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

November Book Sale
November 1 -30.
Great selection and great prices! Sale will be open during regular library hours. All proceeds help fund library programs.

Winter Coat Drive
November 1 – 30
Bring your new or gently used coats to donate. All donations go to the Milton Food Pantry and are distributed to members of our community. Hats, mittens, and scarves are welcome as well.

Food for Fines
December 9 – 15.
Donate non-perishable food items to remove regular overdue fines from your account. $1 off per item, max of $20 per account. Open or expired items will not be accepted. All donations go to the Milton Food Pantry.

#CheckOutMPL Library Challenge
December 10 – February 15
Ask for a punch card to begin your Library Challenge! Check out at least five times and/or attend two library programs to be entered to win prizes. For all ages and only one punch card per person. Also, use our hashtag, #CheckOutMPL, on social media to show us how you’re checking out the library and we’ll pick random prize winners throughout the winter. Follow us on Twitter (MPL_WI), Instagram (mplwisconsin), and Facebook (Milton Public Library-Wisconsin).


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

Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Ages 4 + under. Stories, finger plays, action rhymes, songs, and crafts. No registration required.

Music & Movement
Every other Monday, 6:30-7 PM:
December 10, January 7, January 21, February 4, February 18
Ages 5 + under. Rhymes, stories, floor and lap games, actions songs, and dancing. No registration required.

Storytime with CI
2nd Tuesdays, 10:30-11 AM
December 11, Janurary 8, February 12
All ages. Join CI Pediatric Therapy staff at the library for an interactive storytime with books, songs, crafts, and fun for all ages and stages. No registration required.

The SPARK @ MPL: Astronomy 101
Thursday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m.

Come join us and Teen Advisory Board member, Abby, for a night under the stars! This fun introduction to astronomy and star gazing will include watching the Geminid Meteor Shower, viewing the Moon through a telescope, and locating basic constellations in the sky. Ages 7 and up. Please register.

Owls Literacy Night
Thursday, December 27, 4:00-5:30
Be a Little Owl or Wise Owl for the night! Teens in grades 7-12 will be paired up with a child in grades 1-3 for a night of one-on-one reading, literacy activities, and snacks! Teens will be able to earn volunteer credit. Registration required by December 26

Kids Yoga
3rd Tuesdays, 10:30-11 AM
December 18, January 15, February 19
Ages 2-5. Join CI Pediatric Therapy staff at the library for an active morning of fun yoga moves! No registration required.

MHS Ag Presentation
1st Wednesdays, 4-4:30 PM
December 5, January 2, February 6

For ages 8 and under. Students from the MHS Ag Business class will read a story, teach us a little bit about an ag-related topic, and lead us in a hands-on activity. No registration required.

The SPARK @ MPL: Coding Frogger on Scratch
Monday, December 3, 5-6 PM & 6:30-7:30 PM

Ages 7-18. Learn the basics of coding a Frogger game using Scratch. Please register for one of the two sessions.

The SPARK @ MPL: Toddler Coding
Thursday, December 6, 11-Noon

Ages 3 and under. A STEAM program especially for our youngest library-goers. Building activities, art projects, pattern exploration, simple experiments, and more. Please register.

Kindness Kits
Monday, December 10, 1:30-2:30 PM
Ages 8 + under. Some people in our community are lacking the simple necessities that we often take for granted. Help these folks have a happier and more comfortable holiday season by joining us as we make winter care kits for those in need. Light refreshments will be provided. Please consider bringing a pair of NEW men’s socks as a donation for our kits. Registration is required.

The SPARK @ MPL: LEGO Challenges
Wednesday, December 26, 1-2 PM
Ages 4-8. Complete building challenges or engineer your own unique creations. No registration required.

The SPARK @ MPL: Winter Lanterns & Dipped Fortune Cookies
Friday, December 28, 11-Noon
Ages 4-8. Celebrate the end of another year by making two different types of winter lanterns and decorating fortune cookies to eat or share. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Toddler Art
Thursday, January 3, 11-Noon
Ages 3 and under. Give your little ones the chance to get messy and try out different types of arts and crafts. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Washer Nametag Bracelets & Necklaces
Monday, January 21, 1-2 PM
Ages 4-8. Create name bracelets and necklaces using washers and cord. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Toddler Art
Thursday, February 7, 11-Noon
Ages 3 and under. Give your little ones the chance to get messy and try out different types of arts and crafts. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Valentine STEAM
Thursday, February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM
Homeschool families with kids 12 + under, join us for an afternoon of valentine-themed science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: Valentine STEAM,
Friday, February 15, 10-11 AM
Ages 4-8. Join us for engaging, valentine-themed activities that foster a love of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Please register.

 


 

TWEENS

Fortnite Dance Challenge
Tuesday, December 11, 6:30-7:30
We will have fun doing the Hype, the Floss, the Orange Justice, and many more fun dance moves under strobe lights and with glow in the dark necklaces! It’ll be quite the dance party! #onlyatMPL Bring a friend to get some energy out. Ages 9-12.

The SPARK @ MPL: Chain Reaction Contraptions
Wednesday, January 9, 3:30-5:00
Inspired by Rube Goldberg, we’ll create a chain reaction obstacle course with tubes, dominoes, race cars, balls, books, bottles, and more. Ages 9-12.

The SPARK @ MPL: Build a Lego Coding Maze
Wednesday, February 6, 4:00-5:00
Have a blast following Lego coding instructions and building a fun maze for Lego-people to walk through. Kids will get instructions to know where to put each piece to build something a-MAZE-ing in the end! Ages 9-12.

 


 

TEENS

Book Swap Challenge
November 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Swap out your school reading and studies and just read something different, relaxing, and/or fun. Simply come to the library for an hour of free reading; bring your own book or borrow one from the library! Also bring a book to add to the book exchange/swap and take a new book home. Attend 2 out of the 3 Book Swaps and be entered to win a prize basket featuring a gift certificate to Book World. For those in grades 7-12. Light snacks provided.

The SPARK @ MPL: YouPaint
Saturday, December 1, 1:00-2:30 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. Space is limited and registration is required.

Biblio Bash
Saturday, December 8, 11:00-2:00
We’re throwing a party to celebrate being the Wisconsin Library Association’s Library of the Year, and you’re invited! Join us for demonstrations in The SPARK, a photo booth, popcorn, a banner reveal, and more. We’ll also be drawing the winners of our wooden stool raffle featuring the stools decorated by the schools’ amazing art students. We further encourage everyone to bring a new or gently used book and participate in our book swap. Come with a book, leave with a different one! So let's celebrate the Library and a great 2018.

#CheckOutMPL Challenge
December 10 – February 15
Ask for a punch card to begin your Library Challenge! Check out at least five times and/or attend two library programs to be entered to win prizes. For all ages and only one punch card per person. Also, use our hashtag, #CheckOutMPL, on social media to show us how you’re checking out the library and we’ll pick random prize winners throughout the winter. Follow us on Twitter (MPL_WI), Instagram (mplwisconsin), and Facebook (Milton Public Library-Wisconsin).

The SPARK @ MPL: Astronomy 101
Thursday, December 13, at 5:00 p.m.
Come join us and Teen Advisory Board member, Abby, for a night under the stars! This fun introduction to astronomy and stargazing will include watching the Geminid Meteor Shower, viewing the Moon through a telescope, and locating basic constellations in the sky. Ages 7 and up. Please register.

Owls Literacy Night
Thursday, December 27, 4:00-5:30
Be a Little Owl or Wise Owl for the night! Teens in grades 7-12 will be paired up with a child in grades 1-3 for a night of one-on-one reading, literacy activities, and snacks! Teens will be able to earn volunteer credit. Registration required by December 26.

The SPARK @ MPL: YouPaint
Saturday, January 5, 1:00-2:30 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. Space is limited and registration is required.

Grief Monster: Living with Loss Support Group
January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 5:00-6:00
Have you experienced the loss of a parent, sibling, relative, or friend? Would you find strengths in knowing you are not alone with your loss? This will be an open forum discussion where participants can choose to listen or discuss. The facilitator is not a mental health professional and will serve as simply the facilitator of the conversation. This is a drop-in basis and participants need not commit to all six sessions to attend. Open to teens in grades 6-9.

Exam Study Hours
Monday, January 14, and Tuesday, January 15, 8:00-10:00
The library is extending its hours for high school students to give them a quiet, distraction-free place to study for exams. Snacks, coffee, and other beverages will be provided. If you plan on attending, please register at the library.

The SPARK @ MPL: Perfume Workshop
Friday, January 18, 1:00-2:30
What we put on our bodies matters just as much as what we put in them. Fragrance and other harsh chemicals are often found in conventional beauty products. Join us for a perfume workshop to make your own custom roll-on perfume blend, that is completely plant-based and healthy for your body...and still smells GREAT! For ages 12 to 18. Space is limited and registration is required.

Round One of Teen Trivia
Friday, February 1, 4:30-5:30
Participate in the first of three rounds of trivia to test your knowledge in geography, entertainment, history, arts & literature, science & nature, and sports. The participants with the top three scores will advance to the Championship Round on Friday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. For ages 12 to 18. Please register.

The SPARK @ MPL: YouPaint
Saturday, February 2, 1:00-2:30 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. Space is limited and registration is required.

Round Two of Teen Trivia
Friday, February 8, 4:30-5:30
Participate in the second of three rounds of trivia to test your knowledge in geography, entertainment, history, arts & literature, science & nature, and sports. The participants with the top three scores will advance to the Championship Round on Friday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. For ages 12 to 18. Please register. You may only participate in one round of trivia.

Teen Self Defense
Monday, February 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Master Michael Plessel from Integrity Martial Arts in Milton will host a free self-defense class. For ages 12-18. Space is limited and registration required. Waiver forms are required for all participants.

Round Three of Teen Trivia
Friday, February 15, 4:30-5:30
Participate in the final round of trivia to test your knowledge in geography, entertainment, history, arts & literature, science & nature, and sports. The participants with the top three scores will advance to the Championship Round on Friday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. For ages 12 to 18. Please register. You may only participate in one round of trivia.

Championship Round of Teen Trivia
Friday, February 22, 4:30-5:30
The top scorers from the three previous rounds will battle it out to see who will be the Milton Public Library teen trivia Champion.

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.


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.

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/

 


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

Identity Theft Workshop
Monday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.
This workshop reviews how to avoid becoming a victim and what to do should your information be stolen by an identity thief. Presented by Educators Credit Union. For adults 18 & up. Please register.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. November’s title is Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

TECH TALK- Hoopla & Libby Apps
Tuesday, December 4 at 2pm
Come and learn all about the convenience of our library apps. This class is for downloading, logging in and basic functions, like checking out digital books from the convenience of your phone, tablet or home computer.

The SPARK @ MPL: Scratch Coding Workshop for Parents.
Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
What is coding and why is your child learning to code in pre-k and beyond? In this hands-on workshop we will define code, discuss why it is important and create a small program with Scratch, the most popular free resource to teach programming to youth. For the absolute beginner, ages 18 & up. Please register.

Biblio Bash
Saturday, December 8, 11:00-2:00

We’re throwing a party to celebrate being the Wisconsin Library Association’s Library of the Year, and you’re invited! Join us for demonstrations in The SPARK, a photo booth, popcorn, a banner reveal, and more. We’ll also be drawing the winners of our wooden stool raffle featuring the stools decorated by the schools’ amazing art students. We further encourage everyone to bring a new or gently used book and participate in our book swap. Come with a book, leave with a different one! So let's celebrate the Library and a great 2018. 

Grief through the Holidays
Monday, December 10 at 6 p.m.

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Join us for this drop-in group designed to focus on grief during the holiday season. Presented by SSM Health at Home. Open to adults 18 and older. Registration is not required.

TECH TALK- Microsoft Word
Tuesday, December 11 at 2pm
Learn how to navigate the basics using Word documents.

Grief Monster
Monday, December 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Grief is a monster. It has unexpected consequences and daily impacts those living with loss. Participants will hear one story and have the opportunity to observe or participate in interactive conversations about grief. If you or a friend or family member has experienced loss, support systems are essential. Have the courage to attend and together, we can minimize the Grief Monster. Please register.

TECH TALK- Facebook for Beginners
Tuesday, December 18 at 2pm
This small group session will cover logging in, posting a comment to your page and a friend’s page, following people and groups, and how to share your photos and tag people.

TECH TALK- Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, January 8 at 2pm
Learn how to navigate the basics using Excel spreadsheets.

Gather ‘Round Recipe Club
Tuesday, January 8 at 6 p.m.

Milton Public Library’s recipe club, where cooking enthusiasts meet to share and sample each other’s cuisine. Want to join the fun? Simply prepare a dish to pass that fits the theme and bring along a copy of the recipe. Adults 18 & older are welcome. Registration encouraged. This month’s theme is Casseroles.

American Lives Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Improve your knowledge of history and discuss a famous American each month. Not your ordinary book club, as you will choose to read one or more biographies about that person of interest. January’s focus will be George Washington. Discussions are led by Bill Wilson and a limited number of copies of the chosen books will be available at the main circulation desk. For more information and to register, please call the library.

Susan C. Young: Goal-Getting Success! Presentation
Saturday, January 12 from 1 – 3 p.m.
Author Susan C. Young shares the vision, focus and strategic steps audience members need to challenge where they are now, bypass the pitfalls, and experience exponential success, personally and professionally. Registration is required.

TECH TALK- SmartPhones 101
Tuesday, January 15 at 2pm
Bring your phone with you for a general Q&A session on overall basic functions of your smartphone. As time allows, we’ll cover how to share a picture message with a friend, download your favorite app, set an alarm, and put a date on the calendar.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. January’s title is Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

TECH TALK- Microsoft PPT
Tuesday, January 22 at 2pm
Learn how to navigate the basics using PowerPoint presentation program.

TECH TALK- Hoopla & Libby Apps
Tuesday, January 29 at 2pm
Come and learn all about the convenience of our library apps. This class is for downloading, logging in and basic functions, like checking out digital books from the convenience of your phone, tablet or home computer.

TECH TALK- Canva Digital Design
February 5, 2:00 pm
This free digital media marketing program is simple and easy to use to create both personal and professional graphics for social media, digital signage and printed materials. This online program can be used with your desktop, tablet or smartphone. You can edit a given template or create your own design from scratch.

The SPARK @ MPL: Wine Bottle Light
Monday, February 11 at 6 p.m.
Turn an empty wine bottle into an illuminated work of art! All supplies provided or bring your own empty bottle. For adults 18 & up. Space is limited and registration is required.

TECH TALK- Microsoft Word
Tuesday, February 12 at 2pm
Learn how to navigate the basics using Word documents.

American Lives Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Improve your knowledge of history and discuss a famous American each month. Not your ordinary book club, as you will choose to read one or more biographies about that person of interest. February’s focus will be John Adams. Discussions are led by Bill Wilson and a limited number of copies of the chosen books will be available at the main circulation desk. For more information and to register, please call the library.

TECH TALK- Facebook for Beginners
Tuesday, February 19 at 2pm
This small group session will cover logging in, posting a comment to your page and a friend’s page, following people and groups, and how to share your photos and tag people.

Mystery Book Club
Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
This book club meets the third Tuesday of each month for informal discussions. February’s title is The Switch by Joseph Finder. All who have read the book are welcome to attend.

TECH TALK- Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, February 26, 2pm
Learn how to navigate the basics using Excel spreadsheets.



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 .

1-on-1 Individual Technology Instruction
Call the library to reserve an hour of one-on-one instruction on a variety of computer topics, including email, Microsoft Office, computer basics, Overdrive, mobile devices, and more. Please specify your training interest when you register.

 

 

 



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