Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

March 29, 2024

Hello Patten Free,

In advance of the solar eclipse on April 8, we will be giving away eclipse glasses beginning on April 1. Eclipse glasses will be available at all service desks while supplies last and are limited to two per family.

Glasses are provided free of charge through the Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) program with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Space Science Institute.

Happy Eclipse watching!

Patten Free Library Staff


Support Patten Free Library on Library Giving Day on April 4th and help keep our library thriving! Your donation makes a big difference in supporting our programs and resources. Click the link below to donate now. Thank you for your support! 

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Special Events
Printable PDF of the April Calendar

Repair Café

Saturday, March 30

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Our expert volunteers will help repair your electronics, lamps, furniture, jewelry and small appliances; mend clothing, and sharpen tools. Volunteers on 3/30 include experts in knife sharpening, leather repair, chairs, lamps, jewelry, electronics, mechanical items, sewing, and woodworking.

Grab and Go Kits: Eclipse Kits

Friday, April 5 While supplies last

Kids: Eclipse Stages Craft

Teens: UV Beads

Adults: Coasters

CareerCenter Drop In

Tuesday, April 2

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Drop in to visit a State of Maine SMC CareerCenter Services expert for help with resumes, cover letters, job searches, application help, mock interviews, interviewing tips, and more.

History Room Live: Maine and the West Indies Trade

Wednesday, April 3

5 p.m. in person and on Zoom


Learn about the economic ties between Maine and the luxury-producing plantations of the West Indies with historian Seth Goldstein.

History Room Highlight

Upcoming History Room Programs

Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m.

History Room Live: Maine and the West Indies Trade

Wednesday, May 8 at 5 p.m.

History Room Live: Scots-Irish Settlement of the Kennebec in the 18th Century

What to Read Next

Staff Picks

Aurora's Anticipated Non-Fiction:

February and March

The Secret History of Bigfoot: Field Notes on a North American Monster by John O’Connor

Remembering Peasants: A Personal History of a Vanished World by Patrick Joyce

The Ancient Art of Thinking for Yourself by Robin Reames

The Book of Wilding: A Practical Guide to Rewilding, Big and Small by Isabella Tree and Charlie Burrell

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Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

The Brother's Zzli by Alex Cousseau with illustrations by Anne-Lise Boutin and translated from French by Vineet Lal

Gorgeous illustrations and writing style with a powerful story about immigration and community.

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Did you know?

Only a few more weeks until taxes are due! Get help with your taxes from Tax-Aide volunteers here at the Library. No appointments are required or will be made. AARP tax aide runs Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from February 6 - April 17.


Before your visit please fill out the intake questionnaire available at the front desk. For more information call Local Coordinator Mary Louise Blanchard at 207-386-1048.

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