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.

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2017

Registration is open for four fall courses that will begin the last week of September.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • A New Era for American Foreign Policy, Dr. Douglas Simon (Mondays at 1:30 pm, September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23)
  • Challenges To Democratic Politics in America, Dr. Perry Leavell (Tuesdays at 1:30 pm, September 26, October 3, 10, 24, 31 – No class Oct 17)
  • New Jersey at 350+:  A Survey of New Jersey’s History, Dr. David Cowell (Wednesdays at 10 am, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Giacomo Puccini, Dr. Robert Butts (Wednesdays at 1:30 pm, September 27; October 4, 11, 18; November 8 – No class Oct 25 and Nov 1)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

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Drew Minicourses: Summer 2017

Registration is open for three summer courses that will begin the last week of June.

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • “Globalization, Migration and the Refugee Crises” by Jonathan Golden, PhD (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 10 am – 12 Noon)
  • “Leonard Bernstein and American Music” by Robert Butts (Five Tuesdays: June 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • “Morris County, USA: A Living Tapestry” by Jim DelGiudice (Five Thursdays: June 29, Jul 6, 13, 27, Aug 3; 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. No class July 20)

For further information and to register, go to http://www.drewminicourses.org or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.

Madison Rotary Awards Grant to Friends

The Friends wish to thank the Madison Rotary for awarding them a grant of $1000 that will be matched by the Friends. The grant funds will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK+ educational robots. These waterproof and shockproof robots can be programmed to roll, flip, spin, and change colors. Robotics classes will be held at the library with these durable, app-controlled robots. Since the robots are programmed for different skill levels, classes will cater to different ages and abilities. They will tie directly into STEAM education as patrons learn how to manipulate the robots through drawing, using building blocks or a coding language on the app. The robots will eventually be added to the planned Makerspace.

Annual Appeal Success

The Friends thank the community for its generous support of our Annual Appeal. The net profit was $24,695.33.

We appreciate your participation in a fundraiser that confirms Madison’s love for its library. Your thoughtful donations, along with our other fundraising projects enable us to sponsor programs for adults and children and purchase materials for the book and media collection not covered in the library budget.

In addition, this past year we were able to contribute to funding for the newly-remodeled Children’s Picture Book Room and the upgrade of the library’s public WiFi system. We were also able to add new museums to the library’s Museum Pass Program.

Thank you again for your generosity.

Gala Benefit Success

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.”

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Annual Gala 2017 ~ You’re Invited!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor Nancy Adamczyk, Director of the Library, at their annual Gala Benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the library.

“It is a privilege to honor Nancy who is retiring after 46 years of service,” said Sylvia Luber, Chairman of the Friends. “She has truly served the community with such wisdom and grace.” During her tenure, Nancy has been a driving force behind the library’s many innovations. In addition to the introduction of many new programs, there have been extensive physical and technological changes. Nancy has been an important part of it all.

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