Programs & Events

General Interest | Business | Newcomers | Seniors | Technology

General Interest

Author Visit: John Lawrence Reynolds | Accessing the Hidden Job Market |
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month | Celebrate Black History Month |
ComicCon @ the Library! | Golden Oak™ Award Reading Program |
Home Inspections Made Easy | Laurier Lecture Series VI |
Lifescapes: Memoir Writing | Lower Your Taxes Today |
Short Story Workshop | Volunteering in Halton

 

Golden Oak™ Award Reading Program

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The Golden Oak™ Award reading program is designed for new adult learners and adult ESL students. It is one of eight programs that form the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading®, Canada's largest recreational reading program.

Read from the list of Canadian fiction and non-fiction books nominated for the 2015 Golden Oak™ Award. Choose the winner by voting for your favourite nominated book at the library in May!

Start reading the 2015 Golden Oak™ Nominees!

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

Program offered in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton and the Halton Catholic District School Board.

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."

Book Cover - Beach Strip

Author Visit: John Lawrence Reynolds

Award-winning author, John Lawrence Reynolds will visit Milton Public Library to talk about and read from his book Beach Strip, a mystery set in Hamilton, Ontario.


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
    • March 2, 16
    • April 20
    • May 4
  • Location: Main Library
  • Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in

A joint initiative of Milton Public Library and Volunteer Halton.

Lower Your Taxes Today

The number one expense for nearly every Canadian is taxes. Save on taxes now and in the future. Learn about tax credits, tax deductions, and tax incentives.

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

Short Story Workshop

Writing

In this six-week short story workshop, author Larry Brown will help you develop your writing sparks - creating characters, settings and situations, and drawing on these details to write short stories. You will leave the workshop with at least three stories written and ideas for many more.

  • Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 to May 12
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Register at the Ask Us desk
  • Cost: $30 to be paid at time of registration

Home Inspections Made Easy

Shopping for a new home? Learn how to tell the difference between your dream home and a money pit. Presented by Certified Master Inspector Jim Bodnarchuk.

ComicCon @ the Library!

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Comic Book Festival

On May 2nd, celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Fortress Comics and pick up your free comic book.

On May 3rd, join us for ComicCon at the library! Enjoy an afternoon of costumes, author / illustrator / collector talks, crafts, games and more.

Saturday, May 2
Fortress Comics
150 Mill Street, Milton, Ontario
Drop-in

Sunday, May 3
1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
All ages
Drop-in

Accessing the Hidden Job Market

Experts say only 20% of job openings are advertised. How do you access the rest? Learn how to create job seeker summary and how to network effectively.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 12
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register by calling The Centre at 905-693-8458 ext. 101

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

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Award-winning author and storyteller, Rukhsana Khan, will present entertaining stories of South Asian culture and the experience of immigrating to Canada. Suitable for all ages.

  • Date: Saturday, May 23
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main
  • Drop-in

Business

Branding Your Business

Build-Your-Business Workshop

A strong brand allows you to instantly connect with your customers. Come in and learn how to build and strengthen your brand.

Skilled Trades Talk

Explore career opportunities in the skilled trades with a specialist. Learn about apprenticeship and skilled trades certification that can help you start your career.

Main Library Session

  • Date: Tuesday, April 7
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Register: Call Natasha Petit at 905-693-8103 ext 207

Beaty Branch Session

  • Date: Wednesday, April 8
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Register: Call Natasha Petit at 905-693-8103 ext 207

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

Financial Basics: Understanding Financial Statements

Learn how to record and maintain financial records for your small business including balance sheets, cash flow and income statements. Learn about tools to analyze them.

  • Dates: Wednesday, April 22
  • Time: 6:30 - 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.

Network It!

Looking for some inspiration? Come in and connect with local small business entrepreneurs and freelancers. Coffee and snacks provided.

  • Date: Monday, May 11
  • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Drop-in

Starting a Small Business

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

  • Dates: Wednesday, May 13
  • 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.

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!

Newcomers

The Canadian Citizenship Workshop

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

  • Days: Tuesdays on
    • March 31
    • May 26
  • 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
    • March 10, 24
    • April 7, 21
    • May 5, 12
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in

Beaty Branch Session

  • Days: Thursdays on
    • February 26
    • March 12, 26
    • April 9, 23
    • May 7, 14
  • 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
    • March 4, 18
    • April 15, 29
    • May 13, 27
  • 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
    • March 3, 17
    • April 14, 28
    • May 12
  • 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.

Poetry

Drop in and join our Open Mic Poetry Slam. Bring your favourite poems.

  • Date: Thursday, April 16
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab
  • Drop-in

Find Your Online Voice: Learn to Blog

Get your story told! Drop in and learn how to create a dynamic blog.

  • Date: Thursday, May 21
  • Time: 1:30 - 2:30 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
    • February 26 - CANCELLED
    • March 26
    • May 28
  • 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: Wednesday, March 4 or Thursday, March 12
  • 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.

Creativity App Lounge

Drop in and learn about the best apps for photo, video and audio editing (for both Apple and Android). Discover new apps and share your favourites.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 18
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library, Watsons & Associates Children's Room
  • Drop-in

Computers for Beginners

Senior Tech Talks

Learn general computer knowledge and basic computer skills. This four-week beginner course focuses on a different computer topic each week: computer basics, Internet basics, email basics, and social media basics. Bring your own laptop, if possible.

  • Workshop Dates: Thursdays, April 16 to May 7
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: Main Library, Flint Computer Lab
  • 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.