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 Meeting – Public is invited

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting at 11am Monday, January 8. 2018, in the Chase Room of the library at 39 Keep Street.  The public is invited to attend.

The agenda will include the election of the Executive Board for the 2018-2019 term and a review of annual reports.  The nominating slate includes the following: Continue reading

NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

VOTE ‘YES’

 A referendum on the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act will be on the November 7 ballot.

It will provide…

  • $125 million to NJ Public libraries for construction and renovation
  • matching 1:1 grants of state and local dollars and not dependent solely on local property taxes.
  • improvements, updates and ADA upgrades
  • expansion and creation of community spaces.
  • additional technology
  • creation of construction jobs & economic development

Question #1 on the ballot is about NJ Public Libraries.

Wording on the ballot: Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity to serve the public.

Interpretive Statement: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

For the text of the bill: NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Madison Rotary Awards Grant to Friends

The Friends wish to thank the Madison Rotary for awarding them a grant of $1000 that will be matched by the Friends. The grant funds will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK+ educational robots. These waterproof and shockproof robots can be programmed to roll, flip, spin, and change colors. Robotics classes will be held at the library with these durable, app-controlled robots. Since the robots are programmed for different skill levels, classes will cater to different ages and abilities. They will tie directly into STEAM education as patrons learn how to manipulate the robots through drawing, using building blocks or a coding language on the app. The robots will eventually be added to the planned Makerspace.