Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

June 7, 2024


Hello Patten Free,

With the suspension of ILL services, it's time to "shop local" at the Patten Free Library! We might not be currently able to borrow outside our walls, but that doesn't mean you can't still check out a good book. Now is a great time to browse our monthly displays, new books shelves, or revisit some old classics just waiting for you in the stacks. You can still place holds on PFL items, and you can borrow ebooks, eaudiobooks, comics, and magazines through our digital collections, and of course visit our favorite resource for the most current and personalized recommendations: your favorite PFL staff members!


We know that suspending requests from other libraries is a real hassle – but we can help you find what’s on our shelves, or what may be accessible in another format, while we wait for borrowing between Maine libraries.

See you soon!

Patten Free Library Staff

We want to hear from you! The Community Survey is open June 3-July 8.

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Development News and Events

Community Night at Brickyard Hollow

Tuesday, June 11


During this special fundraiser, 5% of all sales will be generously donated to support the Patten Free Library's programs and services. Enjoy a delicious meal and drinks at Brickyard Hollow in Brunswick while contributing to a great cause. Your participation will directly benefit the library and help foster a vibrant community of readers and learners. Mark your calendars and bring friends and family for a delightful evening of food, drinks, and support for our cherished local institution.

Special Events
Printable PDF of the June Calendar

The Geography of Groceries: Cross Country Cooking

Thursday, June 13 at noon

In person and on Zoom


You don’t leave Maine but your stomach’s gone global due to the inflow of immigrants who bring their familiar ingredients and dishes with them. Do immigrant restaurants serve authentic recipes or ones doctored to our taste? Find out in the first of this three part series from The Savvy Plates.

Teen Summer Movie Series: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 

Thursday, June 13

Teens Grades 6-12

Celebrate summer with a movie! Snacks provided.

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

Greta and Valdin by Rebecca K. Reilly

Walks a tricky tightrope of hilarity and heart, while not shying away from issues of race, sexuality, family and cultural history, and gender politics.

-Hannah, Program and Outreach Manager

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Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steven Jenkins and Derek Walter

With adorable illustrations and hilarious pig antics, this story is perfect for fans of Mercy Watson, or animals in general!

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New Titles

It's a new month and that means new books! Click the link below to see what's new on our shelves.

Browse the Collection
Did you know?

Only one more week until Summer Reading! Visit our website for a sneak peak at programming, Summer Reading Bingo, prizes, and more! All ages can register beginning June 14th and earn a free book.

Digital Resources

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