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June 30, 2015 - updated July 21, 2015
A more user friendly online catalogue experience is on its way in July!
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.
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.
For help, just ‘Ask Us’ at the desk,
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
To learn more, pick-up a copy of this newly printed document at Main Library or Beaty Branch, or view it online .
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.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
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:
September 19, 2014 - Updated September 25, 2014
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.
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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.
Director, Community Services
Town of Milton
905-878-7252, ext. 2180
Town of Milton
905-878-7252, ext. 2154
CEO and Chief Librarian
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3252
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3295
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:
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Milton Public Library
905-875-2665, ext. 3295
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.
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 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: email@example.com.
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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