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Post-Election Distress lecture

Join Dr. Jay Kantor, a trauma expert when he presents a workshop at the Teaneck Public Library on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Kantor will lead an emotional self-healing workshop to help people deal with the psychological stresses caused by the presidential election.

In a one hour workshop, Kantor will teach the mind body healing technique called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  In EFT, also known as ‘Tapping”, disturbing emotions are greatly reduced or completely eliminated by balancing the energies in the body that produced the emotions.
Dr. Kantor’s session is free and open to the public. His web site is

Sunday Concert: Jazz Pianist and Vocalist, Johnny O'Neal

Johnny O'NealOnSunday, December 11th at 3 PM, as part of their concert series, Music on a Sunday Afternoon, The Friends of the Teaneck Library will welcome legendary Jazz pianist and vocalist, Johnny O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal. with his unique style, will perform a number of Jazz standards from his thousand plus repertoire. He will be accompanied by two veterans of the New York Jazz community, bassist Alex Gressel and guitarist Ilya Lushtak.

A Neo-bop jazz performer, O’Neal’s playing ranges from the technically virtuosic to the most tender of ballad interpretations. Though unique in style, he is influenced by many jazz elders, including Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. The Detroit native has played and recorded with other Jazz greats such as, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, and Milt Jackson.

In the early 1980’s, he was a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985.  A regular performer in New York City jazz venues such as Smoke, Smalls, and Mezzrow, he’s also performed at the Blue Note, Minton’s, The Kennedy Center, and recently with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in “Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn”.
On the recommendation of Oscar Peterson, O'Neal portrayed Art Tatum in the 2004 movie “Ray”, convincingly recreating Tatum's sound on the song  "Yesterdays".(read more)

Local author to lecture at Teaneck Public Library on the Book of Proverbs.

In celebration of Jewish Book Month, the Teaneck Public Library will host Ilana Sasson, Ph.D. on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Sasson’s new book is “The Arabic translation and commentary of Yefet ben ‘Eli on the Book of Proverbs.   This volume contains a critical edition and an introduction to the Arabic translation and commentary on the book of Proverbs by one of the most acclaimed, innovative, and prolific exegetes of the Karaite “Golden Age” (10th – 11th centuries).

This edition is accompanied by an introduction including a thorough study of Yefet’s style of writing compared with the Arabic model of his time, his hermeneutic devices contrasted with those of Saadiah Gaon and Midrash, his theology in light of the doctrines of Islamic Mu’tazila, and his polemics against various groups.

Dr. Sasson teaches religion and Hebrew Bible at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Abstract Paintings by Vincent Priblo

During the month of December 2016, Vincent Priblo will be exhibiting several abstract paintings at the Teaneck Library.

Priblo, a local entrepreneur and self-taught artist, uses art to express his inner joy and love of life.  His colorful, vivid and vibrant work often reminds the viewer of movement, celestial bodies and even dancing figures.  Mr. Priblo’s artwork has garnered a growing on-line audience and has been exhibited in galleries and shows in New York and New Jersey.

“My methodology is very dynamic, often resulting in finished works which have little resemblance to the original idea. I feel my expressionist works are like a visualization of the emotions we feel as we make our way through life.  I’m portraying the impressions which are in my mind and soul.  Fortunately, the more I work, the more ideas and images come to me during the process, often by mistake or through serendipity. Of course, the beauty of art and expressionism is that we all see things differently.  I enjoy getting feedback from people who view my artwork. “

The Teaneck Library is located at 840 Teaneck Rd. For library hours, please call 201-837-4171 or visit the website at:

Townhouse Quilters of Teaneck Rodda Center

The Townhouse Quilters of Teaneck Rodda Center are currently exhibiting their quilts at the Teaneck Public Library. The quilts will be hanging from the mezzanine balcony in the Library’s atrium.

The Townhouse Quilters donate handmade baby quilts to newborns at The Englewood Hospital as well as to the Bergen Family Promise in Ridgewood.  The group always looks for new projects to benefit the community and what better way to give but to a new life.

The quilters are Dolores Davis, Ruth McKittrick, Jill Yaver, Sandy Salisch, Toby Isaac and Albertha Shumpert.

The group has been quilting together since 1996 at the Rodda Senior Center of Teaneck. They welcome new members who wish to learn the art of quilting. They meet every Tuesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Rodda Center, 250 Colonial Court, Teaneck. For more information, call 201-837-7130

Chair Yoga and Meditation Class

YogaThe Teaneck Public Library’s Friends of Library in conjunction with the Art of Living Foundation will host “FREE YOGA AND MEDITATION CLASS”.  The classes will be held at the Library's Auditorium on Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm, Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 2016 by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. (read more)

Fall On Your KneesBook Discussion: Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald

The library hosts book discussion group each month, with books chosen in advance by the participants. New members welcome.

Next meeting is on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Narue MacDonald.To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Library to offer at-home access to Financial Ratings Series Online

Financial Ratings SeriesTeaneck Library card holders now have full home access to Financial Ratings Series Online provided by Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

This online database consists of 6 major categories: Banks & Thrifts; Credit Unions; Insurers and HMO’s; Mutual Funds / ETF’s; Stocks; and Medigap. It provides independent information to help the public make INFORMED DECISIONS about their financial planning as well as an individually personalized Medigap Buyer’s Guide. (read more)

Library adds WW2 uniforms to local history collection

UniformThe reference staff of the Teaneck Public Library has devoted many hours to researching the stories of veterans who served the country in the conflicts of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War.  Now , thanks to the son and daughter-in-law of a distinguished WWII veteran, there are several uniform jackets on permanent display to serve as a visual introduction to the online materials. (read more)

Library offers FREE Movies, TV shows Music and Audiobooks through Hoopla

HooplaThe Teaneck Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audio books; all available for mobile and online access. All patrons need is a valid library card, email address and password. Access is free, any time of the day or night. All titles are always available. Up to 16 titles can be borrowed per month. (read more)