As many parents would be quick to confirm, children are fascinated by construction sites, police sirens, fire engines, and vehicles of all kinds. Most often, however, they must keep a safe distance while admiring their favorite machines.

But for one day this summer, that is going to change. The Touch-A-Truck event is coming back to Madison on Saturday, August 7, from 10 am until 2 pm, and will offer families a day so packed with fun and entertainment, they'll be glad they are not away on vacation.

Youngsters will be able to not only feast their eyes on dozens of trucks of all shapes, sizes, and functions, but they will be allowed to climb on and explore them to their hearts content. The parking lots of the Madison Public Library at 39 Keep Street and the Madison Area YMCA across the street, along with a section of Keep Street, will be transformed into a playground for the day for the event.

In addition to the amazing lineup of vehicles on display, Touch-A-Truck will keep children happily entertained with many other activities, such as a free "tumblebus" gym-on-wheels, a "ghostbustermobile," free face painting and kids' tattoos, a basket raffle with great prizes, a food court, and live music from Madison's own teen-age bands "Spazz Attack" and "The Basement." Families might not beat the heat, but youngsters are sure to feel super-cool for the day.

Hugely popular when the event made its debut back in 2008, "Touch-A-Truck" is brought to Madison by the Friends of the Madison Public Library in cooperation with the Madison Area YMCA and the Rotary Club of Madison. All proceeds will benefit the Madison Public Library, which has been struggling to cope with recent budget cuts, and faces even more drastic reductions in funding with Governor Christie's proposed state budget.

Admission for Touch -A-Truck will be $8 for advance purchases (before July 31) for toddlers to age 12, and $10 for same day purchases. Tickets for teens and adults are $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale now at the Madison Public Library, 39 Keep Street.

Purchases may also be made through the mail, by sending your name, address, telephone, and email address, along with a check payable to the Friends of the Madison Public Library, to the library at 39 Keep Street. No tickets will be mailed back; advance purchasers will check into "Prepaid ticket" tables on August 7. Ticket forms can also be printed from the Friends website at and mailed back to the library.

Sponsors for Touch-A-Truck are still being sought. Anyone interested in sponsoring this event can print a sponsorship form from the Friends website at or call the library at 973-377-7905.

The Library Friends would like to thank all sponsors as of July 1, including Monster Truck Level sponsors ($1,000 and above): FCG Advisors LLC, The Rotary Club of Madison, Two anonymous donors, L'Allegria Restaurant, The Madison Public Library Board of Trustees and Mayor Mary-Anna Holden, the Breckman/Landau family; Fire Truck Level sponsors ($500-$999): MACRO Consulting Group; Police Car Level sponsors ($250-499): Coviello Brothers, Hilltop Community Bank, Nautilus Diner, Madison Bicycle Shop, Dana W. Stokes, Anonymous donor, Pipe Works Services Inc, Nancy Adamczyk, Dr. Dennis Coyle; Ambulance Level sponsors ($100-249): Bottle Hill Pharmacy, Madison Cleaners, Leslie A. Hart, Sue Idleman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grohol, Mary Beth Cooney, The Floor Store, Rebecca and Andrew Moody, Lincoln Mayflower, PC Problems, Libby and Chuck Elmendorf, the Hunoval Family, Catherine and Chris Helck and Family, Passaic Valley Coach, Alfred's Sporting Goods, Sylvia and David Luber, Peggy and Kirk Oakes, Woodland Bakery, Peter and Joan Rogers, Cathie Coultas, J & M Home and Garden.