Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Madison Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
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Backstage with Ed Su
ZOOM
Monday, Apr. 19, 7:00p.m.
Ed Sullivan was the ultimate American television impresario whose television show became the most successful and longest-running variety show in U.S broadcast history.  We will journey with Ed from his early days as a sports and entertainment reporter and syndicated columnist, to his becoming the quintessential star maker of the 50’s and the 60’s.  The Ed Sullivan Show included every type of entertainer: classical musicians, opera singers, comedians, ballet dancers, popular recording artists, songwriters and dramatic actors.  Sunday nights were incomplete without watching The Ed Sullivan Show.  Television critic, David Hinckley, has been quoted as saying “The Ed Sullivan Show was by any means the last great TV show."

The presenter for this special program is Vinnie Bruno. Bruno is a Beatles Scholar and Sixties Rock Historian.  He recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York). He holds an MPA from Baruch College and as an adjunct professor for 25 years he taught courses in numerous disciplines including Humanities, Business and Mathematics. As a 60’s Rock Historian, he offers programs on the many extraordinary innovative artists who defined an era by creating musical landscapes that captivated a generation and whose influence in popular culture still endures five decades later.

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
Rhyme Time - Ages 5
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Apr. 20, 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and other fun early literacy activities for our youngest patrons! We will premiere a new video each week on the library’s YouTube Channel for you and your child to watch at your convenience.
Our spring session will run weekly from March 30th - May 11th.
A song list and activity sheet will be attached for more suggested activities to do at home!
Virtual Stories & So
Zoom
Wednesday, Apr. 21, 11:00 - 11:30 am
We're live on Zoom! Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft every week with Miss Laura B.
Register to receive the invitation to the Zoom, which we'll send the night before the program!
Art for Tots * Regis
Virtual
Thursday, Apr. 22, 10:30 AM
Experiment with art! Participants will learn a basic artistic concept and get a chance to experience it hands-on. We will premiere the video on our YouTube Channel for you to watch anytime.
Anyone is free to watch the video and participate. Register for the program to receive an art kit that you can pick up at the library before the video airs!
DaVinci’s Work
Virtual
Friday, Apr. 23, 4:00 PM

ANIMAL EDITION! Cluck cluck!
Children in grades 1 to 5 are invited to join Miss Laura C. virtually on Madison Public Library's YouTube Channel to make a hatching chick! Using cardstock paper, yellow tissue paper, glue, crayons, feathers, googly eyes and tape, we will make baby chicks that will "pop" out of their eggs, all while learning about the life cycle of a chicken.

Anyone is free to watch the video and participate in the activity. Register for the program to receive a STEAM kit that you can pick up at the library once the video airs!
Rhyme Time - Ages 5
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Apr. 27, 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and other fun early literacy activities for our youngest patrons! We will premiere a new video each week on the library’s YouTube Channel for you and your child to watch at your convenience.
Our spring session will run weekly from March 30th - May 11th.
A song list and activity sheet will be attached for more suggested activities to do at home!
Rhyme Time - Ages 5
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Apr. 27, 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and other fun early literacy activities for our youngest patrons! We will premiere a new video each week on the library’s YouTube Channel for you and your child to watch at your convenience.
Our spring session will run weekly from March 30th - May 11th.
A song list and activity sheet will be attached for more suggested activities to do at home!
Paws for Reading * R
Zoom
Tuesday, Apr. 27, 4:00 PM
We're trying a new time!  Each participant will have their own opportunity to read to at least one dog for about ten minutes, live over Zoom!
Register, and you'll receive a link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event!
Virtual Stories & So
Zoom
Wednesday, Apr. 28, 11:00 - 11:30 am
We're live on Zoom! Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft every week with Miss Laura B.
Register to receive the invitation to the Zoom, which we'll send the night before the program!
Preschool Explore *
Virtual
Thursday, Apr. 29, 10:30 AM
Each month we will explore a new science concept together through stories and preschool sized STEM activities. We will premiere the video on our YouTube Channel for you to watch anytime!
Anyone is free to watch the video and participate. Register for the program to receive an explorer kit that you can pick up at the library before the video airs!
DaVinci’s Work
Virtual
Friday, Apr. 30, 4:00 PM

"Why couldn't the gardener plant any flowers? He hadn't botany!"
Children in grades 6 to 12 are invited to join Miss Laura C. virtually on Madison Public Library's YouTube Channel to plant seeds! We will be celebrating spring by planting seeds in small flower pots and watching them grow into plants. If proper care is taken, they should start growing within a few days! Observation "journals" will be included to help keep track of the plant's growth, and through this activity, we will learn all about the life cycle of a plant and what it takes to care for one to ensure its growth.

Anyone is free to watch the video and participate in the activity. Register for the program to receive a STEAM kit that you can pick up at the library once the video airs!
ABC’s of Organ
ZOOM
Monday, May 3, 7:30p.m.
Not happy with your lawn? If at least half of your lawn is in good condition, why not renovate the rest for the  picture-perfect turf you desire. Learn the how, when and why plus the correct method of organic lawn care. The selection of the right grass seed for your specific needs and soil conditions plus other lawn care tips will be  discussed. Rutgers Fact sheets and other handouts will be provided.  Presented by Rutgers Master Gardener and local member of the Madison Environmental Commission: Brian Monaghan

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
Rhyme Time - Ages 5
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, May 4, 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and other fun early literacy activities for our youngest patrons! We will premiere a new video each week on the library’s YouTube Channel for you and your child to watch at your convenience.
Our spring session will run weekly from March 30th - May 11th.
A song list and activity sheet will be attached for more suggested activities to do at home!
Rhyme Time - Ages 5
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, May 11, 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and other fun early literacy activities for our youngest patrons! We will premiere a new video each week on the library’s YouTube Channel for you and your child to watch at your convenience.
Our spring session will run weekly from March 30th - May 11th.
A song list and activity sheet will be attached for more suggested activities to do at home!
The Beatles: The Mak
ZOOM
Monday, May 17, 7:00p.m.
Vinnie Bruno will take us on a journey with The Beatles as they embark on a mystery bus trip with a group of people looking to experience "strange and magical happenings" as they travel through the English countryside and France. The Beatles will improvise and take advantage of the various encounters they had while on the road.  We will explore how the project was conceived along with the improvised scenes from the film.  In addition, we will discuss the genesis of how the songs from the soundtrack were written, recorded and produced.

​Vinnie is a Beatles Scholar and Sixties Rock Historian.  He is recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York). He holds an MPA from Baruch College and as an adjunct professor for 25 years he taught courses in numerous disciplines including Humanities, Business and Mathematics. 

As a Beatles scholar and storyteller, he looks to both embrace not just their legacy but to present an entertaining, interactive, and informative session for both the casual listener as well as the hard core Beatles fan. As a 60’s Rock Historian he offers programs on the many extraordinary innovative artists who defined an era by creating musical landscapes that captivated a generation and whose influence in popular culture still endures five decades later.
 

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 


  Sponsored by Co-Sponsored by The Adult School and Friends of Madison Public Library.
Conversation with Br
Zoom
Monday, May 24, 7:00p.m.
International bestselling author Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His novels have been translated into 15 languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. He is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia. 

Join us a Bob Daniher of the Mystery Writer's of America has a lively conversation with Parks. 

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
Broadway Undressed -
ZOOM
Monday, Jun. 14, 7:00
When the COVID 19 pandemic shuttered Broadway theatres across Times Square in March 2020, over 100,000 arts workers were suddenly forced into unemployment. Facing an uncertain future in the live events industry, twenty-year Broadway veteran Wardrobe Supervisor, Jessica Dermody, got the idea to lend support to her aching community by taking her unique perspective and decades of experience online through a virtual backstage tour called Broadway Undressed. 
This revolutionary virtual backstage tour offers an array of expert hosts. It acts as a masterclass for theatre aficionados and novices alike as guests meet the people behind the magic of Broadway. Our tour offers a deep dive into the unseen and often wildly misunderstood realm of working as a theatre technician, predominately in wardrobe and costuming. 

Through the sharing of personal images, videos, and stories from dozens of Broadway shows, our team of over fifteen accomplished hosts offers a fresh perspective of Broadway past and present. Our guests not only have an opportunity to support the arts community in need but gain an entirely new appreciation for live theatrical performances, knowing exactly what It takes to get them from page to stage and beyond. 

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 

 
Mary Cassatt: Impres
ZOOM
Monday, Jun. 28, 1:30 pm
Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania but lived most of her adult life in France. She became acquainted with Edgar Degas, who introduced her to the Impressionist circle. Out of social necessity for an upper middle class, unmarried woman of her era, she mostly created images of the private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. But her treatment of her subjects was confident, original, and sometimes even radical. It was very difficult for a woman to be a successful painter in 19th Century Paris, but Mary Cassatt persevered and is today remembered as one of the greatest Impressionists.

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
History of the Jerse
ZOOM
Monday, Jul. 12, 7:00p.m.

Just in time for summer! Join author and photographer Kevin Woyce for a colorful tour of New Jersey's coastal history, from the long-ago days of lighthouses and shipwrecks to the founding of today's most popular summer resorts. The slide show includes original photography of Jersey Shore lighthouses, amusement parks, boardwalks, and hotels, plus vintage maps and images of historic people, places, and events.

 

 
This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
Transformation and T
ZOOM
Monday, Jul. 26, 1:30 pm
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony premiered on a frigid evening in December of 1808. Though the shivering Viennese audience had heard some three and half hours of music prior to the thunderous opening motif, its thrilling finale left them clamoring for an encore. Since then, the symphony has had a similar effect on listeners all over the globe. In this four-movement work, audiences experience the transformation of a theme - here forceful and percussive, other times delicate and lyrical, and elsewhere triumphant and bold - that has been interpreted as representing Beethoven's own fate as conveyed by the composer in autobiographical fashion. During this program, Professor Gil Harel will delve into the intricacies of the Symphony no. 5, placing it in the context of Beethoven's life while analyzing the notes and rhythms that constitute its identity. Written during a time when traditional classicism was giving way to the expressive style known as romanticism, Beethoven's great masterpiece has inspired countless listeners in the more than 200 years since it was first heard in on that chilly night in Vienna. 

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email in addition to a reminder email prior to the date of the program. 
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