Annual Appeal Success

The Friends thank the community for its generous support of our Annual Appeal. The net profit was $24,695.33.

We appreciate your participation in a fundraiser that confirms Madison’s love for its library. Your thoughtful donations, along with our other fundraising projects enable us to sponsor programs for adults and children and purchase materials for the book and media collection not covered in the library budget.

In addition, this past year we were able to contribute to funding for the newly-remodeled Children’s Picture Book Room and the upgrade of the library’s public WiFi system. We were also able to add new museums to the library’s Museum Pass Program.

Thank you again for your generosity.


Gala Benefit Success

The Friends of the Madison Public Library honored Nancy Adamczyk, Director, at their annual Gala Benefit Saturday, March 25 at the library, 39 Keep Street. A crowd of 187 people sipped wine and ate delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Catering Department of the Thursday Morning Club. The Friends’ gift to Nancy was a professional portrait that will be hung in the library. The plaque reads: “Nancy Adamczyk, Director, Madison Public Library — In Appreciation for 46 years of Exceptional Leadership and Devoted Service — May 1, 2017.”


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Annual Gala 2017 ~ You’re Invited!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will honor Nancy Adamczyk, Director of the Library, at their annual Gala Benefit from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the library.

“It is a privilege to honor Nancy who is retiring after 46 years of service,” said Sylvia Luber, Chairman of the Friends. “She has truly served the community with such wisdom and grace.” During her tenure, Nancy has been a driving force behind the library’s many innovations. In addition to the introduction of many new programs, there have been extensive physical and technological changes. Nancy has been an important part of it all.

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Save the Date: Annual Gala on March 25

Save the date for The Friends of the Madison Public Library’s Annual Gala!

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Madison Public Library from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Our honoree this year will be Nancy Adamczyk who will be retiring in May after 46 years of service to the Library, 38 years as Director. Enjoy delicious food and drink, visit with old and new friends and participate in the 50/50 raffle. Additional invitations and raffle tickets will be available at the front desk of the library. Watch for your invitation in the mail.

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2017

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2017

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library and Drew University

  • Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art by Eric Anderson (Wednesdays, 10 am to Noon; Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22)
  • Va Pensiero – The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi by Robert Butts (Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22)
  • In Search of a Visual Language: Digital Photography and Social Media in the 21st Century by Jim DelGiudice (Mondays, 10 am to Noon; Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 6)
  • Great Art Exhibitions You Might Have Missed by Barbara Tomlinson (Mondays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27)
  • The Politics of Ireland from Easter Sunday to the Celtic Tiger by David Cowell (Tuesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm; April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2)
  • The 60’s & the Vietnam War in America by James Carter (Wednesdays, 10 am to Noon; April 5, 12, 19, April 26, May 3)

For more information and to register, go to

2016 Annual Appeal

The Friends of the Madison Public Library (Friends) are asking for your help in our mission to support the Library. Since 1938, the Friends have helped the Library meet the needs of
our dynamic community.

This Annual Appeal, together with our sponsorship of the Drew Minicourses and the biennial Touch-a-Truck community event help us to provide the Library with volunteers, advocacy and funding for special programs, new acquisitions and up-to-date technology.

Your generosity makes a big difference! This year the Friends were able to:

  • Help fund the costs of the newly-remodeled Children’s Picture Book Room that includes a filled-in story hour pit, new ceiling, carpeting, shelving, furniture and audio-visual technology extending its use as an all-purpose room.
  • Fund an upgrade of the Library’s public WiFi
  • Contribute $40,000 to the collection and programming, including funding all costs of 
the Summer Reading Program in which 658 children read for 384,570 minutes.
  • Continue to fund the Museum Pass Program. We added the popular Imagine That!!! A Discovery Museum for Children in Florham Park to our list of 15 museums.
  • Partner with the Friends of the Madison Senior Center to fund the 32nd year of the 
Summer Seminar Series which attracted 745 attendees.
  • Fund special projects by matching a Rotary Grant for tablet computers used in database 
training for adults and for class use in the Children’s Department.
  • Continue to support the bi-monthly newsletter and technical assistance for E-newsletters.

You can view the extensive list of Library programs, services and added features by going to the Library website, and upcoming events sponsored by the Friends on our website here.

The Library is counting on the Friends not only to maintain, but to increase their financial assistance as it moves ahead with the plans to revitalize its public spaces. The Friends are asking for your continued help to make the Library’s projects for 2017 a reality with a fully tax- deductible donation. Your gift at any level: $25, $50, $100 or more – will help to make these improvements a reality:

  • Introduction of a new Library website
a fast and efficient Self Checkout
  • Increase in online and social media presence
  • Continued support of
 the collection that circulates over 200,000 items a year
a variety of educational, cultural and technology programs for all ages
expanded use of technology, such as the use of on-line registration for Library courses

It is easy to make your donation HERE.

The Friends of the Madison Public Library is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

We thank you for your support and generosity.