Celebrating Stories

Celebrating Stories is a series of free family literacy events that offers a unique opportunity for children and families to meet Canadian authors, illustrators, and storytellers live and in-person.  Where children have only seen authors’ names printed on the spines of books, Celebrating Stories events provide the opportunity to meet prizewinning authors in-person, hear their stories, and see illustrations being brought to life.  Celebrating Stories strengthens family literacy and learning through the shared love of reading with motivational messages and entertainment.

Since its inception in 1996, Celebrating Stories has been bringing the community together for a one day event.  This year, we are proud to expand Celebrating Stories into a multi-event literary festival.  For 2018, we’ve planned a series of engaging and inspirational author and illustrator talks from April until October, with an entertaining finale on November 18 sure to knock your socks off.  

Special thanks to the Celebrating Stories 2018 funders, including TD Bank, Mattamy Homes, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, Milton Community Resource Centre, The Milton Canadian Champion, Region of Halton, Town of Milton, and Milton Public Library.

Literary Series

Advance tickets to the Celebrating Stories finale, "Big Nate, The Musical" will be available to interested attendees at each of the spring events only.
Please preregister for each event in advance.

Here is the Celebrating Stories 2018 lineup of award-winning authors and illustrators, and entertaining events.
Kevin Sylvester illustrating

Kevin Sylvester

Saturday, April 21st

Main Library | 1:30 PM

Join Canadian author and illustrator, Kevin Sylvester in his lively
presentation, sharing silly stories and some of his award-winning
children’s books, followed by a cartooning "class". Book signing opportunity. 
SK-3 with caregivers.

Celebrating Stories

Jess Keating

Saturday, May 26th

Beaty Branch | 2:00 PM

In this interactive and inspiring presentation, zoologist-turned-author, Jess Keating will read from her book Shark Lady and discuss what it takes to be a real-life shark scientist. Book signing opportunity. JK-4 with caregivers.

Celebrating Stories

Andrew Larsen

Saturday, June 9th

Main Library | 1:30 PM

The dynamic and enthusiastic author, Andrew Larsen will share his prizewinning picture books as well as the process of creating his books, followed by a bookmaking exercise for families to enjoy. Book signing opportunity. JK-3 with caregivers.

Celebrating Stories

Joel A. Sutherland

Saturday, October 27th

Main Library | 1:30 PM

Join author and ghost hunter, Joel A. Sutherland as he discusses all things horror, including true stories of paranormal activity from his bestselling Haunted Canada series as well as tips for young writers. Book signing opportunity.
Ages 9+ with caregivers. Preregister.

Celebrating Stories

Big Nate, The Musical

Sunday, November 18th

FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton | 2:00 PM

Performed by Electric Moon Theatre Company. Based on the hit comic strip series by Lincoln Peirce.
Free tickets will be available beginning Friday, October 19th at Main Library to children in Grades 1 to 8 and their parents or caregiver.

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TD Summer Reading Club

TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s largest summer reading program for kids of all ages, all interests, and all abilities. This free program is offered at 2,000 public libraries across Canada, and it’s easy to include in any summer plans.

Why join a TD Summer Reading Club?

When you join the TD Summer Reading Club at the Milton Public Library, you will receive a notebook and free stickers. You will also receive a secret code to expand your fun online and join children participating across Canada. Find books, add and read reviews, tell jokes, and more!

Participating also:

  • Encourages and strengthens the habit of reading for pleasure
  • Creates life-long learners
  • Increases children's reading skills
  • Reduces summer learning loss

Studies have shown that school-age children who participate in library summer reading programs improve or at least maintain their reading levels over the summer months.

Talk to staff this summer to find out how your family can join the TD Summer Reading Club and get your free materials!

TD Summer Reading Club at the Milton Public Library

Get reading, get creative, and have fun! Sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club anytime between June 23 and August 24.  Receive a notebook to track your reading through the summer. Earn up to 15 ballots for grand prize draws.

Once children are registered they:

  1. Read for a least 10 minutes a day (it's not a race!)
  2. Record every ten minutes they have read in their notebook.
  3. Are eligible for a ballot* for every 60 minutes they have recorded. 
    *Maximum 15 ballots for the summer=900 minutes of reading. 

Children are encouraged to read at their level for at least 10 minutes every day. Staff are always available to help them find some great books if they don’t know what to read next. For every ten minutes they read, they colour in a square in their notebook*. Once they have filled in 6 boxes (60 minutes), they are eligible for a ballot. *Notebooks are required to check-in (no exceptions).

When children come into the library to show library staff their notebook, they will be asked a question like “Did you have a favourite book, and why was it your favourite?” Or, “What happened in a book you were reading?” Library staff will  reward the child with one ballot for every 60 minutes read. They will be invited to put the ballots into their favourite prize box/es.

A wide variety of prize packages will be available for the Reading Club registrants to win.

The prize draws take place in the first week of September and all winners will be notified via telephone.


Summer Highlights

Read for the Love of It - Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of the TD Summer Reading Club with activities, contests and so much more! At Main Library, special guests include Anna and Elsa and a Care of Magical Creatures workshop with the experts from Little Ray's Reptile Zoo. Visit the Beaty Branch to share high-fives with special guest, Dog Man, and show us your superhero spirit!

For more information follow this link TD Summer Reading Club

Reading Rocks

This summer, MPL will be launching a new initiative that will have kids all over Milton on the hunt for "Reading Rocks".  From July 3-August 24 hundreds of rocks will be hidden around Milton, each donning a book character, waiting for children to find them and return them to the Main Library for prizes and/or ballots!

Where to Find them

These are some of the places where reading rocks will be hiding:

Around any Town of Milton facilities (including Libraries, Sports Centre, Leisure Centre,)

In Parks:

Beaty Neighbourood Park Dempsey Neighbourhood Park
Bristol District Park Kinsmen Park
Bronte Meadows Park Lions Sports Park
Coates Neighbourhood Park McCready Park
Milton Community Park Sherwood District Park
Scott Neighbourhood Park East Rotary Park
Livingston Park Gastle Park
McDougall Park Optimist Park
Watson Park Trudeau Park
Clarke Neighbourhood Parks; North & South Laurier Park
Sinclair Park

There will also be a few other "surprise" locations throughout Milton.

Read & Ride Program

Join Mayor Krantz and Library staff at Main Library on June 23 at 1pm to launch the 10th year of Read & Ride.

Milton students 16 years of age and younger are encouraged to travel to the Library, using environmentally friendly Milton Transit, for summer reading programs and materials. 

Children and teens, 16 years and younger, ride free from July 3 to September 1 when they show their own Milton Public Library card with a Read & Ride sticker* on it.  
*Stickers will be available late June at either Main Library or Beaty Branch.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an annual book based trivia tournament for Milton elementary school children in grades 3 through 8.

For additional information please contact:

Bekah Crozier, Children's Services Librarian, by email, bekah.crozier@mpl.on.ca or phone 905-875-2665 ext. 3266.


Eileen Gallagher, Children’s Information Associate, by email, eileen.gallagher@mpl.on.ca or phone 905-875-2665 ext. 3286.

Congratulations to our 2018 Battle of the Books Winners

Guardian Angels - Junior
Guardian Angels - Senior

All about Battle

Why Participate?

Battle of the Books is a literacy-building program that is a great way to get kids excited about reading and to help them branch out in their reading choices. It also encourages good sportsmanship and fair play.

Spirit of Fun:

While we call it a ‘battle’ we always try to maintain a spirit of fun and fair play to help ensure that even those teams who do not win still have a fun time.


During each round, pairs of teams face off against each other in various locations around the Library. When the round is complete, scores are tallied and the teams move to their next battle. Each team plays an equal number of battles.

Team Makeup:

Each team has a maximum of nine players, with six members from each battling at any one time. Halfway through the battle, teams may substitute three players. Junior level teams have up to three students from grades three, four and five. Senior level teams have up to three students from grades six, seven and eight. A maximum of two students from each grade may play at any given time. However, if you do not have enough players from a certain grade, you may substitute younger children for older, but not vice versa.

One team member should be chosen to be the spokesperson. While the team is encouraged to quietly discuss the possible answers, all answers must be given through the spokesperson.


In a round robin battle, teams are asked questions based on books. Questions alternate between the two teams. A team has 30 seconds in which to give the correct author and/or title. During the round robins, teams will be asked eight questions per round. During the Grand Battle, there will be 10 questions per round.


The team being questioned earns five points for the title/character/series and three points for the author. Author surname is sufficient, and in the case of joint authorship, only one surname is required. Titles must be exact. The adjudicator's decision will be final in the case of any questionable team answers.  If the team cannot answer the question, the opposing team has the chance to answer immediately, with two points given for title/character name and one point for the author. A cumulative score will be kept for each team and the winners will be notified by the end of the tournament day

The Winners:

The two teams with the highest cumulative score from both the junior and senior levels go on to play in the Grand Battle. The Grand Battle is held in the evening. The winning teams from the Grand Battle (one junior, one senior) go on to represent Milton at the Regional Battle in May, which is held during the school day in one of the four public libraries in Halton.


Spectators are allowed to watch the battles, but space is limited and we cannot guarantee a good view of the events. 

Location Program Date
Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Junior Round Robins April 8, 2019
Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Senior Round Robins April 15, 2019

Milton Public Library,
Beaty Branch

Grand Battle April 29, 2019

Oakville Public Library
Central Branch

Halton Regional Battle May 14, 2019

In late fall, the Children's Services Librarian sends a registration package to all elementary schools in Milton.  The team entry forms are due back in late January and the team rosters are due in late March.