Events & Programs

Coming soon!

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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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Makers Day (Families) 

Saturday, Mar. 23, 1:00 pm

From 1:00-3:00 pm. For all ages. From high tech experiences such as 3D printing to no-tech crafts like sewing, Makers Day is sure to be a great time. Visit with local Madison merchants demonstrating their skills as well as trying some yourself. Some of the activities and organizations will include participation by: Madison Mud, MHS Robotics Club, and MJS STEM Teachers. Look for these presentations: Cricut Machine - bookmarks;  Learn to Code by Bits, Bytes, Codes; Sphero balls; 3D Printer; Folded Book Art; and other craft projects, including 'bookend monsters'. 

The goal of NJ Makers Day is to facilitate connections among NJ residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community wide education, entrepreneurship and hands-on learning experiences. Free. No registration required.


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Pokémon GO

Sunday, Mar. 24, 1:00pm

"Into Pokémon GO? Come battle in an official Silph Arena Player-Versus-Player tournament, in the Chase Room! This month's theme: The Tempest Cup! Only Electric, Ice, Flying, and Ground type Pokémon under 1500 CP are allowed! All ages, and skills are welcome! No entrance fee!" 

Please register at: https://bit.ly/2IGW4DQ

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Conversations on Climate Change

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:00pm

C-Change Conversations is a non-profit, nonpartisan volunteer organization that works to create awareness about the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The C-Change Primer, a project developed by C-Change Conversations, uses visual data, charts, and photographs to provide an accessible overview of the science behind climate change and a clear-eyed assessment of potential risks ahead. The seminar was developed in consultation with scientists, educators and public policy experts. In presenting this type of clear, unbiased, scientific information, the hope is to create awareness of how climate change will affect people personally. They encourage bipartisan action to blunt the most significant threats and support efforts to adapt to a changing environment. Sponsored by Madison Garden Club, The Friends of Madison Shade Tree Commission and Madison Public Library.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation and Grace, an American Legacy (Ages 13+)

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 7:00pm

She was a Kennedy. She was an Onassis. She did not define herself by her husbands.

Her enduring legacy would be the force of nature that was Jacqueline!

As a young mother she was catapulted onto the World Stage when her husband John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. She quickly observed that America’s rich, cultural and architectural past was being destroyed in the name of progress. Realizing that the future generations would need the insights of the past for guidance, Jacqueline embarked upon a series of preservation efforts: First the White House, and then Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C, and eventually Grand Central Station in NYC. Such preservation efforts galvanized the rest of the country to protect its historic monuments. Aided by her public profile, her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

Actress Jill Lawrence brings the woman we now know as Jackie O’ to life by interpreting her tireless efforts for the public good. By conveying Jacqueline's personal and professional struggles and victories, a poignant portrait of the First Lady, wife and mother and activist vividly comes alive. By bringing historic preservation center stage, Jacqueline's gift for the Future was to preserve the Past.

Meet Jacqueline! A great American Legacy who wore many hats, not just her pillbox.

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Author Talk with Inventor Charles Kannankeril

Tuesday, Apr. 9, 7:00 pm

Come learn about inventing from start to finish from the author of The Inventor in You. Charles will talk about how to identify a problem, how to solve it by creating a solution, how to use the solution to create an invention and how to protect that invention. Part of his lecture will also be a "Show and Tell" showing and discuss some of his own inventions.

Charles Kannankeril is a research scientist with 45 years of research experience and has been granted 84 US and international patents.

Please register online for this free program.


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Chemical Free Living

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm

Did you know that the top 3 carcinogenic items in your home are dryer sheets, air fresheners, and candles? Find out about simple and attainable ways to replace any household item with a safe, plant based, organic formula. It is very easy to make a few small changes that make a big difference in your family’s wellness.   

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Jamie Novak: How to Break up with your Clutter

Saturday, Apr. 13, 2:00 pm

If you have trouble letting go, then this is the program for you! Come hear Jamie Novak present a humorous take on how to part with the things you no longer use. Overcome common obstacles to getting organized like keeping clothes you think you’ll wear, holding onto treasures, and saving items “just in case” you need them someday, just to name a few. Please register online for this free program.


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Costume Jewelry, A Cultural Stroll Through The Decades

Monday, Apr. 22, 7:00 pm

We go through each decade and discuss why and how jewelry changed in style, materials used and attitude. We learn some tips on identifying the age of costume jewelry and how to care for it. Presented by Marilyn Visakay. Please register for this free event.

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Basics of Butterfly Gardening

Tuesday, April 23, 7pm

Whether you are a gardener who wants to see more butterflies in your garden, a butterfly enthusiast who wants to bring that passion to the garden, or someone who simply wants to make their garden or yard friendlier to Monarchs or other butterflies, Jane Hurwitz, butterfly expert, will provide ideas about protecting the entire life cycle of butterflies that visit our gardens, plant selection, and creative ideas on how to make our yards and gardens an oasis for butterflies and other creatures.

Jane is the author of Butterfly Gardener Magazine and former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association. She has spent decades observing and writing about the interface of butterflies and gardens. In addition to butterfly gardening, Jane has a life-long maniacal obsession with plants and gardening of all types.
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Pollinator Gardening

Sat, April 27, 1pm. Please register online for this free program.

There is a growing awareness that pollinators are important, and that they are in trouble. Insect pollinators need flowers, so diversity and quantity are big factors. But, why are there flowers in the first place? And why are there fruits and berries? Find out more about this fascinating story of interrelationships at tonight’s program with Karen Bussolini.

Karen has been a gardener all her life, and was a painter and architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography. She is a writer, speaker, and eco-friendly garden designer/coach, and an accredited organic land care professional. Her garden has been featured in many publications, and her other talents include garden journalism and lecturing. She can be heard on radio and seen on television, and she belongs to many horticultural organizations and participates in just as many flower shows. We are thrilled to welcome Karen Bussolini to Madison.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Madison Garden Club.


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Madison Green Fair 2019

Saturday, Apr. 27, 1:00-3:00p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Madison Public Library on Saturday, April 27, 1-3p.m. in the Chase Room & Courtyard.

Come enjoy and learn about ways to protect the earth and environment at the MPL Green Fair. Learn about: the quality of our water, the importance of native NJ plants, alternatives to landfill hogs (i.e. plastic disposable water bottles and plastic bags), hear from MJS 7th graders about select science projects and much more from the Madison Environmental Commission, Sustainable Madison, Madison Shade Tree Commission, the Madison Garden Club and much more. All ages. Join us!

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Jazz, Pop and Rock - NJ Music

Monday, Apr. 29, 7:00pm

Walter Choroszewski is NJ proud and celebrates our state’s significant contributions to American music of the 20th century. Walter explores these music genres and showcases New Jersey artists including iconic legends Sinatra, Basie & Spriingsteen, as well as numerous other music talents from the Shirelles to the Four Seasons...and many more! Please register online for this free event.

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Let’s Talk Cooking with Caroline Campion

Monday, May. 6, 7:00pm

Join cookbook author, Caroline Campion as we discuss food, family and how food memories (the good and the bad) inform how we cook and eat in our present lives. Caroline will share stories about the food that we ate growing up and how some of those dishes stay with us for our lifetimes. Documenting these food histories is an important way to keep them alive so they can be passed down. Caroline will also share "how to feed a family” by bringing the past and present together. Please register online for this free program.

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Great Storms of the Jersey Shore

Tuesday, May. 7, 7:00 pm

Join us for a lecture on the great and terrifying storms of the Jersey Shore. Please register online for this free program.

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, April 3rd @7pm                                                                                                                                            

The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951/ 92 min/ G

Stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

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Wednesday, April 17 @7pm

Shadow of a Doubt

1943/ 108 min/ PG

Stars Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Hume Cronyn

Alfred Hitchcock's suspenser about young lady who suspects her beloved uncle may be a murderer with a penchant for wooing, robbing and doing away with rich, older women.

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Wednesday, May 1st @ 7pm

Rear Window

1954/ 112 min./ PG

James Stewart, Grace Kelly

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

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Wednesday, May 15th @ 7pm

12 Angry Men

1957/ 95min/ NR

Director: Sidney Lumet

Stars Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.