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A Perspective: Paintings and Pottery


Tulips by Judith AdelThe August 2018 art exhibit at the Teaneck Public Library presents the paintings and pottery pieces of  longtime Teaneck resident Judith Adel.

Twelve years ago, Judith took a watercolor class with the gifted artist, Elise Morenon, through Teaneck Community Education. Since then, watercolor has become her passion, her medium of choice, where she finds incredible peace and joy in the creative process. “I had always heard that watercolor was difficult, that it was an unforgiving medium. Well, that's true. But it's also transformational. You can achieve incredible effects -- some planned, some serendipitous. You literally have to go with the flow -- water mixing with transparent and opaque paints. You hope you can maintain some control of the elements,” says Judith. She enjoys painting many subjects -- landscapes, people, clouds, flowers -- anything that interests her. Some paintings are based on her photographs; some on imagination – or an amalgam.

Judith leads a class in watercolor Wednesday evenings, presented through Teaneck Community Education. She also offers a pottery class on Thursday mornings through the Teaneck Recreation Department. And she has presented a class for “Beginning Watercolor” through the Rodda Senior Center. She has been in many state and tri-state exhibitions and is a member of various artist groups.

The public is invited to the artist's reception on Wednesday, August 8, at 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact the artist, Judith Adel: jadelnj@aol.com

Cookbook ClubCookbook Club

Martha Stewart's AppetizersMeeting on October 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Martha Stewart's Appetizers by Martha Stewart. 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 lynnegee@optonline.net

 

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 teaneck.org, and up to 2 passes may be borrowed at any one time. Click here to reserve a Pass.

Adult Summer Reading ProgramSummer Reading Program for Adults

Join 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 teanecklibrary.beanstack.org. 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!

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 August 19th at 2:00pm, pianist Renée Guerrero, will perform works by Schubert, Nazareth, Poulenc, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin.

Early on, Guerrero's musical influences were profound with exposure to many styles of music: mariachi, jazz, classical, and popular. She received degrees from Texas State University and Manhattan School of Music. Along the way she has received many awards and honors, and some of the concerts halls include, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Merkin Hall, Faust Harrison Pianos. In the summer of 2014, she performed Rhapsody in Blue in a 12-century ship arsenal off the coast of Amalfi, Italy as part of the Young and Jazz Festival at L'Arsenale. From 1999-2006, Renée founded and directed both the Community School of Music at St. Brendan's and community concert series Cantabile Concerts featuring local, international performers, and groups serving the north Bronx audiences.  She is a member of the piano faculty at The Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains, the International Narnia Festival in Italy as well as Music Director of Leonia Presbyterian Church. 

Renée and her husband, famed baritone Lawrence Harris, were awarded Best Record of the Year at the 2014 Native American Music Awards for their first commercial CD, Romanze: Songs of Francesco Paolo Tosti, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, & CDBaby.

The LeftoversBook Discussion: The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller

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

Next meeting is on Monday, August 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

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, in August 2018, by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living.

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.

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.

BCCLS is migrating from cloudLibrary to OverDrive

Meet LibbyInstantly borrow free eBooks and audiobooks to read on your device or Kindle. Compatible with all smart phones, tablets, computers, and eReaders.

We offer eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, free with your library card. Read on phones, tablets, computers and eReaders including Kindle from our OverDrive website or on mobile devices using the Libby app.

Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks instantly from our digital collection. Try the new Libby app on your phone or tablet! You can also enjoy titles from our OverDrive website on your computer, Kindle or eReader.

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos free from our library to enjoy on your mobile device or computer. Read, listen, or watch instantly or download for offline usage.

Looking for something to download to your phone, tablet, or eReader? We offer instant access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.

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.

Friends Business Partner Offers (PDF)

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.

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

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

The New York Times onlineNYTimes.com 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 NYTimes.com/register
  3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to NYTimes.com 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 http://www.teaneck.org/services/nytimes.html
  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 NYTimes.com account, you can sign in and have access. If you have not registered with NYTimes.com, 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

Value Line OnlineIF YOU ARE LOOKING TO MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT INVESTING, TEANECK PUBLIC LIBRARY CAN HELP.


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.

Field GoodsWeekly Local Produce Delivery through Field Goods

Teaneck 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 Field-Goods.com
  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.

Great Courses

Be a lifelong learner with no homework or exams.  Teaneck Public Library has many "Great Courses," which is a series of college-level courses in audiobook and DVD formats produced by the Teaching Company.  Top professors and experts give lectures on many different  subjects ranging from science to fine arts, music, history, cooking and many others. 

Visit Teaneck Library at 840 Teaneck Road to check out one of the courses or you can search for many in the BCCLS catalog by typing in Great Courses.

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.

When the family of Dr. Charles Lester Ringer, Jr. contacted the library and offered the jackets and other materials, at first staff wondered if there would be room for them. Then we saw the photos they provided and realized they could provide an ideal way to introduce people to the existence of all the materials on the library's web site,  www.teaneck.org.  The military research was an outgrowth of the project at Teaneck High School to re-mount portraits of alumni who perished while serving during World War II.  While Dr. Ringe did not perish, he was seriously injured in the crash of a C-47 plane while serving in Alaska. He resided on Winthrop Avenue in Teaneck. After the war, he went on to a long career as a medical doctor. When he died in 2000, he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dr. Ringe's story and the accounts of the service of several hundred other men are available in the local history section of the library's web site.  We are proud to house the uniform jackets and hope they inspire the public to look into the servicemen's stories and remember their sacrifices.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before KindergartenChildren’s librarians at libraries in BCCLS, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (bccls.org), are excited about a new initiative they are launching that will introduce books to children from infancy through kindergarten.  1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program with a very simple goal:  to create lifetime readers starting at a very early age.

Parents visit their local library to register their infant, toddler, or preschooler.  Then, they start reading!  It's as simple as that.  They present their log at their library once they have read 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, and 1,000 books. Each time they achieve a goal, they get a stamp on the log and a sticker from their favorite librarian.

The national initiative’s website (http://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/) states, “The objectives of this organization are: to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.”

“The value of this wonderful program can’t be quantified.  The bonds that are created by the act of reading with your child will last a lifetime and prepare that child to be a reader for the rest of his/her life,” said Marie Coughlin, Executive Director of BCCLS.

Parents and caregivers can visit their local library to sign-up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, learn more about the program, and start reading with their kids.  There’s even an app that can be downloaded to keep track of the books.

Coughlin concluded by adding, “Reading to your children is free but the rewards are priceless. We hope parents throughout BCCLS will head to their library and sign up for this program, borrow lots of books, and make it a habit to read with their children every day.”

Library offers free online DMV practice tests

DMV Practice TestsTeaneck Public Library now offers free online DMV practice tests through Driving-Tests.org, 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: www.teaneck.org. Under “Digital Collections” on the left, choose “Learning Express Library. 

For more information, please contact the Reference Department of the Teaneck Public Library at

RBdigital magazines available through Teaneck Library

RBdigital ManazinesDo you love magazines? If so, then you’ll love RBdigital magazines!

Through the BCCLS partnership with RBdigital, you can borrow over 250 magazines and read them on your computer or download them to portable devices.

There are: no check out limits; no returns; no hold lists.

Currently, RBdigital supports on the following devices and computers: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD/HDX, Windows PCs and Macs.

To start, go to: www.teaneck.org and click on “RBdigital Magazines” under Digital Collections. Library offers an instruction 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 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.