Touch a Truck is Back! Save the Date!

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On the grounds of the Madison Area YMCA and the Madison Public Library

 – Rain or Shine

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Tons of trucks available to climb on and explore
  • Fantastic photo opportunities
  • Free rock painting, temporary tattoos, balloon animals
  • Refreshments from Food Trucks (cash or credit card)
  • Cost for toddlers to age twelve: $8 in advance by 7/23; $10 at the door. Teens and adults: $5.

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“Early 20th Century Art in Europe” to be the Next Zoom Minicourse at Madison Library

Summer 2022 Semester

“Composition VII” by Kandinsky, 1913

If you are feeling a little avant-garde, the next Minicourse at Madison Public Library is for you.  “Early 20th Century Art in Europe” will be presented via Zoom by Dr. Kimberly Rhodes, Professor of Art History, Drew University.

This virtual minicourse will focus on the avant-garde movements that developed in Europe between 1900 and 1945, including Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, and Surrealism.  Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Dali are just a few of the artists discussed in this five-session minicourse on Mondays from 1:30 -3:30 pm, beginning on April 25and running through May 23, 2022.  Dr. Rhodes writes and teaches about modern and contemporary visual culture and has worked as an art historian in the museum and academic settings.

The tuition for the minicourse is $95.00.

Registration opens online on April 11th or by mailing a registration form and a check payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library to Friends of the Madison Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940.

For more information about this minicourse, please visit our website.  If you have questions, please email us at or leave a voicemail at (929) 450-7940.

Minicourses at Madison Library, celebrating its 30th anniversary, are for the general public and are non-credit courses. All proceeds benefit the library. Minicourses are organized by the Friends of the Madison Public Library, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization of volunteers serving the Madison Library.  

You’re Invited to the Annual Benefit!

RSVP now for the Friends Annual Benefit!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor Madison resident Tom Bintinger, President of the Library Board of Trustees, at its Annual Benefit on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Madison Library located at 39 Keep Street. “Tom cares deeply about the library and its mission to serve the community, is supportive of innovation and offers us visionary management of library funds for current and future sustainability,” said Lynn Favreau, Library Director.

“I have collaborated with Tom Bintinger as a fellow Library Trustee volunteer and in other capacities for other non-profit organizations and have always been impressed with his willingness to go out of his way to be supportive and to share his wisdom and experience,” said Pam Hogan, Chair of the Friends. “He joined the Board of Trustees in 2004 and has been its president for over ten years. I admire Tom’s steadfast commitment and his calm, encouraging, and optimistic attitude. He is truly an outstanding leader in our community.”

Invitations will be sent to library donors and will be available at the library’s front desk. Admission is $50 per person. Wine, beer, and various delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by the Thursday Morning Club will be served. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940, along with the RSVP card. Online admission purchases will also be available in early April.  

The Friends Annual Benefit offers an exciting opportunity for all of Madison to come together and show support for the library. Join us to socialize while raising vital funds.  Please help grow the many programs for children, teens, and adults that the library provides to all in our community.  

RSVP now for the Friends Annual Benefit!

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!