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October 28, 2015

Ontario's Culture Strategy

The Provincial Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), is looking to develop a Cultural Strategy that aims to connect all Ontarians to the broadest range of services. The Ministry defines culture as:

“… the way we remember, tell and celebrate our stories.”

To help guide their approach the Ministry would like as many Ontarians as possible to provide feedback directly to them on the aspects of culture that are important to you and which of course, includes public libraries.

At Milton Public Library we understand the importance of ‘telling and celebrating’ stories and we urge you to take a few minutes to connect with the province to tell your story and the role the library plays in your life.

October 7, 2015 - Updated October 20, 2015

Ontario Public Library Week

Ontario Public Library Week

Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), October 18-24, 2015, celebrates the important contribution that Ontario’s public libraries play in supporting the economic health and quality of life of our communities by fulfilling many of their information and leisure needs. Each year, since 1985, during the third week in October, public libraries across the province celebrate and promote this annual program of events.

Join us and get engaged with this year’s theme Celebrate Your Library

October 18 - 24
All Ages
Poetry / Prose Board
Tells us how you feel about your library – in rhyme or prose – on the bulletin board.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
October 18 - 24
The Evergreen Award™ Voting
Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club will vote for their favourite read from the 10 nominated titles – what’s it going to be?.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
October 18
Celebrating Stories
Celebrate Canadian authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Enjoy musical entertainment and interactive reading/writing sessions
Milton Centre for the Arts
October 22
All Ages
Crafty Pumpkins
Drop-in to make a quick and fun pumpkin craft.
Beaty Branch
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
October 22
Poetry Slam
Come and share your favourite poems.
Main Library
October 22
All ages
Scavenger Hunt
Be the first to complete the hunt for a chance to win a prize...all while getting to know your library a little better.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

June 30, 2015 - updated August 8, 2015

New Online Catalogue is Here - What You Need to Know

A more user friendly online catalogue experience is on its way in July!

Below is what you need to know before, during, and immediately after the transition to the new catalogue.


Beginning July 15th

You can now access your library account via the new catalogue.

Please note: There are some known issues that we are working through and expect to be resolved over the next couple weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  1. How do I log into my account?
    Select "login" at the top right hand corner and log in with your library barcode and pin. Click your name at the top right hand corner to view your account details.
  2. Do I have to enter my library barcode each time I log in?
    No. When you first log in you will need to log in with your library barcode and pin. You will be able to create a username with which you can log in. If you ever forget your username, you can login with your library barcode.
  3. How do I create a username?
    In your account, select "Edit Account". Enter your username in the "Alias / Nickname" field and submit.
  4. Can I start tracking my reading history again?
    In your account, select "Reading History". Select "Save Reading History" to begin recording a list of everything you borrow from the library from that point onward. Even after you've returned items, they will stay on this list for your reference. You can opt-out at any time.
  5. Can I cancel some or all my holds?
    Log in to your account and check off any holds you no longer want. Select "Update List" and you will be prompted to confirm your update. Select "Yes" to proceed. Please note: If you select "Cancel All", all your holds will be cancelled. You will be prompted to confirm. Select "No" if this is not what you wanted to do.
  6. What happens to my suspended holds from the old catalogue?
    Suspended holds will reactivate once the new catalogue becomes available. Log in to your account and "freeze" any holds that you wish to suspend. When you are ready for them, you can "unfreeze" them.
  7. What happened to the New Items lists?
    View New Items here.
  8. I just read a fantastic book that everyone should read? How do I get the word out?
  9. You can rate and add reviews to any title in the catalogue.
  10. Can I see all material about Cats written just for adults?
    Yes. When you complete a search you can further limit by Audience.
  11. My project is due tomorrow! Can I see what is available now?
    Yes. You can limit your search to what is presently Available.
  12. Will the old catalogue still be available?
    Once account access is enabled again on July 15th you will be accessing your account in the new catalogue and the old catalogue will be retired.

Between July 10th and July 15th

  1. Will the old catalogue still be available?
    On July 10th at 5:00 p.m. access to your account will be temporarily disabled so that patron accounts can be transferred to the new catalogue. You can continue to search for library materials using the catalogue. You will not be able to place holds or update your account during this time.
  2. Will I be able to check out books from the library?
    Yes. You will be able to check out books and other materials from the library during the catalogue switchover.
  3. Will I be able to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMusic?
    Yes. Access to resources in your Online Library will be unaffected by the catalogue change. There may be a brief interruption in service on July 15th when the new catalogue becomes available for the first time.

Before July 11th

  1. Have you created any lists in your library account? Print your lists before July 11th.
    Before July 11th, print your lists and shelves at the Library for free or at home. The following information stored in your library account cannot be transferred to the new system.

    • My Shelves: any information you placed on your Completed, In Progress, and For Later shelves
    • My Lists: any lists you have created
    • Your Recently Returned lists: (if you activated this feature in your online library account)
    • Your Current User Name: you will be able to create a user name for the new catalogue as of July 15th.
    • Any reviews, comments or tags you added to the catalogue.
  2. Will my holds transfer?
    Yes. Any holds you have placed will transfer to the new catalogue.
  3. What about my Libraries on the Go wish lists?
    Wish lists in your Libraries on the Go account are unaffected by the online catalogue change.

Have questions? We're here to help! Just ‘Ask Us’ at the desk.

June 16, 2015

New and Exciting Library Catalogue on the Way

On July 15th our new catalogue launches providing a much more user friendly experience. Through ‘Google’ type search results, it will be even quicker and easier to find books, music, movies and more at MPL.

Important Information regarding Reading Lists

  • You can create reading lists in the new catalogue
  • Reading lists and shelves cannot be transferred from the old catalogue
  • Come to the library between now and July 11th and print your old reading lists for free (or print from home)

For help, just ‘Ask Us’ at the desk,

May 29, 2015

Out of this World Book Signing with Chris Hadfield at MPL

One Book One Milton

Chris Hadfield with staff and volunteers

More than 1,800 Miltonians dashed into Milton Public Library on May 25 to catch a glimpse of astronaut Chris Hadfield with many having their books signed and personalized. More than 350 tickets were handed out enabling people to access the signing table and meet Chris Hadfield in person and have their photo taken. Some attendees approached the signing table with 10 books they wish to have signed, while others included all names of family members in just one book. Hadfield remained at the Library until all books were signed despite the late hour.

Col. Chris Hadfield welcomed the opportunity to visit the Library as part of One Book One Milton when he discovered his book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth had been chosen as this year's community reads title.

The Library was filled to the brim and numerous activities kept the crowd busy while they anxiously waited to have their books signed including musical entertainment by Canadian singer / songwriter Ambre McLean, space-related computer games and crafts, a robotics demonstration, a photo booth, short films and more.

Despite the wait times, MPL was overwhelmed with positive comments from community members (through social media, email and in-person) who had attended the book signing expressing their appreciation for how well organized the event was and how pleased they were to have had the opportunity to meet Chris Hadfield in person.

Did you attend the book signing and have your photo taken? Download it now. Photographs courtesy of Don Dykeman of dbd Photography.

Enjoy more photos of the event including the Robotics demonstration and more ...

Check out upcoming One Book One Milton events.

April 28, 2015

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 4th

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 4th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 4th will be 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

April 15, 2015 - updated April 16, 2015

Sign-up for MPL’s new eNewsletter!

1st eNewsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest library news, programs, resources and more in your community.

In 2013, through the Milton Community Profile survey, people said they preferred to receive information about their Library in an eNewsletter format, and MPL is pleased to respond to the community’s request to better engage, connect and communicate with local residents.

We invite you to subscribe to receive the eNewsletter. Please note, that the first eNewsletter issue was sent to patrons who consented to receiving emails from the Library prior to January 30, 2015. To receive future issues, you will need to subscribe. Subscriptions are activated once you click the link in the confirmation email sent to you. You may unsubscribe at any time.

For more information, please contact us at 905-875-2665 or by email

March 16, 2015

Accepting Applications for the Leading to Reading Program

One Book One Milton title

Milton Public Library is once again offering the “Leading to Reading Program” which pairs children in Grades 1-4 with teen volunteers to benefit children who require additional reading assistance.

Teen volunteers needed (Grades 9 to 12)

Are you are looking to make a difference this summer? Do you have a passion for reading, and would you like to share that joy with others? Earn community hours while helping children build their reading skills.

Readers needed (Grades 1 to 4)

Is your child a reluctant reader? Won’t read aloud to you? This program will enable your child to read one-on-one with a teen volunteer to help them gain confidence and improve their reading skills through fun learning-based games.

What a mother had to say about the program last year

“I just want to say thank you. My son had a great time in this course. He was so happy to say he had read three books. He also didn’t get frustrated like he does with us. I am glad that you were able to do this for kids like ours who struggle a bit in reading and never making them feel bad about it.” - mother of a child in the Leading to Reading Program in 2014.

Application packages

Application packages are now being accepted for both children and teens until May 19, 2015. Hard copies are available at the “Ask Us” desks at Beaty Branch or Main Library.

Contact us

Please do not hesitate to contact Milton Public Library for more information about this program which offers opportunities for both children and teens: 905-875-2665 or by email

February 19, 2015

Chris Hadfield to Visit Milton Public Library

His Book Chosen for Milton Community Read – One Book, One Milton

One Book One Milton title

Milton Public Library announced that Chris Hadfield’s first book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth, has been chosen as the 2015 One Book, One Milton (OBOM) community read.

One Book, One Milton encourages all of Milton to read the same book. It aims to connect and engage Miltonians through the shared experience of reading and discussing the chosen book through its contents, themes and relevance as it relates to the Milton community.

“I am particularly excited that Chris Hadfield’s book has been chosen as this year’s title as his mother, Eleanor Hadfield, was on the library board when I first came to MPL and I remember her talking with such excitement about Chris’s space-related adventures,” said MPL CEO and Chief Librarian Leslie Fitch. “We are thrilled to welcome Chris Hadfield to MPL, and also plan many community events and activities in celebration of his book in 2015.”

Hadfield’s first book, released in October 2013, offers readers stories from his life as an astronaut and shows people how to make the impossible a reality.

MPL launched its OBOM initiative in 2014 with its first book Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor.

Chris Hadfield will visit the Main Library on Monday, May 25th for a visit and book signing. During the visit, the Library will be hosting a variety of activities for all ages related to the One Book One Milton selection.

Please visit One Book, One Milton to see additional events and activities as they are added.

February 10, 2015

Potential Catalogue Disruption

Due to scheduled maintenance, patrons may experience a slower than normal response time when accessing the catalogue after hours beginning at 9 p.m. on February 11th. Normal service is expected by opening the next day.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

January 9, 2015

Milton's Top Ten Reads of 2014

One Book, One Milton 2014 Selection

What were Milton's favourite reads of 2014? We have compiled a list of the top ten books, ebooks, eaudiobooks and emagazines read by Adults, Young Adults and Kids. Some may surprise you!

View Milton's Top Ten reads of 2014.

November 4, 2014

Beaty Branch is Turning 5!

Celebrate with Us on November 15

Birthday cake

Join us and be inspired by fun family activities in celebration of Beaty’s five year anniversary on Saturday, November 15.

Drop in starting at 10:00 a.m. for a storytime and then starting at 11:30 a.m. navigate through several activity stations including a photo booth, special craft and face painting.

Since 2009, Beaty Branch has welcomed nearly 500,000 people, and circulated more than 1,184,900 items.

It is wonderful to be a part of this neighbourhood, and we look forward to celebrating with you.

  • Date: Saturday, November 15
  • Location: Beaty Branch
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Drop-in

October 28, 2014

Residents are receiving outstanding value for the investment in Milton Public Library

Show me the money data!

Now we can ... the data and results are available from an analysis that was completed of MPL’s overall economic impact on the Town of Milton.

The findings are impressive:

  • MPL creates nearly $30M in total economic impact
  • the return on investment is 467%
  • for every $1 Miltonians invest in MPL they receive $5.67 in direct benefits

To learn more, pick-up a copy of this newly printed document at Main Library or Beaty Branch, or view it online PDF File.

October 16, 2014

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - October 16, 19-20, 2014

Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's website will be temporarily unavailable on Thursday, October 16 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in preparation for system maintenance this weekend. All other online services are unaffected during this brief period.

Online services will be unavailable from Sunday, October 19 from 7:00 p.m. to Monday, October 20 at 4:00 a.m..

The library website and related services will be inaccessible during this time.

Services affected:

  • The library website and mobile website will be unavailable.
  • Account access to the Libraries on the Go, the Library's downloadable eBook and eAudiobook service, will be unavailable.
  • Account access to the Freegal Music, the Library's downloadable eMusic service, will be unavailable.
  • Classic Catalogue will be unavailable.
  • The New Catalogue will be available for searching material only.
  • Account updates, renewals and placing of holds online and by phone will be unavailable for the duration.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

October 2, 2014

Let’s Celebrate!

2014 Ontario Public Library Week & Canadian Library Month

It’s time to celebrate the role of libraries in our communities.

Special activities are planned at Milton Public Library to mark Ontario Public Library Week (October 19-25, 2014), and Canadian Library month in October.

Ontario Public Library Week recognizes the important contribution Ontario's public libraries make to education, literacy, and life-long learning in Ontario communities.

Did you know that library patrons make 72 million visits to local libraries across Ontario annually (in addition to virtual visits)?

This year’s theme is Libraries Inspire.

Join us in celebrating the valuable role that libraries play in the everyday lives of Miltonians, Ontarians, and Canadians:

October 1 -
October 31
E-wareness logo
October is E-wareness Month
Play to Win!
Evergreen Award
2014 Evergreen Award Vote
October 19 -
October 25
E-wareness Bonus Play opens online
Play to Win!
October 19
Celebrating Stories
A family festival
October 20 -
October 24
Share Your Story with Us
We're looking for inspirational and personal stories. Has the library inspired you in any way? If so, we'd like to receive your video, picture or story.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
Take MPL's Crossword Challenge
Fill out the Libraries Inspire crossword for a chance to win a Kobo Touch.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
Banned Books Display
In celebration of Freedom to Read, check out some banned books and explore the issues around book challenges.
Main Library
Bookfacing Photo Contest
Take a book with a face on the cover, hold it up in front of your own face, and snap a photo to bring your favourite book covers to life! Play to win.
Main Library
October 21
Black Thursday (2011) Directed by Antoni Krauze
Polish Film Showcase / Festiwal Polskich Filmów
October 23
iPads for Beginners
October 28
The Mole / Kret (2011) Directed by Rafael Lewandowski
Polish Film Showcase / Festiwal Polskich Filmów

September 19, 2014 - Updated September 25, 2014

Public Invited to Help Shape Milton Community

Community Services, Public Library asking for input on Draft Master Plans

The Town of Milton Community Services Department and Milton Public Library want to know what Miltonians think of the Draft Master Plans for improving community facilities, programs and services.

The draft plans, based on extensive public consultation in 2013, identify and prioritize opportunities, issues and recommendations for the next four to five years, including a plan for a new community recreation centre in Milton’s west end.

“Once finalized, these plans will guide the future direction of the town’s parks, recreation, cultural and library services,” said Gord Krantz, Milton Mayor. “On behalf of Milton Council I encourage the community to play an active role in developing and improving Milton by reviewing the plans and sharing their opinions.”

“We want to hear from you to help guide services for the future, so please drop into a session to help insure that we continue to meet your needs for many years to come” said Brad Boehmer, Milton Public Library Board Chair.

Those interested in providing input are invited to attend one of two drop-in Community Input Events on Tuesday, September 23 – an afternoon session from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or an evening session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Milton Sports Centre (Banquet Room) with Town, Library staff and project consultants on hand to listen to the feedback and answer questions.

A copy of the display boards showcased at the Community Information session is available at the Ask Us desk at both Beaty Branch and Main Library for patron review.
- or -
View the text online.

Those unable to attend the event are encouraged to voice their opinions by September 30th through the Town’s website (Community Services Department) and Milton Public Library where they can also find more information about the community consultation process.

For further information, please contact:

Town of Milton:

Jennifer Reynolds
Director, Community Services
Town of Milton
905-878-7252, ext. 2180

Julie Trites
Communications Specialist
Town of Milton
905-878-7252, ext. 2154

Milton Public Library:

Leslie Fitch
CEO and Chief Librarian
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3252

Kari Veno
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3295

August 28, 2014

IGNITE designation

Officially recognizes Milton Public Library as embodying the spirit of the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games

Ignite Community Partner

Milton Public Library (MPL) is pleased to announce its new IGNITE status in partnership with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

The IGNITE program recognizes organizations who have either created their own special Pan Am / Parapan Am Games-themed initiatives, or those who help increase awareness of existing projects through an association with the Games.

“We are proud to be a cultural cornerstone in Milton, and are looking forward to connecting the Milton community through Games-themed programs and events over the next year,” said Mark Williams, Manager, Information Services, Milton Public Library. “Milton Public Library will take an active role in garnering support for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games through various communications, marketing and social media channels.”

As one of more than 450 IGNITE partners in Ontario, MPL is the first public library in Ontario to receive official IGNITE status for each of its events and activities in the run up to the Games. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10–26 and the Parapan American Games August 7–15, 2015.

Please visit the following links for more information:

Media Contact:

Kari Veno
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3295

August 22, 2014

Winners of the 7th Annual Put Pen to Paper Short Story Contest Announced

2014 Put Pen to Paper Reception

Participants and their families gathered together for a reception on the evening of August 11, 2014. Stories were celebrated, winners were announced and guest author, Wesley King, spoke to those assembled.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of the participants for sharing their stories and their dedication to the written word.

Winning Stories - Junior Division

  1. Balloons by Amna Usmani
    Our first place winner showed us that sometimes a short story can simply be a small moment, which nevertheless, is significant in the lives of the characters. The themes of love, loss, and regret echoed strongly in this story and we wanted to know more about the characters and their situations. The story showed true sensitivity through its use of unique language and thoughtful character development.
  2. The Buzzer Beater by Darshan Saraff
    Our second place winner put us right in the middle of it all. Its consistent narrative voice told us an exciting story filled with interesting dialogue, and reminded us of the value of teamwork and the power of sport. The story gave us true insight into the thoughts and feelings of the main character and we hoped he would succeed at his task, which we were relieved to see that he did.
  3. One Second Left by Nick Gharabaghi
    Our third place winner was a well constructed story which kept the judges on the edge of their seats. The judges loved the story for its roundabout connection to Milton and its fast paced action, which suspended reality and even gravity for that matter. The story was vivid and fast-paced, and sent us to unearthly locations as time ticked down.

Winning Stories - Senior Division

  1. A Door to the Past by Ty Sounthong
    Our first place winner kept us completely engaged with its use of language dialogue, narrative flow, and sophisticated themes. The author wrote with confidence, giving their character a dramatic life choice which had the potential for great impact. We were reminded that our past builds our present and even future selves, and that each life event is a lesson to be learnt or a moment that builds character.
  2. One Upon a Memory by Mena Fouda
    The second place winner used dramatic language to create images or stills of life, which we could clearly picture as if we were present in the same time and place. This story took a delicate topic and sensitively explored the themes of loss, letting go and overwhelming love. We intensely experienced the characters’ emotions and came to understand their motives as they tried to make sense of a sad situation.
  3. Circa 2007 by Mehrin Siddiqi
    Our third place winner made us work, reminding us that the details we leave out of a story are just as important as the ones we put in. This story employed dramatic language to instill a sense of loss in the reader and took great chances in its use of metaphor. We were reminded that letter writing is not a lost art and its mystery author kept us in wonder.

Congratulations to our winners! View more photos from the reception.

July 25, 2014

Draft Library Master Plan Now Available

Help to shape your community by providing feedback and voicing your opinion

Cover of Draft Library Master Plan

The draft Milton Public Library Master Plan is now available for further review and feedback from members of the community.

The Master Plan sets a strategic course for the Milton Public Library over the next five years. Review the draft plan PDF File and fill out a very brief survey (available until September 30) once you have had an opportunity to review the plan in full. The continued public feedback will assist in finalizing the plan, and also references the next library branch, which will be located in Milton's west end at the Sherwood District Park in a multi-use community centre. In addition, residents are encouraged to attend one of the public open house sessions on Tuesday, September 23 to speak directly with staff and the plan authors (times and locations to be announced).

If you have any questions please phone: 905-875-2665 ext. 3295 or email:

July 7, 2014

Amendments to Library Fines and Fees

Please note that effective September 2, 2014, the following change will be made to the Library Fine and Fee Structure:

  • The maximum fine for a child's item will increase to $10.00.

Review all fines....