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Youth baseball author to be at Teaneck Library
On Father's Day, June 16, celebrate the great tradition of youth baseball by meeting local author Linda Padilla-Diaz at the Teaneck Library at 3 PM. Her new book is "Shortstop ... or Bust! The Traveling Tales of Youth Baseball." In it, she chronicles the five years her sons played competitive traveling baseball under the managerial eye of her husband.
Anyone involved in youth sports will relate to her humor about overzealous coaches, harried young athletes, and competitive parents. Padilla-Diaz brings her insights as a baseball fanatic, working mother, and coach to her tale.
Light refreshments will be served. The reception is free and open to the public. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
The Teaneck Public Library’s Friends Group in conjunction with the Art of Living Foundation will host a “Yoga and Meditation class”. The classes will be held on Monday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, May 20th , 2013 by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. Participants may attend any or all classes. The public is invited to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, at the corner of Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road.
The Art of Living Foundation was inspired by the programs of spiritual leader and humanitarian Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that began in 1982. It has been a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization in the U.S. since 1989. Accredited as a United Nations Non-Governmental Organization in 1996, it is now one of the UN's largest volunteer-based NGOs. It works in special consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution, and disaster relief.
Mr. Lumbu Molimo Gauzard is a professional painter and sculptor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He began crafting his skill at an early age, painting and sculpting using any materials readily available. It was in middle school that Gauzard discovered he had a talent for the arts and was encouraged to attend the high school for the arts in the capital city of Kinshasa.
In 1983, he completed graduate level studies at Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa, where he continues to exhibit his work.
Gauzard's work captures day-to-day Congolese village life, its fertile countryside and diverse cultural aspects. His fluid, sinuous use of line, vibrant hues with black ink overlay, incorporating mixed mediums, evoke a rich and lively atmosphere.
Gauzard’s artwork has previously been exhibited worldwide including Belgium, Burkino Faso and Beijing. In 1982, his work was reproduced as UNICEF greeting cards. 2003 brought two first prizes, one in painting at the Art Salon of the Congo, and one for sculpture from the JUA KALI.
His childhood friend, Englewood resident Vita wa Ngongo, who acts as Gauzard’s arts ambassador to the United States, has presented the exhibition to the Teaneck library.
The Townhouse Quilters of Teaneck Rodda Center will be exhibiting their quilts at the Teaneck Public Library, beginning April 22nd through the month of June 2013.
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 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
Art educator Suzanne Altman will present an illustrated lecture on “Must See Treasures of the Other Great Museums of New York” at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.
While most visitors focus on the Met and MOMA, there is an abundance of other important museums housing wonderful works of art in New York City. From priceless Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces at the Frick, to a vital work of Feminist art at the Brooklyn Museum, to Medieval treasures at the Cloisters, this lecture will inspire you to explore and discover the art of many times and cultures.
Suzanne Altman has presented art and art history programs throughout Rockland and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey, for both adult and teenage audiences. She is also a painter who works out of her studio and art school in Garnerville, NY and exhibits frequently.
The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium and to the coffee and socializing session that precedes it at 10:00 A.M. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
Register for Spring 2013 Children's Department Programs
Programs are free. For more information on these and other programs please contact the Children’s Department at 201-837-4171 ext. 3 or log on to www.teaneck.org
The library hosts book discussion group each month. Next meeting is on Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with books chosen in advance by each group. This month, the group is reading The Arrogant Years by Lucette Lagnado. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.
Library closes from Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, for Memorial Day weekend.
Library Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.; Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; Saturday, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 P.M.
While reference services and collections in public libraries are mere shadows of what they were twenty years ago, there are still questions that librarians can help customers with by applying knowledge of sources both print and online. On a recent Friday, Teaneck Public Library received an e-mail from an author based in Switzerland. He explained that he had written one book on B-17 bomber squadrons flying over Europe during World War II and he was about to embark on another.
Author John Meurs had decided to focus on a large raid on the Berlin train station on April 29, 1944. On that day sixty-three heavy bombers were lost. One of them had as a member of its crew a resident of Teaneck, high school class of 1942 (we are omitting personal names from this account to respect the family’s privacy). The entire crew parachuted to safety, was taken captive, and spent the remainder of the war as POWs. The film “Memphis Belle” can give you some idea of the risks and terror these crews faced.
The author desired to contact the Teaneck man’s family to learn more about his last flight. The veteran himself had passed away in 2002 and is buried at the Saratoga (NY) National Cemetery. His obituary is online and mentions his widow and two adult children. Could we help him?
To get started, we checked the collection of Teaneck High School yearbooks that the library has in both print and digital form. Sure enough, we found our flier in the ’42 yearbook. The library also has a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from the war years that include all listings of Teaneck service men and women. They too have been digitized and are accessible on the library’s “Virtual Village” at www.teaneck.org. We found an article on the airman and the downing of his plane.
We were more intrigued and initially focused on the adult children as the flier’s widow would be in her mid to upper eighties. We quickly learned that the daughter’s married name was misspelled in the obituary! The newspaper added a vowel which would stymie most. It is an unusual name and doing a search on ancestry.com led to alternative suggestions, one of which was the correct spelling. This led to superpages.com, a nationwide online phone directory, where we found the daughter living in New York State. We knew from the obituary that the airman had lived near Cooperstown most of his adult life as a dairy farmer, so we focused on that vicinity. Googling the family name plus Cooperstown led in turn to the obituary of a third Teanecker, high school class of 1938. In that obituary, we learned that the man was survived by his “loving companion”, the widow of the airman from Teaneck! How did they meet, we wondered? Reading further, we learned that the man was predeceased by two wives, one of whom had the same maiden name as the widow. And, both of these sisters were also graduates of Teaneck High School. So this fellow, himself a Navy veteran, was related by marriage to the widow of the airman!
Further internet research led to the discovery that the widow was a regular donor to health related causes in Cooperstown and that she now lived in Cooperstown itself. We provided the author with the contact information and he almost immediately received a response from the flier’s daughter. It all made for a fascinating week and enabled us to tap resources and skills that you can call on as well.
The library’s reference services are available during regular library hours and we also respond to e-mails with serious queries.
Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library, the Library is now offering Universal Class, an online resource to over 500 continuing education courses. This resource is available free to all Teaneck Library card holders.
Course subjects include, but are not limited to, business, computer training, GED, music, painting and personal finance and are offered online 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Up to five courses may be taken at a time.
For further information, contact the Reference Department at 201-837-4171 or simply register with your library card at http://teanecknj.universalclass.com/register.htm.
Mango meets the need for easily-accessible language learning including English as a second language. Remote access gives you the ability to use Mango whenever you want, 24/7 from the comfort of your own home. All you need is your library card.
Mango is a self-paced learning system with a focus on simplicity. It was designed for anyone to start using without the need of a help manual. Mango is east to set up and even easier to use!
Learning a new language can seem daunting, especially to a beginner. Mango's focus on simplicity is changing this, one user at a time. You will be excited to know that simple language-learning has arrived.
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With the purchase of 2012 edition of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Teaneck library received a one year introductory subscription of AccessScience database. Teaneck residents can access this database through the library website (http://www.teaneck.org). To access, click on the AccessScience logo on the right-hand side and login with the provided Username and Password.
The Teaneck Public Library offers its patrons a shut-in service for persons confined to their homes, residential facility, etc. for an extended period because of illness or physical handicap. The library makes available books, magazines, and audio-visual material and delivers once a week to the homes of those unable to come to the library.
Those eligible for shut-in service must be Teaneck residents and have no one available in the household to come to the library for them. Shut-in patrons are issued a special card to be held in the library, and are subject to the same loan periods and to replacement charges for lost or missing items as other library patrons. Deliveries are made on Thursday mornings only, between 9:00 and 12:00. Those who are temporarily disabled may also be eligible for this service.
For more information please contact Carol Anderson at the library (201-837-4171, ext. 308). For 42 years this outreach program has been available at the Teaneck Library and has successfully assisted many Teaneck residents to remain active library users even when no longer able to come to the library in person.
Sturdy shopping tote bags, featuring the Friends logo, are available for just $2 each at the circulation desk. Since they're perfect for grocery shopping, trips to the library, or for knitting or needlework projects, you may want to pick up more than one. (Many food stores give cents-off as a reward for using a cloth bag for your purchase -- even if the bag isn't from their store. A bonus for you, while you promote the Friends!)
Friends apron (navy blue with white logo and two large pockets) are also available for $15.
Ancestry Library Edition database is a great resource for both the novice and advanced family research. The database is available whenever the library is open. Printing is allowed.
Storytimes take place throughout the year at the Teaneck Public Library on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
The Wednesday afternoon program, which begins at 2 p.m., is geared for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 5. Children up to 8 years of age are welcome to the Saturday morning program, which begins at 11 a.m. The Bedtime Storytime for children Ages 3 and up also has resumed. Bedtime Storytime takes place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Each program lasts approximately one-half hour.
There is no fee or advance registration required for these programs. For more information, call the Library at 201-837-4171.
Receive announcements of upcoming programs and services via e-mail alert. The Library is now offering the public the opportunity to join its listserv.
Looking for a comfortable, quiet place to do a little good work? Why not "Adopt a Shelf" at the Teaneck Library? Adopt a Shelf volunteers keep a section of books in numerical and alphabetical order. It takes only about 30 minutes every couple of weeks, at your convenience. To volunteer, apply online or pick up an application at the library
The Teaneck Public Library would like to inform the public that it will once again be making one-on-one English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) instruction available to its residents. Registration is required – any Teaneck residents who are interested in the program should call Carol Anderson or Tobey Weiss at the library at 201-837-4171.
The Teaneck Public Library hosts an ESL Conversation Group every Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. The practice group is open to anyone who would like to improve his or her English skills by actively participating in group conversation led by trained tutors. No pre-registration is necessary. The program is free. The Group is open to residents of Teaneck and other nearby towns.
For additional information or questions, please contact Carol Anderson at the library, 201-837-4171, ext. 308. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
Teaneck Public Library
840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tel.: (201) 837-4171, Fax: (201) 837-0410