Put Pen to Paper Short Story Contest for Teens

2018 Award Winning Stories

Click on the links below to see what your fellow writers have been up to this summer! Congratulations to all of our winners, and to each of the 25 writers who submitted their work to this year's competition. We'll see you in the spring for the 2019 contest...we can't wait to read your work!

Junior Category (Grades 6 to 8)

First Place: On Love's Light Wings by Stella Santos

Second Place: The Queen of Hearts by Jordan Atkins

Third Place: The Felonious Forest by Priyanka Rajiv

Senior Category (Grades 9 to 12)

First Place: Outcast by Holly Schultz

Second Place: What's In A Name? by Olivia Gair

Third Place: Catch Me If You Can by Amber Alchnos

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Teen Programs and Events

Fall 2018

Register in person or online using the links found at each program description. See you there!

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Put Pen to Paper Awards Reception

Mon Aug 27


Beaty Branch

Grades 6-12. Winners of Put Pen to Paper will be announced! Celebrate your accomplishments with an author talk by 2018 Red Maple™ nominee, Vikki VanSickle. Family and friends welcome. Doors will open at 6:10pm.

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Beat Box Poetry

Sat Sept 29


Main Library

Ages 8-12. Explore poetry using rhythm and rhyme in this interactive workshop. Match words with beats to create original (and musical) poems. Drop-in, no registration required. 

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Exploring Career Options

Tue Sept 25


Main Library

Ages 13-17. Get useful tools and information to assist in considering potential careers and other post-secondary choices. Hosted by My Big Sky. Parents and Youth welcome. Please register here .

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Trivia Test: Riverdale Edition

October 1-31


Ages 12-17. Get ready for season three by testing your knowledge of this popular comic book and TV show. Take our online quiz to see how much you know about Archie and the gang! The link to the quiz will be made available beginning October 1, 2018. 

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Saving for School

Sat Oct 20


Main Library

Ages 13-17. Learn to create a budget, plan your finances for university/college, practice interview skills, and learn how to network. Hosted by JA Canada.  Please register here . 

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Escape Room: Jealous Jack

Thu Oct 25


Beaty Branch

Ages 10-13. Until recently, Jack-O-Lanterns have been king, but the new pumpkin in town is bigger, brighter, and bolder. Jack creates a plan to get rid of the competition and lock it away for good. Can you help the new guy escape from Jealous Jack? Please register here .

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Secrets of Scholarship Writing and Research

Tue Nov 6


Main Library

Ages 13+. Christopher Grafos, Ph.D., Founder & Chief Academic Transition Strategist at BridgesEDU, will show students where to find scholarships and how to construct a competitive application. High school, post-secondary, and mature students welcome. Please register here .


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S.T.E.A.M Punk Airship Builder

Thu Nov 8


Beaty Branch

Ages 10-13. Let your imagination soar! Learn about the Steampunk book genre, then design and build your own airship using recyclables. Please register here . 

Leading to Reading

Readers Needed

Do you have a reluctant reader in grades 1-4? Do they avoid reading or reading aloud to you? Support your child's reading skills as they read one-on-one with a teen volunteer and play fun literacy based games.

Please print Leading to Reading application forms or pick up in person at either Main Library or Beaty Branch beginning November 13. Applications will be accepted until December 18.
This is a lottery based program and all successful applicants will be notified by December 27. 

Session (7 weeks):
Tuesdays, January 15 - February 26,  7:00-8:00 pm, Beaty Branch

Newcomer Money 101

Newcomers to Canada are invited to come learn more about Canada’s banking system, money management, credit, and fraud prevention. Richard Haggins, Senior Education Facilitator with Credit Canada Debt Solutions, will lead the seminar and answer your money-based questions.

Please register online or in-person at an “Ask Us” desk.   

Beaty Branch

Children's Program Room

Wed Oct 3

6:30-8:00 pm

Main Library

Flint Computer Lab

Mon Nov 5

6:30-8:00 pm

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Teen Programs and Events

Summer 2018

Registration for summer programs opens Monday June 25th at 9:30 am. Register in person or online using the links found at each program description. Don't forget to pick up your library card in advanced of the registration date. See you there!

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Connect the Dots: Youth Newcomer Welcome Party

Mon Jul 9


Main Library

Ages 12-17. Join us for a fun evening of games, activities, and information, and get to know your library. Join the Summer Reading Club, get a library card, tour the building, and meet great people who can help you settle here in Milton. Hosted in partnership with the Halton Multicultural Council. Please register here .

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Blind Date with a Book: SRC Edition

July 3-17

Main Library &

Beaty Branch

Ages 14-17. Kick off Summer Reading Club with some mystery reads. Pick out a book based only on its profile, check it out, and unwrap to enjoy! Don't forget to log your reading in our online Summer Reading Club Portal!

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Webcomic Wednesday with J. Torres

Wed Jul 11


Main Library

Ages 11-13. Learn how to create your own webcomic using free apps in this workshop. Bring your own device if you want to continue working on your project from home. Please register here.

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Teen Team Trivia

Thu Jul 19


Beaty Branch

Ages 13-17. Test your knowledge of pop culture with a night of competitive team trivia. Restaurant-style set up with plenty to eat and drink. Register here, either as a team, or as an individual and meet new people!

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Ancient Egypt and 3D Printing Demo with Loretta Penny

Wed Jul 25


Main Library

Ages 10-13. Take a trip through Ancient Egypt and learn about its history, technology, and culture in this hands on session. Then, learn how 3D scanning and printing are used by museums to recreate artifacts. Please register here .

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Painting Potter-fest

Thu Aug 9


FirstOntario Arts

Centre Milton

Ages 11-17. Join us for Harry Potter painting party! Get step-by-step instruction to create your artwork and enjoy some fun treats while you paint. All painting abilities welcome. Cost: $10/teen. Held in partnership with the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Please register here .

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FIFA '18 PS4 Gaming Tournament

Thu Aug 16


Beaty Branch 

Ages 11-13. Come by the Beaty Branch to test your gaming skills in this tournament- style program. Will you be the winner? Space limited. Please register here . 

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Get Cooking: Tapas for Teens

Fri Aug 17


PC Cooking School

1820 Main St E

Ages 11-14. Join us at the PC Cooking School for an afternoon of cooking. Learn to make your own treats, take on a store-wide scavenger hunt, and get tips on how to eat healthy! Hosted at the Real Canadian Superstore, second floor. Cost: $5/teen. Please register here .

Please Note: PC Cooking School is not a nut-free facility. Allergies and dietary restrictions will be passed along to facilitators. 

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Put Pen to Paper Awards Ceremony

Mon Aug 27


Beaty Branch

Winners of Put Pen to Paper will be announced! Celebrate your accomplishments with an author talk by 2018 Red Maple Nominee, Vikki VanSickle. Winners will also be announced. Family and friends welcome.