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September 19, 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.

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: masterplans@mpl.on.ca.

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....

June 13, 2014

Discovery Day @ the Library!

2014 TD Summer Reading Club Program Launch

Eureka!

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!

June 12, 2014

Sixth Annual Read & Ride Program Launch

Read and Ride!

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.

  • Date: Saturday, June 21
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Drop-in

Join us afterwards at Beaty Branch and Main Library for Discovery Day @ the Library, the official launch of the TD Summer Reading Club.

June 10, 2014

MPL Announces One Book, One Milton Selection

The Library Hosts Another Successful AfterHours @ the Library Community Event

One Book One Milton title

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.

For more information and updates about One Book, One Milton, please visit www.onebookonemilton.ca and #OneBookOneMilton.

May 29, 2014

Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlon in Milton

Kids biking Tri Fun logo

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!

May 22, 2014

One Book, One Milton

Take part in an exciting reading journey with us starting June 9th.

One Book One Milton logo

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!

The title is secret until June 9th

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.

For more information and updates, please visit www.onebookonemilton.ca and #OneBookOneMilton.

May 1, 2014

Introducing Access Video on Demand

Access Video on Demand logo

Enjoy instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and interesting informational videos through your browser wherever you are. View 17,000 full length streaming videos on a variety of topics from over 35 producers including Broadway Digital Archive, BBC, NOVA, PBS, The Open University, and more.

  • Thousands of exclusive videos from top producers
  • Unlimited use, no waiting!
  • iPad, Android, PC, and Mac friendly
  • Closed-captioning and interactive transcripts for most videos
  • Google Translate on every page, with 53 languages to choose from

Discover more resources in your Online Library.

April 15, 2013

Milton Public Library has lots to offer the Business Community

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.

For more information about the Expo, please visit the Milton Chamber of Commerce website or follow #MiltonBizExpo.

April 8, 2013

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 5th

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

Milton's Battle of the Books Returns

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:

  • Guardian Angels
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • St. Peter
  • Holy Rosary
  • St. Anthony of Padua
  • Lumen Christi
  • Martin Street
  • Ann J. MacArthur
  • Bruce Trail
  • Escarpment View
  • Tiger Jeet Singh

Best of luck to all teams!

Junior Round Robin Results

Holy Rosary and St. Anthony of Padua advance to the Milton Grand Battle.

Senior Round Robin Results

Lumen Christi and St. Anthony of Padua advance to the Milton Grand Battle.

January 28, 2014

Library Usage Continues to Rise: MPL Releases 2013 Annual Report

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.

Residents can pick up a copy of MPL's 2013 Annual Report at Main Library or Beaty Branch, or view it online.

Highlights of Milton Public Library Usage: 2013 Annual Report

  • 1,063,801 items borrowed (physical items 979,565, eBooks 68,880 and eMusic 15,356)
  • 779,875 visits (407,577 in-person and 372,298 online)
  • Milton's population increased by 39% over the last five years, and within the same period, MPL experienced a 73% increase in circulation
  • 20% increase in the number of programs offered from 2012 to 2013
  • More than half of Miltonians have library cards – many of whom share a card within their family

Media Contact:

Kari Veno
Marketing & Communications
905-875-2665, ext. 3295

January 10, 2014

Milton's Top Ten Reads of 2013

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!

View Milton's Top Ten reads of 2013.

December 13, 2013

12 Things to Surprise You about Milton Public Library

Milton Public Library...

  1. Has music, eBooks and eAudiobooks from all genres ready for downloading or streaming.
  2. Has recently received a high community approval rating of 86% from Miltonians satisfied with their Library!
  3. Has both newly released and classic movies, music, and audiobooks to borrow.
  4. Costs only about 10 cents per person a day.
  5. Has staff that can assist you as a technology coach.
  6. Welcomes seniors to the Library every Thursday for conversation, games and book talks.
  7. Has resources to help you find a new job, improve your skills, start a small business, or if you are new to Canada.
  8. Is planning for a new branch in the west end in conjunction with the Town of Milton.
  9. Welcomes more than 7,000 people through the doors at Main Library and Beaty Branch, and more than 6,000 online visitors each week.
  10. Has resources to help you discover your family history.
  11. Has teen volunteer opportunities to gain community hours.
  12. Has a Homebound Program and Rural Library Service if you cannot make it into the Library.

Be Inspired to Check Us Out!

November 6, 2013

Giving Back and Helping Our Community Soar

2014 Annual Employee Payroll Deduction Campaign

United Way Campaign Logo

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.

United Way Campaign Total

Photo caption:

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.


October 29, 2013

Library Launches Digitization of Champion

Photo from official launch

Digitization launch

Photo courtesy of Riziero Vertolli / Metroland West Media Group

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.

October 17, 2013

Ontario Public Library Week

2013 Ontario Public Library Week

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.

How is MPL celebrating OPLW this year?

October 20 - 26
Bookfacing stations - Main Library and Beaty Branch will be setting up "Bookfacing" stations and encouraging patrons to participate. Bookfacing is when you 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 favorite book covers to life.
October 20
Celebrating Stories – Milton Public Library is a proud sponsor of this free Family Festival.
October 21
Research Monday - An afternoon of Build-Your-Business Workshops in celebration of community connections and Small Business Week.
October 22
Community Input Event - Community members are encouraged to attend an open meeting to help contribute to a vision for the future at MPL.
 
Lifescapes: Memoir Writing program begins. Capture your story!
October 24
Milton's New Digital Newspaper Archive - Join us for the public launch from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Bandura Fireside Lounge, Main Library.
October 25
Book crafts - The public is invited to visit the library and create a unique craft using old books.
October 26
Saturday storytimes - Rise'n Shine and Family Storytimes will have a special craft included in the program.
Throughout October
E-wareness Month continues

Cookies will be offered each morning at Main Library and Beaty Branch.

October 11, 2013

Town of Milton and Milton Public Library invite public input on Community Services and Library master plans

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 masterplans@milton.ca 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.

Community members can also fill out a brief questionnaire provided by Milton Public Library by November 22, 2013. For more information, visit the Library's masterplans page.

For further information, please contact:

Town of Milton:

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

Liliana Busnello
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