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ALL AGES
Please note: Programs marked with an * require registration.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday, June 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
For all ages. Come celebrate the start of summer at the library! No registration required. 



KIDS
Please note: Programs marked with an * require registration.

Preschool Storytimes
Wednesdays from 10:30-11 a.m.
**No Storytime May 30**
Ideal for ages 4 and under. Stories, finger plays, action rhymes, songs, and crafts. No registration required.

Music & Movement Storytime
Tuesdays, May 22, 6:30-7 p.m.
For ages 6 and under. Rhymes, stories, floor and lap games, action songs, and dancing.

The SPARK: Stems, Seeds, Leaves & Roots*
Friday, May 25, 3:15-4 p.m. –
For ages 4-7. Learn about the different parts of the plant through a variety of stories and activities. We will do some sampling of various edible plant parts as well. Space is limited. Call the library to register.

SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM

Sign up for June events begins May 29
Sign up for July events begins June 25
Sign up for August events begins July 23

Amateur Photography Contest:
June 1 - September 30

Hey shutterbugs, participate in our amateur photography contest! Anyone ages 6 and up is welcome to join the fun. Stop at the library for complete rules and entry forms. All submissions are due by September 30. Photographs will be judged by professional photographers and displayed through November.

Storytime,
Wednesdays, June 6 - August 8, 10:30-11 a.m.
NO STORYTIME ON JULY 4. Ideal for ages 6 and under, but older children are also welcome. Stories, finger plays, action rhymes, songs, and crafts. No registration required.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday, June 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
For all ages. Come celebrate the start of summer at the library! No registration required. 

Meet Ya’ @ The Park Series
Every other Tuesday, June 19-Aug 7, 9-9:30 a.m.
Ideal for families with children ages 6 and under, but older children are also welcome. Bike, walk, or drive to the park. Listen to a story, sing some songs, and have fun with a game or a craft. No registration required.

  • June 19: SCHILBERG PARK
  • July 3: GOODRICH PARK SPLASH PAD
  • July 17: CROSSRIDGE PARK
  • July 31: NORTH GOODRICH PARK
  • August 7: LAMAR PARK

Summer Reading Adventure,
June 11 - August 12
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, get a pin, and start your adventure. As you read books and move along your reading map, you’ll earn stars for your pin and multiple chances to win one of three special experience prizes. #summerreading    

Little Owl/Wise Owl Reading Program
June 18 – August 9
Teens in grades 7-12 are paired up with younger readers in grades 1-3 for weekly one-on-one reading. Pairs will also have the opportunity to work on their own picture ebook. Teen participants will earn volunteer hours. Applications will be available at the library starting June 1st and are due June 13th.

The SPARK @ MPL: Creative Construction
Tuesday, June 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 4-11. Get creative building with materials like LEGOs, cardboard, straws, and more. Please call the library to register. #building

Milton Mayhem Bike Scavenger Hunt,
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m-Noon – Get out your bikes, don your helmets, and prepare to pedal around Milton. The hunt starts and ends at the library. You’ll solve clues that take you to various places around the city. At each location, you’ll collect a hidden artifact, and there will be other surprises along the way. Bring all you’ve collected back to the library to get entered in a prize drawing. You can hunt solo, or ride with a team or family members. Registration is required. All participants must sign a waiver and wear a helmet during the entire hunt.

The SPARK @ MPL: Rockin’ Crafts
Tuesday, June 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
For ages 7-11. Adopt the easiest pet ever -- a ROCK. Decorate your rock, then try this funny writing project where you write a book on how to take care of your new pet. We’ll also make a portable tic-tac-toe game out of rocks. Please call the library to register. #DIY

The SPARK @ MPL: DIY Wormery
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Make your own worm habitat using a large plastic bottle, a terracotta pot, sand, soil, and worms. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 9-12. #earth

The SPARK @ MPL: Wacky Watermelon Day
Tuesday, July 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 4-7. Have fun with variety of watermelon-themed STEAM activities. Please call the library to register. #paint #science #math

Self Defense with Master Plessel from Integrity Martial Arts
Friday, July 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
For ages 4-11. Space is limited. Please call the library to register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Portable Green Screens
Tuesday, July 10, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 7-11. Create your own green screen video using a pizza box and your imagination. Please call the library to sign up for a half hour time slot. #science

Tweens Who Code: SPARK Camp
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m. –
Learn about coding through various means, from no-tech activities using Post-It notes to high-tech activities such as HTML. Space is limited to 12 participants and everyone is highly encouraged to attend at least 3 out of the 4 weeks. Open to tweens ages 9 to 12. Space is limited and registration is required by Thursday, July 6. #coding
SPARK Camp schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 11: No-tech binary code activities
  • Wednesday, July 18: Code a Story with Ozobots
  • Wednesday, July 25: Coding Apps
  • Wednesday, August 1: Hour of Code | HTML

The SPARK @ MPL: Mini-Carmel Apples & Truffles
Tuesday, July 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 8-11. Make and take some tasty no-bake treats. Please call the library to register. #foodscience

Happy Birthday Harry Potter
Tuesday, July 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 4-11. Celebrate HP’s birthday with a variety of crafts, games, and snacks. Please call the library to register.

The SPARK @ MPL: STEAM for In-Betweens
Tuesday, August 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – For ages 4-7. Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math through hands-on activities. Please call the library to register. #coding #paint #science #math #building

The SPARK @ MPL: Nerdy Derby
Wednesday, August 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Come build your own derby car with the materials provided and race them on a derby track! We’ll have two categories: tweens (ages 9-12) and teens (13-18). Winners from each category will receive a medal. #building

Sign up for the Library Lope: Let’s Dash for Books
Monday, September 3, starting at 8:00 a.m.! – Join us for the 3rd annual Library Lope 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Board. This year’s theme: Favorite Cartoon Character! Money raised will go towards teen programs and services. To see registration prices and to print off a registration form, head to mplteensblog.tumblr.com/librarylope.

 

TEENS

SPARK Mentorship (Volunteer Opportunity)*
Have a skill or passion for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)? Want to share what you love with others? Become a SPARK Mentor at the Milton Public Library and create and lead a program in The SPARK, the library’s makerspace. Programs can be for any age and are approximately 45 minutes long. For more information and to submit your idea, please visit https://thesparkatmpl.wordpress.com/mentors/

The Iris: Milton Public Library Teen Literacy Magazine
Submit an original work of prose, poetry, illustration, photograph, comic strip, or book report for the library's literary magazine created by teens for teens.

Submit your work to theirislitmag@gmail.com.
Details available at http://mplteensblog.tumblr.com/iris.

Have you seen the first issue, yet? Download the first issue as a PDF.


Stick Together
May 7-31
Come work on a large-scale sticker mosaic in the teen area (The Common Ground) anytime during library hours. Work together to create an amazing picture.

Lit Club, Wednesday
May 23, at 3:00 p.m.
The Lit Club is a collaboration between the Milton Public Library and the High School. Come join other students in the MHS LMC to talk about books, authors, fundraising opportunities, literacy events, and more.

Summer 2018 - Reading Takes You Everywhere

Sign up for June events begins May 29
Sign up for July events begins June 25
Sign up for August events begins July 23

100 Books Before Graduation
Sign up for the library’s teen reading initiative that encourages you to read 100 books before graduation. This opportunity is open to teens entering 9th grade, as well as students currently in high school. Perks, besides the joy of meeting new characters and reading great books, include monthly prize drawings for all active participants, and a free book, a medal, and name recognition for those who complete the program. To sign up, please visit https://sites.google.com/view/100books/home.

Sign up for the Library Lope: Let’s Dash for Books
Monday, September 3, starting at 8:00 a.m.!

Join us for the 3rd annual Library Lope 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Board. This year’s theme: Favorite Cartoon Character! Money raised will go towards teen programs and services. To see registration prices and to print off a registration form, head to mplteensblog.tumblr.com/librarylope. Registration begins June 1st.

The Iris: Milton Public Library Teen Literacy Magazine
Submit an original work of prose, poetry, illustration, photograph, comic strip, or book review for the library’s literary magazine created by teens for teens. Submit your work to theirislitmag@gmail.com. Have you seen the first issue? Visit www.miltonpubliclibrary.org.

Amateur Photography Contest
June 1 - September 30
Hey shutterbugs, participate in our amateur photography contest! Anyone ages 6 and up is welcome to join the fun. Stop at the library for complete rules and entry forms. All submissions are due by September 30. Photographs will be judged by professional photographers and displayed through November.

Read and Earn an Experience
June 11 - August 12
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program, get a pin, and begin reading. Read at least three books and fill out a book report to earn a free book. For every additional book you read, you can enter to win an invitation to a Nerf War and Pizza Party at the library. There will be 16 invitations.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday, June 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
For all ages. Come celebrate the start of summer at the library! No registration required. 

Little Owl/Wise Owl Reading Program
June 18 - August 9. Teens in grades 7-12 are paired up with younger readers in grades 1-3 for weekly one-on-one reading. Pairs will also have the opportunity to work on their own picture ebook. Teen participants will earn volunteer hours. Applications will be available at the library starting June 1st and are due June 13th.

Golf for a Book
Thursday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Come try and navigate through an elaborate mini-golf hole set up in the teen area. Complete the course in a minimum number of putts, and get a free book. Go over the minimum? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to pick out a consolation prize. One try per person! For ages 12 to 18.

The SPARK @ MPL: YouPaint
Thursday, June 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
With a blank canvas in front of you and a variety of paint colors, follow along with a YouTube video to create a work of art. Also enjoy a beverage themed around that day’s painting. For ages 12-18. Registration required.

Milton Mayhem Bike Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Get out your bikes, don your helmets, and prepare to pedal around Milton. The hunt starts and ends at the library. You’ll solve clues that take you to various places around the city. At each location, you’ll collect a hidden artifact, and there will be other surprises along the way. Bring all you’ve collected back to the library to earn entry into a prize drawing. You can hunt solo, or ride with a team or family members. Registration is required. All participants must sign a waiver and wear a helmet during the entire hunt.

The SPARK @ MPL: DIY Wormery
Wednesday, June 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Make your own worm habitat using a large plastic bottle, a terracotta pot, sand, soil, and worms. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 9-12.

The SPARK @ MPL: Soft Circuits
Thursday, June 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Explore electricity by using conductive thread, batteries, and LED lights to sew a light bulb that lights up. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 12 to 18. Some basic sewing knowledge is required.

Book Speed Dating
Thursday, July 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Get to know some new YA books through two minute “dates.” Spend the time reading the summary, skimming the pages, and writing down first impressions. Each participant will be able to take a book home to keep. Pizza and beverages provided. Registration is required. For ages 12 to 18.

Afterhours @ The Library
Friday, July 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Come to the library afterhours to play video games on the library’s Wii U, computer games such as Drawful and Fibbage, and a variety of board games, including Superfight, Apples to Apples, Exploding Kittens, and more. Registration is required. For ages 12-18.

Tweens Who Code: SPARK Camp
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Learn about coding through various means, from no-tech activities using Post-It notes to high-tech activities such as HTML. Space is limited to 12 participants and everyone is highly encouraged to attend at least 3 out of the 4 weeks. Open to tweens ages 9 to 12. Space is limited and registration is required by Thursday, July 6. SPARK Camp schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 11: No-tech binary code activities
  • Wednesday, July 18: Code a Story with Ozobots
  • Wednesday, July 25: Coding Apps
  • Wednesday, August 1: Hour of Code | HTML

Quidditch @ the Library
Thursday, July 12, 11:00-12:00
Play Quidditch on the library’s pitch. We have hoops, bludgers, quaffles, and a snitch. Registration is required. For ages 12 to 18.

The SPARK @ MPL: Healthy Snacks
Thursday, July 12, 4:00-5:30 - Learn how to make some simple healthy snacks, including real peanut butter, granola, chocolate pudding from avocadoes, and try out some smoothie recipes. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 12 to 18.

All Night Teen Write-In
July 13-July 14, 8:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. - Spend the night at the library! Join us for our second-annual lock in at the library, but with a twist. Besides enjoying activities throughout the night such as movies, games, and crafts, each participant will also be required to write something during the many hours. A short story, poem, play, comic book, the next great American novel - anything! All creations will be put together in a booklet. Space is limited and a parental permission slip and behavior agreement form are required. For ages 13 to 17.

The SPARK @ MPL: Mini Battle Bots
Thursday, July 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Make a mini battle bot from batteries, a toy motor, electrical wire, and additional decorations. Then it’s time to see how your creation holds up in battle. Space is limited and registration is required. For ages 12 to 18.

The SPARK @ MPL:  YouPaint
Thursday, July 26, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
With a blank canvas in front of you and a variety of paint colors, follow along with a YouTube video to create a work of art. Also enjoy a beverage themed around that day’s painting. For ages 12-18. Registration required.

Battle of the Book: Warcross
Thursday, August 2, 2:00-3:00
Just one book. Just one winner. Read Marie Lu’s Warcross, a sci-fi thriller about video games and sinister plots. And then come to our own Warcross Championship and answer trivia questions based on the book using Kahoot, a game-based learning platform. You will be competing as an individual and the winner will receive a trophy. Food and beverages will also be provided. Registration required. For ages 12 to 18.

Afterhours @ The Library
Friday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Come to the library afterhours to play video games on the library’s Wii U, computer games such as Drawful and Fibbage, and a variety of board games, including Superfight, Apples to Apples, Exploding Kittens, and more. Registration is required. For ages 12-18.

The SPARK @ MPL: Nerdy Derby
Wednesday, August 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Come build your own derby car with the materials provided and race them on a derby track! We’ll have two categories: tweens (ages 9-12) and teens (13-18). Winners from each category will receive a medal.

The SPARK @ MPL: Lunch Sack
Thursday, August 9, 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Make a small, reusable lunch sack with fabric and a sewing machine. Sign up for one of two timeslots (11:00-12:30 or 12:30 to 2:00). For ages 12 to 18. Space is limited.

 


ADULTS
Please note: Programs marked with an * require registration.

Seed Library – Take Seeds to Plant, Bring Harvested Seeds Back this Fall
Now available!
Thanks to a grant applied for by the Rock Prairie Association of Master Gardeners, the Arrowhead libraries are able to begin a seed library. Patrons may checkout up to 5 seed packets to plant in their garden. Books and other resources will be available on how to then collect the seeds in the fall and begin the growing cycle again. Stop at the library for more information.
Visit the ALS Seed Library web page.



SPARK Mentorship (Volunteer Opportunity)
*
Have a skill or passion for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)? Want to share what you love with others? Become a SPARK Mentor at the Milton Public Library and create and lead a program in The SPARK, the library’s makerspace. Programs can be for any age and are approximately 45 minutes long. For more information and to submit your idea, please visit https://thesparkatmpl.wordpress.com/mentors .

WIOA Presentation for Adults*
Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m.

Come and see how much you and your career can benefit from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Rock County Job Center is hosting a special orientation session for job seekers aged 25 and older. Please register by May 16.

Ishmael Book Chat*
May 21 – June 1
Discussion on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m.
Join Ryan Carroll for a special book discussion about Daniel Quinn’s award-winning novel Ishmael. Reserve your copy at the library between May 21 and June 1. Read it and join the conversation on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Please register.

SPARK: Seed Saving*
Monday, June 4 at 6 p.m.

Like to garden? Come and discover everything you need to know about saving plant seeds. Learn how and when to harvest and the best way to store them for future use. Registration required.

JOSIAH Documentary Screening*
Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The Milton Public Library and the Milton Historical Society present a public screening of JOSIAH, a new short documentary that retraces Josiah Henson’s journey from slavery to freedom. This event is free, however donations are gladly accepted. All donations will go towards the Milton Public Library and Milton Historical Society. Please register.

SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM

Sign up for the Library Lope: Let’s Dash for Books
Monday, September 3, starting at 8:00 a.m.! – Join us for the 3rd annual Library Lope 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Board. This year’s theme: Favorite Cartoon Character! Money raised will go towards teen programs and services. To see registration prices and to print off a registration form, head to mplteensblog.tumblr.com/librarylope. Registration begins June 1.

Amateur Photography Contest
June 1 – September 30
Hey shutterbugs, participate in our amateur photography contest! Anyone ages 6 and up is welcome to join the fun. Stop at the library for complete rules and entry forms. All submissions are due by September 30. Photographs will be judged by professional photographers and displayed through November.

Summer Reading Punch Card
June 11 – August 12
Where will reading take you this summer? The library for sure! Visit us, check out some books and get your card punched. Fill up your card and earn a free book. Enter to win the prize basket as well. For adults 18 and up. All punch cards must be returned by August 12.

Ishmael Book Chat.
May 21 – June 1
Discussion on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m.

Join Ryan Carroll for a special book discussion about Daniel Quinn’s award-winning novel Ishmael. Reserve your copy at the library between May 21 and June 1. Read it and join the conversation on Monday, June 18,
at 6 p.m. Please register.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party
Friday, June 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
For all ages. Come celebrate the start of summer at the library! No registration required. 

The SPARK @ MPL: Wooden Firecrackers
Monday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
Use wood scraps to create some patriotic décor for your Independence Day celebration.
For adults 18 & up. Space is limited and registration required.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. June’s title is Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

Milton Mayhem Bike Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m-Noon
Get out your bikes, don your helmets, and prepare to pedal around Milton. The hunt starts and ends at the library. You’ll solve clues that take you to various places around the city. At each location, you’ll collect a hidden artifact, and there will be other surprises along the way. Bring all you’ve collected back to the library to earn entry into a prize drawing. You can hunt solo, or ride with a team or family members. Registration is required. All participants must sign a waiver and wear a helmet during the entire hunt.

The SPARK @ MPL: Adult Open Craft Nights
Mondays: June 25, July 23, August 27. 6-8 p.m.
Bring your current craft project and supplies and enjoy working in the company of others. We will provide the space and basic supplies. Ages 18 and up only please. No registration necessary.

The SPARK @ MPL: Christmas in July Pine Cones
Monday, July 16 at 6 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit at bit early and create some festive ornaments with pine cones.
For adults 18 & up. Space is limited and registration required.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. July’s title is Inherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

The SPARK @ MPL: Personal S’more Pot
Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m.
Want to make s’mores in the backyard without a campfire? Then come make a personal s’more pot, discuss different s’more varieties and toast some marshmallows, too! For adults 18 & up. Space is limited and registration required.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. August’s title is The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

 

 



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