Patten Free Library Weekly News and Updates

November 10, 2023

Hello Patten Free,


We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Annual Appeal! This year we are rallying under the inspiring theme Building Bridges, Connecting Minds: Together, We Thrive.

At PFL, we believe that knowledge has the power to connect communities, foster growth, and enable collective success. Our Annual Appeal is our call to action; an opportunity for each of us to come together and help our library continue to be the vibrant heart of our community.

You can contribute to our Annual Appeal here or in person. Every contribution, large or small, helps us thrive and continue our mission.

Together, we can build bridges and connect minds, ensuring a thriving future for all.

Patten Free Library Staff

We will be closed Saturday, November 11 for Veteran's Day.


Thank you to the Patten Free Library Board of Trustees for sponsoring Free Coffee Friday all November. Available in the lobby Friday mornings while supplies last!

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

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Special Events
Printable PDF of the November Calendar

Dawnland: Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, November 15

Screening at 5 p.m.

Discussion at 6 p.m.

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, all are invited to a free screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary Dawnland followed by post-film discussion.  Can't make it in? Stream the film at home and join the discussion on Zoom.

Teen Movies: The Princess Diaries

Thursday, November 16 at 3 p.m.


Watch a movie in our beautiful Teen Space! Snacks provided.  

Thanksgiving Cookie Decorating

Friday, November 17 at 3 p.m.

Teens and Adults

Learn how to create adorable edible sugar cookie leaves to decorate your Thanksgiving table with Thayer Treats. Registration required.

History Room Highlight

History Room Live: Dawnland screening and discussion

Wednesday, November 15 at 5 p.m.

Patten Free Library Community Room and Zoom

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, all are invited to a free screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary Dawnland, followed by post-film discussion. From the Upstander Project, “For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to 'save them from being Indian.' In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.”

Join us in person for the film screening at 5 p.m. followed by a discussion at 6 p.m. To stream the film at home and join the discussion on Zoom, register for Zoom to receive the streaming link and password by email.

Friends of PFL News and Updates

The Annual meeting of the Friends was held on October 17th. The office for President remains vacant with Marcia August continuing as interim President. The slate of officers: (President - Open, Vice-President – Vicki Tanko, Treasurer- Liz McCurdy, and Secretary – Jim Atherton) passed unanimously. Marcia August will continue as interim President until new leadership comes forward. 


The Friends of PFL continue to support the library with financial contributions. They paid their annual Pledge of $15,000. Additionally they voted to support the Annual Writing Contest with a gift of $500 toward prizes, as well as offer up to $1,000 in matching funds for new or lapsed donors during the Giving Tuesday event.


The next meeting the Friends will be held in the Library Board Room at 4p.m. on November 21. They will be making a decision on their next Annual Pledge at that time.

What to Read Next

Staff Picks

What We're Reading

We're closed on Saturday, so we're stocking up on books! Read on to see what PFL staff is checking out this weekend.

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Read More Staff Picks

Gia's Shout Out: Children's Titles

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

A comforting book for both children and adults who struggle to re-acclimate after a tough few weeks for us in Maine

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Read More Shout Outs

New Titles

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

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Did you know?

We have eight brand new computers for patrons to use! Browse the internet, use our digital resources, and make prints for 15 cents per page.

We also have four Chromebooks available for use while in the Library. Visit the Information Services desk to learn more.

Digital Resources

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