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Bath, ME 04530 United States
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October 2017

Martin Gibson in Concert

October 4, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Martin Gibson has been writing and performing music as long as he can remember. He was a finalist in the John Lennon, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Kerrville New Folk, and Great Lakes songwriting contests. He has given over 1,000 concerts, guitar and songwriting workshops at colleges, festivals, schools, libraries, and museums throughout the United States. Gibson has been an opening act for Buckwheat Zydeco, Bela Fleck, Leo Kottke, Dar Williams, Michael Hedges and Jake Shimabukuro. He was co-curator of the…

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Let’s Talk About It: “A Map of Home” by Randa Jarrar

October 11, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Book two in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by USM scholar Reza Jalali. Randa Jarrar’s semi-autobiographical debut novel is a vivid, frequently hilarious Muslim American update to the bildungsroman tradition, centering on a spirited female protagonist of mixed Palestinian, Egyptian, and Greek heritage. A Map of Home’s narrative follows the series of dislocations and relocations that shape the complex map of home out of which Nidali forges her personal identity.

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The Vietnam War in Film: The Deer Hunter (1978, 183 min)

October 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War affects and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. Starring Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, and Meryl Streep. Winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

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Charlie Wing Book Talk: “Salt in Their Veins”

October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Famous for their independence and dry humor, coastal Mainers open up to Charlie Wing in “Salt in Their Veins: Conversations with Coastal Mainers.” Read the stories of their lives and their feelings about government, the world, and “people from away.”

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The Vietnam War in Film: Good Morning Vietnam(1987, 119 min)

October 24, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake things up when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. Directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, and Bruno Kirby. Williams won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

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Let’s Talk About It: “The Marrow of Tradition” by Charles Chesnutt

October 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Book three in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by USM scholar Reza Jalali. Penned in 1901, Chesnutt’s novel revisits the events of 1898, refuting the sensationalized and apolitical picture of what had been widely and inaccurately depicted as a “race riot” by offering a dramatic examination of the roots of the violent government takeover in Wilmington, NC, and its catalyzing events. The Marrow of Tradition also provides a trenchant critique of the…

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The Vietnam War in Film: Born on the Fourth of July (1989, 140 min)

October 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

Based on the biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, winner for Oliver Stone, Best Director. Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, who wrote the book on which the screenplay is based.

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November 2017

The Vietnam War in Film: Coming Home (1978, 126 minutes)

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern star. Nominated for eight Oscars, Fonda and Voight won the award for best acting.

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Let’s Talk About It: “Once in a Promised Land” by Laila Halaby

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Book four in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, a scholar from USM. Laila Halaby’s second novel concerns the relationship of Jassim and Salwa Haddad, a childless Jordanian couple in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Setting the novel in Tucson, Halaby, who is herself Jordanian and grew up in Arizona, examines the nation’s post-9/11 mood from the perspective of ordinary Arab-Americans living thousands of miles away from the…

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Red Cross Blood Drive

November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Give the gift of life at Patten Free Library on November 17.

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Suddenly Last Summer: A Staged Reading

November 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Studio Theatre of Bath presents the next in their series of staged readings, Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer" on Saturday, November 18th. Described as one of Williams’ most haunting pieces of writing, "Suddenly Last Summer" explores how far a mother will go to preserve her son’s reputation. From The New York Times: "It represents Mr. Williams at the peak of his talent... his most devastating statement about corruption in the world... a triumphant piece of dramatic literature." Directed by STB board…

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Knitting Circle

November 22, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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This is not a library event. For more information, call Dawn Nadeau at 607-0575.

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Knitting Circle

November 29, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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This is not a library event. For more information, call Dawn Nadeau at 607-0575.

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Let’s Talk About It: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

November 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The fifth and final book in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Reza Jalali, a scholar from USM, will facilitate the discussion. In The Round House, a loose sequel to 2008’s The Plague of Doves, Erdrich turns her attention to how federal law has directly shaped the physical and psychological landscape of reservation life. Unlike earlier novels, this book offers a single narrator, who recalls the darkest episode of his childhood, a tale of traumatic violence that…

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December 2017

Knitting Circle

December 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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This is not a library event. For more information, call Dawn Nadeau at 607-0575.

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Annual Children’s Lantern Parade, Patten Free Library

December 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Annual Children’s Lantern Parade, Patten Free Library 4-5 pm, 33 Summer Street, 443-5141 Waltz into winter with this sweet parade! Gather in the Storytime Room for a wintry story, lantern making craft & refreshments. Bring a clear quart-size jug.

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Annual Children’s Lantern Parade!

December 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Waltz into winter with this wonderfully sweet parade. Gather in the Storytime Room for a wintry story, lantern-making craft & refreshments, Wednesday, December 6, 4:00pm-5:00pm, all ages. Note to Grownups: Please bring a clear, clean plastic quart-size jug to use for the craft and cut off the top (about 2”). Gather in the Storytime Room where children will decorate their lanterns with colored tissue paper, a stained glass window effect. Then, grownups will insert a flameless votive candle into the…

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Bruce Robert Coffin Book Signing

December 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series and is a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement from the Portland police department, Coffin supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Bruce also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive. The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales.

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“Unlaunch’d Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman”

December 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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As Walt Whitman, actor and teacher Stephen Collins will reminisce about the experiences that led to the creation of his book, “Leaves of Grass.” He also will recall what he considered the most important work of his life — nursing wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

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Hanukkah Storytime

December 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Rabbi Lisa Vinikoor & Susan Horowitz from Bath's Beth Israel Congregation will lead the story time and activity on Wednesday, December 13, 4-4:45 pm. All are welcome, especially families!

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January 2018

Pan Fried Steel in Concert

January 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Pan Fried Steel is based in Yarmouth. Their director is Ian Ramsay, Chair of the Arts Department at North Yarmouth Academy. The band started more than 15 years ago and draws members from southern and midcoast Maine. They play a diverse repertoire including calypso, reggae, soca, Latin, and swing. Recent venues include the Boothbay Opera House, Saco River Theater, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Beach to Beacon parties, and the Portland Ovations auction. This will be the band’s fourth appearance at…

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February 2018

Women Make Movies: “Children of a Lesser God”

February 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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A new speech teacher at a school for the deaf falls in love with the custodian, a deaf woman speechless by choice. Directed by Randa Haines. Starring Best Actress Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and William Hurt.

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Women Make Movies: “Monster”

February 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Directed by Patty Jenkins. Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern costar.

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Women Make Movies: “The Kids Are All Right”

February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo star in this dramedy directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. Nominated for four Oscars.

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Women Make Movies: “Selma”

February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Directed by Ava DuVernay. David Oyelowo stars.

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March 2018

Women Make Movies: “Lost in Translation”

March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this romantic comedy directed by Sofia Coppola, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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Women Make Movies: “Awakenings”

March 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Directed by Penny Marshall and starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams as Oliver Sacks, MD. The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. Nominated for three Oscars.

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Now Read This Book Group

March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” is the February pick for the new PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.” Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up to our newsletter. Learn more about the book club here. New members welcome!

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Searching Science: “Phytoplankton”

March 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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LeAnn Pritchard Whitney, a postdoctoral researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, will talk about phytoplankton–the microscopic photosynthetic plants of the ocean – and more specifically, about how these seemingly simple organisms use complex strategies to live in a constantly changing marine environment. She will bring a few microscopes and phytoplankton samples to look at.

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Women Make Movies: “Love and Basketball”

March 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.

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The Power of Three: Three Maine Authors, Three New Books, Three Different Styles

March 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Laurie Apgar Chandler (Upwards), Kelly Brooks-Bay (Sea Glass and the Lighthouse), and Irene M. Drago (Daughters of Long Reach) will talk about why they chose their particular style – memoir, children’s book, novel – and so much more. The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales.

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April 2018

Women Make Movies: “Away from Her”

April 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer’s disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home. Based on a short story by Alice Munro, directed by Sarah Polley. Julie Christie, Michael Murphy, and Gordon Pinsent star. Nominated for two Oscars. Christie won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a drama.

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Maine Author Craig Grossi & Fred the Afghan

April 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity." The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales.

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Maine Author Doug Rooks

April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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"Rise, Decline and Renewal" tells the remarkable story of the Maine Democratic Party. As a journalist, Douglas Rooks served as editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, editor and publisher of Maine Times; he has written about state government and politics for 33 years, earning numerous national and regional awards. His biography, Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible, was published in 2016 by Down East Books. He is currently a local columnist for the Kennebec Journal…

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Ken Bonfield in Concert

April 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Acoustic guitarist Ken Bonfield will return to Patten Free Library for his fifth performance. The concert is free and open to the public. Bonfield, a self-taught classical guitarist who plays the folk, steel string acoustic guitar has been a Bath favorite since late 2013 when he played his first of several WinterNight concerts. Bonfield is known for his quick wit, his hummable melodies, his array of custom guitars and his relaxed stage presence.

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Now Read This Book Group

April 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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"Exit West" is a novel published in 2017, written by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. It is Hamid's fourth novel. The main themes of the novel are emigration and refugee problems.The novel is about a young couple, Saeed and Nadia, who live in an unnamed city undergoing civil war and finally have to flee, using a system of fictitious doors, which lead to different locations around the globe. The book was named by The New York Times as one of the…

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Preparing Coastal Communities for Sea Level Rise

April 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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A 90 minute interactive learning experience presented by Gayle Bowness, Science Education Program Manager at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

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Friends of the Zorach Fountain Annual Wine Reception

April 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Friends of the Zorach Fountain host the annual wine reception, brief business meeting, and presentation by Natasha Goldman, Ph.D., Bowdoin College Art Department, Public Art and Social Engagement.  Public welcome.

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May 2018

CHILDREN’S BOOK SALE at Patten Free Library

May 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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In celebration of National Children's Book Week, the Friends of Patten Free Library are hosting a CHILDREN'S BOOK SALE! Gently used books for all ages await new readers and homes. Donations only. All supports the Patten Free Library!

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“Mysteries, Thrillers and Suspense—Oh My!” An Evening with Kate Flora, Barbara Ross, and Joseph Souza

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Kate Flora is the author of the Thea Kozak mysteries, the gritty Joe Burgess police procedurals, and two true crime books, Death Dealer and Finding Amy (co-written with Joseph Loughlin, a Portland Deputy Police Chief). She and Loughlin teamed up again for Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings. She was co-author with Roger Guay of A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods. Barbara Ross is the author of…

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June 2018

The Art & Artifice of Audiobook Narration with George Guidall

June 1, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Widely recognized as the world’s most acclaimed and most prolific narrator of audiobooks, George Guidall has brought a consistent artistry to his readings, delighting listeners for over 20 years. He has received numerous Audies and other industry awards. In 2015 he received the Audio Publishers Lifetime Achievement Award. Arrive at 6:30 for a special meet and greet with George. Wine and cheese will be served.

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Bath Garden Club’s “Annual Children’s Garden Party”

June 5, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The Bath Garden Club Youth Activities Committee will be hosting a morning gardening activity at the Library on Thursday, June 7, 10:30-11:30am. The event will include listening to garden themed stories, singing The Garden Song, touring the children’s garden and learning to pot and care for a marigold flower which they will take home. Light refreshments will be served.

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The Real Moby Dick: “The Wreck of the Essex”

June 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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“The Real Moby Dick” is an exploration of art imitating life. In one year, Melville wrote his masterpiece in an astounding creative burst. This lecture delves into Melville’s genius and the topic of creativity.  Kathryn Griffin Swegart holds a Master’s degree from Boston College and is the author of “The Wreck of the Essex.” She has studied this fascinating story for many years.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

June 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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Harrison Ford and Karen Allen star in this blockbuster from the summer of 1981. Indiana Jones(Ford) is a bullwhip-cracking archaeologist assigned by the U.S. Government to find the mystically empowered Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can obtain it for their own evil use. Free admission and refreshments.

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July 2018

Blade Runner (1982)

July 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He’s a “blade runner” stalking genetically-made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. Free admission and refreshments.

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Risky Business

July 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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A summer blockbuster released in August 1983. An enterprising teenage boy (Tom Cruise) turns his parents’ house into a temporary brothel when they go on vacation, and learns some lessons about real life. Music by Tangerine Dream.

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Meet the Author: Amy Bass

July 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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In ONE GOAL: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, Amy Bass tells the timely and inspiring story of how the Lewiston community and its newly arrived Somali immigrants came together on the soccer field to chase dreams of national glory. Amy Bass is a professor of history in New York and lived in Lewiston for four years as a student at Bates College. Her writing has appeared in Slate, Salon, and CNN Opinion,…

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Ghostbusters (1984)

July 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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The big hit from the summer of 1984. When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver star. Directed by Ivan Reitman.

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Back to the Future

July 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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It’s the mid-80’s. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Marty’s mission: he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time. Free admission and refreshments.

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August 2018

Ghostbusters (2016)

August 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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One of the top 10 highest-grossing films from the summer of 2016, a female-led reboot of the franchise that began in 1984. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig. Free admission and refreshments.

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The Big Sick

August 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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The sleeper hit from the summer of 2017 and one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Based on a true story. Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after a standup set. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing. Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano star. Free admission and refreshments.

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September 2018

Book Talk with Katherine Silva

September 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Downtown Abbey meets American Horror Story in Silva’s new novella, published in April.  She is the Midcoast Maine author of the Monstrum Chronicles series, a connoisseur of coffee, and victim of crazy cat shenanigans. Her second book in the series, Aequitas, was nominated for a 2013 Maine Literary award. She published her first comedy, Night Time, Dotted Line in November 2013. She is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, New England Horror Writers Association, and founder of…

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Annual Meeting of Friends of Patten Free Library with Guest Author

September 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Annual Meeting of the Friends of Patten Free Library with Guest Author Kate Clark Flora on Monday September 24th at 6:30 pm at the Library. All welcome.

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October 2018

Richard Reichner in Concert

October 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Richard is an accomplished 6- and 12-string acoustic guitarist/singer with a wide variety of musical styles. He plays ‘original covers’….fresh, inventive interpretations of well-known, enjoyable songs that audiences immediately recognize but have not heard in a while. The result is acoustic music which is both familiar and new…and satisfying.

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Meet the Author: Abdi Nor Iftin

October 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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"Call Me American: A Memoir" is the incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America–first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card. Parts of his story were first heard on the BBC World Service and This American Life. Now a proud resident of Portland, on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin’s dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon…

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“Mask” (1985)

October 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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The true story of Rocky Dennis, a young man who has craniodiaphyseal dysplasia, a fatal disease which causes facial disfigurement. Rocky is the son of biker Rusty, and he is accepted without question by his mom’s boyfriends and her cycle buddies, but treated with pity and disgust by much of the outside world. Eric Stoltz, Cher, and Sam Elliott star. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

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“Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor (Vincent Price) whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward (Johnny Depp) had an irresistible charm, he wasn’t quite perfect. The inventor’s sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest) took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward’s fantastic adventures in a pastel…

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The Ku Klux Klan in Maine

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
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The State of Maine and the Ku Klux Klan… It’s an improbable antithesis, but indeed the KKK took root in Maine in the 1920s. Mark Alan Leslie will tell the tale of the rise and fall of this organization which, now and again, still makes headlines in Maine today. Leslie’s new novel The Crossing tells the story of a fictional, tight-knit town in western Maine, where a charismatic Klan leader draws a large following when he targets Catholic immigrants, Jews,…

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“The Elephant Man” (1980)

October 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the “the Elephant Man.” Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft). Directed by David…

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Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

October 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Patten Free Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with a talk by Siena College Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Georgetown resident, Ray Boisvert. “Frankenstein’ is about as familiar a name as one can find. Its meaning, though, is most often associated with films rather than with the novel. This talk will focus on the novel. It will explore topics raised there, along with some contemporary manifestations. Among them: letter writing (a lost art…

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November 2018

Pete Kilpatrick Solo Concert

November 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Portland based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process. Kilpatrick’s band has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed more than 1,400 shows. They have shared the stage with…

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“Gods and Monsters” (1998)

November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Once a powerful Hollywood director best known for “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein,” James Whale (Ian McKellen) is long since retired and in increasingly poor health. His stalwart housekeeper, Hanna (Lynn Redgrave), quietly disapproves of Whale’s faceless, nameless parade of young gay lovers, but when the director takes an interest in new gardener Clayton Boone (Brendan Fraser), a former Marine and Korean War veteran, it seems to be for something more than his usual casual conquest.

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Meet Author Patricia O’Toole: “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made”

November 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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By the author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, a penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). The Moralist is a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs. Patricia O’Toole lives in Camden. The Mustard Seed Bookstore will handle sales.

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Bath-Tsugaru Student Exchange Program Annual Meeting

November 14, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Come learn about the activities of the group this year and help brainstorm solutions for challenges ahead.

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Midcoast Maine in World War II-Author Margaret Shiels Konitzky

November 17, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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While World War II raged overseas, the people of midcoast Maine responded with remarkable achievements on the homefront. The shipyard at Bath Iron Works launched a new destroyer every seventeen days. Bowdoin College had more military than civilian students and held three commencements per year. Boothbay Harbor, Bailey Island and Damariscotta all had military bases, and anyone who owned or sailed a boat was recruited for coastal defense. Women worked at machine shops, registered their neighbors for rationing and volunteered…

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December 2018

DaPonte String Quartert Concert

December 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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$25 – $30

Join the Patten Free Library for an evening with the DaPonte String Quartet in our historic Reading Room. MORE INFORMATION TO COME.

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February 2019

In the Shadow of Pittsburgh: Making Sense of Anti-Semitism

Tuesday February 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Bowdoinham resident Howard Solomon grew up just outside of Pittsburgh and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He is a student of history, and taught at New York University and Tufts University for more than 33 years. Solomon, who is Jewish, spent his career teaching courses about groups of people he says were pushed to the margins of historical memory. He’s also worked as an advocate for those currently marginalized. He’s received honors for his work for the LGBT community, and…

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“Gifford Pinchot & the Old Timers” by Bibi Gaston

Wednesday February 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Originally from Maine and a frequent visitor to Bath, Bibi Gaston is a licensed professional Landscape Architect. She has provided landscape architecture, design, site planning, and environmental consulting services for public and private clients throughout the United States since 1986. She believes in the founding precepts of her profession, that landscape architecture, at its best, reflects a balance between man and nature. Not a story of the great man or the great event, but a narrative by and for the…

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John Ford’s “The Searchers”

Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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John Wayne plays ex-Confederate soldier Ethan Edwards, an Indian-hater who believes more in bullets than words. He’s out to find his young niece, who’s been taken captive by the renegade Comanches who massacred her family. In his obsessive quest, Ethan finds something unexpected: his own humanity. Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, and Natalie Wood also star. Free admission & refreshments.

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John Ford’s “The Quiet Man”

Tuesday February 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Winner of two Academy Awards and nominated for five others. John Ford directs John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in this romantic comedy. Sean Thornton, an American prizefighter who swears off boxing after accidentally killing an opponent, returns to the Irish town of his birth, and finds happiness when he falls in love with the hot-tempered sister of a belligerent neighbor. Trouble ensues over the payment of her dowry.

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March 2019

Colin Woodard (Sponsored by Friends of Patten Free Library)

Saturday March 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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In an American Nations/American Character fusion talk, Woodard will discuss North America's rival regional cultures and their effect on history, politics, and the American future, while also exploring the ongoing debates throughout history between the fight for individual rights and the community as a whole. His other books include The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier; Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas; and The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the…

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John Ford’s “Mister Roberts”

Tuesday March 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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James Cagney, Henry Fonda, and Jack Lemmon star in this comedy-drama about life aboard a Navy cargo ship in Pacific waters during World War II. The monotonous non-combat duty of a fun-loving crew is enlivened by a feud between the petty, intolerant captain and an impetuous, highly-respected cargo officer whose continuous efforts to get a transfer to combat duty are blocked by the captain. Jack Lemmon won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar; the film was nominated for Best Picture.

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John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley”

Tuesday March 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn. A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time. Starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O’Hara. Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best Cinematography.

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John Ford’s “Young Mr. Lincoln”

Tuesday March 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Henry Fonda stars in a fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. Before he became known to his nation and the world, Lincoln moves from a Kentucky cabin to Springfield, Illinois to begin his law practice. He defends two men accused of murder in a political brawl, suffers the death of his girlfriend Ann, courts his future wife Mary Todd, and agrees to go into politics.

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“Now Read This” Book Group: Meg Wolitzer’s “The Wife”

Wednesday March 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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One of bestselling author Meg Wolitzer’s most beloved books—an “acerbically funny” (Entertainment Weekly) and “intelligent…portrait of deception” (The New York Times). New members always welcome.

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John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath”

Tuesday March 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The Joad clan, introduced to the world in John Steinbeck’s iconic novel, is looking for a better life in California. After their drought-ridden farm is seized by the bank, the family — led by just-paroled son Tom — loads up a truck and heads west. On the road, beset by hardships, the Joads meet dozens of other families making the same trek and holding onto the same dream. Once in California, however, the Joads soon realize that the Promised Land…

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April 2019

Louis Sockalexis Remembered

Wednesday April 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Louise Sockalexis was the first-known Native American to play professional baseball. He inspired the nickname for the Cleveland professional baseball team in 1897 and paved the way for other pioneer American Indian baseball players, like Jim Thorpe and Hall of Fame pitcher Charlie Bender. He almost certainly broke professional baseball’s color barrier 50 years before Jackie Robinson and endured similar experiences. Edward Rice grew up in Bangor and spent a career in journalism. He is the author of Baseball’s First…

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Wesley McNair Remembers Donald Hall & Jane Kenyon

Tuesday April 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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In honor of National Poetry Month, Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with poets Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the middle 1970’s, when he lived ten miles away from the two of them in New Hampshire. Interspersing his account with poems and personal anecdotes, McNair will show how he and his NH neighbors developed as poets of place, all drawing on details from the same patch of ground to create New England visions…

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Down to Earth – Climate Justice Stories

Thursday April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Free

Join us for an evening with activist and filmmaker Andy Burt, House District 88 Representative Chloe Maxmin, our Teen Library Council, and Morse High School’s Green Club. We will discuss the film and learn how we can take action in our communities.

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A Night at the Patten

Saturday April 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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$60

Join the Patten Free Library staff and trustees to celebrate the library and the places we live. Buy tickets at http://bit.ly/2SyA9m1

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Children’s Book Sale

Tuesday April 30, 2019 - Wednesday May 1, 2019
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Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Children's Book Sale for all ages! Come and browse and bring home some gently used books for your pleasure! Donations only, no set prices. Organized by the Friends of Patten Free Library to help support programs at the library.

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May 2019

Share & Share Alike: Round Two

Friday May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Our first Share & Share Alike in March was so popular, we’ve scheduled another one. Come laugh and learn with your neighbors for an evening of “lightning round talks” with a variety of speakers. Seven community members have 10 minutes each to present. After each speaker, there will be 5 minutes for Q & A, and then we’re off to the next topic! Scheduled to appear: Vince Shatto: “Building Connections: a Warm-up Activity;”  Katrina Ringrose: “The Epidemic of Restraint and…

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“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe

Tuesday May 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Jack’s performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore, wherever he performs. His background in…

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Maine Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Maine

Tuesday May 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Maine’s connection to the famous Underground Railroad that helped free runaway slaves in the mid-1800s does not begin and end with Harriet Beecher Stowe. Indeed, from Kittery to Fort Fairfield, Mainers conspired together to break the law — the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 — forming a network of “safe houses,” hiding slaves from slave hunters and scurrying them to Canada. Author Mark Alan Leslie will weave the tale of the brave families, including those from Augusta eastward, who housed…

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June 2019

Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine

Tuesday June 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Presented by author and pirate re-enactor Greg Latimer, this talk will offer insightful and factual information about Maine-based pirates as well as pirates from “away,” who, while not based in Maine, traveled to the area for a variety of purposes. Many of these facts will be new to readers, as Maine is not often considered a pirate enclave. In fact, just like today’s seasonal tourists, pirates traveled to Maine during the summer months, when the Caribbean was hot and subject…

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“Treasure Island” (1934)

Tuesday June 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Special guest, Curt Dale Clark, Artistic Director for Maine State Music Theatre, and co-author of “Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure,” which premieres June 26 and runs through July 13. Visit www.msmt.org to purchase tickets. This film is the first sound version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of a young English lad, a one-legged pirate named Long John Silver and a quest for buried treasure. Jackie Cooper, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, and Otto Kruger star. Directed by Victor…

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The Two Sides of Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday June 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson published “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” a charming collection still read by and to children today. In 1886, he published “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a brilliant and frightening tale of Gothic horror that probes the darkest corners of human nature. How do we reconcile the two sides of Stevenson’s genius? Join David Ingmundson for a discussion of the author, his work, his childhood, his illnesses, successes, and fears. Perhaps the answers…

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“Captain Blood” (1935)

Tuesday June 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate. Co-starring Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. Directed by Michael Curtiz.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)

Tuesday June 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The first (and some say the best) of the Jack Sparrow series. Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley star. Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love–the governor’s daughter–from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead. Sponsored by

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July 2019

Author & Sailor Zeke Holland: “A Satisfying Sail around the World”

Tuesday July 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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The ultimate cruise. Not to break speed records, not to face the extremes of high latitudes, not to be the youngest circumnavigator — this is world sailing for the rest of us. To meet the routine challenges of the sea, weather, breakdowns, and crew living in a confined space in stressful conditions. To savor the joys of the stars, the dolphins at the bows, the sensation of being moved by the wind, a destination appearing on the horizon, a welcome…

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“The Princess Bride” (1987)

Tuesday July 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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An elderly man reads his bedridden grandson the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love. Directed by Rob Reiner, screenplay by William Goldman, and starring Carey Elwes, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin. A cult classic! Sponsored by

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“The Black Swan” (1942)

Tuesday July 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Caribbean of buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor’s pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight. Tyrone Power, Maureen O’Hara, George Sanders and Anthony Quinn star. Sponsored by

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“Captain Phillips” (2013)

Tuesday July 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Tom Hanks stars in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Nominated for six Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. Sponsored by

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“The Crimson Pirate” (1952)

Tuesday July 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings-on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay. Sponsored by

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“The Buccaneer” (1958)

Tuesday July 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet. Starring Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, and Charlton Heston. Directed by Anthony Quinn. Sponsored by

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August 2019

Author & Physician Chuck Radis, DO: “Go by Boat”

Saturday August 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Doc Martin meets All Creatures Great and Small in this uniquely American true tale about an island physician off the coast of Maine. Fresh out of training, Dr. Chuck Radis convinces his wife, Sandi, to move to Peaks Island to fulfill a Public Health scholarship obligation. Absent-minded and initially oblivious to island mores, Dr. Radis slowly adapts to a medical practice where x-rays and advanced laboratory testing are available only on the mainland. When he travels to the outer islands of Casco…

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Stephen Collins Presents: “Sailing towards My Father,” a play about Herman Melville

Tuesday August 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Bath, ME 04530 United States
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Renowned actor Stephen Collins returns to Patten Free Library as Herman Melville. The show “Sailing towards My Father” by Carl A. Rossi is a one-man play about Herman Melville, the 19th century writer best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick. The play explores his complex relationships with his family and friends, God and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Herman Melville was born 200 years ago on August 1, 1819. He was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance…

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