Library News

January 2015 - March 2015

October 2014 - December 2014

July 2014 - September 2014

April 2014 - June 2014

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....

June 13, 2014

Discovery Day @ the Library!

2014 TD Summer Reading Club Program Launch


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 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 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.