2022 Annual Appeal

Our 2022 Annual Appeal has begun. In November, the Friends of the Madison Public Library reach out to the community to ask for support for our Library. Your generosity allows us to fulfill requests for programs and materials not covered by the regular Library budget.

Your contributions are making a real difference! New and exciting library offerings include “Grab & Go Crafts and Gifts” for all ages and the Library of Things” with items you can borrow to try out for fun (Digital Drum set, Knitting Kit) or for practical use (Mobile Document Scanner). 

Museum Passes that offer discounted or free admission are now easier than ever to access from your home through a new reservation system. Also, check out the library’s quality entertainment and educational digital resources such as Kanopy, Hoopla, Heritage Quest Online, and the Madison Eagle Digital Archive-all these resources are made possible with your financial support.

As always, we extend our gratitude for your continued generosity. Look for our Annual Appeal letter in your mail during November or make an online contribution to our Annual Appeal with this link: DONATE HERE.

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

Library Virtual “Minicourses” Return This Fall

Registration opens Tuesday, August 30, for three virtual “minicourse” offerings through the Madison Public Library.

The courses, which will cover topics relating to the U.S. Constitution, Buddhism, and Reform Movements in America, are sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library.

One minicourse, titled “The Constitution in Flux – How Our Founding Document Has Changed, and What’s Next” will begin on Monday, September 19, and run for five Mondays in September and October from 10 am – 12 pm. Professor of Government and Politics, and Executive Director of FDU Poll, Dr. Daniel Cassino, will lead the sessions.

The course will focus on how although the words of the Constitution haven’t changed much since the passage of the Bill of Rights, the meaning of those words has changed dramatically. Through Supreme Court decisions, changes in rules, and shifts in culture, the meaning of the Constitution, and the system that it established, bear little resemblance to the version set forth by the founders, and that process is far from over. This course will look at how the interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time, focusing on provisions about Civil Liberties and Presidential Power, and see how these provisions are likely to change in the decades to come.

A second minicourse, titled “Many Buddhisms,” will begin on Tuesday, September 20, and run for five consecutive Tuesdays in September and October from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Dr. Anne Mocko, Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, will present these sessions.

This course examines Buddhism as a cultural and devotional phenomenon embedded in the varying histories and geographies of Asia. The course will start with a brief overview of Buddhist history and core insights and then examine several different forms of Buddhism, drawing material from Theravada contexts (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia), Mahayana contexts (China, Korea, Japan), and high-mountain contexts (Tibet, Nepal). Finally, the course will present a range of visual and video material to help students gain an appreciation of the cultural aesthetics of different forms of Buddhism.

The final fall minicourse offering will be “Reform Movements in America,” led by Dr. Ian Drake, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. This session will begin on Wednesday, September 21, and run for five Wednesdays in September and October from 10 am – 12 pm.

This five-week series of talks will consider a different reform movement each session, especially the problems reformers sought to address, the methods of organization, and the goals and obstacles facing the movement.  Weekly topics include the Civil Rights movement, the Temperance movement, women’s rights, election reform, and the Animal Rights movement.

Interested students can find registration information here. The tuition for each course is $95, and couples in the same household only pay for one virtual link. No refunds or credits will be given once the course begins. These courses are organized by the Friends of the Madison Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.  All proceeds benefit the Madison Public Library.

These virtual non-credit courses are open to the public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For more information, please visit the website or email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com.

Touch a Truck is Back! Save the Date!

Purchase tickets NOW

On the grounds of the Madison Area YMCA and the Madison Public Library

 – Rain or Shine

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Tons of trucks available to climb on and explore
  • Fantastic photo opportunities
  • Free rock painting, temporary tattoos, balloon animals
  • Refreshments from Food Trucks (cash or credit card)
  • Cost for toddlers to age twelve: $8 in advance by 7/23; $10 at the door. Teens and adults: $5.

Purchase tickets NOW


“Early 20th Century Art in Europe” to be the Next Zoom Minicourse at Madison Library

Summer 2022 Semester

“Composition VII” by Kandinsky, 1913

If you are feeling a little avant-garde, the next Minicourse at Madison Public Library is for you.  “Early 20th Century Art in Europe” will be presented via Zoom by Dr. Kimberly Rhodes, Professor of Art History, Drew University.

This virtual minicourse will focus on the avant-garde movements that developed in Europe between 1900 and 1945, including Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.  Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Dali are just a few of the artists discussed in this five-session minicourse on Mondays from 1:30 -3:30 pm, beginning on April 25and running through May 23, 2022.  Dr. Rhodes writes and teaches about modern and contemporary visual culture and has worked as an art historian in the museum and academic settings.

The tuition for the minicourse is $95.00.

Registration opens online on April 11th or by mailing a registration form and a check payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library to Friends of the Madison Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940.

For more information about this minicourse, please visit our website.  If you have questions, please email us at minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at (929) 450-7940.

Minicourses at Madison Library, celebrating its 30th anniversary, are for the general public and are non-credit courses. All proceeds benefit the library. Minicourses are organized by the Friends of the Madison Public Library, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization of volunteers serving the Madison Library.