Enrollment begins June 1, 2019, for “A Universe of Stories,” this year’s summer reading program at Milton Public Library. When you complete the online enrollment form on our website or in the library at the front desk, you are entered to win prizes for reading and participating in programs.
There is something for all ages. Our goal is to encourage reading, and to combat educational gains lost during summer break from school. Register, read, attend programs, and have fun! All programs are at Milton Public Library, 39 Bombardier Rd., Milton, Vermont, unless otherwise indicated.
FREE SUMMER LUNCH
Milton Public Library is a drop-in site for those age 18 and under to receive free lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 6/17 – 8/16. Just drop in! Hunger Free Vermont and the Milton Town School District are the program sponsors.
A Universe of Stories for Little Ones Up to Age 3
Adults and their children up to age three complete activities that build early literacy skills. You receive your first activity sheet when you enroll. There is a sheet for each month, June through August. Turn in the completed sheet at the end of the month, and your child receives a free book, courtesy of the Friends of Milton Public Library.
Blast Off with Books for Ages 2 – 12
Children ages 2 – 12 can read on their own, listen to a book on CD, read aloud to others, or have someone read to them. They receive a reading log and a bookmark when they enroll. (If you enroll online, make sure you ask for your log and bookmark the next time you’re in the library.) Kids earn a sticker for each book read and recorded on the reading log. Everyone who enrolls and reads receives a certificate and a free book beginning August 13 at our Big Blue Trunk program. Books and certificates may be picked up through August 31.
A Universe of Stories for Young Adults, Ages 12 – 17
When you enroll and then each time you read a book, volunteer at the library, or attend a library program, you may enter your name into a drawing to win one of two $50 VISA gift cards. The drawing will be held Friday, Aug. 30. In addition, at each Teen Space program you attend, your name is entered into a drawing for a $5 ice cream gift certificate.
A Universe of Stories Reading Bingo for Adults
For enrolling, and then for each summer reading Bingo card completed 6/1 – 8/31, adults are entered into a drawing for a monthly prize.
June’s prize is a $25 gift card. July’s prize is a $50 gift certificate to Blue Paddle Bistro in South Hero.
August’s prize is a gift certificate for two for a gourmet three-course meal on the Champlain Valley Dinner Train. Prizes are generously provided by the Friends of Milton Public Library.
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN
Early Literacy Story Times June through August
10 – 10:20 a.m. Tuesdays for 18 months – 2 years.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Fridays for all ages up to 7. Includes craft time. (Join us for lunch afterwards at 11:30 a.m. 6/17 – 8/16.)
10 – 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for all ages.
P.J. Story Time
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Thursdays 6/13, 7/11, 8/8 for all ages up to 7.
You’re welcome to come in your pajamas to listen to stories.
Kindergarten Story Time
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Friday 8/16 for those entering kindergarten in the fall.
Come share stories, songs, and crafts about entering kindergarten.
Read to Cleo of Therapy Dogs of Vermont
10 – 11 a.m. Saturdays 6/1, 6/15.
10 – 11 a.m. Mondays 7/8, 7/22, 8/12, 8/26.
Cleo loves to have children of all ages read to her.
DCF Book Discussions
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursdays 6/20, 7/18, 8/15 for students in grades 4 – 8.
Read the book, and then come discuss it while eating ice cream. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
June: “Deep Water” by Watt Key.
July: “Inkling” by Kenneth Oppel.
August: “Small Spaces” by Katherine Arden.
Gardening at the Library
10 – 11:30 a.m. Mondays 6/24 – 8/12 for kids ages 8 – 11. Kids work in our teaching garden, and cook the food they grow. We donate the extra produce to the Milton Family Community Center Emergency Food Shelf. Registration required for each date. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
1 – 2 p.m. Tuesday 6/25 for all ages. The Traveling Storyteller presents Backpack Theatre teen actors in “The Shoemaker and the Elves,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
LCATV Video Day Camps
1 – 3 p.m. Thursdays 6/27, 7/25, 8/15 for ages 8 & 9. Kids work with Lake Champlain Access Television to produce a television program. Registration required for each date. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Fourth of July Crafting Workshop
2 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday 7/3 for ages 12 and under. Make and take crafts to celebrate Independence Day! Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Paper Mache Planet Workshop
10 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 7/9 & 7/10 for ages 8 – 11. Make the paper mache planet on day one, and decorate it on day two. Participants must be present both days. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
10 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday 7/16 for ages 4 – 6.
2 – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday 7/16 for ages 7 – 9.
Activities, games, and crafts, with a space theme. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
10 – 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday 7/17 for ages 8 – 12. Take a tour of the night sky with a lesson in the Vermont Institute of Natural Science’s (VINS) new StarLab mobile planetarium. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Fly-In Movie Night
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Thursday 7/25 for ages 4 – 7, with an adult. Build a rocket ship from cardboard boxes, and then watch a short movie in your spacecraft. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
10 – 11 a.m. Tuesday 7/30 for ages 7 – 9. Make rockets from materials including balloons, elastic, and cardboard, and then launch them to compare how they fly. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS, AGES 12 – 17
Strategy Board Games
5 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27 for ages 13 – adult.
Teen Space at MPL
3:30 – 5 p.m. Mondays 6/3, 6/10, 6/17.
6 – 7:30 p.m. Mondays 6/24 – 8/26.
Drop in for a different activity each week. Snacks provided.
Cooking Around the Globe
2 – 4 p.m. Wednesday 7/31, 8/7. Explore cooking styles from around the world. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES
Read the children’s book posted along the Bombardier West trail. You can record each book on your reading log!
June: “Roaring Rockets” by Tony Mitton
July: “How to Catch a Star” by Oliver Jeffers
August: “The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot” by Margaret McNamara
10 – 11 a.m. Wednesdays 6/26, 7/24, 8/14 for all ages. Use materials like KEVA Planks and LEGOS to build projects coordinated by Mrs. Dulac.
Fourth of July Parade
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Thursday 7/4.
Join Millie the Bookmobile in Milton’s July 4th Parade. All ages, kids 11 an under with an adult. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Friends of Milton Public Library Ice Cream Social
7 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 7/23. Purchase some ice cream by donation while enjoying the Milton Community Band Pop’s Concert at the band shell in Bombardier Park West. Admission is free. Donations benefit Milton Public Library.
The Big Blue Trunk and Milton Community Band End of Summer Celebration
6 – 8:15 p.m. Tuesday 8/13 for all ages. Enjoy interactive activities provided by The Big Blue Trunk and the Milton Community Band’s End of Summer concert at the band shell area in Bombardier Park West.
PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS
1 – 3 p.m. every Tuesday. All levels welcome.
1 – 3 p.m. every Wednesday. All levels welcome.
Book Discussion Groups
Evening Book Group meets 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Thursdays 6/6, 7/11, 8/1
Daytime Book Group meets 2 – 3 p.m. Tuesdays 6/13, 7/11, 8/8.
Forthcoming titles are posted on the library’s website and social media pages. Copies of next month’s book are available at each month’s meeting. Alternatively, call the library at 802-893-4644 to reserve a copy. You may request regular print, large print, and audio, as available.
1 – 3 p.m. Thursdays 6/20, 7/18, 8/15. Bring a project you’re working on. All levels welcome.
One-on-One Computer Classes
6 – 7 and 7 – 8 p.m. Mondays 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 8/5, 8/19.
6 – 7 and 7 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays 6/5, 6/19, 7/3, 7/17, 8/7, 8/21.
Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Strategy Board Games
5 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 8/27 for ages 13 – adult.
Adult Coloring Club
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays 6/12, 7/10, 8/14.
Improving Work and Personal Relationships through Emotional Intelligence
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday 6/11. Join leadership coach Lisa Rees for an interactive workshop about emotional intelligence, what it is (and is not), and ways to integrate it into your work and personal relationships. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter Educational Series
Registration required for each session.
1 – Effective Communication Strategies
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday 6/25. Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
2 – Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday 7/23. Learn to decode behavioral message, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challengers of Alzheimer’s disease. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
3 – Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday 8/27. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and then the hands-on tools to help incorporate these into a plan for healthy aging. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
DNA Testing Kits Information Workshop
6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday 7/9. Ed Maguire from the Vermont Genealogy Library will discuss the types of DNA tests available, the top companies in the field, costs, services and information received, and privacy and ethics implications. Registration required. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Medicare Made Clear
10 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday 8/3. A licensed agent will answer questions for those soon starting Medicare and those wanting to learn more. Light refreshments served. Registration requested. Call the library at 802-893-4644.
Thank you to the Friends of Milton Public Library, the Vermont Department of Libraries, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their financial support of Milton Public Library’s summer reading program.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)
9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday