Events & Programs

Tuesday, October 3rd @ 7:00pm

Tales from the Desert: Solo Instrumental Guitar

Peter Biedermann will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording, Tales from the Desert, performing on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50-plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists Leo Kottke, the British School (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges, and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music. Mr. Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, Arizona. He has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Madison Public Library. CDs will be for sale after the performance. Please join us for this free program. Registration preferred, but drop-ins welcome as seating space permits. Register here.
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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.

Wednesday Night Films at the Library

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

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Wednesday, September 20th at 7pm

The Wrong Man

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Henry Fonda, Vera Miles

In 1953, an innocent man named 'Manny' Balestreros is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.
Wednesday, October 4th at 7pm


Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect that he is planning to murder her.
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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.