport Educational Consulting scheduled for May has been canceled. However, Wendy is making her college planning materials available to families in lieu of her presentation. Information on college interviews, college application essay tips and brainstorming exercises, college planning calendars for sophomores and juniors, and resources for college searches can be obtained by contacting
Wendy at westporteducationalconsulting@gmail.com.

Virtual Events

Annual Teen Art Show. This year, the annual Teen Art Show is online! Click here for a link to the show. It will remain on-line until the end of the school year.

Murder Mystery On-Line. The murder has been solved, and the killer is in custody, but it’s not too late to enjoy the Teen Library Council’s virtual murder mystery. Click here to navigate to the introductory episode, which begins with a suspicious death that occurs during the “mocktail” hour. Subsequent episodes take you through the introduction and interrogation of the suspects to the big reveal. Who killed Keating Lancaster? Click here for the big reveal.

Virtual Escape Room with Harry Potter Theme. If you are a Harry Potter fanatic and looking for about 20-30 minutes of pure entertainment, click here.

Virtual Open Mic. Set 5 of the Virtual Open Mic is now available! Click here to enjoy Emma Roth-Wells, Morse High School, Class of 2020, as she performs three poems: “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by D. Gilson; “Dyed Carnations” by Robin Schiff; and “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedmann. To go to the archive of all performances, click here.

If you’re interested in sharing a “set” for our weekly open mic (released Friday afternoons), send Roberta Jordan an email (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us) and she’ll share the details. Music, poetry, dance . . . we’d love to share your talents. We can post audio tracks or short videos (3-5 minutes, please) here for everyone to enjoy.

Virtual Clubs

Are there book groups or other interest groups that can meet online with the help of one of our reference librarians? Be in touch with one of our reference team at pflreference@patten.lib.me.us, or via one of the email addresses below.

Contact Information

  • Roberta Jordan (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us)
  • Laurel Cox (laurel@patten.lib.me.us)
  • Pam Barry (pbarry@patten.lib.me.us)
  • Max Karp (max.karp1@gmail.com)
  • Bev Gilbert (bgilbert@rsu1.org)

If it’s easier, you can leave a voice mail at 443-5141, ext. 12.


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