It’s Fun to Be a Friend!

Our new promotional tri-fold brochure that I put together for the Chamber of Commerce promotional section.

Click on picture below to open the pdf that you can view and then download if you want to print it to distribute to help promote the Friends of the Milton Library. Thanks for being a Friend!



Here also is a single leaf flyer below, click on the picture and you may also download and print this one too.








A Book Club at the Milton Library?

Would you join if we had a Book Club?


Would you like to help start a book club at the Milton Library?

See contact information at the end of this article.



How to Start a Book Club

Starting a book club? Just follow our 10 basic steps to good books, good talks, and good eats.

1. What kind of book club?
First, decide on a club orientation: somewhere between highly social…and seriously academic. If you make this decision at the outset, you’ll know who to invite and what books to read.


2. What kind of books?
Think about the books you enjoy—in terms of genre and level of difficulty. First, consider a mix of genres.

  • Fiction—general, current or classic, historical, mystery, sci-fi, western, romance.
  • Nonfiction—memoir, biography, history, current events, science, travel, cooking.
  • Others—poetry and drama.

Next, vary your reading by moving between more challenging works…and those on the lighter side. (See How to Select Your Books.)


3. What about members?

  • Number—8 to 16 members are best: enough for a discussion if several are absent, but not too many to make discussions unwieldy.
  • Invite—start with 3 friends—all devoted readers; ask each of them to invite 1, 2, or 3 others, also devoted readers. It’s not important for everyone to know one another; in fact, it’s fun if you don’t. After you meet a couple of times, you can grow the club at your own pace. (Or not.)
  • Online—maybe you’re new to the area and don’t know people. Several of our Featured Book Clubs have started highly successful groups through (Type “” into the LitLovers search bar to get a list.)
  • Caution—be sure to find people with similar reading styles. If you think Dostoevsky is a light beach read, don’t ask someone who thinks Marley and Me is a slog. Even if that person’s a close friend, believe me: It—won’t—work.


4. Meeting—how often and when?
The most important thing is to pick a schedule…and stick with it.

  • How Often—once a month works best for most clubs—although some read longer books and stretch their meetings out to every 6 weeks. A lot of clubs shut down for the summer.
  • When—Most clubs meet during the week: mid-morning, lunchtime, dinner, or early evening. For others weekends work best. Still, all clubs end up working around jobs, childcare, travel, even difficulty driving at night.


5. Where should we meet?
Homes, clubhouses, public libraries, churches, Y’s, cafes and restaurants—all make good meeting places.


6. What about food?
You have to ask? Decide if you want to eat at home or out in restaurants? If at home, do you want full meals, or something lighter—wine & cheese, or dessert & coffee?

  • Home meetings—in some clubs the hosts do all the cooking—that way members don’t have to prepare a dish every time a meeting rolls around. Other clubs like to share the cooking—everyone brings a dish.
  • Book Club Recipes—LitLovers has nearly 300 recipes from around the world. A lot of clubs find it fun to eat food to match the book: if you’re reading one on India, take a look at our Indian menus…or ones from France…or the American South.
  • Forget the Joneses—don’t make serving food a competition. Who needs the pressure? So establish a no-compete rule: chips & dip or artichoke-wasabi souffle, it’s all good.


7. What should we call ourselves?
Give your club an identity — Brookville Book Babes, Reading’s Red Hat Readers, New London Literary Lions. Or simply the Lakewood Book Club — that works. (For ideas, take a look at some of the terrific names of our Featured Cubs.)


8. How do we keep in touch?
Send out monthly meeting reminders via email, Twitter, or Facebook. A number of clubs set up their own blog sites or use Facebook or Pinterest to connect members and highlight their book selections.


9. Keeping memories
Keep a club journal—a scrapbook or 3-ring binder—to keep track of the book selections, plot summaries, discussion highlights, and members’ opinions. It’s especially helpful to bring new members up to speed. Include photos of special events.


10. Giving to the community
Collect dues for a scholarship or an annual literacy award at a local school. Purchase books for your local library, or become involved in a tutoring program. (Take a look at Book Lovers Group of Gainesville for ideas on community involvement.)

(Book club tips by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online of off, with attribution. Thanks!)


Mitzi has offered to coordinate setting up a book club at the Milton Library, if you are interested you can contact her at wldmitl [at] gmail [dot] com

Newsletter for May is published

Read all about what is happening at the library in Milton this month.

Here are a few highlights:

  1. Doug Corbin, one of the state bee inspectors will be with us to discuss the habits of bees, beekeeping and hive health.
  2. Grown – Up “Literary News” by Ned
  3. Recipe of the Month by Maggie is Red Beans with Andouille
  4. Book Review is by Susan Dominus of the New York Times reviewing the book Divergent written by author Veronica Roth

Read all about the above topics and much more in the May Newsletter


May Update

Friends of the Milton Library and Readers of the Newsletter,

The May 8th membership meeting has been cancelled.

The Book Committee will not meet on May 12th and no one will be at the book shed that day.

Our next meeting is in September, it should be 1pm the 2nd Thursday, but don’t hold me to that, check back after summer break.

The newsletter will be published for May very soon! As usually I have too many irons in the fire!

The newsletter will continue during summer break and I encourage you all to send in your articles and recipes for me to publish in the upcoming newsletters!

I hope you all were safe during, and had no damage from,  the recent flooding in our community!

Warmest Regards,


Book Sale Report

by Maggie

I want to thank everyone who participated in the Friends of the Milton Library Spring Book Sale either by donating, helping before, during, or after the sale, and of course thanks to all those shoppers! I wish I could of been there to help and shop! As many of you know, I had previous commitment.

Mitzi reported that the book sale brought in $601.50!

I agree with Mitzi, that isn’t bad considering they got rained on and quit a half an hour early.

So I reckon that isn’t just good when considering that was only 9am to Noon, that’s an average of $200. per hour! I say WOW!!

Mitzi also reported that even after everything was moved back into the shed and was in massive disarray more customers continued to come in wanting to shop! I say that shows you that Milton is a town that likes a bargain book sale, and who like to read, as well as those who do it to help support the library programs that this money will go to fund!

Last year the Friends of the Milton Library donated $9,514.43 which helped fund many of the library programs such as Summer Reading, Books on CD, and much more…