Madison Library Trustee Joins the Friends as New Liaison

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are pleased to announce that Library Trustee Joanne McCarthy will now serve as their Library Board liaison. “We are excited to have Joanne McCarthy accept the role as Trustee liaison to the Friends board. This is a vital position since it provides a line of communication between the Library Trustees and the Friends to ensure that our goals and messaging for funding align with the library’s current and future needs,” said Pam Hogan, Chair of the Friends. Hogan added, “I worked as a volunteer alongside Joanne in the past and look forward to doing so again.” 

Joanne is a long-time resident of Madison who has worked in the legal field for over 30 years as a corporate paralegal, paralegal supervisor, and law firm billing administrator in NYC law firms and legal departments of Fortune 100 corporations. Most recently, she worked at Honeywell at their worldwide headquarters in Morris Plains. As a young mom, she took a break from full-time employment and dedicated time to fundraising as PTO president here in Madison and previously in Glen Ridge. Joanne served on the Education Foundation in Glen Ridge and was actively involved in the Madison Education Foundation during its earliest days. 

“Admittedly my interaction to date with the library has been as a user and consumer of its programs. Now that my retirement gives me more time, I hope to contribute by assisting here in Madison,” said McCarthy. “The library is one of the crown jewels of Madison, and I am eager to be a part of the dedicated group helping to enhance the library and its programs. Besides, I have it on good authority that the Friends are . . . fun!”

The Friends are so happy to welcome Joanne.

30th Anniversary: 1992-2022 Minicourses

In 2022, we will be celebrating 30 years of continuing education–the first 26 years as ‘Drew Minicourses’ and the last three years as ‘Minicourses at Madison Library.’ It is because of your support all of these years that we were able to offer college-level minicourses and to transition from co-sponsor to sole sponsor, and then from in-person to virtual during the pandemic. We celebrate you and your dedication to knowledge! Thank you!

Winter Art Minicourse Date Change

There is a change in the start date for Dr. Barbara Tomlinson’s virtual Art Course, “New Exhibition Strategies in Art Museums: The Frick Collection, MoMA and British Museum.”

The first day of class will now be Monday, January 31, instead of January 24.  The fifth and last class will be held on Monday, February 28, instead of February 21.  The time is the same, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

The revised schedule is as follows: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2022, Monday afternoons from 1:30 – 3 pm via Zoom.

There is no change to the other course offering, Dr. Ian Drake’s “Presidential Elections Past and Their Importance for American Government” on Wednesday mornings, 10 am to 12 pm on January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2022.

The cost for one course is $95 per individual or couple sharing one screen.  Additional courses are $65 each.  Register online at or with a check made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to Minicourses at Madison Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison NJ 07940.

Friends of the Madison Public Library Annual Appeal

The Friends of the Madison Public Library just began their Annual Appeal by reaching out to over 5,000 households with an appeal letter asking for the continued support of the Madison Public Library. The Friends, a 501 (C)(3) tax-exempt organization of volunteers, are working together with the Library staff and Trustees to continue to provide programs, museum passes, current books, streaming services, and more than patrons have come to enjoy and expect! The Library is open, with innovations that include the outdoor installation of picnic tables for children’s activities and “Make & Take” craft kits for all ages. In addition, virtual programming and streaming services continue to be very popular.

The Library continues to serve as a vibrant part of the community and gifts enhance its services, programming, and extensive collection. Contributions large and small will allow the Friends to maintain our legacy commitment to the Library. Fully tax-deductible donations can be made by a check 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.

Friends at Bottle Hill Day

A Note from Friends President Pam Hogan About Madison’s Bottle Hill Day:

Today’s Bottle Hill Day was the best I can remember! Thanks to all who represented the Friends of the Madison Public Library and worked hard to make the day such a success. Connie Rostiac, Chair of Community Outreach, created signage, acquired promotional offerings, and coordinated the booth logistics. Contributions to the Friends totaled over $400 for purchased books and DVDs and from those who just love the library and made it known. 

Adrienne Novak and Jen Bauman deserve recognition, both as early and late birds, Sharon Silver helped with set up and lent sunshine to push away the morning chill, Peggy Oakes lent her smiling face drawing people in with her positive vibes, Kathy Trombacco engaged people one-on-one about our mission, and Sylvia Luber took photos and advanced interest in the Friends’ organized mini-courses.