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.”

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.

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Annual Gala 2018 – You’re Invited!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library, a nonprofit organization, will honor The Thursday Morning Club at its annual Gala Benefit to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the library at 39 Keep Street.

Reservations can be made online HERE.

“The club founded the Friends of the Madison Library in 1938, so it is most appropriate that the Friends honor their founder on the library’s 80th anniversary” said Sylvia Luber, Chairman of the Friends. “The Thursday Morning Club has contributed so much, not only to the library, but also to Madison and the surrounding area, that it is a privilege to recognize their work. Many on our library board are also members of the club as are Continue reading “Annual Gala 2018 – You’re Invited!”