Programs & Events

General Interest | Business | Newcomers | Seniors | Technology

General Interest

Celebrate Black History Month | Conquer the Blank Page
Laurier Lecture Series VI | Lifescapes: Memoir Writing | Local History and Genealogy Open House |
Secrets of Online Job Searching | Volunteering in Halton

 

Conquer the Blank Page

Writing

This workshop will help you create characters, experiment with dialogue, story openings and scenes. Some of your work will be shared with the class but most of the time will be spent writing and stockpiling material. Led by local author, Larry Brown.

  • Date: Saturday, January 31st
  • Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Register at the Ask Us desk
  • Cost: $10 to be paid at time of registration

Volunteering in Halton

A representative from Volunteer Halton will be available to help you find volunteer opportunities in your community.There are volunteer opportunities for all ages and we can assist by guiding you through the Volunteer Halton database for volunteer positions

  • Days: Mondays on
    • February 2
  • Location: Main Library
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in

A joint initiative of Milton Public Library and Volunteer Halton.

Poster promoting emigration to Canada, 1914

Local History and Genealogy Open House

Drop in and discover the diverse collection of resources available at the library. Get hands-on experience with online resources, browse publications and historical scrapbooks.

Come with your questions and discover what we have!

  • Date: Wednesday, February 11
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab, 2nd floor
  • Drop-in

Secrets of Online Job Searching

An industry expert will share the secrets behind powerful online job search websites and how to get your resume in front of the employer every time.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 17
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Call 905-693-8458 ext 101 to book your appointment.

Program offered by The Centre: Skills Development & Training, Milton Employment Services in partnership with Milton Public Library.

Celebrate Black History Month

Muhtadi, African drummer

Enjoy music and entertainment through a participative drumming experience with master African drummer Muhtadi. Suitable for all ages.

  • Date: Saturday, February 28
  • Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Drop-in

Founder/Artistic Director - Muhtadi

Muhtadi has been performing professionally for over 30 years, nationally and internationally, as well as devoting much time to community arts programs in schools and community centres. Trinidad-born, he immigrated to Canada in 1974.

In 2000, he founded the Muhtadi International Drumming Festival and has been artistic director from its inception. As one of Canada's premier percussionists, Muhtadi plays djembe, bongos, congas, timbales, steel pan, and a wide assortment of other percussion instruments. He has worked with such renowned performers as Mary Wilson from The Supremes; award-winning percussionist and composer Ralph MacDonald ('Where Is The Love", "Mister Magic"); calypsonians Lord Kitchener, Duke, Sparrow, Super Blue and Baron; and many more. Each year he returns to Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival to perform with the world-famous Desperadoes Steel Orchestra–a 100-piece steel orchestra–for the annual Panorama Steel Band Competition.

International performances also include Cuba, St. Kitts, Taiwan, India, United States, and Mexico. In Toronto, Muhtadi has performed at the Queen's Jubilee, Lion Dance Festival, Winterfest, Yonge Street Festival, and numerous jazz festivals.

In addition, Muhtadi has conducted many percussion workshops across Canada and internationally for a wide variety of communities. He has the distinguished honour of being the only artist to work with Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre from their beginning in 1992 to the present. In 1996, Muhtadi received a Canada Council award for a study tour in Senegal to work with elders of Senegal and Guinea. He has received awards from Music Africa and the Town of Markham. He has been a music Judge for Caribana for over 12 years, as well as for the Kiwanis Music Festival and the City of Toronto subway musicians (buskers).

In June 2004, Muhtadi received commendations from the 12 Division Community Police Liaison Committee in Toronto for his work with a group of young people from the York region who have been labeled "at-risk kids," that is, potential young offenders.

On February 19, 2005, Muhtadi was featured on CBC's (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Global Village, "an award-winning radio show that brings listeners news about music, musicians, musical events, musical traditions, musical innovations and just plain musical life as it happens all around the world."

Lifescapes: Memoir Writing

Writing

Everyone has a story to tell. Let us help you write your memoirs. Lifescapes is a 10 week, progressive, guided writing program. All of the Lifescapes stories will be published in an anthology.

Be inspired! Read other memoirs - writen by past participants.

  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7
  • End Date: March 11
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Call 905-875-2665 ext 3263 or email information@mpl.on.ca.
  • Cost: $50 (includes workbook and one copy of the anthology).

Yoga Resources and Therapy

The library's yoga resources will be highlighted in this session led by certified yoga therapist, Kelly McArdle, of Nelumbo Yoga. Learn how yoga therapy adapts the practice of yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health programs.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 25
  • Time: CANCELLED
  • Location: Main Library

Business

Build a Business Website

Build-Your-Business Workshop

Is your business online yet? Why not? Join us as we explore online resources to build your own business website. Suitable for beginners.

Social Media for Business

Build-Your-Business Workshop

Come and learn some tips and tricks to market your business using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and more!

Starting a Small Business

Resources to help you succeed including registrations, regulations, licences, taxes, financing options, and more.

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 11
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register by calling Access Halton at 905-825-6000
  • Cost: $25

Presented by Halton Region's Business Development Centre in partnership with Regional libraries.

Newcomers

The Canadian Citizenship Workshop

This one-day program includes practice tests, checking your application online, and lots more.

  • Days: Tuesdays on
    • January 20
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Beaty Branch
  • Register: Call the Halton Multicultural Council, 905-842-2486 ext 233

A joint initiative of Milton Public Library and Halton Multicultural Council (funded by CIC).

Related Citizenship Resources Online @ your library®

LearningExpress Library LearningExpress Library is an online learning portal offering opportunities to take practice Canadian Citizenship exams and more.

Local citizenship resources.


ESL Conversation Circles

Build your confidence speaking English and meet new people weekly.

  • Weekly Meetings: Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Beaty Branch
  • Information: Call the Halton Multicultual Council at 905-842-2486 ext. 241

A joint initiative of Milton Public Library and Halton Multicultural Council (funded by CIC).

Commissioner of Oaths & Settlement Service

The representative is a Commissioner of Oaths and as such can certify documents not only for newcomers but for the general public as well. This is a free service.

Main Library Session

  • Days: Tuesdays on
    • January 13, 27
    • February 10, 24
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in

Beaty Branch Session

  • Days: Thursdays on
    • January 8, 22
    • February 12, 26
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Drop-in

Program offered by The Centre: Skills Development & Training, Milton Employment Services in partnership with Milton Public Library.

Settlement Worker @ the Library

If you are new to Canada and need help getting settled, a visiting settlement worker from the Halton Multicultural Council can assist you in many ways: government document application, employment and job search, information and referral to local services, document translation, help with school enrolment, budgeting, finding affordable housing, and much more.

Main Library Session

  • Days: Wednesdays on
    • January 21
    • February 4, 18
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Make an appointment by calling Jacky at the Halton Multicultural Council, 905-842-2486 ext 233

Beaty Branch Session

  • Days: Tuesdays on
    • February 3, 17
  • Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Make an appointment by calling Jacky at the Halton Multicultural Council, 905-842-2486 ext 233

A joint initiative of Milton Public Library and Halton Multicultural Council (funded by CIC).

Seniors

Scrabble

Seniors: Thursdays are Special

Meet old friends and make new ones. Every week a different activity is offered: cards, board games, book talks and more.

  • Weekly: Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab, 2nd floor

Ask staff about our wide range of collections, services and programs for you.

Storytelling

Drop in and tell your stories in our first annual storytelling event.

  • Date: Thursday, February 5
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab
  • Drop-in

Seniors' Tech Talks

Senior Tech Talks

Drop in and learn more about using your device, including how to use Online Library resources. Bring your questions!

  • Days: Thursdays on
    • January 29
    • February 26
  • Time:: 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab, 2nd floor
  • Drop-in

Technology

Windows 8 for Beginners

Windows 8

Learn about Windows 8 OS basics by navigating features including your 'Start screen', tiles, apps, and charms. Discover how to complete daily tasks such as connecting to Wi-Fi networks and accessing email.

  • Date: Thursday, February 26
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Register: Call 905-875-2665 ext 3263 or email information@mpl.on.ca.

One-on-One with a Technology Coach

One on One Technology Help

An Information Specialist is always available to help you in-person, on the phone, and via email. During peak hours, it may be difficult to devote enough time to answer some questions in detail. So, why not book an Information Specialist! Call or email us to book an individualized 30 minute session to get you started with:

  • Technology applications such as file management, searching the Internet, et cetera.
  • Navigating our website
  • Searching our library catalogues
  • Using Ancestry Library Edition
  • Exploring our Business resources
  • Accessing eBooks or eAudiobooks
  • Choosing an eReading device
  • Setting up an email account

Location: Main Library, 2nd floor
Register: Call 905-875-2665 ext 3241 or email natalie.marlowe@mpl.on.ca.

Note: These sessions are designed to teach applications. We will not be able to provide hardware set-up or troubleshooting.