Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

May 10, 2024


Hello Patten Free,

National Volunteer Week was April 21-27. To celebrate our many invaluable volunteers, we hosted a volunteer tea in our beautiful Reading Room. Volunteers were treated to tea, treats, and a talk on the history of tea!

This tea also honored our Volunteer of the Year, Bill Gray. Bill has been a PFL volunteer for 14 years. Bill does everything from building furniture to packing boxes of books to carpentry. He is always willing to help out wherever he is needed, and as one PFL staff member put it, "If you have a question, Bill can probably answer it."

Thank you to Bill and all of our many PFL volunteers! If you are interested in joining their esteemed ranks, you can learn more and fill out an application here.

Patten Free Library Staff

PFL Director Lesley Dolinger and Volunteer of the Year Bill Gray

Special Events
Printable PDF of the May Calendar

Spelling Bee

Friday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Long Reach Hall at the Maine Maritime Museum

Adults and Teens 16 and up

The Spelling Bee pits teams of adult spellers (ages 16 and up) against each other through 3 rounds of words in a race to the highest score to find out which team will be this year's Champion Spellers. Audience members can enjoy the antics, along with some munchies, a cash bar, and raffle baskets.

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and $5 for students.

Summer Reading Creature Creation

Thursday, May 16 at 3 p.m.

Teens Grades 6-12

Come help create creatures for our Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt! All supplies provided.

Friends of PFL News and Updates

May is Membership month for the Friends of Patten Free Library! A membership mailing was posted last week. Thank you to the many individuals and families who renewed their membership. A special thank you to the folks who joined for the first time. If you have misplaced your membership mailing or did not receive one, click here to become a Friend. Membership forms are also available on the Friends' Bulletin Board in the Library and at the library bookstore.

Your membership helps to promote the resources and services of the Library, sponsor programs, and generate financial support. In the past 20 years the Friends have financially gifted the Library with $596,627.

What to Read Next

Staff Picks

The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story by Cara Robertson

A masterful exploration of the trial's nuances and uncertainties; an essential read for those intrigued by true crime and historical mysteries.

-Samantha, Development Director

Read the Review
Read More Staff Picks

Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

The Truth about Dragons by Julie Leung with illustrations by Hanna Cha

A fantastic choice for early fantasy and dragon lovers.

Read the Review
Read More Shout Outs

New Titles

It's a new month and that means new books!

Browse the List
Did you know?

PFL volunteer Jack has tallied the savings accrued by the library from his book repairs since he began volunteering in 2021. Jack estimates that over the years he has worked over 450 hours, repaired more than 900 books, and saved the library $18,344!

Digital Resources

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