Greg Moran of The Travelling Stage Company presents Spencer Tracy

Greg Moran of The Traveling Stage Company will present a program on Spencer Tracy at the Teaneck Public Library on September 5, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

With an acting career spanning almost 4 decades, Spencer Tracy became an American icon of the theatre and film.  Travel back to the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s and enjoy Greg Moran’s anecdotes about Tracy’s onstage and offstage life.  You will reminisce watching scenes from Tracy’s films and hearing the amusing stories about them and his famous co-stars.

This presentation marks the resumption of the Teaneck Library’s popular Friday morning lecture series which take place in the library auditorium and are admission free.  A coffee and socializing session at 10:00 A.M. precedes the programs, which include presentations on art, music, science, literature, history and travel.  The public is welcome to attend these free programs.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck. 

Niagara

Kevin WoyceAuthor, photographer and lecturer Kevin Woyce will give a PowerPoint slide-lecture on the Niagara River and Niagara Falls at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

Join Kevin for an illustrated tour of the Niagara River, from its historic bridges and forts to modern-day parks and tourist attractions.  Discover how the river, falls and gorge formed, and see how they have changed over the years.  He will also introduce the river’s explorers and settlers; daredevils who risked their lives for fame or fortune; businessmen who harnessed the falls’ power; and the conservationists and visionaries who saved the falls for generations of visitors.  This hour-long slideshow is illustrated with Woyce’s original photography, plus vintage images of historic people, places, and events.

niagaraWoyce has written and illustrated five regional  history books:  Hudson River Lighthouses & History; Jersey Shore History & Facts; New Jersey State Parks: History & Facts; Liberty: The Amazing Story of America’s Favorite Statue; and Niagara: River of Wonders.

He also presents historical slide shows on a variety of subjects, including The Statue of Liberty, History of the Jersey Shore, New Jersey State Parks, and the Great Falls of Paterson at dozens of libraries throughout New Jersey and southern New York; he also presents these programs for hospitals, historical societies, retirement communities, church groups, and seniors organizations.

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.

To the end of the landBook Discussion: To the End of the Land by David Grossman

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

Next meeting is on Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading To the End of the Land by David Grossman. 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 Group in conjunction with the Art of Living Foundation will host a “Yoga and Meditation class”. The classes will be held on Wednesday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, August 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2014 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.

The Library Gallery is hosting two exhibitors in September 2014, Fred Dammont and Lynne Graizel

Frederick Dammont is a professional physicist and award-winning amateur photographer. His photographic exhibit is named “From Sea to Sea Along the Pyrenees”. This work reflects his interests in the natural, cultural and aesthetic nature of the geographic areas of his travels.

He describes the particular allure of the Pyrenees, as such: “The French and Spanish Pyrenees, stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea, are loaded with history, art, and breath-taking natural beauty. This is a land of kings, poets, saints and sinner, of smugglers, noble and not-so-noble revolutionaries and the cradle of world class chefs. It is hard to imagine a more fascinating mix of color, spirit, and lust for life.”

The other exhibitor, long time Teaneck resident, Lynne Graizel, found her passion in making jewelry after losing her job in 2008.

Lynne took a broken bracelet, added some beads from another broken piece and made a unique necklace.  Wearing it one day she was approached by woman who wanted to buy it – and so, she sold the necklace right off her neck.

Figuring that she had a lot of “thing” that she could recycle into “treasures”, she began looking for things in her home that could be converted into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. “You’d be surprised what is in your house waiting to be made into something else”.

Soon word got out about Lynne’s creations and friends started giving her broken pieces of jewelry that she totally reworked to make something unique out of it.
All of Lynne’s jewelry pieces are recycled from items given to her or found at garage/tag sales.  She can look at something and see that it can be something else – something extraordinary!

For the last six years Lynne turned a hobby into a cottage business. 
Lynne’s work has been showcased at the annual Hermitage Museum Holiday Event in Ho-Ho-Kus, the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly and the Belskie Museum in Closter and she has participated in a number of synagogue boutiques and church craft shows in the tri-state area. 

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 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 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. The Intrepid and Children’s Museum  provide actual passes which are borrowed for 3 days and must be returned in person to the reference desk. 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

ZinioTeaneck Library offers its patrons online access to 100 popular magazines through Zinio. Sample magazine titles include: American Craft, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Digital Photo, The Economist, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, PC Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and more (Full title list).

These magazines are fully downloadable. Once downloaded, you can read them anytime and anywhere without Internet connection or using data plan.

Zinio bills itself as “The world’s largest newsstand.”  Library patrons can sign up with Zinio via Teaneck Library website and have online access to the cover-to-cover issues of subscribed magazines.  Zinio supports almost all the digital platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet as well as Kindle Fire and Nook HD. Full individual magazine issues can be checked out, downloaded and stored for later viewing.  There are no holds or checkout periods.

To start, go to: www.teaneck.org 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 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Library auditorium.  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.