Library News

Library added three new museums to the popular museum pass program

The Teaneck Public Library is happy to announce the addition of three new museums to the Library’s popular museum pass program.

  1. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, located on 91st in Manhattan, is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
  2. Montclair Art Museum is a leading American art museum and community art school in northern New Jersey.
  3. Storm King Art Center is located one hour north of New York City and within its beautiful rolling hills has carefully sited outdoor sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

“Bergen County has unique geographic access to a large variety of museums ranging from local favorites to national treasures,” says Allen McGinley, Director of Teaneck Public Library. “I’m thrilled that we are able to enhance our community’s exposure to cultural and educational experiences through the Library’s museum pass program.”

Teaneck residents, 18 and older, with a valid Teaneck Public Library card in good standing, can reserve museum passes up to 30 days in advance on a first-come, first-served  basis. The passes may be reserved online at, and up to 2 passes may be borrowed at any one time. Click here to reserve a Pass.

Summer Friday Morning Movies

Doors open at 9:30 AM.  Films start promptly at 10:00 AM.  Downstairs in the auditorium.  Admission is free.

The Greatest ShowmanJuly 20: The Greatest Showman: 105 minutes, rated PG

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon at the Teaneck Library

The Friends of the Teaneck Library will be sponsoring two summer concerts as part of their series, Music on a Sunday Afternoon. The Music on a Sunday Afternoon concerts are free and open to the public. Seating in the auditorium is available at 1:30 for the 2:00pm performances. Refreshments will be served post performance with an opportunity to meet the artists. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ.

On Sunday July 22, 2018 at 2:00pm, pianist Sarah Bob, will be performing music written for her by composers Curtis K. Hughes, Shaw Pong Liu, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Andy Vores, as well as pieces by Bill Evans.  Percussionist, Aaron Trant, will accompany her.

Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming.  She is founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series, which combines new music and new visual art along with their creators.  She is an original member of Radius Ensemble, Primary Duo, and Firebird Ensemble and also serves as the Classical Music Director of the Stone Mountain Arts Center to program.  Her accolades range from top prizewinner of Holland’s International Gaudeamus Competition to New England Conservatory’s Outstanding Alumni Award and she can be heard on Tzadik, Avie Records, (Lift by Elena Ruehr recognized by WBUR’s The ARTery as one of the best classical recordings of 2016), NLM, Cauchemar Records, Albany, Oxingale and BMOP/Sound labels, and is presently working on her second solo album.  For more information, please go to

The LeftoversBook Discussion: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

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

Next meeting is on Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Summer Reading Program for Adults

Adult Summer Reading ProgramJoin our first ever Summer Reading Program for Adults sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library!

From July 1 to August 31, adults (over 18) can sign up at Participants who read and log at least 4 books will be entered to win an Amazon Echo. Write a book review on Beanstack for a bonus entry. The winner will be announced September 3. Happy Reading! (download the flyer)

Chair Yoga and Meditation Class

YohaThe 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, in July and August, 2018 by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. (read more)

July 2018 Gallery Exhibit

Photo by Rebecca BarkaiDuring the month of July 2018, the Teaneck Library is hosting an exhibit by photographer Rebecca Barkai. If there is one thing people know about Ms. Barkai is that she loves taking pictures. She explains her passion for the medium: “I just love nature so much that everything around me seems beautiful and I capture it as best I can.” The subject matter ranges from landscapes, seascapes, and close-ups of flowers and foliage. Her photos are lessons in finding beauty everywhere, whether bare wintertime trees, or lush spring gardens. She reveals the moments that are needed to stop and smell the roses.

Through her photographic journeys, the New England native has discovered the many parks, gardens and arboretums of northern New Jersey. Ms. Barkai has a blog called “Nature in Bergen and Beyond” to post the adventures and photographs she has accumulated.  On another website,, viewers can see her 93 honors and a large variety of photos.

Rebecca hopes you enjoy viewing her nature photography as much as she enjoys taking them. As Irving Penn once said “A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a different person for having seen it.”

Cookbook Club

Bobby Blay FITMeeting on July 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Bobby Flay FIT by Bobby Flay. Check out a copy at the Circulation Desk. Cook - Share - Enjoy!

Make one regular sized recipe of your choice from the book so that each member gets a taste. Bring your dish ready to eat to the Library Auditorium at 6:30 PM. Please bring a photocopy of the recipe you prepared. Paper goods and beverages will be provided by the Library. The meeting will begin with a group tasting, followed by a discussion of the book. Please RSVP Lynne Graizel at

Movies on a Summer Sunday

Sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.  Doors open at 1:30 PM. Screening at 2:00 p.m.  Discussion to follow. Refreshments served prior to screening. Children under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian.

A Fantastic WomanAugust 5: Loveless (Nelyubov), 2017, Rated R, 112 minutes, Russian, with English subtitles

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Teaneck Public Library Appoints Allen McGinley Interim Library Director

Allen McGinleyBoard of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen McGinley as Interim Library Director, effective July 2, 2018.  The trustees voted unanimously to appoint Mr. McGinley to the position.  He succeeds Michael McCue who retired earlier this year.

A search committee of the Board including President Joy Charles, Vice President Evalyn Brownstein, Treasurer Paul Ostrow, and Secretary Myron Chaitovsky scrutinized more than twenty applicants from a wide pool of library professionals.

“This is an exciting time for the Teaneck Public Library.  We are thrilled to welcome Allen as Interim Director.  He is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in library services,” states Joy Charles, Teaneck Public Library’s Board President.

Allen McGinley comes to Teaneck with a decade of service at the Piscataway Public Library.  He has been named one of Library Journal’s "Movers and Shakers" for community building, and an American Library Association Emerging Leader.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the Interim Director of the Teaneck Public Library,” said Mr. McGinley.  “I am eager to work with the Library Board and staff as we continue to improve the quality of life for all Teaneck residents through opportunities for education, collaboration, and engagement.” 

Mr. McGinley received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his M.A. in Information Science from the University at Albany. He and his wife, Barbara McGinley, have a two-year-old son named Samuel.

Business Partner Program with The Library Friends

There's another plus to Friendship! The Friends of the Library are partnering with local merchants to provide extra benefits to Friends members (in addition to knowing you're supporting library programs and services). If you joined the Friends or renewed your membership for 2018, show your membership card at participating shops, and you'll receive a discount on services or merchandise. New business will be added soon and there may be changes, so check the circulation desk, the library's website, or the Friends' Facebook page for updates.

Our "early adopter" businesses are: Angela Logan's Mortgage Apple Cakes; Carly'z Craze; Chopstix, Embroideries Unltd.; Garden State Jewelers; J&J Pharmacy; Pottery, Paint & Love; Rainbow Jewelry; Teaneck Cinemas; and The UPS Store.

Friends Business Partner Offers (PDF)

If you haven't yet renewed, you can still do so ($15) to support the library and take advantage of local merchants' discounts.

ESL One-on-one Tutoring and ESL Conversation Group

One-on-one English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) instruction is available to its residents. Registration is required – any Teaneck residents who are interested in the program should call Cynthia Zimmerly at the library at 201-837-4171.

Teaneck Public Library hosts an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Conversation Group Tuesday afternoon from 1PM to 2PM in the Mayor Lizette Parker Memorial room on the main floor.  The practice group is open to anyone who would like to improve  their English skills by actively participating in group conversation led by a trained tutor.  No pre-registration is necessary.  The Group is open to residents of Teaneck and any other Bergen County town.

ESL Group spring class runs from Tuesday, April 17th to Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

For additional information or questions, please contact Cynthia Zimmerly at the library, 201-837-4171. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

The Library offers online access to The New York Times in the library or at home for our residents

New York Times online is now available in the library or at home for the Teaneck residents. You can access from any device.  NYT articles published between 1851-1922 and 1981-current are included. 

To get free unlimited access to The New York Times online in the library:

  1. Connect to the library’s Wi-Fi or log-in to one of the library’s internet computers.
  2. Register or log in at
  3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to on any device during your visit to the library

To enjoy The New York Times from the comfort of your home or on the go:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link for TPL HOME ACCESS TO NYTIMES.COM.
  3. When prompted for a digital access code, copy and paste the code provided
  4. If you have a account, you can sign in and have access. If you have not registered with, register to get access to the paper.

Each time you redeem the code, you will have unlimited access for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours have elapsed, you can enter the code again to continue your access to The New York Times.

Have questions? Speak with the Reference Department at 210-837-4171 to find out more.

Value Line Online


Teaneck Public Library now offers our residents free, online remote and in library access to Value Line’s Research Center. Click here to start.

Value Line is a multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make informed investment decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, plus objective research, insightful commentary, price projections, educational material and advanced analytical tools.

Value Line’s Research Center covers stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. Coverage includes but is not limited to 1,700 mostly large-capitalization stocks, 1,800 small & mid-cap stocks, stock screener, advanced charting features, alerts & watch lists, plus hundreds of mutual funds.

The Library subscription includes 3 simultaneous logins. We encourage users to log off every time at completion of the usage.  In case you cannot log in due to maximum logins, please try again at a later time.

Check Out a Mobile (Wi-Fi) Hotspot from the Library

And access the Internet from anywhere...

The Library is now lending out mobile (Wi-Fi) hotspots!

A mobile hotspot device enables users to connect to the Internet using a small box with a cell phone data plan that they can bring with them wherever they go. Similar to a data plan for a cell phone, as long as the device can connect to the cell tower, users can access the Internet.

These are great for our patrons (who are Teaneck residents and age 18 and up) who may not have their own internet connection at home or have lost their home connection temporarily (or ran out of data!), and even when traveling.

Hotspots can be taken out for two weeks, without renewal. There are 10 hotspots that can be borrowed.  It is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation can be made ahead of time.  Hotspots can be checked out downstairs at the service desk.

Weekly Local Produce Delivery through Field Goods

Field GoodsTeaneck Public Library is now a pick-up location for Field Goods locally-grown fruits and vegetables every Thursday! Pick up time is between 11:45 AM and 8:30 PM.

FUNDRAISER:  Your $1.00 Contribution to the Friends of theTeaneck Public Library enhances the library's services.

Order deadline for a Thursday delivery is Tuesday at 11:59 pm

Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service. Customers receive 5 to 8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons. Bags cost $16 to $32 per week. Everything is purchased from over 80 small farms in the region. All products are non-GMO, and most is organically grown. Your order can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!

To Go Directly to Your Order Pages and save many clicks;    Click Here
To visit the site, SIGN UP and order

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Order Now”
  3. Select “Search by Company/Organization” and enter “teaneck” or equivalent
  4. Click the “Click the “Find a Pick-up Site”, select “Friends of the Teaneck Public Library Fundraiser” and follow the prompts.