Now through Dec. 16, people have a chance to win toys and support their local library.

Patten Free Library is conducting a toy raffle, with more than a dozen items up for grabs, that will benefit its services. An anonymous donor and the owners of Island Treasure Toys have donated the toys being raffled off, which include Monster High doll sets, Superman wall poster, Melissa & Doug desk, a ride-on push car and a Geo Play, among the items.

Tickets are available at the main circulation desk for $1 each. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the “special” raffle ticket deals — get 6 tickets for $5 and 12 tickets for $10.

“Small fundraisers like this are great opportunity for the library and the community to come together to support literacy and promote lifelong learning in our community,” said Library Director Lesley Dolinger, in a press release. “A lot of people think you have to be rich to give back, but even the smallest donation can make a big difference.”

According to information provided by the library, it has more than 9,000 cardholders and offers hundreds of programs a year.

Dori’s Daring Girls is a recently launched program, a weekly gathering for girls age 9-11, where they get to create, connect and explore within the safety of the library. Another recent program was a workshop for exploring ancestry in the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room hosted a workshop for exploring ancestry, and planning for the popular annual Town History series of programs is underway.

The library is always exploring new ways to create an active and engaging learning space, the press release stated, including hosting a weekly Lego Robotics group, keeping a collection of iPads for patron use, and offering a highly trained and professional staff of librarians.

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