2020 Gala Benefit ~ March 28

The Friends of the Madison Public Library, a nonprofit organization, will honor Madison resident Tom Bintinger, President of the Library Board of Trustees, at its annual Gala Benefit to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the library at 39 Keep Street. “Tom cares deeply about the library and its mission to service the community, is supportive of innovation and offers us visionary management of library funds for current and future sustainability,” said Lynn Favreau, Library Director during several years of Bintinger’s tenure as President.

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“I have always been impressed with the dedication, loyalty and professionalism of Tom Bintinger,” said Sylvia Luber, Chair of the Friends.“He has served the board for fifteen years, ten as its president. In that time he has provided us with guidance on numerous occasions; his advice was always thoughtful and sound. When the founder of the minicourses had resigned after 24 years of volunteer service, Tom joined our committee meetings and gave us good suggestions as to how we might proceed. His reports each year at our Annual Meetings and March Gala Benefit informed us of the direction of the library and trustees. It’s always been a pleasure working with Tom because of his calm, encouraging and optimistic attitude. The library, Friends and community are most fortunate to have his commitment and enthusiasm as President of the Library Trustees.”

All are cordially invited to attend the March 28 Gala Benefit at the library. Wine and beer, and a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Catering Department of the Thursday Morning Club will be served.

Invitations have been mailed to library patrons and are also available at the front desk of the library. Tickets for a fund-raising event with cash prizes are also available at the front desk.  Reservations also can be made online CLICK HERE.  Admission is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940 along with the RSVP card.  Cancelled checks will serve as a receipt; no tickets will be mailed.

Proceeds from the annual Gala Benefit will be used to support special library programs for children, teens and adults, and to expand the book and media collections. The Friends also fund museum passes as part of the library’s popular Museum Pass Program. Adult education programs sponsored by the Friends include minicourses, crafts, lectures, “Tech Tuesdays” and the Summer Seminar Series that is co-sponsored with the Madison Senior Center.  Music, movies, app parties, “games day”, and workshops are among the popular family events also made possible by the Friends.

2019 Annual Appeal Begins

November is the month when the Friends of the Madison Public Library reach out to the community in the form of our Annual Appeal. Your generosity allows us to fulfill requests for programs and materials not covered by the regular Library budget.

Your contributions have helped to make the Library an outstanding one. In addition to attending new and exciting programs for children, teens and adults, you now have access to quality entertainment and education through its digital resources such as Kanopy, Hoopla and rb digital. You can also access the Madison Eagle Archive from your own home.

During this past year, thanks to your generosity, the Friends were able to contribute over $50,000 to programming and to the collection, purchase new furniture for the teen area and continue to fund the Museum Pass Program to 15 local and New York City museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

From proceeds of the Annual Appeal, Gala Benefit (March 28, 2020) and Minicourses, we are also able to designate funds for special projects. Other programs funded by the Friends include the Summer Reading Club, the Summer Seminar Series (with the Senior Center) and the bi-monthly newsletter.

As always, we extend our gratitude for your continued support and generosity. Look for our Annual Appeal letter in your mail during November.

To contribute to our Annual Appeal, please DONATE HERE.

Envelopes for the Annual Appeal will also be available at the front desk of the library.

Fall 2019 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are sponsoring  five fall minicourses  beginning September 23 to be held in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library for five weeks.

Registration forms are now available in the library or posted on the website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.orgThe tuition for one course is $95. Additional courses are $65 each. Checks payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P. O. Box 1341, Madison NJ 07940.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at 929-450-7940.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library. Continue reading “Fall 2019 Minicourses at Madison Public Library”

Summer 2019 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will sponsor three minicourses this summer:   two on Wednesdays (Utopias and Musicals on Film), June 26 through July 24, and one course (American Short Fiction) on Tuesdays, July 30 through August 27.   

Registration will begin May 28. Registration forms are posted on the website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.orgChecks payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P. O. Box 1341, Madison, NJ 07940.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at 929-450-7940.

Each non-credit course meets in the library’s Chase Room two hours per week for five weeks. The courses are intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  Reading lists will be provided on the website. The tuition for one course is $95. Additional courses for one individual are $65 each. All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library.

You’re Invited! Gala Benefit ~ March 23

The Friends of the Madison Public Library, a nonprofit organization, will honor Madison resident Sue Carter, a long-time library technology volunteer and former Friends’ board member and library trustee, at its annual Gala Benefit to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the library at 39 Keep Street. Reservations can be made online HERE

“Carter has contributed so much, not only to the library, but also to Madison and the surrounding area, that it is a privilege to recognize her work,” said Sylvia Luber, Friends Chairwoman.

Honoree Sue Carter

“Sue’s vast understanding of technology has been invaluable to the success of all library projects,” said Nancy Adamczyk, Library Director during Carter’s tenure on the board. These projects included library cabling and computer software upgrades. As a Trustee she assisted staff as they developed the policies and procedures these changes required for implementation. Sue’s technology insight and vision also led to the development of the Library’s website and the digitalization of the Madison Eagle, a resource that local history researchers have found extremely useful as they delve into Madison’s past.

All are cordially invited to attend the March 23 Gala Benefit at the library. Wine and beer, and a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Catering Department of the Thursday Morning Club will be served. Continue reading “You’re Invited! Gala Benefit ~ March 23”