Events & Programs

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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 from 2-5pm

A collection of recent artwork by Essex Fells artist, 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.


"Seed: The Untold Story" Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday, Sep. 22, 1:00p.m.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva and Dr. Jane Goodall.

Following the viewing of the film, we will have a discussion moderated by Dr. Lauren Poster, PhD Ecology and Evolution of Rider University.

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Please register online for this free program.

Author Visit - Donna Baier Stein

Monday, Sep. 23, 7:00pm

Scenes from the Heartland is a timely new collection from Donna Baier Stein consists of nine tales inspired by the lithographs of Thomas Hart Benton that bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century. While Benton’s iconic lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed faced issues that are front and center today: corruption, women’s rights and racial inequality.

Thomas Hart Benton was one of the most popular modern artists and arguably the best Regionalist painter of the 20th century. He was the first American artist to appear on the cover of Time magazine and his art illustrated the cover of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

Synopsis: When a contemporary writer turns her imagination loose inside the images of an iconic artist of the past, the result is storytelling magic at its best. Here are nine tales that bring to vivid life the early decades of the 20th century as witnessed by one of America's most well-known painters. Thomas Hart Benton sketched fiddlers and farm wives, preachers and soldiers, folks gathering in dance halls and tent meetings. Though his lithographs depict the past, the real-life people he portrayed face issues that are front and center today: corruption, women’s rights, racial inequality.

Scenes from the Heartland was recently named to NextTribe's list of 29 most amazing new books, TV shows and movies to watch for in 2019. 

Please register for this free program.


Ghosts: What They Are and How to Investigate Them

Monday, Oct. 7, 7:00 pm

What’s the real scoop is on ghosts? The answer is not found in Gothic novels or Hollywood. The descriptions of what ghosts are and what they are not has come a long way. The word “ghost” is really an umbrella term that defines many types of paranormal phenomena. Survival of the human personality has become a popular topic and one that has mounting evidence to support its claims. Combining many years of involvement in the level-headed investigation of haunted locations with a unique, spiritual perspective on the topic, audio clips, and photographs, Gordon Ward will share his experiences and evidence, explain his views on ghosts, and teach attendees how to conduct their own, sound investigations without costly equipment.

Please register online for this free program.

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The Met’s Egyptian Art

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:00 pm

An introduction to the Egyptian galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that will guide you from the banks of the Nile to tombs and temples. Discover Ancient Egyptian culture and art through sculpture, jewelry, mummies, and actual Egyptian buildings. Presented by art historian Mike Norris.

Please register online for this free program.

The Summer Seminar Series

Thank you for visiting us during the 35th season of the Summer Seminar Series, which ran from July 8th and ran through August 1st. Below is a listing of these free seminars for this past summer. Our committee attempts to arrange interesting quality seminars every summer.
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: A Shot in the Dark

Wednesday, Sep. 18, 7:00 pm

1963/ 103 min/ PG

Director: Blake Edwards

Stars Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, Tracy Reed

In spite of opposing evidence, a bumbling inspector wants to prove that a maid is not a murderer of numerous persons turning up dead on a palatial Parisian estate.

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Wednesday Night Films: Gun Crazy

Wednesday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm 

1949/ 87 minutes/ NR

Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Cast: Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw

Film-noir, cult classic about a firearms-obsessed couple on a crime spree. He's a timorous, emotionally disturbed WWII vet, while she's a carnival sharpshooter who is equally disturbed, but a lot smarter.