Annual Appeal 2017

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.

As Madison residents, we are fortunate to have a library that is always changing and evolving, offering new and exciting programs for children, teens and adults. During this past year, thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, the Friends were able to contribute over $50,000 to programming and to the collection. The Friends also matched Continue reading

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NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

VOTE ‘YES’

 A referendum on the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act will be on the November 7 ballot.

It will provide…

  • $125 million to NJ Public libraries for construction and renovation
  • matching 1:1 grants of state and local dollars and not dependent solely on local property taxes.
  • improvements, updates and ADA upgrades
  • expansion and creation of community spaces.
  • additional technology
  • creation of construction jobs & economic development

Question #1 on the ballot is about NJ Public Libraries.

Wording on the ballot: Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity to serve the public.

Interpretive Statement: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

For the text of the bill: NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2017

Registration is open for four fall courses that will begin the last week of September.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • A New Era for American Foreign Policy, Dr. Douglas Simon (Mondays at 1:30 pm, September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23)
  • Challenges To Democratic Politics in America, Dr. Perry Leavell (Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31 – No class Oct 17)
  • New Jersey at 350+:  A Survey of New Jersey’s History, Dr. David Cowell (Wednesdays at 10 am, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Giacomo Puccini, Dr. Robert Butts (Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, September 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8 – No class Oct 25 and Nov 1)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Drew Minicourses: Summer 2017

Registration is open for three summer courses that will begin the last week of June.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • “Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises” by Jonathan Golden, PhD (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 10 am – 12 Noon)
  • “Leonard Bernstein and American Music” by Robert Butts (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • “Morris County, USA: A Living Tapestry” by Jim DelGiudice (Five Thursdays: June 29, Jul 6, 13, 27, Aug 3; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. No class July 20)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Madison Rotary Awards Grant to Friends

The Friends wish to thank the Madison Rotary for awarding them a grant of $1000 that will be matched by the Friends. The grant funds will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK+ educational robots. These waterproof and shockproof robots can be programmed to roll, flip, spin, and change colors. Robotics classes will be held at the library with these durable, app-controlled robots. Since the robots are programmed for different skill levels, classes will cater to different ages and abilities. They will tie directly into STEAM education as patrons learn how to manipulate the robots through drawing, using building blocks or a coding language on the app. The robots will eventually be added to the planned Makerspace.