Friends Kick off 2020 Challenge

In the Fall of each year the Friends of the Madison Public Library (Friends) ask their neighbors from all around Madison to support their library. This year is different for everyone. The Friends are reaching out to the community to meet the 2020 Challenge, a new plan to support the library this Fall as an answer to set backs resulting from the pandemic.

In past years the Madison Library was consistently funded at a level of $40,000 to support services programing for all ages, electronic media, technology and furniture. Most recently in 2019 the Friends gifted $67,000 to the Library. The end goal of the 2020 Challenge Campaign is to keep the legacy going at $40,000.

Currently the Friends are reaching out to major donors who responded during difficult times in 2011 to meet the half way mark of the Challenge at $20,000. To date 11 families and individuals have stepped up to meet the goal with leadership donations totaling over $13,000. Thank you!

 In November our request will be mailed and reach out to over 5,000 households in Madison with the hopes that contributions – great and small – will meet or exceed the 2020 Challenge. The Friends (a non-profit, tax-exempt organization) hope you will consider a donation to keep the legacy going and meet the needs of the library in an uncertain time.

Fall 2020 Minicourse will be Online

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are pleased to offer ‘Gothic Art’ by Dr. Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History, Drew University, an online Zoom minicourse for fall 2020.

This five-week course will be held Monday afternoons beginning September 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Registration will begin August 24 at This minicourse is open to the public. Current students will receive an email with a link to register.

The Friends held their first online Zoom minicourse during the summer, ‘The Story of the Symphony’ by Dr. Robert Butts which was well attended. We plan to offer additional online minicourses in January 2021.

Please Note: In-person minicourses will not be held until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cancelled: 2020 Annual Gala Benefit

Earlier this year the Friends postponed the Spring 2020 Annual Gala Benefit to the Fall because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We were looking forward to honoring Thomas Bintinger, long term library Trustee and community leader.

Uncertainties continue about the virus. After careful consideration, we regretfully are canceling the 2020 Gala. We know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.

We truly and deeply value your continued interest and support, and thank you for your understanding.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Madison ~ A Gift in a Time of Need

The Friends of the Madison Public Library have received a grant from the Rotary Club of Madison to cover the purchase of 10 e-book titles from Barnes and Noble for Nook e-readers. With the closure of the library during the Covid-19 crisis, patrons have increasingly relied on Nook and other digital opportunities to enjoy their book choices.

As digital bookshelves, Nooks are always in high demand because they are portable, sized for convenience, highly intuitive and capable of holding an unlimited number of titles.  Library patrons who have checked out a Nook know they have access to multiple books that are popular reading.

According to Pam Hogan, President, “the Friends of the Madison Public Library are particularly happy to receive a Rotary award this year especially since our fundraisers were cancelled due to the pandemic.  Over the years, the Friends have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Rotary, a network of enthusiastic and generous individuals dedicated to serving the needs of the community. The Library is grateful for this funding and promises that the funds will be put to good use.”

Minicourses Cancelled Until Further Notice

The Friends of the Madison Public Library have cancelled all in-person Minicourses until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In-person Minicourses will not be held during the Summer or the Fall Semesters of 2020.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.


The Friends are pleased to offer one FREE Zoom online Minicourse  to current students as a thank you for their loyalty and commitment during the past 28 years.  Because Zoom restricts the number of participants, we regret that we were not able to open it to the public .

The Friends will consider offering more online virtual Minicourses.  Updates will be posted on the Minicourse website.