Welcome to Library Trustee Rachel Kempster Barry!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) are pleased to announce that Library Trustee Rachel Kempster Barry will now serve as the Library Board liaison to the Friends. Pam Hogan, President of the FMPL, says, “Having a closer line of communication between the Library Trustees and Friends will help to ensure our goals and messaging for funding align with the library’s current and future needs.” Hogan added, “Rachel brings experience from the publishing world along with great enthusiasm for our volunteer work.”  

Rachel Kempster Barry has worked in the book publishing industry for more than 20 years as an indie bookseller, an author, a Vice President of marketing and publicity for a publisher (DK/PRH) and a book festival director. 

 “Since moving to Madison over five years ago, I’ve been so impressed with the efforts of the Friends,” says Barry. “From their minicourses to their fundraising work to support the library, they are doing remarkable work that helps everyone in Madison and our neighboring communities.” 

FMPL is a non-profit organization run by a group of volunteers who work to stimulate public interest and community use of the library’s resources and services and provide fundraising support. After expenses, all funds the Friends raise are designated to go to the library to finance materials, services, programs, technology and improvements that are not covered in the regular library budget. 

Scheduling Changes to Virtual Spring 2021 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized two virtual minicourses for the Spring 2021 semester, ‘The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910)’ by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and ‘Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture’ by Dr. Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department, Drew University.  These online Zoom minicourses will be held for five-weeks beginning March 3, 2021 for music and April 29 for art.  Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.   The cost of a second minicourse by the same student is $65.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “future minicourses will most likely continue to be offered online until it’s completely safe to meet in-person.”    

These virtual non-credit courses are intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7940.   The minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  

Minicourse Descriptions:  

The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910) by Dr. Robert Butts; Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2021

The Romantic period (1820-1910) was the golden age of the symphony.  The new aesthetics and social changes of the 19th century impacted music in many ways, both in terms of developing the form and style as well as in terms of it becoming the most important public aspect of orchestral creativity.  The period is marked by three distinctive periods, represented by some of the most beloved composers and works.  Early Romantic symphonists included Berlioz, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.  Middle Romantic composers included Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Bruckner.  The leading late Romantic symphonic composers were led by Mahler and Sibelius.  Each generation developed its own definition of the symphony as well as its own meaning.  In the 20th century, many composers were inspired by the aesthetics and ideas of romanticism blended with the techniques and styles of modernism.

Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture by Dr. Margaret Kuntz; Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021

This course will focus on the art and architecture of some of the greatest Italian masters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi.  Questions surrounding design process, function and meaning, rivalry and gender are just some of the issues Dr. Kuntz will address as she explores individual works of art and well-known urban projects of the 16th-17th centuries.

Virtual Early Spring 2021 Minicourse at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized a virtual minicourse for the Spring 2021 semester, “The Romantic Period (1820-1910)” by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of N.J.  This online Zoom minicourse will be held for five weeks beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “spring semester minicourses will most likely be the last offered online.  The Friends hope to return to in-person minicourses, to be held in the Chase Room of the library, during the summer in July and August.”    

This virtual non-credit course is intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7940.   Minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  

SUCCESS!

Local Support Lifts Friends Library Fund Raising Initiative to Exceed Goal

The Friends announce the success of the 2020 Challenge!   We have exceeded our goal of $40,000 thanks to you, our generous donors. This fundraiser was initiated in November 2020 to allow the Friends to continue our yearly contribution to the Madison Public Library at the same level of our past support.  Thanks to your continued generosity, the library will use the funds to provide more extensive program offerings, streaming services, and book collections for children, teens and adults.

FRIENDS OF THE MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting electronically at Noon on Monday, January 11, 2021. The public is cordially invited to join in electronically via Zoom. Please contact us by email, indicate in the subject line “FMPL Annual Meeting” and include your name and email address to receive your invitation. Requests should be made to friendsmadisonnjlibrary@gmail.com and sent by Friday, January 8, 2021.

The agenda will include the election of the Executive Board for the 2021-2022 term and a review of annual reports.  The nominating slate includes the election to the Executive Committee of Linda Holm as Treasurer, Jen Bauman, as Co-Corresponding Secretary and the appointment of Colleen Bohensky, as Website Coordinator.

This year the Friends reached out with a 2020 Challenge request to community leaders followed by a recent Appeal letter mailed to Madison families. We are grateful to all who have made contributions. Your gifts will help the library remain an outstanding cultural resource with its vital programming and extensive collection. 

To reach the legacy goal of $40,000 we still need your help! Please consider supporting your library. Checks may be made payable to the Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940 or a secure donation may be made through our website, www.friendsmadisonnjlibrary.org.