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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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Go, van Gogh! Armcha
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:oo PM
Pastor and painter Vincent van Gogh produced more than 2,000 works of art in his last decade. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo that, as he had no children, he viewed his paintings as his progeny. Let’s explore some of these “brilliant children,” especially those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Come spend an evening with art historian Michael Norris to learn about van Gogh's art and life.
Wednesday Night Film
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:00 PM
1959/ 105min/ NR
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien
Two male musicians go on the lam posing as women in an all-girl orchestra after witnessing a gangland massacre in 1929 Chicago, but further complications soon set in.

Another film in a series of classics to be held in the Chase Room. Free. No registration required.

 

History of the Super
39 Keep Street
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2p.m.
The Super Bowl is much more than a football game. It's the Super Bowl, as you might know, it is the only sports event that impacts every community in the United States.  But, did you know that the Super Bowl rose out of the civil rights movement, specifically the African American Boycott  of the AFL All Star Game in New Orleans. Evan Weiner, a veteran sports broadcaster will take us on a journey from the birth of the Super Bowl to talk about the halftime shows and everything in between including how the famed football game got its name!
 
Chair Yoga
39 Keep Street
Monday, Jan. 28, 11:15 (1/28/2019, 2/25/2019)
Come join a certified yoga instructor and do yoga from your own chair. 
The Revolutionary Wa
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30pm
Historian Joel Farkas will take you on a journey through the history of the Revolutionary War in 1 hour! This lecture spans 50 years of extraordinary people, and their achievements, presented in a “visual history” manner. Just in time to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!
Wednesday Night Film
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:00 PM
1950/ 104 min/ NR
Stars James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake, Jesse White, William Lynn

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane--but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Another in a series of classic films to be held in the Chase Room. See it on the big screen! Free. No registration required.
 

 

 

39 Keep Street
Thursday, Feb. 7, 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.
Tea and Chocolate Ta
39 Keep Street
Monday, Feb. 11, 7:00pm
Back by popular demand is tea expert, Marjorie Wang! Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have a tea and chocolate tasting! The guided tasting pairs three Chinese teas from historical terroirs with chocolate from Zotter, arguably one of the finest chocolate makers in the world! Participants will be introduced to the gangfu style of brewing tea, learn how to savor the tea in traditional three-sip cups and observe the unique flavors that arise from the pairings. You won't want to miss this! Register early so you don't get shut out. 
President WHO??
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:00pm

Standard programs for Presidents Day most likely include George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. BUT there are 45 presidents – or is it 44?  Now it’s time to remember the least known Presidents of the United States, if anything, they, at least, fill in the holes of American history and you will be able to determine why the above question exists and who caused it!  Included in this program are The Hole in the Donut; Benjamin Harrison, His Accidency: John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, who never even knew he was nominated for President until he was told he had been nominated, Chester A. Arthur, a man with zero qualifications, who was nominated for Vice-President solely as a political expediency and, of course, the ever popular, Millard Fillmore. (Or is it Filmore?)

 
Scarf Workshop (Ages
39 Keep Street
Friday, Feb. 15, 3p.m.
Join renowned artist, Lisa Brown, at a Scarf Workshop. Create a beautiful silk scarf with unusual methods of stamping, tying, folding, and finally adding vibrant colors. These are unique in every way. Not only that, you can wear them home!
Mark Di Ionno Author
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 pm
Come see Pulitzer Finalist Mark Di Ionno discuss his new book, Gods of Wood and Stone.  Mark Di Ionno is the author of the award-winning "The Last Newspaperman," Star-Ledger columnist, Pulitzer finalist, four-time winner of New Jersey Press Association Award for column writing and the author of four award-winning books.
Wednesday Night Film
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:00 PM
1957/ 95 min/ NR

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Another film in a series of classics held in the Chase Room. See it on the big screen! Free. No registration required.

 

 

Pollinator Gardens -
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30am

Our colorful home gardens are sleeping through the winter right now. But we can dream about the beauty that will bloom when the seasons change! February is the perfect time to start seeds for a pollinator garden.

Join us at the Madison Public Library for a seed starting workshop on February 23. Discover the beautiful addition to your garden that these plants will make. Learn why pollinators (and their gardens) are important to all of us! Learn why it is important to start these seeds now! Learn how easy it is to start your native plant seeds! And how easy it is to mimic winter for them in a protected environment so they can have the best start in spring. Mother nature does it all the time without our help, but we can help her to locate her beautiful blooms right in our own yards and gardens.

You will receive: all the instruction you need (It’s easy!), seeds to start 4 beautiful pollinator-friendly plant species (common, pink and butterfly milkweed, and great blue lobelia), plus starting mix and containers for your seeds. Be willing to put your hands in the dirt!

This program is appropriate for beginning and advanced gardeners alike. Adults and serious young gardeners only, please (ages 12 and up). 

Sponsored by Madison Environmental Commission and Madison Public Library.
Chair Yoga
39 Keep Street
Monday, Feb. 25, 11:15 (1/28/2019, 2/25/2019)
Come join a certified yoga instructor and do yoga from your own chair. 
NJ Highlands Coaliti
39 Keep Street
Monday, Feb. 25, 7p.m.

The New Jersey Highlands are part of the great sweep of the Appalachians that shadow the East Coast from Maine to Georgia. The region contains nearly 860,000 acres of forested ridges, rolling farmlands, diverse recreational opportunities, abundant wildlife and significant historic and scenic resources.

New Jersey’s Highlands stretch about 60 miles, from Phillipsburg in the southwest to Oakland in the northeast. They lie within portions of seven northwest New Jersey counties — Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren — and include 88 municipalities within the legislated region.

The NJ Highlands provides nearly two-thirds of New Jersey’s population, 6.2 million people, with clean drinking water. A large sector of the State’s industrial base also relies on abundant clean water from the Highlands.

Join us as we hear from a speaker from the NJ Highlands Coalition to learn more about their mission to protect our waterways. 

Sponsored by Madison Environmental Commission and Madison Public Library.
 Paintings of the Du
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm
Get to know the part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the pictures of Frans Hals, Jan Vermeer, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Along the way, learn about the Dutch Republic in its 17th-century heyday, including its tulip mania and the Flying Dutchman! Presented by art historian Michael Norris. 
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:00pm
White vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice…no, not the ingredients in a salad dressing, but the basis of many environmentally safe cleaning products! Hazel England , Director of Education and Outreach for the Great Swamp Watershed Association will help you learn more about what ingredients in daily personal and household cleaning products you need to be wary of, how not all environmental labeled products are created equal and which you should be concerned about.  Common ingredients in many household products can have detrimental environmental impacts on you, the local environment and our regional water supply. Leave with some DIY cleaning product recipes to get you started on a more environmentally and water friendly cleaning regime! Sponsored by Great Swamp Watershed Association and Madison Public Library.
39 Keep Street
Thursday, Mar. 7, 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.
Maple Sugaring at th
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Mar. 9, 2:00 pm
How is sweet maple syrup made from tree sap? See the process from start to finish!
The ABC’s of O
39 Keep Street
Monday, Mar. 11, 7:00pm
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 grass you desire. Learn the how, when and why plus the correct method of lawn renovation. 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 Brian Monaghan, Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Sponsored by Madison Environmental Commission and Madison Public Library.
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