Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

September 29, 2023

Hello Patten Free,

We are thrilled to announce that October 1 marks the opening of our Annual Writing Contest! Now in its' 10th year, the writing contest awards prizes in both short fiction and non-fiction in multiple categories for teens and adults.

What began in 2013 as a fiction and memoir contest for teens has since expanded to include all types of non-fiction, as well as an adult category. Beginning this year we are expanding the teen submissions to include anyone in 6th grade and above.

The contest runs until December 1, at which point submissions will be judged by a panel that includes Library staff, trustees, local teachers, community members and the Teen Library Council. First ($100) and second prize ($50) gift certificates will be awarded in each category. Winners will be honored at a reception in January 2024 and winning entries will be published on the Library website. The Writing Contest is made possible with support from the Friends of the Patten Free Library.

Interested in submitting? Click here to see the complete guidelines and learn how to enter. We can't wait to read your work!

Lesley Dolinger

Library Director


Happy National Coffee Day and thank you to Dunkin Donuts for sponsoring Free Coffee Friday all September. PFL runs on Dunkin!

Interested in being a Free Coffee Friday sponsor? Email [email protected].

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Special Events
Printable PDF of the October Calendar

CareerCenter Drop In

Monday, October 2 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Visit with State of Maine SMC CareerCenter Services for help with resumes, cover letters, job searches and more. Every other Monday.

Minecraft Mondays

October 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Ages 5-12

Create, explore, and survive. Registration recommended, walk-ins welcome! Please bring your own device.

PFL Author Talk: Melanie Brooks in Conversation with Susan Conley

October 3 at 5:30 p.m.

In person and on Zoom

Melanie Brooks will discuss her new memoir, A Hard Silence, with acclaimed author Susan Conley.

Teen Library Council Ice Cream Social

October 5 at 3 p.m.

Grades 6-12

Find out what the TLC is all about.

Art Exhibit: Eclectic Photographs of Yves Albert Feder

September 16- October 7

Community Room

Feder is a self-taught photographer whose images reflect the beauty of Maine’s coast and ever-changing weather. Public Reception on September 30.

History Room Highlight

ICYMI (In case you missed it)

In case you missed our Read All About It! Historic digital newspapers workshop this week, check out our How to Get Started one-pagers on Newspaper Archive and the Bath Daily Times Community History Archive.

Explore the Bath Daily Times Community History Archive
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What to Read Next

Staff Picks

Aurora's Anticipated Non-Fiction: September

How to Fall in Love with Tofu by Emma de Thouars

The Subversive Seventies, by Michael Hardt

Each month, Reference Librarian Aurora shares some of her favorite new non-fiction.

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Read More Staff Picks

Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

Color, Color, Color, Color by Ruth Heller

This fantastic book explains how different color inks are used to print color onto paper and how it's done.

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Did you know?

We now have Board Books in our New Books section! Visit the Children's Room and check out this stunning collection for our littlest patrons.

Digital Resources

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