Fall 2020 Minicourse will be Online

The Friends of the Madison Public Library are pleased to offer ‘Gothic Art’ by Dr. Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History, Drew University, an online Zoom minicourse for fall 2020.

This five-week course will be held Monday afternoons beginning September 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Registration will begin August 24 at www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org. This minicourse is open to the public. Current students will receive an email with a link to register.

The Friends held their first online Zoom minicourse during the summer, ‘The Story of the Symphony’ by Dr. Robert Butts which was well attended. We plan to offer additional online minicourses in January 2021.

Please Note: In-person minicourses will not be held until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cancelled: 2020 Annual Gala Benefit

Earlier this year the Friends postponed the Spring 2020 Annual Gala Benefit to the Fall because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We were looking forward to honoring Thomas Bintinger, long term library Trustee and community leader.

Uncertainties continue about the virus. After careful consideration, we regretfully are canceling the 2020 Gala. We know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.

We truly and deeply value your continued interest and support, and thank you for your understanding.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Madison ~ A Gift in a Time of Need

The Friends of the Madison Public Library have received a grant from the Rotary Club of Madison to cover the purchase of 10 e-book titles from Barnes and Noble for Nook e-readers. With the closure of the library during the Covid-19 crisis, patrons have increasingly relied on Nook and other digital opportunities to enjoy their book choices.

As digital bookshelves, Nooks are always in high demand because they are portable, sized for convenience, highly intuitive and capable of holding an unlimited number of titles.  Library patrons who have checked out a Nook know they have access to multiple books that are popular reading.

According to Pam Hogan, President, “the Friends of the Madison Public Library are particularly happy to receive a Rotary award this year especially since our fundraisers were cancelled due to the pandemic.  Over the years, the Friends have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the Rotary, a network of enthusiastic and generous individuals dedicated to serving the needs of the community. The Library is grateful for this funding and promises that the funds will be put to good use.”

Minicourses Cancelled Until Further Notice

The Friends of the Madison Public Library have cancelled all in-person Minicourses until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In-person Minicourses will not be held during the Summer or the Fall Semesters of 2020.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.


The Friends are pleased to offer one FREE Zoom online Minicourse  to current students as a thank you for their loyalty and commitment during the past 28 years.  Because Zoom restricts the number of participants, we regret that we were not able to open it to the public .

The Friends will consider offering more online virtual Minicourses.  Updates will be posted on the Minicourse website.

Cancelled: Spring 2020 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

Minicourses are cancelled for Spring Semester 2020 to reduce the risk posed by the coronavirus and to protect our students. Thank you for your understanding.

Check out the Spring 2020 Minicourses sponsored by The Friends of the Madison Public Library!

Current Minicourse descriptions and Registration forms are now available in the library or posted on the website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.orgThe tuition for one course is $95. Additional courses are $65 each. Checks payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P. O. Box 1341, Madison NJ 07940.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at 929-450-7940.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library.