Evergreen Award™ 2018

The Evergreen Award™ features ten recently published Canadian books for adults.


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The Evergreen Award™ is a summer reading program for adults that connects readers from across Ontario with outstanding Canadian literature. From May to August, the 2018 Evergreen Award™ nominees will be shelved in the New and Notable sections at Main Library and Beaty Branch. Pick one up today, or place a hold online!

For each title you read, enter a ballot into our grand prize draw: we'll draw a winner at the end of the summer. Read all ten nominees to maximize your chances to win, and let us know your thoughts about each book. Maximum ten ballots per person (one per title). Ballots are available at the Information Desks at both locations, or online.

Stay tuned in the fall, when you can help pick the winning title! Library patrons across Ontario will have the chance to vote for their pick for the Evergreen Award™ 2018 winner. The winner will be announced by the Ontario Library Association.

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.


Seniors' Tea

June is Seniors' Month. Come celebrate at Main Library with tea and light refreshments. Make some new friends, and connect with other seniors in the community.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bandura Fireside Lounge

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.

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

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 - Summer 2018

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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.

Dot Art Painting of a Butterfly

Dot Painting

Tue June 12  6:30 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, come join Darlene Lent of the Métis Nation of Ontario Credit River Métis Council as she discusses the indigenous art form of dot painting, and try your hand at making some dot art. Please register.

Pages of Love

Blind Date With a Book

Mon June 18 - Fri July 6

Main Library & Beaty Branch

Celebrate Canada Day by going on a blind date with a Canadian author! Check out our selection of eligible matches in the New and Notable section starting June 18. Read the book’s “dating profile” on the wrapper and choose one that appeals to your taste…or try something new!

Conservation Halton

Crawford Lake

Tue June 19  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, join Conservation Halton to learn more about this area of natural beauty and local interest, which includes a reconstructed fifteenth century Iroquoian village. Please register.


Indigenizing Education

Mon June 25  6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month, come join Nick Bertrand as he discusses the importance of learning about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, cultures, and perspectives. Please register.

Halton Housing Help

Halton Housing Help

Mon July 23  1:00 - 3:00 PM

Main Library

Safe and affordable housing is an urgent concern in Halton Region. Join Halton Housing Help for a free workshop on finding housing support. If you need assistance but cannot attend the workshop, please call 311 and speak to Halton Housing Help directly. To attend the workshop, please register.

Halton Community Legal Services

Legal Drop-In

Fri Aug 10  2:30 - 4:00 PM

Main Library

Do you have a legal question about Ontario Works, human rights, tenants' rights, disability benefits, government pensions, employment insurance or employment standards? Come meet with a representative from Halton Community Legal Services during this free drop-in. If you can't attend but need assistance, please call 905-875-2069.