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Community Partnerships

Milton Public Library is proud to partner with countless organizations in Milton and Halton Region. Our aim is to cross-pollinate ideas, to meet Miltonians where they are in the community, and to offer the kinds of programs and services that will help our patrons read, learn, create, and connect. Check back often for ongoing information about programs and services from our community partners.

Please click on the links below for more information.

  • Accessible Collections

    Do you have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical, or learning disability? Milton Public Library can help you get reading materials in many different formats including audiobooks, Braille, and print-Braille books. 

    We are proud to partner with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) to provide accessible collections to patrons with print disabilities, and to professionals who work with people with print disabilities. Visit our Accessibility Resources page for more details, and register with CELA to get started borrowing materials.

    Milton Public Library also has an in-house Low-Vision Collection of large print and Braille books for children.

    Milton Public Library was recently awarded a grant from the International Dyslexia Association to add more dyslexia-friendly and decodable books to our collection. Check out dyslexia-friendly series like Orca Sports or Orca Currents for children and teens, or the New Reader collection for adults. Pick up your #ReadOctober Dyslexia Awareness kit from any desk at MPL: you'll find reading lists, checklists, resources and more. Watch this space for further details!

  • Food for Fines

    To celebrate Ontario Public Library Week (October 17-23), Milton Public Library is hosting its fourth annual fine forgiveness program in partnership with the Milton Community Resource Centre, in support of their Infant Food Bank.

    The campaign will run from October 17 to November 7. The Food for Fines initiative invites patrons to bring in nonperishable food items to any of MPL’s three locations, to help local families in need. In exchange, fines on overdue library materials will be waived, up to $10.

    Patrons are especially encouraged to bring in high-demand items such as baby food, diapers, and formula, which will go directly towards supporting Infant Food Bank families. Thank you for your support!

  • Peel Multicultural Council

    Learn more about Peel Multicultural Council's ELT Co-op Placement and Mentorship program: ELT Co-op Placement Registration

    Click here to register today.

  • Sports Equipment Lending

    Milton Public Library is excited to announce that you can borrow outdoor games and sports equipment at Main Library! All you need is a library card and the desire to have fun and get active. This service is provided in partnership with the Town of Milton. Visit our Sports Equipment Lending page to learn more, then visit our catalogue and place a hold today!

  • Community Fridge

    Milton Public Library is proud to partner with Food for Life to offer a community fridge at our Beaty Branch location, located at 945 Fourth Line. Stocked with Good Food bags from Food for Life, this community fridge aims to increase everyday access to good, nutritious food for patrons, neighbours, and community members. Good Food bags are available during open hours at Beaty Branch. Please email information@beinspired.ca for details, or call 905-875-2665 x. 3292.

  • Ontario Parks

    Milton Public Library is proud to partner with Ontario Parks. We now loan out Seasonal Day-Use permits, free with your MPL card!

    Permits are valid at any Ontario Provincial Park, for one vehicle and its occupants where fees are normally charged. Permits must be displayed on the rear-view mirror or dashboard of the vehicle while it is in a park. 

  • Conservation Halton

    In addition to our partnership with Ontario Parks, Milton Public Library has 30 Conservation Halton passes available to borrow with your MPL card! Get outside and discover Conservation Halton's beautiful parks. Once you receive your pass, please go to Conservation Halton’s website to read the Terms and Conditions prior to visiting, and book a reservation timeslot here: https://book.parkpassproject.com/book?inventoryGroup=1554186518

     

  • Water Testing

    Milton Public Library is a water testing depot for Halton Region's well water testing program. If you own a private well, testing your well water is the best way to stay informed about the safety of your family’s drinking water. 

    You can pick up a water sample bottle during Main Library's open hours.

  • MagnusCards

    MagnusCards is a free app that helps people with cognitive disabilities thrive and gain independence through storytelling using digital card decks. MagnusCards is free on the App Store and Google Play.

    These decks will help you successfully navigate the library, step-by-step. They cover such topics as requesting and renewing items, registering for a library program, picking up holds, and what to expect at the library.

    Anyone who might benefit from structured, step-by-step guidance can use MagnusCards. The app is especially useful for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, acquired brain injury, Down syndrome, dementia and other intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

  • Sensory Kits

    Milton Public Library has sensory kits for in-library and at-home use. They are available for neurodiverse families to help reduce stress and anxiety, stimulate learning, and provide comfort during library visits or at home. These kits were developed in partnership with the Halton Youth Disability Advisory Council (HYDAC), and with generous funding from Libraries and Autism: We're All Welcome Here Grant.

    HYDAC is a group of young people of all abilities, between the ages of 14 - 29. They believe that we can make a difference in their communities and in Halton region. Their goal is to empower young people to have a voice, to influence, to encourage participation, build awareness and acceptance. Individually, they each have something important to offer and as a group we can learn and grow, creating positive change that will benefit everyone around us.

  • Halton Community Legal Services

    Halton Community Legal Services provides a number of services in partnership with Milton Public Library including ongoing public legal education and one-on-one virtual appointments.

    Do you have legal questions about Ontario Works, Human Rights, Tenants' Rights, Disability Benefits, Government Pensions, Employment Insurance, or Employment Standards? Visit our program calendar and search for Virtual Legal Drop-Ins to book your free, 15 minute appointment. They are here to help.

  • Community Services Database

    Looking for help, resources, and supports can feel overwhelming. 

    If you need services or supports in Halton, the best place to start is the Halton Community Services Directory. This directory is Halton's online directory of human services, from basic necessities of life, to COVID-19 resources, to personal and social growth. 

  • Social Inclusion Project

    The Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable is looking for input from Black, Indigenous, and other racialized individuals ages 18+ in Halton Region as part of the Social Inclusion ProjectThrough this survey, HEDR's aim is to better advocate by better understanding the challenges faced by racialized individuals in Halton Region, both before and during the pandemic. 

    Watch a short documentary to learn more about the personal stories and experiences of residents living in Halton.

    Check out the Halton Diversity Resource Guide developed for the Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Community as part of the Social Inclusion Project and compiled by the HEDR Resident-Led Working Group.

  • Access to Justice

    Access to justice, especially during a pandemic, is a fundamental priority. Milton Public Library is pleased to be working with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Milton Courthouse to provide access to justice through technology.

  • Halton Environmental Network #HCCReads

    The 2021 #HCCReads campaign aims to engage the residents of Halton in reading, listening to, and asking Climate Change Champion, Scientist, and Author Katharine Hayhoe about her brand new book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

    In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field—recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

    Now in its third year, #HCCReads aims to engage the residents of Halton in reading, thinking, and talking about climate change while learning how we can act to protect our planet. Borrow the book from cloudLibrary, and check back for details about how you'll have the opportunity to ask Katherine questions.

    The #HCCReads campaign is a joint project with the libraries of Oakville, Burlington, Halton Hills and Milton, HDSB, Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel, and is driven by the Halton Environmental Network.