November 25, 2017
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Patten Free Library to Host Common Application Workshop

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Registration opens August 2 for an August 15 workshop on the Common Application for college admission. The event is for rising high school seniors and will be held at Patten Free Library from 6-8 p.m. in the library’s reference room and teen space. Several local college counselors will be on hand to help students learn the basics about the Common Application web site and to get a jump-start in developing a strong personal profile. The event is free and open to any high school senior; pre-registration is required.

“We’re calling the workshop ‘The First Annual Pizza Pity Party’” says Roberta Jordan, Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Patten. “We will open the library after regular hours on a Thursday night so that students can have the run of our reference room and teen space as they get to work on the Common Application, which is available on-line as of August 1. We hope that the combination of free assistance, free pizza, and free reign of the library provides a fun way to get ahead of the curve in the college application process and ease the pain of getting started.”

Morse High School guidance counselor Leslie Trundy will be on hand to assist, as will Rebecca Kosakowski, a local independent college consultant.

Interested students must pre-register for the event (to get an accurate head count for pizza). If students have their own laptop, they should bring it with them. The library can provide computer access for up to twelve students who don’t have their own computer; public computers will be made available on a first-come, first served basis. Students may register by email ( or by phone, 443-5141, extension 25. When registering, please provide the registrant’s full name, contact information (email or phone), and indicate whether the registrant will bring a laptop or needs to reserve a library computer.