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!

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,