Non-essential Historical Facts

The Teaneck Public Library Friday Morning Group will host a program on March 27, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.  Learn the answers to many “non-essential,” but very interesting, historical facts with Dr. James Kane. His program, Non-Essential History, will enlighten the audience on: why it’s called The Big Apple; what’s the origin of the Ivy League; what’s a square meal; and why is Notre Dame, with a French heritage, called The Fighting Irish.

Kane is currently an adjunct professor at William Paterson University in Wayne and has held several educational positions, including teacher, prep school headmaster, principal, and, for 25 years, superintendent of schools in the Hamburg, NJ public school district. He is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Medal – New Jersey’s highest honor in education – and the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.

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.

Concert: All Seasons Chamber Players

The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will return to the Teaneck Public Library to perform a program of chamber music on Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. The concert is part of the library’s Music On A Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library. Admission is free, the public is invited and a reception will follow the concert. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane and is wheelchair accessible. For further information or directions call the library at (201) 837-4171.

The program, entitled Spring Mix, will feature E. Zoe Hassman performing a group pieces ranging from classical to jazz and the dramatic Trio No. 2 by the renowned French composer Cecile Chaminade. It will also include a tuneful Trio in G by Friedrich Kuhlauand a short, lovely Nocturne for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano by Albert Franz Doppler. Robert Lawrence, Co-Director for Programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining and informative spoken program notes.

Performers will include violinist Bob Lawrence of NYC; cellist E. Zoe Hassman of NYC; pianist Jean Strickholm of Demarest; pianist Jacqueline Schiller-Audi of Paramus and Guest Artist flutist Lisa Hansen of Leonia. Jacqueline Schiller-Audi is familiar to many people at the Teaneck Library because of her many concerts there with her parents, Alan Schiller and the late Eleanor Schiller of Teaneck.

Now in its 34th season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 700 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs, COMCAST, WTT-35 and other local cable TV stations.

Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble has received grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals.

This concert is one of 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County. Additional funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Additional funding is provided by Columbia  Bank, Verizon, the Lillian P. Schenck Fund, Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Orange & Rockland Electric, the Puffin Foundation, Shop Rite of Hackensack, and Friends of All Seasons. 

The ensemble is performing 24 concerts in the 2014-2015 season. 

For further information about the ensemble’s programs, players and supporters visit or call  (201) 768-1331 for a printed schedule

Chair Yoga and Meditation Class

YogaThe 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 Wednesdays, March 25, April 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2015 from 6 PM to 7 PM 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.

Memories of Yemen

The Teaneck Public Library Friday Morning Group will host a slide-talk program “Memories of Yemen” by Lorraine Matys on April 10, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.      

The Middle Eastern country of Yemen has made the news.  Its capital, Sana’a, has been taken over by a tribal militia in response and for safety sake the United States has closed our embassy in Sana’a and evacuated the personnel.  But how many Americans can visualize the dramatic landscapes of this age-old land?

This slide-talk will take the audience from picturesque mountain villages overlooking mist-filled valleys to an ancient coffee exporting port, a colorful market town, and the edge of the Empty Quarter, the sprawling desert of the Arabian Peninsula, camping throughout the two week trip.

We’ll hear about Yemen’s thousands year old history which includes what may have been the capital of the legendary Queen of Sheba and learn about the medieval country that has changed little over the centuries.

Lorraine Matys has combined her interest in photography with her passion for archaeology and ancient cultures.  Her travels have taken her to such far-flung parts of the world as Yemen, Mali, Vietnam, and Peru.  For over 30 years she has presented slide-illustrated talks and photo exhibits.  The Record newspaper, Minolta and “Natural History” magazines and other publications have featured her work.  She has also given classes on composition in photography.

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.

Manhattan Bridges

Manhattan BridgesThe Teaneck Public Library Friday Morning Group will host a program Manhattan Bridges by Kevin Woyce on April 17, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

Manhattan’s first bridge, the wooden King’s Bridge, opened in 1693.  Today, 20 bridges link the island to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, and to New Jersey.  Learn how and why the most famous bridges were built, including the High Bridge of the Croton Aqueduct, the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro, and Triborough Bridges, and the George Washington Bridge. The program will be illustrated with original photographs and historic images of Manhattan’s iconic bridges—past and present—and of the city they helped to shape.

Author, photographer, and lecturer Kevin Woyce is a lifelong resident of the Garden State, raised in East Rutherford and living now in Lyndhurst with his wife, Carin. He writes regional history books, illustrated with his own black and white photography, and presents multimedia lectures on local history throughout New Jersey and southern New York.

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.

You Should Have KnownBook Discussion: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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

Next meeting is on Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Annual Book Sale and Gala

It's never to early to think about the Friends annual Book Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 16, through Tuesday, May 19. Don't forget, there are members-only preview sales on Thursday evening, May 14, and Friday morning, May 15. Save your gently used books, CDs, and DVDs for donation: collection will take place Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10.

Before all that, the Friends of the Library will host the Friends Annual Gala on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 PM. Mark your calendars now and watch for the announcement of this year's performers.

Jorge Aguillón: The Experiments

Jorge AguillonDuring the month of March 2015, the Teaneck Library will be exhibiting    drawings by Mexican born artist Jorge Aguillón.

The artist calls himself a cartoonist, which more describes his drawing technique than his subject matter. Much of the work is reminiscent of the French Symbolist, Odilon Redon and the Surrealist painter, Max Ernst.  Aguillón uses fantastic, macabre and even grotesque imagery to express his inner feelings regarding real life experiences. Subject matter ranges from his childhood and family in Mexico to more recent life as a young immigrant working in restaurants and car washes.

His work seems enigmatic and inaccessible, but with careful observation, reading of text and titles, the viewer will be surprised by and enlightened of the artist’s intent.

Aguillón has participated in several exhibits and events in New York City and New Jersey. He is also a writer and poet.

For more information, please contact the artist at:

Library offers free online DMV practice tests

DMV Practice TestTeaneck Public Library now offers free online DMV practice tests through, a company dedicated to driver safety and education.  The new service includes 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, online driver’s manuals and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions. All of them are written specifically based on the New Jersey state DMV materials. 

Access is free and click here to start.

Teaneck Public Library Now Offers Free and Unlimited Access to LearningExpress Library

LearningExpressWith the help of the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library, the Library now offers free and unlimited access to LearningExpress Library.

LearningExpress Library is an online learning program that provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources for basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, basic sciences and test preparation for academic and career advancement. Adults and students can search for the resources they need when they need them.

Organized around a theme or a classification of user, LearningExpress Library has seven Centers: School (grades 4–12), College, GED® Test Prep, College Preparation, Career, Adult Learning, and Recursos para Hispanhoblantes (Spanish) Centers.

LearningExpress helps students and adults prepare for a wide range of academic exams—such as the GED® , COOP, HSPT®, SAT*, ACT®, AP*, PSAT/NMSQT*, ACCUPLACER®, ASSET®, COMPASS®, LSAT, GMAT and GRE.  Career certification tests such as NCLEX-RN®, NCLEX-PN, Praxis I® and II® are also available.

Concerning Test Preparation, users can learn the material in an “untimed” test mode. They can then improve test readiness by utilizing a “timed” test mode. The correct answers are provided.

To access LearningExpress Library, go to the Teaneck Public Library website: Under “Digital Collections” on the left, choose “Learning Express Library. 

For more information, please contact the Reference Department of the Teaneck Public Library at 201-837-4171.

Teaneck Library launches a museum pass program

Museum PassTeaneck Public Library cardholders can now borrow museum passes that provide free admission to some of the most popular museums in NYC.  Passes are now available for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Complex, the American Museum of Natural History, World of Wings and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.  More selections may be offered in the future.

Museum passes can be booked in advance at the reference desk. Passes must be returned in person to the reference desk before closing on the due date. They may not be returned in the overnight book drops. Loan period for the Intrepid and the Children's Museum of Manhattan is 3 days. Loan period for World of Wings is 2 days. Overdue fine is $10 per day.  Fee for lost pass is whatever the museum charges for a replacement plus a $25 processing fee.

The American Museum of Natural History issues vouchers which can be given for up to two persons at a time. (Full Rules and Policies).

These passes offer you value:  admission to the Intrepid is $31 for adults, $24 for youths aged 7-17, and $17 for children aged 3 to 6.  The American Museum of Natural History charges has a suggested admission fee of $27 for what the voucher provides you. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan charges $11 per person.

Take advantage of the opportunity for a day of fun and learning.  Users welcome.

Zinio digital magazines available through Teaneck Library


Do you love magazines? If so, then you’ll love Zinio!

What is Zinio? Zinio is a digital newsstand. Through the BCCLS partnership with Zinio, you can borrow over 250 magazines and read them on your computer or download them to portable devices.

There are:

  1. no check out limits
  2. no returns
  3. no hold lists

Currently Zinio is supported on the following devices and computers:

  1. iPhone
  2. iPad
  3. Android
  4. Win 8
  5. Mac
  6. PC
  7. Kindle Fire/HD/HDX

To start, go to: and click on “Zinio Digital Magazines” under Digital Collections. Library offers aninstruction class on how to access the program every Tuesday at 11 AM.

To learn more about the program, please contact the Library’s Reference Department at 201-837-4171.

Free Computer Classes at the Teaneck Public Library

Basic Internet Class:

Computer ClassThe classes are designed for beginners. Sessions are 30 minutes and take place in the Reference Room. Classes are offered on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM and on Saturdays at 10:00 AM.  Certain topics may require an appointment based on staff availability.

We provide help concerning how to:  use a computer keyboard and mouse; set up and utilize an e-mail account; navigate the internet; search the library Catalog; or conduct a job search online. Basic instructions on Microsoft Word or other office skills can also be provided. Those interested in attending are asked to bring their Teaneck Public Library card to class.

Tuesday Tech Hour:

GadgetsThe program is designed to help the public set up their digital devices for reading eBooks or digital magazines. The Library offers eBooks from Overdrive and 3M as well as digital magazines from Zinio. Tech Hour is on Tuesday from 11 AM to 12 Noon every week. No registration is required. Just show up with your gadgets and your Teaneck Library Card and we will show you how to set them up!

For more information or a special appointment, please contact the Reference Department at 201-837-4171.

ESLESL 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 or Tobey Weiss at the library at 201-837-4171.

An ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Group is held every Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the yellow room on the main floor.  This practice group is open to anyone who would like to improve his or her English skills by actively participating in group conversation led by Literacy Volunteers of America trained tutors.  No pre-registration is necessary, and the group is not limited to Teaneck residents. No meetings in July and August.