Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

June 21, 2024


Hello Patten Free,

Now that it's officially summer it's time to take advantage of our collection of museum and parks passes! We offer free or reduced rate passes to PFL cardholders at many local favorites, including the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, and Maine State Parks.

All reservations must be made in person at the library- we no longer accept phone reservations. Reservations are limited to one per month per household.

You can visit our website for more details and a complete list of museums and parks.

Happy Summer!

Patten Free Library Staff

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Special Events
Printable PDF of the June Calendar

Summer Reading Book Group: James & Huckleberry Finn

Tuesday, June 25 at 3pm


PFL book group will meet on the last Tuesday of each month this summer to discuss two quintessentially American books: Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Percival Everett's James: A Novel.

NDEC: Internet Safety

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 at 12pm


Learn how to keep your information and your computer/devices safe. Presented in partnership with Age-Friendly Georgetown and Lower Kennebec and taught by the National Digital Equity Center. Registration required.

PFL Author Talk: Monica Wood

Friday, June 28 at 3pm


In person and on Zoom

Join author Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, and The One-in-a-Million Boy, as she talks about her new novel, How to Read a Book, and the unusually delightful research it required.

Summer Reading Events

Printable Summer Reading Brochure

The Geography of Groceries: Eating Local in Maine: What Does That Mean?

Thursday, June 27 at noon

In person and on Zoom


A tasteful series of talks about what food really means, served by The Savvy Palates.

Teen Summer Movie Series: Five Feet Apart

Thursday, June 27 at 3 pm

Teens Grades 6-12

Celebrate summer with a movie! Snacks provided.

Pollinators; Butterflies!

Thursday, June 27 at 2pm 

All Ages

All about butterflies with Jerry Schneider!

Repair Café

Saturday, June 29 from 10am-12pm


Why replace when you can repair? Our expert volunteers will help repair your electronics, lamps, furniture, jewelry and small appliances; mend clothing, and sharpen tools.

History Room Highlight: June

When the American Girl Doll Club met in May they had a special surprise waiting for them. Gia Charles—who runs the club—came up to this History Room and asked if there were any materials we had that would feel connected to Samantha, the belle of the ball for May’s club meeting.

Samantha Parkington is an Edwardian era orphan who lives with her wealthy adoptive family in New York City in 1904. While the History Room collections don’t contain anything specific to New York, we did have a few pieces that were able to capture the glamour of the period.

Elmhurst (now the Hyde School) was completed shortly before the outbreak of the First World War and truly captures the sumptuous luxury of that bygone era. Club attendees could easily imagine Samantha striding through the colonnaded hallways or sipping lemonade on the terrace. They were also delighted to learn about Emma Eames, a Hong Kong-born but Bath-raised girl who went on to be one of the leading operatic sopranos of the late 19th century. The whole event served as an excellent pilot program for leveraging the History Room’s fascinating collections to enhance other events and inspire the next generation of historians!

What to Read Next

Staff Picks

Books on Tap Book List

Books on Tap is a book club for people who don't want to be told what to read. We meet the third Thursday of the month at 6pm a rotating location of local breweries and pubs to talk about all things books. Below is a list of (almost) all the books we talked about.

See the List
Read More Staff Picks

Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A beautiful story that makes it easy to see Peter Brown's love for nature through his earliest publications.

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Read More Shout Outs
Did you know?

Worried about not being able to find something to read on our shelves while loaning between libraries is suspended? Don't be! PFL owns more than 64,000 items- wow!

Digital Resources

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