Seniors' Programs and Events

Seniors' Social

Every Thursday, come and meet new and old friends. Play card games, board games, visit and choose a book or two.

Flint Computer Lab on the second floor

Main Library

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Christmas Tea

Join the festivities with new and old friends. Enjoy refreshments and good cheer at the Christmas Tea.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Main Library

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Online Resources

Your Online Library

Enjoy newspapers, magazines, books, articles, images, videos and more from the comfort of your home. Trusted content at your fingertips covering news, hobbies, research, health & wellness -- to name a few.

Your Community

Local and regional news, community directory, weather and more.

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat

Information and services delivered by the Ontario government to seniors.

Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition makes family research easy for beginners and advanced family historians alike. It is an essential genealogical tool with thousands of databases and billions of names, including vital statistics (birth, marriage and death records), census, church, court, military and immigration records and so much more. International coverage including Canada.

Drop into Main Library or Beaty Branch today and get started with access to Ancestry Library Edition.

Access is in library only.

Genealogy Basics Course (Online)

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites which you can access while you're enrolled in the class. When you are finished the course, you may continue your research at the library using Ancestry Library Edition. This free online course runs for 6 weeks with new sessions beginning every month. Enroll today!

Genealogy Magazines

Genealogy is one of Canada'ts fastest growing hobbies. Enjoy full text fully imaged articles and more in our easy-access online magazine collection. Start exploring Genealogy as a hobby now.

Early Canadiana Online

Access a rich collection of early Canadian print heritage featuring works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th century. Some content may be restricted to in library use only.

Start exploring Early Canadiana Online now.


Access a vast and unique collection chronicling Canada and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. The genealogy collection includes a number of resources including:

  • Homestead grant registers
  • Naturalization certificates from the Upper and Lower Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
  • Parish registers
  • Upper Canada Land Books
  • Upper Canada Sundries

Start exploring Héritage now.

Page and document level searching is available when used in-library. Ad-free in-library only.

Milton & Halton Resources

Milton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access digital newspaper pages and index entries from the Milton Canadian Champion. Some digital pages from the Milton Weekly Tribune and Nassagaweya Country News are also available.

Halton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access over 200,000 digital newspaper pages and over 440,000 index entries covering the region of Halton. Includes births, marriages and deaths and articles appearing in the Acton Free Press, Burlington Gazette, Canadian Champion, Georgetown Herald and others..

Need the Microfilm Original?

The library has a selection of older newspapers on Microfilm and Microfiche. Most of these are available digitally through our website in the Milton Digital Newspaper Archive. If you would prefer to see the microfilm please visit Main Library. The microfilm reader is on the second floor. Call ahead to reserve a time at 905-875-2665 ext. 3263.

If you cannot make it into the library, we can make copies of the actual notices from the Canadian Champion. Please provide the citation (name of newspaper, date, page and column number, name of article). Cost: $10.00 for the first citation and $5.00 for each subsequent citation up to five requests. Email our information desk for this service. Please include your mailing address in the email.

Milton Memories

Enjoy the unique stories of the town's longest residents.

Do you have memories of Milton that you would like to share? Join in our Memories of Milton project by sending us a written story, an oral story, or any photographs or other ephemera that you would like to share


Lifescapes was a 10-week guided memoir writing program offered by the library from 2012 to 2017. At the end of each program, an anthology of each participant's stories was published. Print copies of the anthologies may be borrowed from the library or viewed online:

Lifescapes Titles
Year Title Link to PDF file
2012 Through the Rear View Mirror Online
2013 Backward Glances Online
2014 Echoes From the Past Online
2015 Meaningful Memories Online
2016 Once Upon a Memory Online
2017 Reflections Online

Adult Programs and Events

From book clubs and contests to workshops and programs, there's always something happening for adults here at your library. We plan new and unique events throughout the year.

We also have some great programs that we run every year, such as One Book, One Milton, the Laurier Milton Lecture Seriesand the DIY Maker Fest.

View Program Calendar for Adults.

View Seniors' Resources

Adult Programs - Spring 2018

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Milton Philharmonic Orchestra: La Traviata Preview

Thu Mar 8 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library

From September 2017 through May 2018, musicians from the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Main Library. This program is made possible through funding from the Ontario Arts Council. The concerts will be held in the Bandura Fireside Lounge. Space is limited so please register to reserve your spot.

Be the first to experience the Milton Philharmonic's production of La Traviata in this exclusive intimate performance.

Milton Public Library Idea Lab: Sparking ideas; Starting conversations

Everyday Life in Medieval England

Wed Mar 21 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library

This is the first in a new series of talks entitled, "Idea Lab: Sparking ideas; Starting conversations." Explore life as it was in fourteenth-century England. Satisfy your curiosity about what people really ate, wore, invented, and believed in the time of knights and ladies. Perfect for history buffs, and fans of historical fiction and fantasy, this talk is presented by Danièle Cybulskie, TEDx speaker and author of The Five Minute Medievalist. Please register.

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The Power of the Table

Wed Mar 28  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

The first program in our "Wellness Within" series will be a talk by local author, Roslyn Fisher, on the concepts presented in her book, The Power of the Table. Break the emotional eating cycle and bring back family connections, confidence and positive self image. Learn super-easy, practical ways to confidently eat better while nourishing your relationships with those you love most. Please register.

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Women and Money

Wed Apr 8  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Women have unique financial concerns as they tend to live longer on less money than men. This course will focus on what women need to know to build wealth, protect themselves, and protect the people they care about. Presented by Liane LaBarbera, Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Milton. Please register.

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Mindfulness Meditation

Wed Apr 11  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

In the second program in our "Wellness Within" series, become inspired to incorporate practical mindfulness strategies in your everyday life to give your body the support it needs to heal and your mind the calmness required to live in presence and joy. Presented by Angie Kingma, OT Reg. (Ont.), RP. Please register.

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Climate Reality: An Engineering Perspective on Climate Change

Wed Apr 18  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Main Library


This is the second talk in a new series entitled, "Idea Lab: Sparking ideas; Starting conversations." In recognition of "Earth Day" this week, come out and learn how bad climate disruptions may get and what we can do about it. Hear about the scientific predictions and solutions from Yannick Trottier, a professional engineer specializing in climate change. Please register.

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Mindful Eating

Wed Apr 25  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

In the third program in our "Wellness Within" series, find out how to reconnect your body and mind. Learn to identify hunger cues and change your relationship with food. Presented by Karolina Otto, Registered Dietician. Please register.

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From September 2017 through May 2018, musicians from the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Main Library. This program is made possible through funding from the Ontario Arts Council. The concerts will be held in the Bandura Fireside Lounge. Space is limited so please register to reserve your spot.

Experience the energy and optimism of the 1960s through a retrospective of the hits of The Beatles.

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Exploring All Forms of Weather

Wed May 2  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

This is the third and final talk in a new series entitled, "Idea Lab: Sparking ideas; Starting conversations." Ontario has some of the most interesting weather in the world. Learn about fallstreak holes, superior mirages and more This thought-provoking presentation combines Ontario's weather uniqueness, power and beauty. Presented by David T. Chapman, Professional Photographer and Storm Chaser. Please register.

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Milton Philharmonic Orchestra: Season Finale

Sun May 6  2:00 - 3:00 pm

Main Library

From September 2017 through May 2018, musicians from the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Main Library. This program is made possible through funding from the Ontario Arts Council. The concerts will be held in the Bandura Fireside Lounge. Space is limited so please register to reserve your spot.

Bring the whole family to enjoy a performance and meet local musicians from the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Creating a Pollination Garden

Wed May 9  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

Learn which plant species native bees and butterflies favour and create a space where these pollinators can thrive. Presented by Milton and District Horticultural Society. Please register.

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Label Reading Made Easy

Wed May 16 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Main Library

The fourth and final talk in our "Wellness Within" series. Take the mystery out of food labels. Sobey's Registered Dietitian, Brittany Raftis, will show key elements of label reading and how to use nutrition labels to compare products and make healthier choices. Please register.

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Strategically Marketing Your Home

Wed May 23  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Join Andrew Cosgrove from Sotheby's International Realty Canada, as he provides a take-home, easy-to-understand approach to successfully marketing your home. You'll leave with tips and tools that could make the difference when you do choose to sell you home. Please register.

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Japanese Book Binding

Wed May 30  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Main Library

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, learn about wonderful washi (paper) and build a book structure using traditional tools and materials (1 project per person). Suitable for ages 12 and older. Please register.

2017 - 2018 Laurier Milton Lecture Series

Overview of Lecture Series

Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to partner with the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Library to present the ninth "Laurier Milton Lecture Series."

Wilfrid Laurier has long supported the public role of academics to bring their knowledge and thinking outside of the classroom. The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of important topics. We are pleased that the presentations represent the current research and analysis of members of different Faculties and University Departments/Programs.

The lecture series is a partnership between the Town of MiltonWilfrid Laurier University, and the Milton Public Library.

Admission is free.

All lectures take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the dates noted below at the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton.

Please note: Some or all of the lectures may be filmed and televised on TVCOGECO. 

Please register online or call Milton Public Library 905-875-2665 ext. 3263

Lecture Series Schedule

October 11, 2017

Forensic Psychology: How to Elicit Accurate Testimony from Child Eyewitnesses

By Dr. Kim Roberts, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

November 8, 2017

Making Games to Change the World

By Dr. Scott Nicholson, Department of Game Design and Development, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

December 13, 2017

The Making of General Sir Arthur Currie

By Mark Humphries, Department of History, Faculty of Arts

January 10, 2018

The Physical and Human Dimension of Global Climate Change

By Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science and Dr. Manuel Riemer, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

February 14, 2018

The Communities of Community Music 

By Brandon Leis, Faculty of Music

March 14, 2018

What Does It Mean to Indigenize Education?

By Erin Hodson, Indigenous Curriculum speciality, Wilfrid Laurier University

April 11, 2018

The Myth of The Age of Enlightenment: Millennials, Austerity, and Hope 

By Dr. James Cairns, Social and Environmental Justice, Faculty of Liberal Arts

May 9, 2018

Just Trying to Fit in: The Importance of Friendship for Immigrant Youth in Canada

By Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Department of Human Rights and Human Diversity, Faculty of Liberal Arts

Self-Directed Book Clubs FAQs

Can I pick up another member's books on my card?

Yes, but you are personally responsible for any charges incurred for late, missing or damaged items. In essence, the book is signed out to you and you're letting a friend use it.

Can we suggest purchases?

Yes! Suggestions to purchase will go to the staff responsible for purchasing book club kits. Staff will then decide if your suggestion meets our book club selection criteria.

Do we have to come to the Main Branch to pick up and drop off items?

Book club items must be picked up at the Main Library but can be returned to the Beaty Branch.

What happens if I pick up my book after the one week hold period?

The return date will be set when you reserve your book club title. It must be returned by that date regardless of when you pick it up.

How far in advance can I reserve a Book Club Kit?

Up to one year.

What are the late fees?

The late fees are the same as our regular late fees for adult books.

Can Book Club Kits be renewed?

There are no renewals for book club items.

When do I pick up my books?

You specify your pick up preference when reserving titles. You will be contacted when your books are ready for pick up.

Can our self-directed book club meet at the library?