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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

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 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

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!

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.