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

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.


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Drew Minicourses: Summer 2018

Drew Minicourses: Summer 2018
Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored: Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University
Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 29.

Looking and Thinking Outside the Box: Three exhibits in New York City you might not have experienced  and four artists  working in unconventional areas
Dr. Barbara Tomlinson
– Interior spaces NYC, Hispanic Society, Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Met
– Artists: 
Kerry James Marshall, Maurice Sendak, Saul Steinberg and Faig Ahmed
Mondays: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; June 25, July 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Note start time of 1 pm)

The Reformation at 500: a study of the Political, Religious and Intellectual Climate from 1500 to The Council of Trent
Dr. David Cowell
Tuesdays: 10 am – 12:00 pm; June 26, ?July 3, 10, 17, 24 and ?July 31 (Note: Students will vote at first class on attending July 3.)

Musicals on Film
Dr. Robert Butts
Week 1 – Show Boat/Oklahoma; Week 2. Carousel/The King and I; Week 3.  West Side Story/Gypsy; Week 4. Fiddler on the Roof/The Sound of Music; Week 5. Cabaret/Phantom of the Opera
Tuesdays: 1:30 – 3:30 pm; June 26, July 3, 10, 31 and August 7; (Note: No class July 17 or July 24.)

For more information and to register, go to or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.