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

Summer Reading: “Print or Screen: Read 15!”

Our summer reading program is for everyone this year, and starts June 8. Develop the simple daily habit of reading 15 minutes and earn a gift certificate for a free book, and the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to your favorite local businesses. For the details, click here. To download and print a reading log, click here.

8th Annual Teen Writing Contest

Submission period opens August 1! 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

Virtual Events

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.

Virtual Amusements

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 (
  • Max Karp (
  • Bev Gilbert (

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

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