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.

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.

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2018

Drew Minicourses: Fall 2018
Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored: Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University
Registration will begin on Tuesday, August 28.

New Jersey Forests: Diversity, Ecology, and Challenges, Dr. Sara Webb;
Tues afternoons:
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23

An exploration of New Jersey’s remarkably diverse forests, from red maple swamps to dwarf pine plains. Illustrated lectures will delve into the history, dynamics, and intricacies of these wooded ecosystems, as well as the ecological niches and adaptations of our major trees. Many forces interact to shape the vegetation mosaic, including fire, windstorms, glacial history, and a host of interesting plant-animal interactions. European/American settlers cleared the entire state, and today’s forests face complex challenges that we will examine alongside very promising conservation and restoration efforts.

Sara Webb is Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Studies at Drew and director of the Drew University Forest Preserve’s restoration project. Her research and teaching specialties are forest ecology and environmental science.

Mozart: The Creativity of Genius, Dr. Robert Butts;
Wednesday mornings: 10 am – 12 pm, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Everybody knows Mozart from the play and film Amadeus.  While there was a great deal of dramatic license in the story, there was also a great deal of insight.   Mozart was a uniquely creative genius, composing in ways that stretched the boundaries of music as he and his contemporaries understood it.  Mozart’s music and dramatic writing were highly influenced by the ideals of The Enlightenment as well as by the ideals of musical thought.  His music could touch profoundly into the human experience, yet be at the same time extremely enjoyable and fun.    This course will look at Mozart as a person and as a composer, as part of his world and at the same time a voice that continues to speak to audiences everywhere.

Dr. Robert Butts has won acclaim as conductor, composer and educator. He is the director of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. He teaches/lectures 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.

Memory and the Brain, Dr. Graham Cousens;
Wednesday afternoons: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

This course will examine features of human memory and the neurobiological substrates of memory. The course will explore topics such as memory systems, short-term and long-term memory, habits and procedural memory, brain plasticity, cognition and aging, amnesia, and disease states that affect memory. Discussion will draw on a range of current and historical findings from human neuropsychological and brain imaging studies and from relevant neurobiological studies examining the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory. The course will address fundamental issues in neuroscience and psychology but assumes no prior coursework or background in these areas.

Graham Cousens, Associate Professor of Psychology at Drew, received his PhD from Rutgers and was a Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine and UCSF. His research involves electrophysiological and behavioral techniques that examine how the brain represents sensory information and how it maintains information over time. Areas include olfactory learning and memory, emotional processes and addiction.

Romantic Poetry-British Romantic Extremes, Dr. Robert Ready;
Thursday afternoons: 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Sep 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

The British Romantic Period (roughly 1784-1830) remains remarkable for its many different energies that shaped the foundation of modern literature. In experiencing these energies anew, our examples will include: William Wordsworth’s recreation of the child, nature, and memory; Keats’s great odes and his breakthrough conception of “negative capability”; P.B. Shelley’s radical critique of power, empire, and sexual order; Dorothy Wordsworth’s community of living and writing; and, in general, Romantic writers’ emphasis on imagination as the informing spirit of art and life. We will concentrate on great lyric poetry but also encounter astonishing prose works like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Defense of Poetry.

Robert Ready, Baldwin Professor of Humanities and Professor of English Emeritus, Drew University, received his PhD from Columbia University. A former dean of the Caspersen School, he specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, writing fiction and graduate liberal studies.

For Registration Form – click here.

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

Thanks to Madison Rotary

IMG_4362The Friends of the Madison Public Library thank the Madison Rotary for their most generous grant that will be used by the library to purchase a large screen television to be mounted on a portable cart with accessories such as gaming systems and a Blu-Ray Player.  This will assist library staff in various types of programming, such as teaching small classes or hosting gaming parties or small movie showings for children and teens. The Friends will match this grant to total the purchase.

The Friends of the Madison Public Library also thank the Madison Rotary for its generous sponsorship of Touch-a-Truck. This family-friendly community event has been held since 2008 in cooperation with the Madison YMCA and the Madison Rotary. In 2016, 1300 people attended Touch a Truck. This year it will be held Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the library and YMCA grounds.

With our line-up of 26 trucks, children cannot wait to move on to the next one. Magic shows, animal balloons, face painting and tattoos are among the free offerings. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Not only does the community look forward to Touch a Truck, but local businesses, police, fire, ambulance, public works and electric utility services look forward to participating. To see a child’s smile and excitement ‘driving’ these big rigs is rewarding for everyone.

All of the proceeds go directly to the library to support programs for children, teenagers and adults and to purchase books and media.

On behalf of the library and the Friends, we thank Rotary for their generosity.

Photo: Sylvia Luber, Chair of the Friends, received the checks from Jeannie Tsukamoto, Rotary Assistant Governor and District Membership Chair, at the Rotary Breakfast on Thursday, July 12.

Touch a Truck ~ Saturday July 28 ~ 10 to 2

PRESALE tickets are now closed.
Please buy your tickets at the event Admissions table. (Cash only)
Come rain or shine! See you there!
Thank you!

TAT Flyer

For a copy of the flyer, click HERE.

Thinking ahead for something to beat the summer doldrums? Put Touch-a-Truck, a family-friendly event, on your calendar for Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s a chance for children of all ages to put their imaginations into “high gear” when they climb aboard, beep the horns, flash lights, sound sirens as they sit in the driver’s seat of their favorite trucks. The amazing lineup includes many types of vehicles, such as emergency, utility and construction trucks.

Ticket flyers for completion are available at any circulation desk at the library. Admission for toddlers and children up to age 12 will be $8 for advance purchases postmarked by Friday, July 21, and $10 on the day of the event. The cost for teens and adults is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Emergency vehicles will stretch down along Keep Street across from the Madison Public Library and a variety of large trucks will fill the Madison Area YMCA parking lot. The event offers low cost, fun-filled entertainment for families. Sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in cooperation with the Madison YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison, Touch-a-Truck will take place rain or shine.

Returning this year to enchant youngsters with his magic show will be the popular magician, Simon Mandal. There will be four 20-minute Simon Magic Shows held at 11am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm.

Another highlight of the event will feature Lionel “O gauge” trains running in an authentic 1928 baggage rail car. A working Morris & Essex diesel locomotive, a 1928 safety training rail car, and new and antique Madison Central Railroad memorabilia complete a display that will delight both children and adults who are kids at heart.

Touch-a-Truck will keep families happily entertained with many additional activities, including free face painting, balloon artists capable of creating any balloon idea your child can imagine, temporary tattoos and refreshments for purchase.

Support for the event is available through sponsor opportunities. Sponsorship forms are also at the library, or on the Friends’ website, or by a check made payable to the Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940. Questions can be addressed at friendsmadisonnjlibrary@gmail.com.

This fundraiser will benefit special library offerings, particularly programs for children and teens, and expand book and media collections that are beyond the reach of the library’s budget. Music, movies, poetry, team competition and workshops are also popular library-sponsored family events.