Friday, January 11, 2013
What DVDs, CDs and books were checked out the most?
Taylor Swift's first live album, the authorized biography of Steve Jobs and a film adaptation of the novel "The Help" topped the lists of the Madison Public Library's most checked out items of 2012, according to the library's latest newsletter. Library Director Nancy Adamczyk said preliminary numbers show more than 200,000 items were circulated in 2012, an 18 percent increase over the previous year. DVDs and CDs, including movies, TV series and audiobooks, continue to account for a growing percentage of total circulation, at about 30 percent. "Especially since Blockbuster closed, we are the place to go for DVDs in town," Adamczyk said. While the library had to close for Superstorm Sandy and an asbestos removal project last year, it will be…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Penguin program brought endangered species to Madison and Florham Park.
Children came in droves to the Madison Public Libary and Florham Park Library on Thursday to see an African penguin from Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach. The children learned about penguins, conservation and met a penguin named Tux. Did you see Tux yesterday? Upload your photos to the gallery above.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Library cleaning up material from building's 1969 construction.
The Madison Public Library will close for about two weeks starting Nov. 26 for an asbestos abatement project, the library announced. All library programs scheduled for that period are canceled, but meetings scheduled by other organizations in the Chase Auditorium will go on as planned because the room has its own HVAC system, library director Nancy Adamczyk said. Adamczyk said it's unfortunate the library has to close again so soon after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power for almost a week. It held extended hours when it reopened the Friday after the storm, and had thousands of visitors over the weekend with people keeping warm, charging cellphones, using wireless Internet, watching movies, browsing magazines and borrowing materials. The …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Diggers, dump trucks, limousines, rescue trucks–even Batman and his Batmobile–will be on hand for the popular Touch A Truck fundraiser.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Madison children and families should get ready to put their imaginations into high gear because the much-loved Touch A Truck family event is coming back to the borough this summer, an announcement for the event says. Sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in cooperation with the Madison Area YMCA and the Madison Rotary Club, the event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine and will offer families a day so packed with low-cost fun and entertainment, they’ll actually be glad they didn't hit the beach for the weekend. Youngsters will not only be able to feast their eyes on dozens of trucks of all shapes, sizes, and functions, but they will be allowed to climb on and explore most of them to …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Library and Civic Center are air-conditioned spots available during heat wave.
For residents looking to cool down during a heat wave that's forecast to bring 97-degree temperatures to Madison this week, the borough has publicized some air-conditioned places of refuge in the borough. In anticipation of the extremely high temperatures, the Madison Public Library and Madison Civic Center will be open as cooling centers for the rest of the week, the borough announced on RoseNet.org and in a Madison Police Nixle alert. The library is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and the Senior Center in the Civic Center is available until 4:30 p.m. those days. The borough posted a full list of cooling centers and tips for handling hot weather on the Senior Services website, reproduced below. One…
Friday, March 30, 2012
Public hearing brings out more than 30 residents.
The Madison Public Library is going through a strategic planning process that will take into account changes in technology, reader habits, research techniques and the publishing industry, according to a consulting firm hired by the Library Board of Trustees. Alan Burger of Princeton-based Library Development Solutions said in a public hearing about the library Thursday their findings show 30 to 40 percent of library users say they use e-readers frequently. At the same time, e-book software and vendors have policies that are not currently library-friendly, he said. Meanwhile, residents want more contemporary updates about library events, such as through e-mail. That point was raised by residents Thursday and Burger said he has heard the …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Event to honor YMCA's support of library.
The Friends of the Madison Public Library will hold their annual benefit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the library at 39 Keep Street. The Friends will be honoring the Madison Area YMCA for the support they have shown the library throughout the years. All are invited to come and catch up with old friends or meet some new people in the community who share an interest in supporting the library. A wide array of hors d’oeuvres will be served along with beer, wine, and a signature drink. This welcoming event will feature live music, a 50/50 raffle and Silent Auction. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased in person at the library, online at www.friends-mpl.net, or through the mail by sending a check made out to FMPL, to the Madison …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Boro Council hears 5-year capital spending plan.
As borough officials formulate the 2012 municipal budget, the governing body continues to wrestle with the issue of how to fund the capital needs of the Madison Public Library. At Monday night’s Borough Council meeting at Hartley Dodge Memorial, elected officials heard that benefactor Friends of the Madison Public Library was successful in raising $70,000 in its annual appeal, but that more is needed. The funds will go to support the Library’s collection and programs but not day-to-day operations, Friends Chairman Maureen Byrne told the meeting. “We cannot take on fundraising for operations,” Byrne said. “The Library is a jewel, something everyone in town should be proud of, and Council should support it in the manner to which we’ve become…
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Catalanello: Four-year tax would pay for improvements.
The issue of how to finance much-needed improvements at the Madison Public Library could be put in the hands of the voting public as soon as this spring. At the recent meeting of the governing body, Council member Robert Catalanello proposed a library support tax of one cent per $100 valuation. “That is half of the current Open Space tax,” he said in an email to Patch. “The goal is to raise enough to cover the capital budget request from the Library Trustees.” The tax would raise $200,000 per year over the next four years to meet the estimated $800,000 in capital requirements for the library. The tax would sunset once the money is raised after four years. Catalanello, who has been outspoken about plans for the library’s long-term …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Power has been restored but cleanup process still ongoing.
Hurricane Irene-related damage will keep the Madison Public Library closed through Labor Day weekend, according to director Nancy Adamczyk. "The power is on, now we need to cleanup," she said in an email on Thursday. On Monday, the day after the storm ripped through New Jersey, DPW crews were seen clearing the tree and debris from the library. On Tuesday, Adamczyk said the borough was addressing damage caused by the tree, water damage was being assessed in certain areas, and carpet restoration work would need to be done. "We have no electricity, as a tree pulled wires down in the rear parking lot," Adamczyk said on Tuesday. The library had been previously scheduled to close Labor Day weekend.