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Please note that effective September 2, 2014, the following change will be made to the Library Fine and Fee Structure:
An inclusive program that strives to engage all children in the joy of reading throughout the summer while championing Canadian writers and illustrators. The program helps connect families with books and build confidence in reading through the delivery of free incentives and fun, and accessible library activities.
This year’s theme is Eureka! which means, I found it! Milton Public Library is hosting a Discovery Day @ The Library to launch the program. Kids are invited to participate in multiple events and activities including the hunt for hidden treasure!
Milton Transit and Milton Public Library are partnering again to launch the Read & Ride Program which runs from July 2 – August 30, 2014. Youth (14 years and younger) are encouraged to travel to MPL using environmentally-friendly Milton Transit to pick up reading materials and attend programs. Youth ride for free when they show their MPL card with a Milton Transit sticker on it. Stickers are available at Main Library and Beaty Branch.
Mayor Krantz will officially launch this years' Read & Ride with a tree planting.
Join us afterwards at Beaty Branch and Main Library for Discovery Day @ the Library, the official launch of the TD Summer Reading Club.
Book lovers united after regular Library hours on June 9, 2014 at the Main Library to share their passion for reading and get an insider's look at upcoming bestsellers and other hidden gems. This year, attendees also got the first glimpse of Milton’s newly unveiled book for One Book, One Milton – Milton’s first-ever community-wide read designed to encourage everyone in our community to read the same book. Many participants walked away with Milton’s newly selected book, Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor, in-hand.
Two publishers' representatives, otherwise known as the "Dewey Divas", Lahring Tribe (Random House of Canada) and Andrea Colquhoun (Penguin Books Canada), gave more than 80 community participants a glance into their top book picks, discussed intriguing characters, plot twists, and extraordinary storylines, while being cautious not to divulge too much.
Audience members voted for their “favourite Dewey Pick”, and the winning title, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin will be added to MPL's book club kit selection for more people to enjoy and discuss. Participants were treated to cheesecake lollipops and other delicious treats, an assortment of "mocktails" and door prizes – and fortunately, everyone left with a door prize.
Looking for a fun way to get your kids active this summer? How about a triathlon?
Milton Public Library (MPL) will host a tent display and sign kids up for the 2014 TD Summer Reading Program on Sunday, July 13th as part of the Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlon in Milton.
Families are invited to drop-by and enjoy MPL’s “book nook” and a story time for little feet that need a rest following the triathlon. MPL’s display can be found in the FUN ZONE and will showcase resources about sports, summer, and outdoor activities – all of which encourage families to enjoy being active together.
The objective of the Tri-FUN event series is to provide a supportive, family environment that celebrates individual achievement through the great sport of triathlon – it’s a motivating way for kids to get fit, have fun and gain confidence. Participation in sports also provides physical, mental and emotional benefits that can support children through improved cognitive function for better learning, improved physical literacy, and the ability to lead healthy lives with a sense of social well-being.
Please visit Tri-FUN Kids for complete event details. Hope to see you there!
Milton Public Library invites you to the One Book, One Milton launch on Monday, June 9th starting at 7:00 p.m. Come and find out what everyone in Milton will be reading this summer, and be the first to get a copy!
One Book, One Milton is Milton’s first-ever community-wide read designed to encourage everyone in our community to read the same book. Milton’s chosen book will be unveiled the evening of June 9th at MPL’s AfterHours event at Main Library (1010 Main St. East, MinMaxx Hall).
One Book, One Milton will connect and engage the community through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book – its contents, themes and relevance. Miltonians will also have an opportunity to meet the author on November 10, and attend events centered around the themes contained within Milton’s big read. Milton Public Library would like to thank the following partners for their support in making this initiative possible in our community: Milton Centre for the Arts, Milton Canadian Champion, and Indigo Milton.
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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.
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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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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 achievements—their 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.