Evergreen Award™ 2018

The Evergreen Award™ features ten recently published Canadian books for adults.


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The Evergreen Award™ is a summer reading program for adults that connects readers from across Ontario with outstanding Canadian literature. From May to August, the 2018 Evergreen Award™ nominees will be shelved in the New and Notable sections at Main Library and Beaty Branch. Pick one up today, or place a hold online!

For each title you read, enter a ballot into our grand prize draw: we'll draw a winner at the end of the summer. Read all ten nominees to maximize your chances to win, and let us know your thoughts about each book. Maximum ten ballots per person (one per title). Ballots are available at the Information Desks at both locations, or online.

Stay tuned in the fall, when you can help pick the winning title! Library patrons across Ontario will have the chance to vote for their pick for the Evergreen Award™ 2018 winner. The winner will be announced by the Ontario Library Association.

Seniors' Programs and Events

Seniors' Social

Every Thursday, come and meet new and old friends. Play card games or board games, visit, chat, and choose a book or two.

Flint Computer Lab

Main Library (Second Floor)

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Online Resources

Your Online Library

Enjoy newspapers, magazines, books, articles, images, videos and more from the comfort of your home. Trusted content at your fingertips covering news, hobbies, research, health & wellness -- to name a few.

Your Community

Local and regional news, community directory, weather and more.

Ontario Seniors' Secretariat

Information and services delivered by the Ontario government to seniors.

2018 - 2019 Laurier Milton Lecture Series

Overview of Lecture Series

Wilfrid Laurier University, the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Library are pleased to present the 2018-19 Laurier Milton Lecture Series.

Wilfrid Laurier has long supported the public role of academics to bring their knowledge and thinking outside of the classroom. The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of important topics. We are pleased that the presentations represent the current research and analysis of members of different Faculties and University Departments/Programs.

The lecture series is a partnership between the Town of MiltonWilfrid Laurier University, and the Milton Public Library.

Admission is free. No registration is required.

All lectures take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the dates noted below at the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton.

Lecture Series Schedule

October 10, 2018

When Offenders Say “I’m Sorry”: The Meaning and Consequences of Death Row Apologies
Dr. Judy Eaton, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

November 14, 2018


December 12, 2018


January 9, 2019

The Role of Allies in Canada’s Reconciliation: A Few Thoughts
Erin Hodson, Laurier’s Indigenous Curriculum Specialist

February 13, 2019


March 13, 2019


April 10, 2019


May 8, 2019


Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition makes family research easy for beginners and advanced family historians alike. It is an essential genealogical tool with thousands of databases and billions of names, including vital statistics (birth, marriage and death records), census, church, court, military and immigration records and so much more. International coverage including Canada.

Drop into Main Library or Beaty Branch today and get started with access to Ancestry Library Edition.

Access is in library only.

Genealogy Basics Course (Online)

Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites which you can access while you're enrolled in the class. When you are finished the course, you may continue your research at the library using Ancestry Library Edition. This free online course runs for 6 weeks with new sessions beginning every month. Enroll today!

Genealogy Magazines

Genealogy is one of Canada'ts fastest growing hobbies. Enjoy full text fully imaged articles and more in our easy-access online magazine collection. Start exploring Genealogy as a hobby now.

Early Canadiana Online

Access a rich collection of early Canadian print heritage featuring works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th century. Some content may be restricted to in library use only.

Start exploring Early Canadiana Online now.


Access a vast and unique collection chronicling Canada and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s. The genealogy collection includes a number of resources including:

  • Homestead grant registers
  • Naturalization certificates from the Upper and Lower Canada, the Province of Canada and Canada
  • Parish registers
  • Upper Canada Land Books
  • Upper Canada Sundries

Start exploring Héritage now.

Page and document level searching is available when used in-library. Ad-free in-library only.

Milton & Halton Resources

Milton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access digital newspaper pages and index entries from the Milton Canadian Champion. Some digital pages from the Milton Weekly Tribune and Nassagaweya Country News are also available.

Halton Digital Newspaper Archive

Access over 200,000 digital newspaper pages and over 440,000 index entries covering the region of Halton. Includes births, marriages and deaths and articles appearing in the Acton Free Press, Burlington Gazette, Canadian Champion, Georgetown Herald and others..

Need the Microfilm Original?

The library has a selection of older newspapers on Microfilm and Microfiche. Most of these are available digitally through our website in the Milton Digital Newspaper Archive. If you would prefer to see the microfilm please visit Main Library. The microfilm reader is on the second floor. Call ahead to reserve a time at 905-875-2665 ext. 3263.

If you cannot make it into the library, we can make copies of the actual notices from the Canadian Champion. Please provide the citation (name of newspaper, date, page and column number, name of article). Cost: $10.00 for the first citation and $5.00 for each subsequent citation up to five requests. Email our information desk for this service. Please include your mailing address in the email.

Milton Memories

Enjoy the unique stories of the town's longest residents.

Do you have memories of Milton that you would like to share? Join in our Memories of Milton project by sending us a written story, an oral story, or any photographs or other ephemera that you would like to share


Lifescapes was a 10-week guided memoir writing program offered by the library from 2012 to 2017. At the end of each program, an anthology of each participant's stories was published. Print copies of the anthologies may be borrowed from the library or viewed online:

Lifescapes Titles
Year Title Link to PDF file
2012 Through the Rear View Mirror Online
2013 Backward Glances Online
2014 Echoes From the Past Online
2015 Meaningful Memories Online
2016 Once Upon a Memory Online
2017 Reflections Online

Adult Programs and Events

From book clubs and contests, to workshops and programs, there's always something happening for adults at Milton Public Library. We plan new and unique events throughout the year.

We also have some great programs that we run every year, such as One Book, One Milton, the Laurier Milton Lecture Seriesand the DIY Maker Fest.

View Program Calendar for Adults.

View Seniors' Resources

Adult Programs - Fall 2018

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Superstorms in Ontario

Wed Sept 19  7:00 - 8:30 PM

Main Library

Experience winter storms from the comfort of your seat. Feel the excitement of chasing some of the province's biggest supercell thunderstorms. Watch the graceful beauty of the Aurora Borealis as it dances over the lights of Toronto. See all of this and more in this thrilling visual presentation from local storm chaser David Chapman. Part of Science Literacy Week at Milton Public Library. Please register.

Gardening supplies and rubber boots.

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Wed Sept 26  6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

There are just a few weeks left in the growing season and the first frost will soon be upon us. Learn how to get your garden ready for winter to ensure the best blooms next spring. Presented by the Halton Master Gardeners. Please register.

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Retirement Income Planning

Wed Oct 3 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

This seminar helps to identify gaps and risks when determining your retirement income goals. It discusses the many sources of income encountered throughout retirement and discusses tax saving strategies such as available tax credits, income splitting, and OAS claw-back reduction. The seminar will be led by Liane LaBarbera, Chartered Life Underwriter. Please register.

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Join the Five Minute Medievalist, Danièle Cybulskie, as she gives you the middle ages know-how to survive the undead. In this tongue-in-cheek look at medieval history and lore, she will offer "tried and tested survival tips from the Middle Ages to help you adapt to your new reality as you fend off flesh-eating zombies at the gate." Please register.

Conservation Halton

Essential Oils for Beginners

Wed Oct 17  6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Join Jennie Webster from Om Sanctuary as she walks you through the benefits of using therapeutic grade essential oils for relaxation, self-care, and wellness. This workshop is perfect for beginners. Please register.

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The Great Pianists

Wed Oct 24 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Join pianist Dr. Penny Johnson for ninety minutes of jam-packed piano goodness.  You’ll hear fabulous stories and stunning recorded performances from the titans of the piano. You'll learn more about the piano family trees of Leschetizky, Liszt and other important teachers. Please register.

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Secrets of Scholarship Writing and Research

Tues Nov 6  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Christopher Grafos, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Academic Transition Strategist at BridgesEDU, will show students of all ages where to find scholarships and how to construct a competitive application. Please register.

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Retirement Readiness

Wed Nov 7  6:30 - 8:00 PM

Main Library

Retirement planning involves lots of choices and decisions about finances, health issues, relationships, leisure time, lifestyle, and identity concerns. Whether you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s, this planning session will get you started. This session will be led by Liane LaBarbera, Chartered Life Underwriter. Please register.

Halton Community Legal Services

Legal Drop-In

Fri Nov 23  2:30 - 4:00 PM

Main Library

Do you have a question about Ontario Works, human rights, tenants' rights, disability benefits, government pensions, employment insurance or employment standards? Come meet with a representative from Halton Community Legal Services during this free drop-in. If you can't attend but need help, please call 905-875-2069.