The Friends of the Madison Public Library honored Nancy Adamczyk, Director, at their annual Gala Benefit Saturday, March 25 at the library, 39 Keep Street. A crowd of 187 people sipped wine and ate delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Catering Department of the Thursday Morning Club. The Friends’ gift to Nancy was a professional portrait that will be hung in the library. The plaque reads: “Nancy Adamczyk, Director, Madison Public Library — In Appreciation for 46 years of Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service — May 1, 2017.”
“It is a privilege for the Friends to honor Nancy who is retiring on May 1 after serving as Director for 39 years,” said Sylvia Luber, Chairwoman. “She has truly served the community with such wisdom and grace. The community considers the library to be one of Madison’s ‘crown jewels.’ The library’s books, programs, technology and innovation attest to Nancy’s success as Director. There is no doubt that she will be missed. However, by her positive approach to problems, her enthusiasm, warmth and dedication, she has left us a lasting legacy. Her values will live on through all of us.”
Mayor Robert “Bob” Conley presented Nancy with an engraved chair while the Mayor and two former mayors, Gary Ruckelshaus and “Woody” Kerkeslager posed for a photo with Nancy seated in her new chair. Other speakers who paid homage to Nancy were Emily Weisenstein, Head of the Children’s Department, Ralph Graham, Circulation and Inter-library loan Supervisor and Tom Bintinger, President of the Madison Library Trustees.
Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support special library programs for children, teens and adults, and to expand the book and media collections. In addition, this past year the Friends contributed to funding for the newly remodeled Children’s Picture Book room and the upgrade to the library’s Wi-Fi system. New museums were also added to the popular Museum Pass Program. Adult education programs sponsored by the Friends include Drew University Minicourses, Tech Tuesdays and Summer Seminars co-sponsored with the Madison Senior Center. Music, movies, app parties, games day and workshops were popular family events.