Adult Events

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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Seed: The Untold Sto
39 Keep Street
Sunday, Sep. 22, 1:00p.m.
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva and Dr. Jane Goodall.

Following the viewing of the film, we will have a discussion moderated by Dr. Lauren Poster, PhD Ecology and Evolution of Rider University.

For more information, check out www.seedthemovie.com
Author Visit - Donna
39 Keep Street
Monday, Sep. 23, 7:00pm

Scenes from the Heartland is a timely new collection from Donna Baier Stein consists of nine tales inspired by the lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton that bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century. While Benton’s iconic lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed faced issues that are front and center today: corruption, women’s rights and racial inequality.

Thomas Hart Benton was one of the most popular modern artists and arguably the best Regionalist painter of the 20th century. He was the first American artist to appear on the cover of Time magazine and his art illustrated the cover of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. 

 

Synopsis: When a contemporary writer turns her imagination loose inside the images of an iconic artist of the past, the result is storytelling magic at its best. Here are nine tales that bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century as witnessed by one of America's most well-known painters. Thomas Hart Benton sketched fiddlers and farm wives, preachers and soldiers, folks gathering in dance halls and tent meetings. Though his lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed face issues that are front and center today:  corruption, women’s rights, racial inequality. 

Scenes from the Heartland was recently named to NextTribe's list of 29 most amazing new books, TV shows and movies to watch for in 2019. 


 

Mahjong Club
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 10:30am
Come and play the exciting game of Mahjong! This is for people who already familiar with how to play.  No registration required.
George and Barbara B
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Sep. 24, 7:00pm

It was love at first sight for both of them at a dance in Greenwich Connecticut. Come hear stories of their courtship, marriage, heartaches and devotion to duty…family…and a life of service to others. Spanning over 7 decades…..George & Barbara Bush’s love affair had a profound effect on those closest to them.

Historian and storyteller Glenn W. LeBoeuf again visits our Library to share his favorite stories that illuminate the people & politics in and around the Bush family.

 

ESL Conversation Cla
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 7:00 pm
 Class is intended for intermediate to advanced non-native English speakers who wish to improve their conversation skills for social and workplace situations.  The class will teach pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and more through reading aloud, listening, and interactive activities.  More information may be obtained by contacting the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County at (973) 984-1998

The class will be held every wednesday from September 11th until November 27th
The 150th Anniversar
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 25, 7:00 pm
Join railroad historian Mark Corigliano on a detailed history of the Transcontinental Railroad. 
Mahjong Club
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 10:30am
Come and play the exciting game of Mahjong! This is for people who already familiar with how to play.  No registration required.
Music - Food for You
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7:00pm

Music transcends all barriers.  It’s food for the soul.  Music brings together people of all generations, all ethnicities, all social levels and status.  Have you ever been in a store and observed customers walking around singing the songs being played over the speakers.  A song like My Girl may inspire smiles and comments from the lady shopping for oranges in the produce section, or the man picking up a can of shaving cream, even the grandmother checking out at the register.  Music Food for Your Soul is a 60 minute mixture of Motown, The Classics, The Beatles, The Eagles and many more chart topping favorites.  A smooth blend of soul and pop. A touch of jazz, and a drop of blues, combine to give the audience a night of pure fun.

Presented by vocalist song-writer Reginald Proctor, Music Food for You Soul will take you on a journey that lets you dance, reminisce, and share smiles as the music works it magic.  Performing favorites like, Can’t Get Enough, My Way, Imagine, Unchain My Heart, Route 66, and Hotel California just to name a few.  With very few issues in life agreed upon by the majority, the one thing we can all agree on is the importance of music and the joy it brings.  Music bonds, music is therapeutic, music is food for your soul.  Come out and enjoy a shared great experience delivered by the smooth baritone vocals of Reginald Proctor.  It will feed your soul.

 

ESL Conversation Cla
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:00 pm
 Class is intended for intermediate to advanced non-native English speakers who wish to improve their conversation skills for social and workplace situations.  The class will teach pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and more through reading aloud, listening, and interactive activities.  More information may be obtained by contacting the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County at (973) 984-1998

The class will be held every wednesday from September 11th until November 27th
Wednesday Night Film
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:00 PM
Gun Crazy
(1949)

Film-noir, cult classic about a firearms-obsessed couple on a crime spree. He's a timorous, emotionally disturbed WWII vet, while she's a carnival sharpshooter who is equally disturbed, but a lot smarter.

Directors
Joseph H. Lewis

1949/ 87 minutes/ NR

Cast
Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw
39 Keep Street
Thursday, Oct. 3, 1:30p.m.
Join us for the new Madison Public Library Craft Club! We will meet the first Thursday of every month in the library alcove at 1:30. We will explore a different craft each month - book folding, string art, decoupage, painting and much more! Registration is required so that supply needs can be determined. There is NO fee for this program.
Ghosts: What They Ar
39 Keep Street
Monday, Oct. 7, 7:00 pm
What’s the real scoop is on ghosts?  The answer is not found in Gothic novels or Hollywood. The descriptions of what ghosts are and what they are not has come a long way. The word “ghost” is really an umbrella term that defines many types of paranormal phenomena. Survival of the human personality has become a popular topic and one that has mounting evidence to support its claims. Combining many years of involvement in the level-headed investigation of haunted locations with a unique, spiritual perspective on the topic, audio clips, and photographs, Gordon Ward will share his experiences and evidence, explain his views on ghosts, and teach attendees how to conduct their own, sound investigations without costly equipment.
Mahjong Club
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30am
Come and play the exciting game of Mahjong! This is for people who already familiar with how to play.  No registration required.
The Met’s Egyp
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:00 pm
An introduction to the Egyptian galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that will guide you from the banks of the Nile to tombs and temples. Discover Ancient Egyptian culture and art through sculpture, jewelry, mummies, and actual Egyptian buildings. Presented by art historian Mike Norris. 
ESL Conversation Cla
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:00 pm
 Class is intended for intermediate to advanced non-native English speakers who wish to improve their conversation skills for social and workplace situations.  The class will teach pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and more through reading aloud, listening, and interactive activities.  More information may be obtained by contacting the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County at (973) 984-1998

The class will be held every wednesday from September 11th until November 27th
Mahjong Club
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10:30am
Come and play the exciting game of Mahjong! This is for people who already familiar with how to play.  No registration required.
Relive the Revolutio
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:00pm
Relive and remember The Revolutionary War as interpreted by Washington’s Headquarters volunteer docent Joel Farkas!

This lecture starts with Major George Washington and The French and Indian War. Joel will then go into more detail about The Revolutionary War including "No Taxation without Representation". The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Declaration of Independence and much more! And of course, he will discuss George's Cherry Tree and his teeth!

In addition, Joel will take us on a visual tour of the Ford Mansion (Washington’s Headquarters) looking at some of the historical artifacts in the mansion, their stories, and in some cases their connection to George Washington.

 

ESL Conversation Cla
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 pm
 Class is intended for intermediate to advanced non-native English speakers who wish to improve their conversation skills for social and workplace situations.  The class will teach pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and more through reading aloud, listening, and interactive activities.  More information may be obtained by contacting the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County at (973) 984-1998

The class will be held every wednesday from September 11th until November 27th
Wednesday Night Film
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 PM
1953/80minutes/NR
Director:Samuel Fuller
Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.
Pollinator Garden To
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Oct. 19, 11:00am

Led by Madison's own expert on pollinator gardens, Joan Maccari, join us as we tour some of the public native gardens in town. Joan will describe the value of the garden and relevant information about cultivating the plants seen. She will also identify the seed on the plants  and explain how to collect, store and germinate them. What a unique way to learn more about pollinator gardens and how important they are to our eco-system.
All tours will start at the Madison Library in the Taber Room with a brief explanation given by Joan as well as directions to the gardens on the agenda for that day. 

Sponsored by Madison Environmental Commission and Madison Public Library.
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