Scheduling Changes to Virtual Spring 2021 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library have organized two virtual minicourses for the Spring 2021 semester, ‘The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910)’ by Dr. Robert Butts, Founder and Conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and ‘Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture’ by Dr. Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department, Drew University.  These online Zoom minicourses will be held for five-weeks beginning March 3, 2021 for music and April 29 for art.  Registration will start February 16.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.   The cost of a second minicourse by the same student is $65.  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 “future minicourses will most likely continue to be offered online until it’s completely safe to meet in-person.”    

These virtual non-credit courses are 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.   The minicourses are organized by the Friends and all proceeds go to the Madison Public Library.  

Minicourse Descriptions:  

The Romantic Symphony (1820-1910) by Dr. Robert Butts; Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2021

The Romantic period (1820-1910) was the golden age of the symphony.  The new aesthetics and social changes of the 19th century impacted music in many ways, both in terms of developing the form and style as well as in terms of it becoming the most important public aspect of orchestral creativity.  The period is marked by three distinctive periods, represented by some of the most beloved composers and works.  Early Romantic symphonists included Berlioz, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.  Middle Romantic composers included Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Bruckner.  The leading late Romantic symphonic composers were led by Mahler and Sibelius.  Each generation developed its own definition of the symphony as well as its own meaning.  In the 20th century, many composers were inspired by the aesthetics and ideas of romanticism blended with the techniques and styles of modernism.

Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture by Dr. Margaret Kuntz; Thursdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021

This course will focus on the art and architecture of some of the greatest Italian masters, such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi.  Questions surrounding design process, function and meaning, rivalry and gender are just some of the issues Dr. Kuntz will address as she explores individual works of art and well-known urban projects of the 16th-17th centuries.

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.  

SUCCESS!

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.

FRIENDS OF THE MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING

The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their Annual Meeting electronically at Noon on Monday, January 11, 2021. The public is cordially invited to join in electronically via Zoom. Please contact us by email, indicate in the subject line “FMPL Annual Meeting” and include your name and email address to receive your invitation. Requests should be made to friendsmadisonnjlibrary@gmail.com and sent by Friday, January 8, 2021.

The agenda will include the election of the Executive Board for the 2021-2022 term and a review of annual reports.  The nominating slate includes the election to the Executive Committee of Linda Holm as Treasurer, Jen Bauman, as Co-Corresponding Secretary and the appointment of Colleen Bohensky, as Website Coordinator.

This year the Friends reached out with a 2020 Challenge request to community leaders followed by a recent Appeal letter mailed to Madison families. We are grateful to all who have made contributions. Your gifts will help the library remain an outstanding cultural resource with its vital programming and extensive collection. 

To reach the legacy goal of $40,000 we still need your help! Please consider supporting your library. Checks may be made payable to the Friends of the Madison Public Library and mailed to 39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940 or a secure donation may be made through our website, www.friendsmadisonnjlibrary.org.  

Virtual Winter 2021 Minicourses at Madison Public Library

The nonprofit Friends of the Madison Public Library will conduct two virtual minicourses  for the Winter 2021 semester, ‘Exhibitions Interrupted’ by Dr. Barbara Tomlinson, Professor Emerita, Kean University and ‘Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought’ by Dr. Ian Drake, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair University.  These online Zoom minicourses will be held for five-weeks beginning January 26, 2021.  Registration will start January 5.  The cost is $95 per individual or couple residing at the same residence.   The cost of a second minicourse by the same student is $65.  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.

Exhibitions Interrupted by Dr. Barbara Tomlinson; Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm; January 26, February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021.

2020 saw museums around the world mounting spectacular exhibitions only to have them shut down.  These sessions offer an opportunity to visit some of those exhibitions. 

The Obama Portraits, National Portrait Gallery; The Ghent Altarpiece, Ghent Museum; Snow Scenes: Bruegel to Monet; Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, the Prado;  Titian Poesie, London National Gallery; Rembrandt/Velazquez, The Rijksmuseum and The Man in the Red Coat, Armand Hammer Foundation.  

Great Thinkers in the History of Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Marx by Dr. Ian Drake; Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 pm; January 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021. 

This five-part series will review the ideas, lives and times of major thinkers in the history of Western political philosophy.  From the ancient Greeks to our own day, political theorists have proposed dramatically different ideas about how and why we should govern ourselves or be governed by others.  This series will review these controversial ideas and how the biographies of their chief proponents affected their proposals.

Sylvia Luber, Coordinator, said that “additional online minicourses will be offered during the Spring 2021 Semester in March and April.  Registration for Spring will begin February 16 with the first day of class on March 3.”  

 “In-person minicourses will not be held until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” added Rose Mary Dinnhaupt, Registrar.  All proceeds will go to the Madison Public Library These virtual non-credit courses are intended for the general public with no prerequisites or examinations.  For information, email minicoursesmadisonlibrary@gmail.com or leave a voice message at (929) 450-7040.