About Friends of the Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the library with volunteer support, advocacy, and supplemental funding. Money raised by the Friends enables the library to offer special programs and expanded collections that are not covered in its budget. Friends-sponsored events and charitable activities help keep the library a center of culture and learning for the entire community.

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.

 Invitations have been mailed to library patrons and are also available at the front desk of the library, as well as tickets for a fund-raising event with prizes.  Reservations also can be made online 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. 

Save the Date ~ March 23 ~ Annual Gala Library Fundraiser

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor Sue Carter, a long-time technology volunteer, Library Trustee, and Board Member, at their annual Gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 23rd  from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Madison Library.  You are cordially invited to attend, honor Sue for her many contributions to the library, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, served with wine and beer. Tickets are $50 per person.  Watch for your invitation in the mail. Additional invitations will be available at the front desk of the library. 

2018 Annual Appeal

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 offers 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 a Rotary Grant for a portable TV monitor and accessories to be used for educational programs.

From proceeds of the Annual Appeal, Gala Benefit (March 23, 2019), Minicourses and Touch a Truck we are also able to designate funds for special projects. Other programs funded by the Friends include the Museum Pass Program, the Summer Reading Club, and the Summer Seminar Series co-sponsored with the Senior Center.

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.