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.
Limit by location: Limit by audience: 
Stories & Songs * Re
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 23, 11:00-11:30 am
Join in a live stream of  Stories & Songs. This will be done using Zoom.  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.
Mail Call: A Letter
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 23, 4:00 PM

What’s better than getting mail? Sending mail!

We’ll work together to write all sorts of fun letters and learn a little bit about writing, mail, and history along the way.

While the class is virtual, every student who signs up will receive a pack of postcards, stamps, and stickers to get them started!

An invitation to the Zoom call will be sent out the night before the event.

About the Instructor:
Rachel Barry is the co-author of The Happy Book, This Book is About You, and several other books about creativity, kindness, and being a helpful human.

Sponsored by Madison.
Who Really Elects th
ZOOM
Monday, Sep. 28, 7:30p.m.
Who Really Elects the President: The Workings of the Electoral College

Have you ever wondered about how the Electoral College actually works? How many votes does each state receive? How someone comes to be an elector? In the early days of the Republic, the Founding Fathers designed this political process as a way to manage an unruly public and, if needed, overturn the election results. So has it worked in the way that it was intended? In this program, participants will learn about this history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account.
Frank Argote-Freyre, a former Congressional press secretary, is an Associate Professor at Kean University. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Latin American History and is an expert on U.S. -Cuba relations. Frank received a NJCH Honor Book designation in 2007. Also, he was an elector for President Obama in 2012.

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email and again as a reminder about a week prior to the date of the program.  Sponsored by Friends of Madison Public Library.
Stories & Songs * Re
39 Keep Street
Wednesday, Sep. 30, 11:00 -11:30am
Join in a live stream of  Stories & Songs. This will be done using Zoom.  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.
Advanced Beginner/In
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for a Saturday morning chess class led by Coach Rob of Diplomat Chess! Students will improve their chess abilities, as well as develop strategic thinking skills, foster good sportsmanship, improve concentration, build self-confidence, and have fun! This class is for advanced beginners (players that can complete a game of chess to checkmate).

This class will be held virtually on Zoom! Participants will receive an invitation to the room the night before. Sponsored by Madison.
Welcome Fall! Apple
Virtual
Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:00PM
Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to join Miss Laura virtually on Madison Public Library's YouTube Channel to make an apple basket craft. Using a paper plate, paint, yarn and construction paper, this adorable apple craft helps children learn how to count and it makes a perfect decoration for the fall season.

Anyone is free to watch the video and participate. Register for the program to receive a craft kit that you can pick up at the library before the video airs!
Boo! Mini Scarecrows
Virtual
Thursday, Oct. 15, 4:00 PM
Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.
All dad jokes aside, children in fourth and fifth grade are invited to join Miss Laura virtually on Madison Public Library's YouTube Channel to make a mini scarecrow craft featuring a simple origami hat! Using an empty toilet paper roll, construction paper, straw "hair" and more, these festive scarecrows will get you excited for autumn.

Anyone is free to watch the video and participate. Register for the program to receive a craft kit that you can pick up at the library before the video airs!
Fight Invasives! Go
ZOOM
Monday, Oct. 19, 7:30p.m.
A presentation of the ten most common invasive plants found in Morris County and various methods of their removal, as well as suggestions and descriptions of native plants that can be substituted for them. Learn how to protect your landscape from these invasive plants and what you can do to help protect the environment and native habitat for wildlife. Presented by the Speakers Bureau, Master Gardeners of Morris County of Rutgers University.

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email and again as a reminder about a week prior to the date of the program.  Sponsored by Friends of Madison Public Library.
Know Your Numbers: B
ZOOM
Monday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm

We live our lives by the numbers: phone numbers, PIN numbers, stock market numbers. But do you know the numbers that could literally save your life? Join us for a virtual lecture as Dr. Lauren Im-Imamura explains the numbers that really matter; the numbers that indicate your heart health. You will be amazed at how knowing your numbers can give you a lifesaving preview of your cardiac risk. Healthy numbers mean a healthy heart! 

Dr. Lauren Im-Imamura, DO is a member of Summit Medical Group's Family Medicine team and treats a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages from infants through the geriatric population. Dr. Im-Imamura was drawn to medicine at a young age after participating on medical mission teams. Through those eye-opening experiences, she realized how profoundly rewarding it is to serve humanity and knew it was a path she would want to continue down. Those experiences would also be a driving force in her future care philosophy. As a family physician, Dr. Im-Imamura advocates for her patients and maintains a strong focus on preventive care, knowing how much of an impact prevention can have on someone’s life. She states, “I treat each patient as a person - not just as an illness or diagnosis to fix.”
Advanced Beginner/In
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for a Saturday morning chess class led by Coach Rob of Diplomat Chess! Students will improve their chess abilities, as well as develop strategic thinking skills, foster good sportsmanship, improve concentration, build self-confidence, and have fun! This class is for advanced beginners (players that can complete a game of chess to checkmate).

This class will be held virtually on Zoom! Participants will receive an invitation to the room the night before. Sponsored by Madison.
George Washington Br
ZOOM
Monday, Nov. 9, 1:30p.m.
Michael Aaron Rockland is professor of American Studies at Rutgers University and the author of many books. He will be speaking on his new book, "The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel" and the Bridgegate Scandal of 2013 involving then Governor Chris Christie.

The George Washington Bridge is the busiest in the world, carrying 106 million vehicles per year. It is also considered by leading architects as an aesthetic wonder. Michael will share other opinions though, namely from Othmar Amman, a Swiss immigrant who built the George. He considered it "unfinished." Plans had been drawn up by Cass Gilbert, builder of the Woolworth Building in New York City and the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to encase its towers in concrete and then face that concrete in granite. He will also share how the Brooklyn Bridge steals the limelight!

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.

This program will be held via Zoom.  You will receive Zoom instructions and online meeting information in your registration confirmation email and again as a reminder about a week prior to the date of the program.  Sponsored by Friends of Madison Public Library.
Henri Matisse:  Mast
ZOOM
Monday, Nov. 23, 1:30 pm
The remarkable career of Henri Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the Twentieth Century, fundamentally altered the course of modern art. Spanning six and a half decades, his vast creative output encompassed painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic arts, and paper cutouts. This talk will examine his extraordinary life and many of his important works. His friend and sometime rival Pablo Picasso once said,” All things considered, there is only Matisse.”
This lecture will be given by Janet Cohen Mandel. Janet Mandel taught in New Jersey’s public schools for 32 years, the last eighteen of which were at Columbia High School in Maplewood, where she taught English, art history, and World Languages and Cultures. In October of 2003 she was named runner-up for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) Teacher of the Year award and was formally recognized by the New Jersey State Legislature and Governor Codey for this achievement. In May of 2004 she was the recipient of the “Innovations in Special Education Award” from the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and the Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped (ASAH). 

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. 
Advanced Beginner/In
39 Keep Street
Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for a Saturday morning chess class led by Coach Rob of Diplomat Chess! Students will improve their chess abilities, as well as develop strategic thinking skills, foster good sportsmanship, improve concentration, build self-confidence, and have fun! This class is for advanced beginners (players that can complete a game of chess to checkmate).

This class will be held virtually on Zoom! Participants will receive an invitation to the room the night before. Sponsored by Madison.
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