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.

Fall 2019 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are sponsoring  five fall minicourses  beginning September 23 to be held in the Chase Room of the Madison Public Library for five weeks.

Registration forms are now available in the library or posted on the website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.orgThe tuition for one course is $95. Additional courses are $65 each. Checks 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.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library.

Dr. Daniel Cassino, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Experimental Research for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s survey research group, PublicMind; Mondays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 (no class Sep 30) “Nice Presidents Finish Last: The Evolution of Presidential Power”

With renewed interest in the powers of the US Presidency, and their limits, it is important to examine how the powers of the President have changed over time. Starting with Washington, we will examine the development of Presidential powers by focusing on the chief executives who have done the most to shape the conception of what Presidents can, and cannot do. For each President, we will try to understand how their life experiences shaped the way they approached the Presidency, and, in turn, how that set precedent for all of the Presidents that came afterwards. Throughout, we will also be talking about how the public, the courts and Congress have pushed back on expansions of Presidential power by impeachment, laws and Supreme Court decisions. 

Dr. David Cowell, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Drew University; Tuesdays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 24, Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class Oct 1) “Alienation and Civic Culture in America and Europe:  From Kennedy Campaigning to 2020″

An analysis of political alienation and civic culture focused upon contemporary American and European experiences since World War II.  Alienation will be presented as an idea and social value in the political culture and its impact on democratic politics and campaigning in America and Europe.  Topics include the social acceptance of alienation in speech and behavior, the expanding role of social media and access to public space and their impacts on politics and thought in modern democracies. 

Dr. Bruce Peabody, Professor of Political Science, Prelaw & Legal Studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the director of Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL); Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 Noon; Sep 25; Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class Oct 9)

“Supreme Court of the United States: ‘Top Ten’ Cases You Need to Know and Understand”

This course will use a selection of ten landmark Supreme Court cases to learn about the substance of the case, the legal, political, and social issues at hand, and the broader lessons about the Court’s power, importance, and limitations.  My choices include familiar cases and some that are more obscure but no less dramatic and vital.

Sep. 25:           Introduction and the Roots of the Court’s Power: Marbury and McCulloch

Oct. 2:              Civil Rights and the Limits of the Judicial Impact: Brown and Baker

Oct. 16:           The Warren Court Revolution: Sullivan and Miranda

Oct. 23:           The Burger Court Counter-Revolution? Roe and Nixon

Oct. 30:           The Future of the Court: Buckley and McDonald

Dr. Robert Butts, Director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and teacher at Montclair State University, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University, New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the College of Saint Elizabeth; Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Sep 25; Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 (no class Oct 9)

“Music in America”

1, Music Grows in America – 1750-1860

2. The Civil War and After – 1860-1890

3. Time of Transition – 1890-1920

4. American Music Becomes American Music – 1920-1945

5. American Music Since World War II

Dr. Nicole Yanoso, Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Political Science and American Studies, the College of Saint Elizabeth; Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Sep 26, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31 (no class Oct 3) “Slavery and the Founding Fathers”

This course will explore the paradoxical reality of the United States founding.  The Founding Fathers changed the world by building a lasting democracy based on the natural rights of man, and yet allowed for the continuation of human bondage.  In this course we will explore the men who made America and also the times in which they operated.  Moreover, we will delve into the motivations and forces that drove their ideologies and actions (or for some lack of action) concerning slavery.  Beyond that, we will explore whether the framers allowed the Constitution to enshrine slavery or if they purposely fell short of legitimizing slavery at the national level, refusing to validate property in man.

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.