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.


Bottle Hill Day in Madison

The Friends of the Madison Public Library hosted a booth at Bottle Hill Day in Madison on October 1st. Our Community Outreach Chair, Peggy Oakes sends a big thank you to the many board members and library staff who helped volunteer to staff the table. The rain held off and many people stopped by the booth to learn more about what the library has to offer. The Friends held a raffle for a gift certificate to the local independent book shop in Madison, Short Stories Community Book Hub. It was a great day! Thank you to all for supporting the Madison Public Library!

Touch a Truck 2016

On Saturday, July 30, Touch a Truck 2016 rolled into Madison with a spectacular display of 28 trucks and other vehicles. The Friends of the Madison Public Library, in cooperation with the Madison Area YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison once again held another successful family event for the community. The Friends made $21,000 for the library thanks to the 1300 people who attended the event, the sponsors who supported us and the vehicle owners who made it all possible.

Walking around the grounds of the library and the YMCA, it was easy to get caught up in the excitement–magic shows, model railroad display, balloon creations, face painting, Continue reading

Touch a Truck Returns to Madison on Saturday, July 30

Shifting GearsThe much loved family event, Touch a Truck, will return to Madison on Saturday, July 30, from 10 am to 3 pm. The YMCA parking lot and Keep Street will be filled with a spectacular lineup of trucks and emergency vehicles. Touch a Truck is sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in cooperation with the Madison area YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison. The day will provide “children of all ages” an opportunity to climb aboard, beep horns, sound sirens and sit in the driver’s seat of their favorite trucks.

Both adults and children will enjoy the model trains, Lionel ‘O gauge,’ running in an authentic 1928 baggage rail car. Simon Mandal will return with four 20-minute magic shows held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Balloon animals, face painting and temporary Continue reading