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The Milton Chamber of Commerce is planning its first Milton Business Expo on April 22 at the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre (555 Industrial Drive). This event will host more than 65 exhibitors, including Milton Public Library (MPL) booth #37 and will draw from over 790 Chamber members and the balance of the Milton business community. The Milton Business Expo will feature mini seminars, with a focus on Business Etiquette for the 21st Century, speed networking sessions and a Business After Hours component.
Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 5th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 5th will be 1:00-5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.
April 4, 2014 - Updated April14, 2014
Battle of the Books is back! Next week elementary students will be gearing up for the annual book based trivia tournament.
The Battle of the Books is an event hosted by the Milton Public Library that invites student representatives from various elementary schools in Milton in grades 3 to 5 (junior) and grades 6 to 8 (senior) to meet and test their knowledge of popular books they have read. Student teams are alternately asked a set of questions based on books, and are given 30 seconds to give the correct author, title or character. The team with the most points wins the battle.
The Junior Round Robins will take place at Beaty Branch on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information about the Senior Round Robins, Milton Grand Battle and Halton Regional Grand Battle, please visit our Battle of the Books page.
The following schools will be participating this year:
Best of luck to all teams!
Holy Rosary and St. Anthony of Padua advance to the Milton Grand Battle.
Lumen Christi and St. Anthony of Padua advance to the Milton Grand Battle.
For the second year in a row, Miltonians borrowed more than one million library items in 2013, although this incredible milestone was reached two-and-a-half weeks earlier than in 2012. As articulated in Milton Public Library's (MPL) newly released 2013 Annual Report, library usage and statistics are up in most areas of library service delivery. MPL's Board Chair Ken Jacobsen presented the 2013 Annual Report to Milton Town Council on Monday, January 27, 2014.
"Miltonians continue to want more from their library more books, movies, games, eBooks, eMusic and programs," said Chair Ken Jacobsen. "Residents are visiting their library in record numbers both in-person and online, and we continue to meet the very real needs and expectations of our incredible and growing community. The statistics show that we are clearly making a difference in the lives of Miltonians, and for that, the Board and staff could not be more proud," he said.
"The 2013 Milton Fall Fair provided an opportunity for Board Members and senior staff to open up discussions directly with Miltonians about what they would like to see in their library of the future. We are taking this feedback into consideration as we plan for the future, including the development of a new library location in the west end of Milton," said Leslie Fitch, CEO, Milton Public Library. "In late summer, we were delighted to learn that 86% of residents are satisfied with their library the highest approval rating of the Town services reviewed and there appears to be a correlation between library usage and residents feeling like 'a part of the community'", she said.
Highlights of Milton Public Library Usage: 2013 Annual Report
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What were Milton's favourite reads of 2013? We've compiled a list of the top ten books, ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines read by Adults, Young Adults and Kids. Some may surprise you!
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Did you know that 1 in 4 people living in Milton are presently accessing services from an agency funded by United Way Milton? We are pleased to announce that staff from the Town of Milton and Milton Public Library raised a total of $24,619.68 to help make a difference in the lives of people and their families living in our community through this year's Annual Employee Payroll Deduction Campaign.
The campaign theme was "Helping our Community Soar" with the following slogan, "Shoot for the Stars" which is inspired by Chris Hadfield, former Canadian astronaut who grew up in Milton and was the first Canadian to walk in space. Funds were raised in multiple ways including draws, a BBQ, and auctions. Thank you to all for their generosity.
Left: Susie Bogart (Campaign Co-chair), Kari Veno (Marketing & Communications, MPL), Cathie Boyle (Campaign Co-chair) present the cheque to April Edworthy (Campaign Associate, United Way Milton).
United Way committee members included: Brian Ellsworth, Kathleen Chafe, Rhianna Basinger, Christina McTavish, Linda Schmidtgall, Brett Kelly, Amanda Martin, and Kari Veno.
Photo courtesy of Riziero Vertolli / Metroland West Media Group
From left, Deputy Chief Librarian Susan Mickalow, library board member Arnold Huffman, library board chair Ken Jacobsen, CEO and Chief Librarian Leslie Fitch, Our Digital World board member Brian Bell, Champion editor Karen Miceli, software developer Walter Lewis, Milton Historical Society President and library board member Jan Mowbray and Metroland West Media Group general manager David Harvey officially launch the digitization.
On October 24th as part of Ontario Public Library Week, Milton Public Library launched the digitization of the Milton Canadian Champion. The newspaper archive will allow Miltonians to fully access digitized copies of the Champion dating back to 1862 and will replace the library's microfiche. Milton's new digital newspaper archive makes cultural and historical information about Milton and its people available to anyone, at any time. Please take the time to explore its wealth of information and discover your extraordinary story today! For more information, please visit our genealogy page.
Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW) recognizes the important contribution Ontario's libraries make to the economic health and quality of life in our communities through their role in preserving and providing access to information in all its forms. OPLW is celebrated annually during the fourth week of October, and this year, Ontario Public Library Week runs from Oct. 20 26, 2013 with the theme,Libraries Connect. October is designated as Canadian Library Month and throughout Canada, the month raises public awareness of the valuable role that libraries play in the everyday lives of Canadians.
Cookies will be offered each morning at Main Library and Beaty Branch.
The Town of Milton and the Milton Public Library are inviting members of the public to share their thoughts and opinions on how both organizations can improve community facilities, programs and services.
The Town of Milton and Milton Public Library are concurrently preparing updates to the Community Services Department Master Plan and to the Library Master Plan. These two separate yet complementary documents will guide future direction of innovative and fiscally responsible recreation, culture, facilities, parks, programs and services. Both Master Plans require extensive community consultation in order to identify and prioritize opportunities, issues and recommendations, as well as plan for the proposed Sherwood Community Centre (on the west side of Milton).
All are welcome to attend a Community Input Event on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to share their thoughts and priorities relating to leisure and recreation programs, library services, parks and facilities. The event will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Milton Sports Centre (Banquet Room). Attendance should be confirmed with Denise Black at 905-878-7252, ext. 2539 or by e-mailing email@example.com by October 18, 2013. Free child care will be available during the session; ASL interpreters will also be available, upon advance request.
"Many of the programs and services we offer encourage Miltonians to be healthy, active and creative, which are important for a balanced lifestyle," said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. "On behalf of Milton Council, I encourage members of the community to help us shape the future of our parks, recreation, cultural and library services by attending this event or sharing their opinions electronically."
"Members of the Milton Public Library Board and senior staff hosted a booth at the Milton Fall Fair and had the chance to speak with hundreds of Miltonians about their library experience," said Ken Jacobsen, Chair, Milton Public Library Board. "It was a very worthwhile and meaningful opportunity, and we look forward to obtaining more feedback on October 22 and beyond."
Those unable to attend the event are encouraged to provide input through the Town's website, where they can also find more information about the community consultation process.
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September 19, 2013 - updated October 11, 2013
Members of the Milton Public Library Board and senior staff are hosting a booth at the Fall Fair Sept. 27-29 to seek feedback from Miltonians about what you want from MPL in the future. Visit us in building #2, let us know your thoughts, and you could win a Kobo reader! Congratulations to Louise Aiello who won the Kobo Mini!
MPL is committed to engaging and meeting the needs of the community in new and innovative ways, and hearing from you is the best way to inform the process. The Milton Public Library (in conjunction with the Town's Community Services Department) is preparing an update to its Library Master Plan to guide library facilities and services over the next five years, including the proposed Sherwood Community Centre. Community input is much appreciated and will greatly assist with both short and long-term decision-making and planning.
Should you have any questions or comments, please contact the Milton Public Library:
Kari Veno, phone 905-875-2665 (x3295) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
MPL's annual short story writing contest Put Pen to Paper now in its sixth year recognized six writers (from Grades 6-12) at an awards ceremony on August 12, 2013.
This year's short stories demonstrated that inspiration can come from anywhere, as the writers charmed the judges with their choice of language, imagery, and voice. Participants showed outstanding awareness of many social issues facing today's youth while striving for change in their environment. Author Matt Beam spoke at the awards ceremony and discussed life as a writer and the creative process.
Congratulations to the winners and to all of the participants for sharing their stories and their dedication to the written word. The winners include:
From July 2 to August 30, children 14 years and under can enjoy free rides on Milton Transit by showing their validated library card upon boarding any conventional service bus.
Validation stickers are available at the Milton Public Library (Main Library, 1010 Main St. East and Beaty Branch, 945 Fourth Line).
Congratulations to the following winners of the You're the Artist bus design colouring contest!
The winning designs will be displayed on an ad inside all Milton Transit buses until the end of September. Thank you to all participants!
More than 65 community members gathered at the Milton Public Library (Main Library) the evening of July 8, 2013 to hear the real-life stories of Miltonians who have recently written a book of memoirs.
For the second year, MPL Librarian Joan Faehrmann, has led a memoir writing program called Lifescapes which helps people to share their wonderful stories, experiences, and achievementstheir lives. Canadian author, Larry Brown, also provided some guidance to the writing group. This year's anthology of memoirs, Backward Glances can be borrowed from the Library.
If you are interested in discovering your own rich history and creating the Story of You please contact the Library for assistance through various programs and online databases.
Begin unravelling your past and start your journey today! Everyone has a story to tell.
Intended to introduce some fun into what book to read next, Miltonians can choose from a selection of books wrapped in brown paper that contain hints and clues as to the type of book that lies within. On the heels of Canada Day and throughout July, the titles selected within the mystery loans will be works by Canadian authors and will represent all genres of fiction general, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, inspirational, western and will also include some non-fiction.
So get ready to set a course for adventure this summer and find your next great read. When you return your Library book, don't forget to rate your date and provide feedback about your blind date experience!
MPL had a lot to celebrate with the community on Saturday, June 15th. More than 200 Miltonians at Main Library and another 60 at Beaty Branch celebrated the launch of the Read and Ride Program and TD Summer Reading Club, in addition to celebrating the birthday of beloved children's author Eric Carle.
Mayor Gord Krantz kicked-off the event at Main Library, along with Councillor Arnold Huffman (MPL Board Member), Kristin Collver (MPL Board Member), Susan Mickalow (MPL Deputy Chief Librarian) and staff members from Milton Transit. Eric Carle, who is most famous for his picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, follows a caterpillar as it eats its way through a wide variety of food before emerging as a butterfly. In keeping with this theme, Mayor Krantz and staff at Beaty released more than 20 butterflies at each location, along with many enthusiastic little helpers. Library staff cared for the butterflies through their various life stages (including egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult/imago) for many weeks to prepare them for their launch debut. At the Main Library, participants were treated to a visit from Disney's Belle and Beaty Branch participants received a special visit from a magician. Other exciting activities included face painting, crafts, prizes, and a scavenger hunt.
This summer, kids are encouraged to visit MPL and sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club this year's theme is "Go!". Kids can go anywhere their imagination can take them this summer by visiting MPL and discovering art, science and places around the world as a Club member. After picking up a Club passport and activity booklet, they can read to win prizes and have the opportunity to play various games.
Kids are also encouraged to travel to the Library using environmentally-friendly Milton Transit for reading programs and materials to keep up their reading skills and interest-level over the summer period. Children and youth ride for free when they show their Library card between July 2 - August 30, 2013 with a Milton Transit sticker on it (stickers are available at Main Library and Beaty Branch). This is the 5th year that Milton Public Library and Milton Transit have partnered to offer the popular Read and Ride Program.
Please note that effective September 1, 2013, the following change will be made to the Library Fine and Fee Structure:
If you are looking for a great source of inspiration in the kitchen this summer, then look no further MPL has recently launched a new community cooking blog called Milton Cooks. Miltonians are encouraged to show off their cooking skills, share their kitchen tips, post their reviews and don't forget to also share the disasters! Just Cook it! Eat it! Post it!
Whether you are trying to cook your own meals, eat healthy, save money or make dishes that appeal to the whole family, Milton Cooks and MPL's vast cookbook collection can help you to further explore the world of cooking. The idea for Milton Cooks stems from the Cook Book Club that MPL launched last fall which successfully united Milton foodies.
Visit the blog and enter to win dinner for two by participating in the Milton Cooks Challenge simply by sharing your cooking experience on the blog. The contest runs until September 1, 2013 and there are eight cooking challenges (for every challenge you select, your post will be entered as a ballot to win):
Follow these simple steps to participate:
We look forward to your fun, fresh and seasonal recipes!
Library patrons received a special visit from the owls of Mountsberg Raptor Centre on June 5 as part of Clean Air Day, while listening to the first public reading of Halton Region's new picture book, Ka-Pow to Powerjams.
The book is the third one in a three-book series (about animals, ecology and the environment) and features young owls and their raptor friends. Ka-Pow to Powerjams introduces a power failure during a winter storm, touching on energy reduction and emergency preparedness themes. Children and their families walked away with a signed copy of the book written by Beckie Jas, environmental health specialist at Halton Region, and graphic designer and illustrator, Brandon Koepke, from Hamilton. Three lucky participants also walked away with free conservation park passes.
Book lovers united after regular Library hours on June 3, 2013 at the Main Library to share their passion for reading and get an insider's look at upcoming bestsellers, book club favourites and other hidden gems.
Two publishers' representatives, otherwise known as the "Dewey Divas", Lahring Tribe (Random House of Canada) and Andrea Colquhoun (Penguin Books Canada), gave approximately 80 community participants a glimpse into their top book picks, discussed intriguing characters, plot twists, and extraordinary storylines, while being cautious not to divulge too much.
Audience members had an opportunity to vote for their top three books, and as a result the winning title, "The Dinner" by Herman Koch will be added to MPL's book club kit selection for more book clubs to enjoy and discuss. Participants were treated to a chocolate fountain, an assortment of "mocktails" and door prizes and fortunately, everyone left with a book in-hand.
From June 3 to 30, the Town of Milton and consultants Miller Dickinson Blais Inc. and Forum Research will be conducting a telephone survey of Milton residents.
This survey will help us develop an updated community profile and assist with short and long-term decision making and planning.
You may receive a call from the Town's consultants requesting that you answer questions about:
Your feedback will help us evaluate current and future programs and services.
For more information please visit the town of Milton online or call 905-878-7252 ext. 2529.
If you love books and lively discussion, you won't want to miss the Milton Public Library's upcoming "After Hours" event featuring the Dewey Divas (publishers' representatives) on Monday, June 3 at the Main Library, Milton Centre for the Arts, 1010 Main St. East.
"This event is a lot of fun and a great way to get an insider's look at great reads and other hidden gems just in time for summer," said Leslie Fitch, CEO, Milton Public Library. "The event is open to everyone, and may be of special interest in particular to people involved in a book club."
The event will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and tickets are available for $8 in advance (at both the Main Library and Beaty branch) or $10 at the door. In addition to door prizes and a dessert bar, participants can vote for their favourite book which will be added to the book club collection.
Love it or hate it, come and discuss it! Learn more about in-library staff-led book clubs or book club kits for your own club.
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Last fall, MPL launched a Cook Book Club that successfully united Milton foodies, and due to its success, we are now launching a cooking blog, Milton Cooks. This is a community cooking blog to allow Miltonians to show off their cooking skills, post reviews, and share kitchen tips (and don't forget the disasters!).
It's easy to participate - just follow these simple steps:
Remember to include the title of the cookbook and the recipe name. We'll do the rest!
This summer, take the Milton Cooks Challenge and you could win! Begins June 1st.
Thanks to Milton Council, Miltonians will have enhanced access to MPL beginning on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) when it begins opening at 9:30 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. Monday through to Saturday.
"We are very grateful for the ongoing support from the Mayor and Milton Council," said Milton Public Library Board Chair Ken Jacobsen. "Improved hours will give Miltonians further access to this terrific facility, and it will position MPL to support the community's phenomenal growth and future needs."
Opening at 9:30 a.m. maximizes facility use, enhances opportunities for programs and services, and is consistent with hours of operation with similarly-sized main libraries in other communities.
"We are delighted to welcome you to the Main Library even earlier starting in June," said Leslie Fitch, CEO, Milton Public Library. "Miltonians will now have more time to use their library for enjoyment, practical need and inspiration, and we look forward to seeing you at 9:30 a.m.," she said.
May 9, 2013 - Updated May 31, 2013
Congratulations to the Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School Senior Battle of the Books team and Gardiner Public Schools Junior Battle of the Books team from Halton Hills for winning the 2013 Halton Regional Battle of the Books Contest held on May 9th at Halton Hills Public Library. During the Regional competition, teams from Milton competed against others from Burlington, Oakville and Halton Hills.
The 2013 returning Champions for the Milton Grand Battle, held on April 22nd, were Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School winner of both the junior and senior titles!
The Battle of the Books is an annual event hosted by the Milton Public Library that invites student representatives from various elementary schools in Milton in grades 3 to 5 (junior) and grades 6 to 8 (senior) to meet and test their knowledge of popular books that they have read. Student teams are alternately asked a set of questions based on books, and are given 30 seconds to give the correct author, title or character. The team with the most points wins the battle.
Congratulations to all of the school teams that participated in this year's challenge!
The Junior team is featured on the left; the Senior team is featured on the right.
Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 13th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 13th will be 1:00-5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.