Get Ready, Touch-a-Truck is Rolling into Madison, July 28th!

IMG_2332Thinking ahead for something to beat the summer doldrums? Put Touch-a-Truck, a family-friendly event, on your calendar for Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s a chance for children of all ages to put their imaginations into “high gear” when they climb aboard, beep the horns, flash lights, sound sirens as they sit in the driver’s seat of their favorite trucks. The amazing lineup includes many types of vehicles, such as emergency, utility and construction trucks.

Ticket flyers for completion are available at any circulation desk at the library or BUY HERE. Admission for toddlers and children up to age 12 will be $8 for advance purchases postmarked by Friday, July 21, and $10 on the day of the event. The cost for teens and adults is $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Emergency vehicles will stretch down along Keep Street across from the Madison Public Library and a variety of large trucks will fill the Madison Area YMCA parking lot. The event offers low cost, fun-filled entertainment for families. Sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in cooperation with the Madison YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison, Touch-a-Truck will take place rain or shine. Continue reading

80th Anniversary Annual Gala Success!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library celebrated their 80th Anniversary at an annual Gala Benefit on Saturday, March 10, at the library, 39 Keep Street by honoring their founder, The Thursday Morning Club. Guests enjoyed delicious food prepared by the Catering Department of the Thursday Morning Club under the direction of Bernie Grohol.

Sylvia Luber, Chair of the Friends, formally welcomed Lynn Favreau who began as Madison’s new library director 10 months ago. She was previously the Director of Mountainside Public Library. “The Friends enjoy working with Lynn and look forward to helping her and the library as they move forward with their new projects,” said Luber.

Speaking for Trustees’ president, Tom Bintinger, Trustee vice president, David Luber, described initiatives being taken by the library trustees Continue reading

Annual Gala 2018 – You’re Invited!

The Friends of the Madison Public Library, a nonprofit organization, will honor The Thursday Morning Club at its annual Gala Benefit to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the library at 39 Keep Street.

Reservations can be made online HERE.

“The club founded the Friends of the Madison Library in 1938, so it is most appropriate that the Friends honor their founder on the library’s 80th anniversary” said Sylvia Luber, Chairman of the Friends. “The Thursday Morning Club has contributed so much, not only to the library, but also to Madison and the surrounding area, that it is a privilege to recognize their work. Many on our library board are also members of the club as are Continue reading

Save the Date! Annual Gala on March 10


The Friends of the Madison Public Library will celebrate their 80th Anniversary at the Annual Gala on Saturday, March, 10, 2018, at the Madison Public Library from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  The Friends will welcome Lynn Favreau, our new Library Director, and honor the Thursday Morning Club, owner and operator of the Madison Community House, who founded the Friends in 1938.  Enjoy an evening of food and wine with old and new friends and participate in the 50/50 raffle.  Additional raffle tickets will be available at the front desk.   Watch for your invitation in the mail.

Drew Minicourses: Winter/Spring 2018

Held in the Chase Room, Madison Public Library

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

Registration will begin January 5, 2018. Each course is a five-week, two-hour lecture. $95 per course, $65 for each additional course.

For full descriptions click HERE.

The Great War and Modern Memory
Dr. William Rogers
Five Mondays: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26   1:30-3:30 pm

Natural Beauty and the Appreciation of Natural Environments
Dr. Erik Anderson
Five Tuesdays: Jan 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27   10 am-12 pm

Exploring Beethoven
Dr. Robert Butts

Five Tuesdays: January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 1:30-3:30 pm

Great Leaders and Political Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome
Dr. John Lenz
Five Wednesdays: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28   10 am-12 pm

Music from the Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Dr. Robert Butts
Five Tuesdays: April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1   1:30-3:30 pm

Using Poetry as Access to the Universal
Dr. Sean Nevin
Five Wednesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2   1:30-3:30 pm

For more information and to register, go to or call Drew University (973) 408-3118.