Leading to Reading

Readers Needed

Do you have a reluctant reader in grades 1-4? Do they avoid reading or reading aloud to you? Support your child's reading skills as they read one-on-one with a teen volunteer and play fun literacy based games.

Please print Leading to Reading application forms or pick up in person at either Main Library or Beaty Branch beginning May 23. Applications are due June 20.
This is a lottery based program and all successful applicants will be notified by June 28.

Sessions (6 weeks):
Tuesdays, July 17-August 21,  7:00-8:00 pm, Beaty Branch
Wednesdays, July 18-August 22, 10:00-11:00 am, Main Library

Teen Programs and Events

Summer 2018

Registration for summer programs opens Monday June 25th at 9:30 am. Register in person or online using the links found at each program description. Don't forget to pick up your library card in advanced of the registration date. See you there!

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Judge a Book by its Cover

June 1-29

Main Library &

Beaty Branch 

Ages 12-17. Every week we’ll have a new cover for you to judge. Drop by Main Library or Beaty Branch to write us a creative summary based only on what you see. Weekly prizes to be won. 

Pride Flag

Finding Your Voice LGTBQ+ Youth Workshop

Sat June 16


Main Library

Ages 12-17 youth + allies. Celebrate Pride. Join us for a pizza party, followed by a workshop. held in partnership with the Positive Space Network. Please register here. Free. 

Young Girl Studying Open Book

Exam Cram

June 20-27

Main Library &

Beaty Branch

Grades 9-12. Let us help you prepare for your exams. Drop by the library for study space and destress with colouring tables, mad libs, and puzzles.   

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Connect the Dots: Youth Newcomer Welcome Party

Mon Jul 9


Main Library

Ages 12-17. Join us for a fun evening of games, activities, and information, and get to know your library. Join the Summer Reading Club, get a library card, tour the building, and meet great people who can help you settle here in Milton. Hosted in partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council. Please register here .

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Blind Date with a Book: SRC Edition

July 3-17

Main Library &

Beaty Branch

Ages 14-17. Kick off Summer Reading Club with some mystery reads. Pick out a book based only on its profile, check it out, and unwrap to enjoy! Don't forget to log your reading in our online Summer Reading Club Portal!

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Webcomic Wednesday with J. Torres

Wed Jul 11


Main Library

Ages 11-13. Learn how to create your own webcomic using free apps in this workshop. Bring your own device if you want to continue working on your project from home. Please register here.

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Teen Team Trivia

Thu Jul 19


Beaty Branch

Ages 13-17. Test your knowledge of pop culture with a night of competitive team trivia. Restaurant-style set up with plenty to eat and drink. Register here, either as a team, or as an individual and meet new people!

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Ancient Egypt and 3D Printing Demo with Loretta Penny

Wed Jul 25


Main Library

Ages 10-13. Take a trip through Ancient Egypt and learn about its history, technology, and culture in this hands on session. Then, learn how 3D scanning and printing are used by museums to recreate artifacts. Please register here .

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Painting Potter-fest

Thu Aug 9


FirstOntario Arts

Centre Milton

Ages 11-17. Join us for Harry Potter painting party! Get step-by-step instruction to create your artwork and enjoy some fun treats while you paint. All painting abilities welcome. Cost: $10/teen. Held in partnership with the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Please register here .

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FIFA '18 PS4 Gaming Tournament

Thu Aug 16


Beaty Branch 

Ages 11-13. Come by the Beaty Branch to test your gaming skills in this tournament- style program. Will you be the winner? Space limited. Please register here . 

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Get Cooking: Tapas for Teens

Fri Aug 17


PC Cooking School

1820 Main St E

Ages 11-14. Join us at the PC Cooking School for an afternoon of cooking. Learn to make your own treats, take on a store-wide scavenger hunt, and get tips on how to eat healthy! Hosted at the Real Canadian Superstore, second floor. Cost: $5/teen. Please register here .

Please Note: PC Cooking School is not a nut-free facility. Allergies and dietary restrictions will be passed along to facilitators. 

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Put Pen to Paper Awards Ceremony

Mon Aug 27


Beaty Branch

Winners of Put Pen to Paper will be announced! Celebrate your accomplishments with an author talk by 2018 Red Maple Nominee, Vikki VanSickle. Winners will also be announced. Family and friends welcome.

Choose #Kindness 

Read diverse books. Promote acceptance, tolerance and empathy by reading about an experience different from your own. 

Click on the title or book cover to access the catalogue.

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. 

Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

On the first day at his new school, Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan--especially because Leo is a trans guy and isn't out at his new school.

Then Leo stands up for a classmate in a fight and they become friends. With Leo's help and support, the classmate, who is a trans girl, prepares to come out and transition--to find a new name, Kate, and live a truth that has been kept secret for too long. Kate and Leo are surrounded by bigots, but they have each other, and they have hope in their future.


American Panda by Gloria Chao

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese. But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love...

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.  There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). In The Sun is Also a Star, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience.

Two teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love.

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

According to the main character, there are three kinds of people in her world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Jasmine de los Santos has always done what's expected of her. She's studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud, and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship to the school of her dreams. And then everything shatters. Her parents are forced to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all, and the very real threat of deportation. As she's trying to make sense of who she is in this new reality, her world is turned upside down again by Royce Blakely. He's funny, caring, and spontaneous - basically everything she's been looking for at the worst possible time, and now he's something else she may lose.

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Library News

February 8, 2018

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - February 11-12, 2018

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable from Sunday, February 11th at 5:15 p.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, February 12th for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Hoopla Digital
  • The automated telephone circulation system

Please ensure that you renew any items checked out before that time. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

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Teen Programs and Events

Spring 2018

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Newcomer Homework Help


Feb 25 to May 31 (excludes Mar 15)

6:30-8:00pm, Beaty Branch

Grades 8-12. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with newcomer students to assist with school work. Please bring homework and supplies to program. Register through the Halton Multicultural Council at 905-842-2486 x 248.

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Acts of Green Teen Selfie Contest

Apr 3-22


Ages 12-17. Celebrate Earth Day and help take care of your community. Let us know about a "green" act you completed by tweeting us a selfie to @Milton_Library. Prizes to be won.

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Put Pen to Paper Short Story Contest

Online Submissions from

Apr 6 to July 6

Grades 6-12. MPL's annual short story writing contest is back! Visit the teen webpage in April for contest details.

Harry Potter Glasses and Scar


Fri Apr 6

7:00-9:00pm, Main Library

Grades 9-12. Free your inner geek! Join us for an after-hours program with trivia, games, prizes, and more. Meet others in your fandom or join a new one. Drop-In, no registration required. Doors open at 6:45pm, entry closes at 7:15pm. 

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Adulting 101: Plan Your Future

Sat Apr 14

1:00-4:00pm, Main Library

Ages 14-17. Learn to create a budget, plan your finances for university/college, practice interview skills, explore potential careers, and learn how to network. Hosted by JA Canada. Please register here.  

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Evil Genius Lab


May 1, 8, 15

4:30-5:30pm, Beaty Branch

Ages 11-13. Join us for this three-week maker program and experiment with different technologies. Test out new apps, build cool contraptions, and play around with cool library tech! Space is limited, cost is $5.00 per teen. Please register here

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ComicCon @ The Library

Sat May 5

12:30-4:30 pm, Main Library

All ages. Join us for MPL's fourth annual ComicCon. Swing by for an afternoon of cosplay, art contests, crafts, games, character visits, and more! Drop-in, no registration required.