Welcome to Library Trustee Rachel Kempster Barry!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) are pleased to announce that Library Trustee Rachel Kempster Barry will now serve as the Library Board liaison to the Friends. Pam Hogan, President of the FMPL, says, “Having a closer line of communication between the Library Trustees and Friends will help to ensure our goals and messaging for funding align with the library’s current and future needs.” Hogan added, “Rachel brings experience from the publishing world along with great enthusiasm for our volunteer work.”  

Rachel Kempster Barry has worked in the book publishing industry for more than 20 years as an indie bookseller, an author, a Vice President of marketing and publicity for a publisher (DK/PRH) and a book festival director. 

 “Since moving to Madison over five years ago, I’ve been so impressed with the efforts of the Friends,” says Barry. “From their minicourses to their fundraising work to support the library, they are doing remarkable work that helps everyone in Madison and our neighboring communities.” 

FMPL is a non-profit organization run by a group of volunteers who work to stimulate public interest and community use of the library’s resources and services and provide fundraising support. After expenses, all funds the Friends raise are designated to go to the library to finance materials, services, programs, technology and improvements that are not covered in the regular library budget. 

Virtual Early Spring 2021 Minicourse at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized a virtual minicourse for the Spring 2021 semester, “The Romantic Period (1820-1910)” by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of N.J.  This online Zoom minicourse will be held for five weeks beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.  Students may either register by mail or online on our website, www.minicoursesmadisonlibrary.org.  Checks made payable to Friends of the Madison Public Library may be mailed to: Minicourses at Madison Library, P.O. Box 1341, Madison, N.J. 07940.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “spring semester minicourses will most likely be the last offered online.  The Friends hope to return to in-person minicourses, to be held in the Chase Room of the library, during the summer in July and August.”    

This virtual non-credit course is intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com, or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7940.   Minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  


Local Support Lifts Friends Library Fund Raising Initiative to Exceed Goal

The Friends announce the success of the 2020 Challenge!   We have exceeded our goal of $40,000 thanks to you, our generous donors. This fundraiser was initiated in November 2020 to allow the Friends to continue our yearly contribution to the Madison Public Library at the same level of our past support.  Thanks to your continued generosity, the library will use the funds to provide more extensive program offerings, streaming services, and book collections for children, teens and adults.