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.

Save the Date! Annual Gala on March 10

80th ANNIVERSARY GALA – SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will celebrate their 80th Anniversary at the Annual Gala on Saturday, March, 10, 2018, at the Madison Public Library from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Friends will welcome Lynn Favreau, our new Library Director, and honor the Thursday Morning Club, owner and operator of the Madison Community House, who founded the Friends in 1938.  Enjoy an evening of food and wine with old and new friends and participate in the 50/50 raffle.  Additional raffle tickets will be available at the front desk.   Watch for your invitation in the mail.

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Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2018

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

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

Registration will begin January 5, 2018. Each course is a five-week, two-hour lecture. $95 per course, $65 for each additional course.

For full descriptions click HERE.

The Great War and Modern Memory
Dr. William Rogers
Five Mondays: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26   1:30-3:30 pm

Natural Beauty and the Appreciation of Natural Environments
Dr. Erik Anderson
Five Tuesdays: Jan 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27   10 am-12 pm

Exploring Beethoven
Dr. Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 1:30-3:30 pm

Great Leaders and Political Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome
Dr. John Lenz
Five Wednesdays: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28   10 am-12 pm

Music from the Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Dr. Robert Butts
Five Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1   1:30-3:30 pm

Using Poetry as Access to the Universal
Dr. Sean Nevin
Five Wednesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2   1:30-3:30 pm

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

Annual Meeting – Public is invited

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting at 11am Monday, January 8. 2018, in the Chase Room of the library at 39 Keep Street.  The public is invited to attend.

The agenda will include the election of the Executive Board for the 2018-2019 term and a review of annual reports.  The nominating slate includes the following: Continue reading

Annual Appeal 2017

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 is always changing and evolving, offering 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 Continue reading

NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

VOTE ‘YES’

 A referendum on the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act will be on the November 7 ballot.

It will provide…

  • $125 million to NJ Public libraries for construction and renovation
  • matching 1:1 grants of state and local dollars and not dependent solely on local property taxes.
  • improvements, updates and ADA upgrades
  • expansion and creation of community spaces.
  • additional technology
  • creation of construction jobs & economic development

Question #1 on the ballot is about NJ Public Libraries.

Wording on the ballot: Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity to serve the public.

Interpretive Statement: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

For the text of the bill: NJ Library Construction Bond Act

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.