Historical highlights of New Jersey’s 21 counties

“Historical highlights of New Jersey’s 21 counties” is the topic of a PowerPoint lecture to be presented on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

Would you like to know what things were like in New Jersey 50, 75, or 100 years ago? And what is left from those eras today? Phil Jaeger, renowned local historian, will take you on a journey from the past to the present. Through pictures and words, experience New Jersey like it used to be.  

Drawing on a personal collection of more than 5,000 postcards, historical maps, and documents, as well as his own photographs, Phil Jaeger has created historical programs that are as enjoyable as they are informative. His programs have drawn rave reviews from organizations all over New Jersey.  

A former high school mathematics teacher, Phil Jaeger is a trustee of the Passaic County and Cedar Grove Historical Societies. He is also a member and a former director of the Canal Society of New Jersey.

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.

The Rat Pack

“The Rat Pack” is the topic to be presented on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

David Aaron will present an interesting and entertaining program on Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and Johnny Carson including a lecture, film and Q&A.

For over 40 years, David performed as a clarinet playing bandleader playing at every type of function from private, corporate, concerts, TV recordings to political  functions.

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.

"Music on a Sunday Afternoon" concert by Adelphi Chamber Ensemble

Adelphi Chamber EnsembleThe Teaneck Library’s “Music on a Sunday Afternoon” concert on February 8, 2015 will be welcoming back the ever-popular Adelphi Chamber Ensemble. The Ensemble will present a chamber concert of works by Johannes Brahms. The Concert starts at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8th at the Teaneck Public Library located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

The Program includes:
1. Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60, performed by Frank Daykin (Piano); Sylvia Rubin (Violin); Rozanna Weinberger (Viola); and Anne Taylor (Cello).

2. Brahms: Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36, performed by Sylvia Rubin (Violin); Claire Kapilow (Violin) Rozanna Weinberger (Viola); Michael Alas (Viola); Martha Calhoun (Cello); Anne Taylor (Cello).

The award-winning Adelphi Orchestra is a professional, non-profit orchestra offering symphony, chamber and educational concert programs in Northern NJ and the New York metropolitan area. Formerly called the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, the AO is currently celebrating its 61st season of presenting concerts with accomplished national and international guest soloists. The orchestra holds an annual young artists’ competition that enables contestants to perform in a prestigious New York City venue and provides the winner with an opportunity to appear as a solo artist with the AO. Over the years, the orchestra has also collaborated with choirs and other area arts organizations in venues that include public schools and libraries, senior centers, and performing institutions.

Contributing to the success of the AO’s history is the leadership of a number of distinguished conductors. Through its high level of artistic excellence, the AO attracts and retains the region’s best freelance musicians. The AO is a member of the League of American Orchestras. Visit aconj.org for more information.

The audience will have the opportunity to meet and speak with the performers after the concert. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Nemesis by Philip RothBook Discussion: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

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

Next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham. 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 Mondays, Feb. 2nd and 23rd and Wednesdays, Feb. 11th and 18th, of 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.

Gallery Display: Artists in the Archives - A Collection of Card Catalogs

During the months of December and January the Teaneck Library will be hosting a most fitting exhibit given its venue. Many patrons will recognize the core elements of the displays: card catalogs and their cabinets.

Three artists, working separately, transform library card catalogs into an art-form.  Each artist envisions the catalogs’ potentials in a different way.

“Book Marks” by Barbara Page: One artist; one card catalog
Barbara Page collects library cards representing books that have made an impression on her and marks them with drawings, rubber stamping, and collage elements that encode her recollections of the book each card designates.  The completed cards are filed in an old library case now labeled Book Marks. www.barbarapagestudio.com

AlternetThe “Alternet” by Carla Rae Johnson: over 70 artists; one card catalog. What does an artist do with a fifty-drawer card-catalog?  Artist Carla Rae Johnson has filled one with over fourteen thousand works of art!  More than seventy artists participated in The “Alternet, most creating three-hundred drawings, photos, collages, or writings on three-inch by five-inch cards. Teaneck artists, Sharon Vatsky and Liz Celotto have contributed to the project. Browse through the “Alternet” card-catalog and make amazing discoveries in every drawer.  It’s like Facebook for your fingers! www.facebook.com/thealternet

“The Call to Everyone” by JoAnne Wilcox: Everyone, even YOU: one card catalog. The Call to Everyone Project is an exhibition of over 600 discarded library catalog cards that have been re­purposed as canvases for cell phone photos. Participants from all over The United States and from 12 countries have printed their photos on discarded catalog cards and due date cards.  Directions to participate: www.thecalltoeveryone.com . Originating in July, 2012 in Peekskill, NY, the exhibit has traveled on to Ithaca, NY, Asheville, NC, City College, NY, and many other stops along the way to Teaneck.

For more information contact:  carlarae.johnson21@gmail.com  (914) 737-7375

Artwork from the Teaneck High School Art Classes on Display in February

During the month of February, the Teaneck Public Library will be presenting  artwork from the Teaneck High School Art classes.

The exhibit will include paintings and drawings by juniors and seniors. There are a few vivid watercolor floral to enjoy along with some illustrations that are richly packed with child-like symbolism and visual metaphor.  

One particular painting worth contemplating is based on women's health issues.  For the nostalgic Teaneck resident, there is a beautiful acrylic painting of a staircase which has been a part of the high school since it was built in 1929.  Overall you will see a selection of art pieces in various mediums exploring several artistic and social concepts.

This annual exhibit has proven in the past to represent the outstanding artistic skills and sensibilities of both the students and their instructor, Ms. Jennifer Noel.

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, 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: 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 from12:00 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.