Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

September 15, 2023

Hello Patten Free,

We are thrilled to announce that the Patten Free Library has been awarded $100,000 in the Remote Work through Libraries Initiative administered by the Maine State Library and the Department of Economic and Community Development. As a community and business hub for the mid-coast region, the Library will use the funds to promote physical access to the library, build and improve designated space for remote workers, and implement technology upgrades to meet the demand for telecommunication, virtual meetings, and networking opportunities for remote and hybrid workers.

Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan is committed to attracting new residents to live and work in Maine, and sees remote and hybrid work as an economic growth opportunity. Libraries, which are centered in every community and already provide high speed internet access, connectivity, and research capacities, are natural service centers for this growing sector.


We have already seen a huge increase in patrons using the Library for remote and hybrid work, especially since the pandemic. This grant will allow us to enhance remote workers’ experiences in the Library by offering improved spaces and technology, and improved physical access to the building.


We will begin work this fall, in conjunction with the City of Bath and other community partners, for this exciting and timely project.  

Lesley Dolinger

Library Director


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 September Calendar

Minecraft Mondays

September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Grades 4-6

Play Minecraft with friends on a closed server with Bath at Play! Registration required and you will need to provide your own device.

Friends of Patten Free Library Meeting

September 19 at 4 p.m.


Help support PFL. Every third Tuesday.

PFL Author Talk: Shannon Bowring

September 20 at 6 p.m. in person and on Zoom


Acclaimed author of The Road to Dalton (and Patten Free Library Technical Services Coordinator/Cataloger!), reads from her book, talks about her work, and answers your questions.

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

History Room Live: Read all about it! Using PFL’s Digital Newspapers

September 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a workshop on digital newspapers available at the library and at home. Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Mary Kate Kwasnik will walk you through how to use Newspaper Archive, and the brand new Bath Daily Times Community History Archive. Bring your own personal device to make this a hands-on workshop.

This program is presented live in person and on Zoom. Registration required for Zoom only.

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What to Read Next

Staff Picks

The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring

Come for the portrait of small-town life, but stay for the dramatic turns, quickening pace, and beautifully spare language.

-Laurel, Reference

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Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

Elbow Grease by John Cena with illustrations by Howard McWilliam

An inspiring story with humor and great illustrations, beloved by many of our vehicle-obsessed patrons.

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Did you know?

We now have a Sharing Shelf for toiletries, school supplies, and small non-perishable food items. This shelf, located in between the double doors of the Children's Department entrance, is available to anyone who needs it. Help yourself next time you are here, and help us spread the word about this new community resource!

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