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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Stories & Songs * Re
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Jun. 3, 11:00 - 11:30 am
Join in a live stream of Miss Laura's Stories & Songs. This will be done using Google Hangouts.  The evening before the event, you will receive an invite with the link and materials for the event. 
Hope to see you there! Sponsored by Madison.
Bestseller Book Club
39 Keep Street
Tuesday, Jun. 9, 12:30pm
We will be discussing Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie-Renée Lavoie.  This novel tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century. 

This novel is available on Hoopla in both book and audiobook formats.  

The club will meet viz Zoom.  Please email reference@madison.mainlib.org to register. 
 
George Washington Br
39 Keep Street
Monday, Sep. 21, 7p.m.
Michael Aaron Rockland, author and professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, will be speaking on his new book, "The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel." An earlier edition of this  book came out in 2008, but MIchael was asked by Rutgers University Press to do a new edition with emphasis on the Bridgegate Scandal of 2013 which, as this is written, has still not been fully terminated. Bridgegate came at a time when Governor Chris Christie was considered the frontrunner for  the Republican nomination for president and Donald Trump an afterthought. The principal perpetrators in the case were tried in federal court in Newark, then in the federal appellate division in Philadlphia, and, in January, in the United States Supreme Court. Learn all about Bridgegate as well as the history of the George Washington Bridge. Michael  will also discuss just how a suspension bridge such as the George works and why it has been a boon to navigation and commerce.

He will have copies of the book with him at his presentation for anyone who wishes to have a signed copy for themselves  or as a gift to others of this beautiful and amply illustrated book, including cartoons, paintings, and rare photographs of this 89 year old bridge being built. 
 
Do You Believe? A Pa
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 30, 7:00pm

In 2019 UFOs went legit with official reports from the U.S. Navy and three times the normal number of sightings in the NY metro area alone. But from Bigfoot to crop circles to the Bermuda Triangle, our world is filled with fascinating phenomena that science just can’t quite explain. Jim DelGiudice will explain In this lecture we’ll try to make sense of these things and get a chance to find out where participants stand with an informal opinion poll that determines, once and for all…Do you believe?

UrbEx 101: Investiga
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:00pm
When many think of adventure and exploration, exotic locations and ancient civilizations may come to mind. However, urban exploration, or “UrbEx,” can happen in our backyards. There’s a lot that can be learned from uninhibited and abandoned landscape. In this session, through case studies from the tristate area, participants will examine abandoned properties and the narratives that accompany them. The value of learning about these abandoned spaces in our backyards as well as the safety and ethical aspects of UrbEx will be discussed.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH. 
Haunted New Jersey &
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:009m
Ghostly locales of the Garden State are presented  to include the history, mystery and the haunted activity. Then the Spiritualist Movement from its beginning in upstate New York to its various forms of psychic mediumship such as Table Tipping, Talking Boards and Psychics & Charlatans. Open the door to the other world without leaving your chair!
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