What's the Buzz?

What's the Buzz?

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The MPL Bee

The MPL bee is at the heart of our brand, but how did the bee come to be?

Coming to fruition through a play on our “Be Inspired” tagline, the bee has become an important symbol for Milton Public Library. It symbolizes the library as a “hive”, a community, a collective and a healthy, organic place for inspiration and collaboration.

Much like a colony of bees, MPL fosters a collaborative environment and offers a safe space to the community to 

Read. Learn. Create. Connect.

Beaty Branch Beehives

Beaty Branch Beehive Viewing Area

Bee Inspired: Our Beaty Transformation

The pandemic wasn’t going to stop us from being busy bees and continuing to inspire. In 2020, we transformed our Beaty branch and installed our Beaty Beehives and viewing area. Patrons are able to purchase ‘Bee-ty’ branch honey while staff will be delivering STEAM-based programming for patrons of all ages.

Image of our bees being handled by the beekeeper

One of the social media highlights during the lockdown was our “Name the Queen Bees” social contest. The four Queens were named by an overwhelming majority through our online poll as:

• Queen Bea • Queen Blanche

• Queen Sophia • Queen Rose

In recognition of our re-branding efforts, we received the John Cotton Dana Award for Public Relations from the American Library Association. The award is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards recognizing marketing and public relations excellence and includes a $10,000 USD prize.


Community Partnerships

MPL has partnered with Humble Bee, a full-service apiary with a focus on sustainable urban honey production and education. Beehives were installed at Beaty branch in August 2020 and we are thrilled to offer honey for sale from our first harvest this Fall. Visit Beaty starting October X to purchase your very own 'Bee-ty' Branch honey!

Third Moon Brewing is a local small business that shares MPL's commitment to the community and giving back through fundraising initiatives. MPL has collaborated with Third Moon Brewing to create ‘The Stinger,’ which was brewed with a pot of Beaty branch honey. Available now through Third Moon Brewing.

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