Events & Programs

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Secrets of College Admissions
A free seminar for students and parents hosted by Collegewise
Madison Public Library
Wednesday, October 18th
7:00-8:00 pm

No matter where you are applying to college--Harvard, UConn, or a small private school that could never beat either of those two at basketball--there are always things you can do to improve your chances of admission. Students and parents are invited to join us for 'Secrets of College Admission', a free seminar where we'll share some of the strategies we've perfected and used to help nearly 7,000 students in our Collegewise programs get accepted to college.

--Find out how selective colleges and universities really decide who gets accepted.
--Learn Collegewise strategies your family can use to have a sane, stress-free, enjoyable college application process together.

Free. Seating is limited. Please call Collegewise at (201) 632-3308 or email If you would like more information about Collegewise, visit
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'Why Don't My Kids Listen to Me?'

Saturday, October 21st, at 10:30am.

Lisa DiSciullo presents a free program on parenting in the Chase Room for parents of 4-18 year-olds.

LIsa DiSciullo, CPCC, is a Certified Parent Trainer and Life Coach. Her company, Parenting Matters, provides classes and workshops for parents, with a new perspective on how parenting has changed and why we need to adapt our parenting in order to raise resilient, independent (not entitled) capable people.

Free. No registration required.
Get ready for Halloween!

Ghosthunting New Jersey and New York City

Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00pm

Founder and director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, L'Aura Hladik Hoffman hosts a program based on the stories in her Haunted New Jersey and New York books as part of America's Haunted Roadtrip Series. Ghosthunter, researcher and author, L'Aura details the history and haunts of Jersey and the Big Apple. Included for this updated version of this presentation are Charlie Brown's Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Hart Island, the Van Courtlandt Mansion and the Palace Theater. Free.

Register here.

Mocktails: Non-alcoholic Mixology

Wednesday, November 8th from 7:30-8:30pm

Just in time for the holiday season, enjoy a tasting of delicious mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails). Learn how to create these fresh and festive drinks that can be enjoyed by all ages and are sophisticated enough for all palates. Discover methods and recipes for parties, holidays, and everyday enjoyment.

Register here.
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Dishing up New Jersey

Wednesday, November 15th 7:15-8:30pm

John Holl searched from Sussex County to Cape May to find the best recipes the Garden State has to offer. His book, Dishing Up New Jersey, features over 150 recipes that celebrate our food, flavors, and culture. Join us for a fun and interesting discussion on New Jersey food.

John Holl is the award-winning editor of All About Beer Magazine, author of Dishing Up New Jersey, and the American Craft Beer Cookbook. A journalist since 1996, and based in New York, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Beverage World, and many other publications.

Register here.

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Wednesday Night Films at the Library

  Free. No registration required. 
   (Film synopses derived from IMDb.)

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Wednesday, October 25th at 7pm

Pre-Halloween fun!

Cat People

Dir. Jacques Tourneur. Stars Simone Simon, Tom Conway

An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

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Wednesday, November 1st at 7pm

The Trouble with Harry

1955/ 99min/ PG

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn

The trouble with Harry is that he is dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what to do with him...

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Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm

After the Thin Man

1936/ 113min/ NR

Dir. W.S.VanDyke

Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart

Nick investigates the case of a missing man, and a subsequent murder that is attached to Nora's family.

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Wednesday, December 6th at 7pm

Another Thin Man

1939/ 105min/ NR

Dir. W.S.VanDyke

Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey

An explosives manufacturer suspects that someone is out to kill him, and calls on Nick and Nora to sort things out.

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Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm

Christmas in Connecticut

1945/ 105 min/ NR

Dir. Peter Godfrey

Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.