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. 

Thank you to FMPL 2021 Supporters!


The Friends thank the Madison Rotary for providing Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Passes at the Madison Public Library. Patrons are encouraged to check out this generous pass which offers multiple benefits so that the whole family or a group of friends can attend to see exciting exhibits like Automainia.


Thank you to the Madison Rotary!


Many thanks to Investors Foundation, our longtime partner, for supporting the Streaming Subscriptions of the Madison Public Library. 

Thank you Investors Foundation!


The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting electronically at Noon on Monday, January 11, 2021. The public is cordially invited to join in electronically via Zoom. Please contact us by email, indicate in the subject line “FMPL Annual Meeting” and include your name and email address to receive your invitation. Requests should be made to and sent by Friday, January 8, 2021.

The agenda will include the election of the Executive Board for the 2021-2022 term and a review of annual reports.  The nominating slate includes the election to the Executive Committee of Linda Holm as Treasurer, Jen Bauman, as Co-Corresponding Secretary and the appointment of Colleen Bohensky, as Website Coordinator.

This year the Friends reached out with a 2020 Challenge request to community leaders followed by a recent Appeal letter mailed to Madison families. We are grateful to all who have made contributions. Your gifts will help the library remain an outstanding cultural resource with its vital programming and extensive collection. 

To reach the legacy goal of $40,000 we still need your help! Please consider supporting your library. Checks may be 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,  

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.”