Events & Programs

Coming soon!

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Art Exhibit

The Verily Verily Garage: a collection of recent artwork by Scott Sorrentino

In the Chase Room Gallery

Saturday, Sep. 7, 10:30 am

A collection of recent artwork by Scott Sorrentino, Saturday, September 7th through Friday, October 25th, 2019. Opening reception: Saturday, September 7th, 2-5pm. A free exhibit.  


Adult Craft Club

First Thursdays of the Month @1:30pm

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.

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David Watts Author Talk

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7:00 pm

Join us and David Watts as he discusses his memoir, The Accidental P.I.

Accidental P.I. takes you on a thrill ride following the fifty-year professional career of Private Investigator David Watts, as his life story treats you to these experiences and more. From murder, rioting, gambling and drug raids to sex cases, and fraud, this behind-the-scenes peek at real-life cases shows how investigators get the job done--not like in the movies or on television. Register online for this free program.


Mystery Writer Peggy Ehrhart

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7:00 pm

Mystery writer Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Knit and Nibble series, will be joining us to have a special author talk. 

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Fall Into Winter Gardening - DATE CHANGE

39 Keep Street

Saturday, Sep. 7, 10:30am

Everything you need to know to get your lawn, trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetable garden and ornamental beds ready for winter. The cleaning and care for your hand and power tools will be discussed. Information on extending the garden season, bulbs & vegetables to plant, and plants with winter and year round interest will be included. Handy calendar of chores & projects will be included. This program will be presented by Master Gardener Gail Di Domenico from the Speakers Bureau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

The Summer Seminar Series

The 35th season of the Summer Seminar Series kicks off on July 8th and runs through August 1st. Join us for any or all of these free seminars. Get your summer-slow brain tuned up with seminars on the interesting topics below.
The seminars are free. No registration required. Seating is limited for these popular programs. In order for the seminars to begin on time, and in order to help us avoid congestion at the doors, please do not save seats. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
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Summer Seminar Series

Monday, Jul. 8, 10:30 am

Total attendance for this popular speaker's seminar was 73.

Doug Simon: Is the Post WWII International System in Danger of Collapse?

Led by the US, the post WWII international system was constructed with the idea of bringing order to the system and avoiding conditions that caused the horrors of two world wars. That system is now under stress. Join us for this timely seminar.

Dr. Simon is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Drew University, where he specializes in international affairs.


Summer Seminar Series

Thursday, July 11th, 10:30am 

 Rick Geffken :Slavery in New Jersey and the Quaker Abolition Movement

This presentation is an overview of the history and legacy of slavery in New Jersey, and how Quakers influenced its eventual illegality. New Jersey, sadly, was the last northern state to outlaw slavery (1866). The majority of New Jersey voters also voted against Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 election.

A retired U.S. Army officer and Viet Nam veteran, he holds a BS in Economics from St. Peter’s University, a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Monmouth University, and an MA from Montclair State University.

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Summer Seminar Series

Free. No registration required.

Monday, July 15th @10:30 am

Nicholas Corasaniti: Finding Truth in the Historically Wide and Diverse 2020 Election Field

The sprawling Democratic field in the 2020 election presents a unique challenge to reporters: How best to fairly cover the issues and policies brought forth by so many different candidates, and also properly hold them to account?

Chatham native Nick Corasaniti is a New Jersey-based correspondent for The New York Times. He covered the 2016 presidential campaigns of President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Chris Christie.


Summer Seminar Series

Thursday, July 18th @10:30am

Martin Kane: Lake Hopatcong’s Rise as a Great Resort

From the 1880s through the 1930s thousands visited the Lake Hopatcong each year, including leaders of government, industry, and entertainment. Learn about this ‘Jewel of the Mountains’, and its rise as a great resort.

A graduate of Queens College and St. John’s University School of Law, Martin Kane is a native of New York City. Now retired from government law, Marty has served as president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum since 1990, and has been a board member with the Lake Hopatcong Foundation since its founding in 2012.


Summer Seminar Series

Free. No registration required.

Monday, July 22nd @10:30 am

Martin Schneit: Growing up in NYC During WWII

New York was the setting for the German American Bund, the Manhattan Project, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Stage Door Canteen, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Camp Shanks, troopships, and more.

A native New Yorker, historian Martin Schneit has lectured widely in NYC and recorded for the Jewish Braille Institute.

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Summer Seminar Series

Thursday, July 25th, 10:30am 

Michael Gabriele: New Jersey Folk Revival Music                                                               

Michael Gabriele will speak about the contents of his book, which traces the history of the genre of folk revival music and how it has evolved over the years.

Michael is a lifelong resident of New Jersey, and graduate of Montclair State University. He has worked as a writer and journalist for more than forty years. He is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society, and serves on the advisory board of the Clifton Arts Center.


Summer Seminar Series: Born and Raised as Muslim Americans

Monday, Jul. 29, 10:30 am

Two American-born and raised Muslim men, one of Immigrant Pakistani parents and one of American born Caucasian convert parents. Both are intensely loyal and proud of their American identity. Both are devout practicing Muslims raising families in New Jersey.

Are there conflicts between their Muslim and American identities? Do they face prejudice or bias in their lives? How are they forging a path of faith in today’s America? Find out at this fascinating seminar.

A free seminar. No registration required.

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Summer Seminar Series: Revolutionary War Battles almost in your Backyard

Thursday, Aug. 1, 10:30 am

Morristown, Springfield and Connecticut Farms: these local familiar places were all battlefields more than 200 years ago. Find out about these battles and the significance of the locations at this seminar.

John Kieser, is a retired Professional Engineer and real estate developer. David Siegfried is a graduate of Madison High School and Harvard Law School and was an attorney in NYC and Asia. Both men are members of NJ Sons of the American Revolution.

A free seminar. No registration required.

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Films at the Library

Free. No registration required.

(Film synopses derived from IMDb.)

Films resume in the Chase Room January 2019. Be sure to make time in your schedule for these great films.


Wednesday Night Films: Notorious

August 7th @ 7pm

1946/ 102 minutes/NR

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant

A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Wednesday Night Films: The Killing

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7:00 PM

1956/84 min/NR

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.


Wednesday Night Films: Chinatown

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 6:30 PM

1974/130min/Rated R

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Please note that the film will start at 6:30 due to running length of 130minutes.