Madison Welcomes a Children’s Little Free Library

Lower row, left to right: Liam and Ella O'Connor. Top row, left to right: Patty Driscoll, Director of the MCH Preschool; and Dorothy O'Connor, Director of the BASCC program.

MADISON —You are cordially invited to visit the Thursday Morning Club/Madison Community House Children’s Little Free Library. The Library is located on the left side of the Madison Community House at 25 Cook Avenue in Madison. The library is donated by a Thursday Morning Club member.  It is jointly sponsored by the Before and After School Child Care (BASCC) local elementary school childcare program, and the Madison Community House Preschool.

This Little Free Library book exchange, with a large book donation from a BASCC family, gives young readers ages 4-10 access to age-appropriate books which offer opportunities for readers to see whimsical characters cavort, learn about different cultures and countries, gain information about possible family pets, and build confidence in their nascent reading skills.  Our goal is to inspire readers, build community spirit, and foster neighborhood goodwill. This library site is proudly represented on the world map of registered Free Little Library boxes as part of their non-profit service to encourage increased readership. Children’s books are free for anyone to take and read “24/7”.

The Madison Community House Preschool, a sponsor of the new library, is a state-licensed preschool with the goal of providing an intermediate experience between home and school where children, ages 3 and older, are comfortable with themselves and their peers.  An experienced staff is devoted to the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical development of each child.

Another sponsor, the Before and After School Child Care (BASCC) program, supports the parents of children attending the elementary schools in Madison by providing quality childcare beyond the normal school hours, offering well planned, flexible activities that are consistent with school and home environment, are conducive to creative play, promote respectful interaction among children and encourage independent study.

The Madison Community House is owned and operated by the Thursday Morning Club, a non-profit women’s service organization founded in 1896 to meet the needs of the community and surrounding areas. The Thursday Morning Club, a member of both the New Jersey State and General Federation of Women’s Clubs, has a membership of 230 women volunteers.

For information about BASCC, the Madison Community House Preschool, and other programs, membership, and services, please contact the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or click here