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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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Now and Then: The Go
39 Keep Street
Monday, Jul. 16, 10:30 am
James Michael's widely and critically acclaimed production captures Broadway and The American Songbook's great music in a single show. This presentation promises to be a riveting experience not to be missed.

James Michael is a veteran Broadway baritone. The presentation is free. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
The Vinyl Club
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Jul. 18, 7:00 pm

Hosted by Jeff Payton

2112 by Rush (Released April 1, 1976; Running time: 38:49)

 

Celebrate the Library’s summer reading theme ‘Libraries Rock’, and enter the world of music as Jeff discusses and plays some of the seminal albums of progressive rock.

 

First up in this proposed series is Rush’s fourth album, 2112, from 1976. A futuristic take on individuality in an unbending, mechanized society, this ‘storytelling’ music is alternately hard and soft, violent and gentle, tragic and uplifting. And the three musicians’ abilities are impeccable—among the best at their respective instruments at the time, and maybe of all time.

 

Enjoy the immersive experience (both aural and visual) of this music from beginning to end and contribute to the discussion of the album, its cover art, trivia, and the album’s artistic impact. Whether you attend to just enjoy the music, or to participate in the discussion and relate your experiences of the album, the evening should prove to be an enjoyable experience.

 

Come and enjoy this fantastic album with us.  Free. Registration required.

My Dear General: The
39 Keep Street
Thursday, Jul. 19, 10:30 am
For a childless Washington, LaFayette was the closest he came to having a son. For the orphaned Marquis, Washington filled several roles in the young man's life: General, Mentor, Hero--and most of all, as LaFayette referred to him, his adoptive father. The Marquis proves himself not only in his dedication to his general, but as a proficient field commander, who played and important role in the U.S. Revolution.

Join us for this free seminar, with author Jeffrey Finegan, Sr. as he helps unravel the complicated relationship between these historic and important figures in the history of our country. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
The Irish and the Am
39 Keep Street
Monday, Jul. 23, 10:30 am
The seminar will showcase the Irish as a potent force in American presidential politics.

Dr. Nicole Yanoso is an Assistant Professor of History and the Director of Political Science and American Studies at the College of St. Elizabeth. The seminar is free. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
Wednesday Film Night
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Jul. 25, 7:00 pm
Mr Deeds Goes to Town
1936/115 min/NR
Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
Edifice Complex: The
39 Keep Street
Thursday, Jul. 26, 10:30 am
Explore the Vanderbilt connections, their associations, and their rivalries in this free seminar by Dr. Gary Darden.

Dr. Darden is Associate Professor of History and Chair, Department of Social Sciences & History at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The seminar is free. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
Brexit One Year Late
39 Keep Street
Monday, Jul. 30, 10:30 am
Last year, Britain decided upon ist future relationship with the European Union. What have been the consequences of that decision? How is the relationship likely to develop? Was this the right decision? This lecture will disscuss the implications of the 2016 Referendum.

Carlos L. Yordan earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and is Associate Professor and Department Chair, Political Science, at Drew University.

The seminars are free. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
Enjoy Explore India:
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7:00 pm
Join this workshop to learn the techniques of block printing and find out more about this ancient Indian folk art tradition! Participants will participate in decorating their own scarf to take with them. 

Registration is required for this event.  Sponsored by The Chang Foundation.
From Shanghai to Mad
39 Keep Street
Thursday, Aug. 2, 10:30 am
Martha Chang will trace the journey of one immigrant, from Shanhai in the 1930s to post World War Two New York City, and from there to Madison, New Jersey in the 1980s and beyond.

Martha Chang was a Fulbright  Scholar in China and Japan.  A graduate of Cornell and Harvard, she returned to her hometown Madison, New Jersey after her doctoral studies in international relations to create Shanghai Jazz, named One of the Top 100 Great Jazz Clubs in the World.  She co-owned and operated the award winning jazz club/restaurant for 22 years with David Niu.  She has given talks on Chinese politics and society to corporate and academic groups, including Harvard, Columbia and Princeton universities. Thanks to a grant from the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Martha is completing her first novel about the immigrant experience.

The seminar is free. No registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library and Friends of the Senior Center.
Adult Painting Night
39 Keep Street
Monday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Create a beautiful lighthouse painting during this 2 hour painting workshop. Local artist Erica Pizza will guide you step-by-step through creating your own work of art. All supplies included. 
Registration Required for this program. Space is limited.   Sponsored by Friends of the Madison Public Library.
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39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7pm

Collegewise, a national college counseling company, will be having a FREE seminar on Wednesday, August 29 at 7 pm at Madison Public Library in which they will discuss “How to Write Great College Essays”.  A lot of really good kids write really bad college essays; essays about how soccer taught them the importance of teamwork, or how they struggled to adapt to strange cultures during a trip to Paris.  It’s not their fault; most kids have just never been taught what college admissions officers actually want to read about, or that great college essays need to be written very differently from the essays assigned in high school English classes. That’s why this seminar was created—to teach Collegewise kids how to find and write their best stories for college essays.  Collegewise will explain what admissions officers actually want (and don’t want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics on which far too many kids rely, and teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as we always get great feedback from the mothers and fathers that join us for this one.  Seating is limited so please register at: 

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-write-a-great-college-essay-bergen-county-nj-tickets-43903866647 

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