Events & Programs

Coming soon!


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.


Photography as Fine Art

Tuesday, Jul. 16, 7:00 pm

Photographer and artist Walter Choroszewski presents the history of photography from its origins as a science to its transition to Fine Art.

He showcases the work of pioneer avant-garde photographers including Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand, mid-20th century masters including Adams and Weston up to present-day artist Cindy Sherman. Register online for this free event.

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Tea and Cupcake Tasting with Marjorie Wang

Monday, Jul. 22, 7:00pm

By popular demand, we are thrilled to have Marjorie Wang return to the Madison Library once again to talk about tea! This time, we are in for a sweet treat along with the tea - cupcakes!

Marjorie will be teaming up with a baker who specializes in cupcakes. Marjorie will be coordinating with Fred to develop the cupcake pairings. At the moment, they are anticipating a green tea paired with a lemon ginger cupcake, an oolong with an espresso chocolate, and a red tea with a blackberry cupcake. This is subject to change. But, whatever, the pairings, we can guarantee that you won't be disappointed!

Register early as this will definitely fill up fast! 


Beer Lecture with expert John Holl

Tuesday, Jul. 30, 7:00 pm

For more than a decade John Holl, an award-winning journalist, has covered the beer industry traveling the globe and in search of the best beers, brewers, and flavors. He is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and The American Craft Beer Cookbook, which captures the best of the brewery and brewpub menus. He is also the author of Dishing Up New Jersey a cookbook celebrating the foods, flavors, cultures, and traditions of the Garden State.

Come hear what John has to say about different beers and recipes. Register online for this free event.


From Great Estates to Public Gardens

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 7:00pm

Please register online for this free program.

What may be a surprise to many Morris County residents is that within a short driving distance there are hundreds of public gardens. Most of them are free and offer an incredible variety of plants and designs. In some instances these gardens were once part of a private estate and the original mansion may be open for viewing. This presentation covers a range of gardens from pocket size to multi-acre arboretums. Pictures are shown of each garden along with access information and the speaker’s highly subjective rating. A list of all local gardens will be provided.

This program will be presented by Bill Moran, Speakers Bureau Master Gardeners of Morris County Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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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.

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.

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Wednesday Night Films: Mildred Pierce

July 24th @ 7pm

1945/111 minutes/NR

Director: Michael Curtiz

Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.


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?