Show off your crafty skills at the library this month: Have you been working on some crafts during these cold, short days? Would you like to share your talent with the community? Milton Free Public Library would like to display some of your work right here in the library! If you've been knitting, crocheting, needle-pointing, woodworking or engaged in another creative endeavor, we'd love to see what you've created. Please give us a call or come by for a visit to join the display.

Fun Fan Fiction: New Due Date! High school submissions are due by February 7, and prizes will be awarded on February 20. Milton homeschoolers may submit their entries at the library. Click here for the flyer.

Milton Town Deliberative Session: The Town of Milton Selectmen will host a deliberative session on Saturday, February 8th, beginning at 9 AM. Anyone interested in learning more about the budget amendments and warrant articles that we'll be voting on later in the year should attend. This is your opportunity to be more informed about where your tax dollars are going, and how our town elections help shape our community and what it has to offer its citizens.  

Planning a Museum Visit Over Winter Break?: The Friends of the Milton Free Public Library have created a small fund to encourage Milton residents to visit some of the many wonderful museums throughout New England. To be eligible, you must be a Milton resident and a patron in good standing. The fund will reimburse up to $20 of your admission fee - just bring in your receipt and fill out a form, available at the front desk. Reimbursements will be made on a first come, first served basis until the fund is exhausted for the year. We hope you will enjoy a visit to a museum this February! 

Weekly Happenings:

We have good news for our patrons who use the interlibrary loan system to get books from libraries across New Hampshire! Some of you may remember that the state's prior automated interlibrary loan system stopped working since then libraries from every corner of the state have worked closely together to get folks the books they need by searching individual catalogs and using the phone and email.Well now, with the new system, patrons will be able to undertake their own searches and requests! Instead of waiting until the library is open, you can browse and make requests on your own. Don't worry, we are here to help you navigate this new system, and in the meantime, if you're eager to get started, here's a YouTube tutorial which explains the process. Patrons who are reading a series or interested in multiple books by the same author will especially appreciate the ability to create and save lists to your account.Log in to the new system here, using your bar code and pin number.

Upcoming News & Events

Calling All Crafters!: The MFPL Kninjas meet on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM.

Cribbage & Cards Club: On Wednesdays from 1 to 3 PM. Meet some new people and learn to play some fun games - all ages welcome! Please call (603) 473-8535 for more information.

Story Time: Story time is held each Thursday morning beginning at 10:30 AM. All are welcome!

Yoga classes Yoga with Betsy Baker takes place upstairs on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:30 AM.

One Thousand Books before Kindergarten:
The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS?  It’s easy!  
One book a day for three years  = 1000                Three books a day for one year  = 1000

Ten books a week for two years = 1000

WHAT COUNTS?  Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in story time count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? Sign up at the Milton Free Public Library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets. We will celebrate all who finish reading 1000 books with a special event.
WHEN: Today! Register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old. It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!

Milton Free Public Library

Interested in researching your family tree? The library now has a library subscription to thanks to the Friends of the Library. To use this service, you must sign in from one of our library computers, or use your own device connected through the library's Wi-Fi. Ask your librarian for help getting started!