Virtual Teen Space

We are still providing access to the resources, activities, and programs that you’ve always enjoyed through Patten Free Library, despite the current pandemic. You can visit the library for brief in-person browsing or services, or you can utilize the library’s virtual programs and services listed below from the comfort of home. If you have suggestions about other programs or ways we can help you adjust to the new normal, please email Roberta Jordan at

Fall Activities for Young Adults

The First Ever “Bath Book Bash!”

Many amazing young adult authors, like Maria Padian and Morse High School senior Nina Powers, are going to be part of the first annual Bath Book Bash on Saturday, September 26. It’s a virtual celebration of books and reading; 22 authors will be sharing video presentations over the course of the day. All you have to do to be part of the event is subscribe to the Bath Book Bash YouTube Channel. For more information on the authors who will be part of the event, click here.
And…the culminating event of the Book Bash is “An Evening with Lois Lowry.” The award-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars will join us live via ZOOM for a keynote talk and about her newest work, followed by a moderated Q&A session. To register, click here.

New On-Line Reading Challenges! 

Want a ready-made list of great reads?  For those in grades seven to twelve, we’re offering “The North Star Challenge” through our new on-line reading tracker. Read any or all of the 21 nominees in the inaugural year of this new readers’ choice award. Voting will occur in schools and public libraries around the state of Maine in March of 2021. Discover more about the award on the North Star website.
You can register for this program by clicking here.

8th Annual Teen Writing Contest

Submission period is open, now through December 4! For contest guidelines, click here.


Virtual Resources and Books

Hot off the (Virtual) Press!“The Best Art and Writing of Morse, Volume 4.” Click here to browse a copy.

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

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 (

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?  Ask Wendy! College Counseling FAQs. Stay on track with your college admissions work this summer! Wendy Thompson of Westport Educational Consulting has created a new resources page on her website to assist you during the pandemic. In addition to the great list of FAQs about the college admissions process, there is an “Ask Wendy” button if you can’t find the answers you need. Click here to access. We hope to have Wendy back in the fall for our common app workshop, virtually or in person!

You can also email Wendy at


Ongoing and Virtual 

15-Minute Read-Alouds. Listen to our collection of 15-minute read-alouds! They were chosen with middle schoolers in mind, but anyone can listen and enjoy. At the end of each session, you can mark off a square on your summer reading log. It’s quick, relaxing, and engaging. Click here to access all the recordings.

Virtual Open Mic. Click here to enjoy our latest set, featuring Helen Bertlesman. Helen is a rising senior at Morse High School; in her set, she shares three poems she wrote in a poetry class with Mr. Stanton: “Walls;” “To Have (after ‘Daydreams’ by Dorothy Parker);” and “Failing to Forget a Place You Once Loved.” To go to the archive of all performances, click here.

If you’re interested in creating a “set” for our weekly open mic, we hope to start recording more in the fall. Send Roberta Jordan an email ( and she’ll share the details.

Music, poetry, dance . . . . we’d love to share your talents.

Other Virtual Amusements.  Still looking for something to do? Check out one of these on-line “events” from last spring:


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, or via one of the email addresses below.


Contact Information

  • Roberta Jordan (
  • Laurel Cox (
  • Pam Barry (
  • Bev Gilbert (

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


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