Library News

September 2016 -

July 2016 - September 2016

April 2016 - June 2016

January 2016 - March 2016

November 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 20, 2016

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Website, Online Catalogue and related services may be disrupted on Sunday, November 20 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Milton Public Library website
  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

November 4, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 5-6, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

October 31, 2016

The Friends of MPL

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of The Friends of MPL group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

Applications are now being accepted! Get your application package.

October 4, 2016

Celebrations for Ontario Public Library Week

October 16 to 22, 2016

A visit will get you thinking

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable contributions libraries play in Canadians' lives, such as supporting student success, economic growth and enhancing quality of life in communities. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), an annual fall event which was first announced by the province in 1985.

Milton Public Library (MPL) will be hosting a full suite of drop-in programs, celebrations and planned activities from October 16 to 22, 2016. The events highlight the importance of literacy, education and life-long learning and are accented by a strong and connected community feel. “We are proud to serve such a vibrant and engaged community here in Milton”, notes Brad Boehmer, Milton Public Library Board Chair. “We strive to maintain a continued emphasis on the library as a place for fostering connections between neighbours, partnership and development, civic pride, and community involvement”, he adds.

With more than one million visits by patrons in 2015, 58,000 cardholders, 248,000 online resources utilized, and over 400 new registered users a month, Milton Public Library is a cornerstone of our community.

Support your local library this month, connect with your community and join in the OPLW celebrations!

October 11 to 13 - Book O’ Lantern Contest, Main Library: Families are encouraged to decorate a pumpkin in the theme of a favourite book character and submit it to Main Library between October 11 to 13. Attendees at the Celebrating Stories festival (October 16th) will vote on the winning Book O’ Lantern. NOTE: Cut / carved pumpkins will NOT be accepted. Rules and application forms are available at MPL.

October 16 - Celebrating Stories, Milton Centre for the Arts: MPL, in partnership with the Town of Milton, Halton District School Board, and Halton Catholic District School Board, have planned this year’s Celebrating Stories free family festival for Sunday, October 16th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Stories is an annual family event which promotes reading and the importance of literacy, through introducing families to both favourite and new Canadian authors. Visit www.CelebratingStories.ca for more details.

October 16 to 22 - Scavenger Hunt, Main Library and Beaty Branch (drop-in): Children will be encouraged to get to know their libraries through a scavenger hunt by seeking out clues at either Main Library or Beaty Branch to solve a challenge.

October 16 to 22 - Evergreen™ Awards: Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Program, as well as other interested patrons, are invited to cast their votes for their favourite read of the 10 nominated Evergreen™ Award titles during OPLW.

A Visit Will Get You Thinking. Visit the Milton Public Library in-person or online and Be Inspired today.

September 12, 2016

Pay Your Fines & Fees Online

Your Milton Public Library fines and fees can now be paid easily online. If you have outstanding MPL fines or fees which total $5.00 or more, we now offer a convenient and safe online payment method. Choose to pay your outstanding fines and fees via Visa, Visa Debit or MasterCard.

The process is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:

  1. Login to your MPL account
  2. Navigate to your Fines / Fees page
  3. Complete your payment information to process payment

Your fines / fees have now been paid.

Detailed step-by-step instructions to login to your account and pay your fines or fees are available on our Catalogue Help page.

If you have questions or need technical assistance to complete payment of your fines or fees, please contact us during regular business hours at 905-875-2665 or in-person at the Main Library or Beaty Branch.

August 23, 2016

Friends of the Library

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of the Friends of the Library group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

August 9, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - August 20, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, August 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, August 21 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

July 12, 2016

Wireless Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that wireless printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

Supported formats include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and most picture formats.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, review our wireless services or speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.

June 25, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 26, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 26 at Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 19, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, June 19, 2016 between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 6, 2016

New online program registration option coming June 27th

Milton Public Library is transitioning to a new online program calendar. Beginning June 27, patrons will have the option to self-register for all programs and pay program fees online. Additional features include real-time updates of seats available, confirmation of registered seats and the ability to find programs by location and audience. Note that a valid library card is required for self-registration. Programs registered with your library card will appear in your library account for your reference.

Patrons may continue to use telephone and staff assisted options to register as well. Please visit our Circulation Desk at either our Main Library or Beaty Branch to obtain your library card today.

April 26, 2016

Milton Public Library Leverages Technology to Support
National Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of April as National Autism Awareness Month, Milton Public Library (MPL) is proud to launch a customized digital Card Deck, “MagnusCards”. MagnusCards is a free app that combines a proven method of instruction with elements of game design to help people build valuable life skills. The digital Card Decks provide step-by-step directions for various social interactions, situations, behaviours and activities. For example, grocery shopping, taking public transportation, cooking, and now, visiting the Milton Public Library.

MagnusCards are powerful allies for individuals with special cognitive needs, their parents, siblings and teachers. This unique app helps family and friends to prepare for community outings, practice skills and routines, manage tasks with less anxiety, and explore community environments with greater independence. MPL developed five different Card Decks for its custom app, including: registering for a library card, using the library catalogue, finding library items, using self check-out to borrow library items and returning a library item.

Milton Public Library’s involvement in this app demonstrates the Library’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. “The Milton Public Library strives to be inclusive of all its community members, regardless of age, ability, socio-economic status or any other factors”, shared Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming. “We are happy to have had the opportunity to contribute to this app and expand our services to the Milton community”.

Join Milton Public Library to learn more about the app MagnusCards. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 10
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Call Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming at 905-875-2665 ext 3260 or email Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca.

April 21, 2016

2016 One Book, One Milton Selection Announced

Margaret Atwood and The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood One Book, One Milton logo

One Book, One Milton 2016 promises to be an unforgettable series of events culminating with one of Canada’s foremost literary figures, Margaret Atwood, live and in-person at the Milton Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Milton Public Library invites the community to connect through the shared experience of reading and discussing The Heart Goes Last. Events and activities are planned around themes found in Margaret Atwood’s recently released book.

Visit OneBookOneMilton.ca to purchase tickets for this exclusive Margaret Atwood evening and to learn more about the related upcoming series of events. Borrow, download or purchase a copy of the book to read and enjoy.

April 6, 2016

Colour Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that colour printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, please speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.

April 1, 2016

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 9th

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 9th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 9th will be 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

March 14, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - March 21, 2016

Phone Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's phone system will be unavailable on Monday, March 21, 2016 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • There will be no incoming or outgoing phone service to the Library.
  • The automated telephone circulation system will be unavailable.
  • There will be no telephone notification of holds and overdues for the duration.
  • TTY service will be unavailable at times.

Online and in-person services are unaffected.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

January 12, 2016

Sherwood Community Centre and Library Plans Advance

At its meeting on January 11, 2016, the Town of Milton’s Committee of the Whole approved a staff report (COMS-001-16) and Component Study confirming the facility components, space allocations, and capital cost estimates for the next planned community centre in Milton, the Sherwood Community Centre and Library.

The facility will be located on the north side of Main Street West, just east of Tremaine Road and adjacent to the recently developed Sherwood District Park. The study recommends the following facility components: a branch library; a twin pad arena; an aquatic centre (a 25-metre, six-lane pool and a leisure/therapeutic pool); an active living studio, an older adult activity area (lounge, activity room and/or small kitchen along with access to shared spaces with the centre); and multi-purpose space. Other components may be considered during future phases of the planning process. Outdoor recreation facilities on site may also be considered but are not included in the current cost estimates.

“On behalf of Milton Council, we are looking forward to collaborating with the Milton Public Library in this joint community centre,” said Town of Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “As planning for the facility progresses, our main goal will be to meet the recreation, leisure and cultural needs of our growing and changing community.”

“It is an exciting time at MPL”, said Library Board Chair, Brad Boehmer. “Working with the Town to develop a new Branch Library as a component in this multi-use facility is something we have been anticipating for years”.

The estimated capital budget for the Sherwood Community Centre and Library is $50 million, with the opening anticipated for late summer or fall 2018.

The next phase of the planning process will be to undertake the business plan to assess service delivery options and to fully assess the operating costs and revenues that will impact future budgets. The subsequent phase would require the retention of project management and architectural services to begin design of the facility, pending Council approval. Opportunities for public input will be announced in future project phases.

For more information on the Sherwood Community Centre and Library, to view the staff report and to keep up-to-date on this project, visit www.milton.ca/Sherwood.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Steve Palmer
Acting Director, Community Services
905-878-7252, ext. 2581

Liliana Busnello
Communications Specialist
905-878-7252, ext. 2154

January 6, 2015

Milton's Top Ten Reads of 2015

One Book, One Milton selection 2015

What were Milton's favourite reads of 2015? Check out our lists of the top ten books, ebooks and eaudiobooks read by Adults, Young Adults and Kids. Some may surprise you!