As part of their annual appeal, the Friends of the Madison Public Library are presenting the community with a challenge. Donations in any amount given to the library from now until the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $31,000.
Joan Rogers, Friend of the Library, explained that this year 16 lead donors have come forward to show their support by pledging to match a certain amount of the community’s donations to the library.
Library’s Annual Appeal Features Matching Challenge
“Most people agreed to give $1,000, with a few giving more than that, for a total of $31,000 in the pool,” Rogers said.
The Friends said they are off to a good start, with more than $6,000 in donations already submitted for the community institution that is “more valuable and relevant than ever.”
“Madison is a dynamic community whose residents understand how important it is to have a strong library,” Mary Beth Cooney, Friends Vice Chair, said. “Some might question just how much the library has to offer patrons in this technological era. The answer is simple. The library has moved way beyond its simple role as a repository for books.
“Today’s Madison library is a powerful source of information, providing a multitude of programs, resources and technology that support life-long learning in the entire community.”
Some examples of ways the library keeps the community enriched and inspired include this past summer’s children’s program, “One World, Many Stories,” which offered global learning opportunities and free summer fun for the more-than 500 children who attended.
Over 700 attendees flocked to the Summer Seminar Series, a program on current topics of interest sponsored by the library with the Madison Senior Center.
The library also offers free family entertainment, like Shakespeare in the Courtyard performances and the evening film series. Teens in town will attest to the value of the library as a place for group projects, computer/internet use, and a quiet place to get homework done.
The Drew Minicourse Series provides low-cost courses on a variety of intellectually stimulating and entertaining topics taught by leading authorities. During the last year, over 1,000 people have participated in this program.
The library offers free access to the changing collection of books, periodicals, CDs and audio books, and free access to computers and distraction-free meeting rooms.
Two new additions to library offerings are E-readers available for loan, and the Museum Pass program, which will grant borrowers free admission to participating New Jersey and New York City museums.
In the face of challenging economic times, the Friends are hoping donations can assist the library in keeping pace with the changing needs of the community.
To make a 100 percent tax-deductible donation that will be doubled through the Matching Gift Challenge if received by the end of this year, send a check to the library at 39 Keep Street, Madison, attention: Pat Tagg, Friends Chair. Secure donations may also be made via the Friends website.