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.

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. Take a 5 minute tour of the library and write a book review on Beanstack for bonus entries. The winner will be announced September 3. Happy Reading!

The Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series
(Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Library Auditorium)

Following are the programs in June. Admission is free. Open to all; no registration is necessary. Doors open at 10 am. Program begins promptly at 10:30 AM. Programs include lecturers or films covering topics in the fields of art, music, science, literature, history, and travel. 

LindberghJune 15
Lindbergh vs. Levine- a slide lecture with Richard Manberg
Discover the personalities of two driven individuals, Charles Lindbergh and Charles Levine, whose goal was to be first to cross the Atlantic, non-stop, and win the Orteig Prize of $25,000 ($340,000 in today’s monies). Learn about these individuals through tales of their trials and tribulations. Experience the race across the Atlantic as it comes alive once again.

EnvironmentJune 22
Environment and Energy in the 21st Century
Presented by Amanda Nesheiwat of the Network for Responsible Public Policy (NFRPP)
Determining the false from the true these days is no easy matter. It takes time and effort which few of us have. Nevertheless, NFRPP makes the effort to provide reliable trusted news and information and YOU have to provide the time. Take the opportunity to get credible information on the latest on climate change science and the positive opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. Learn about the amazing projects making an impact in municipalities, regions and states.

David AaronJune 29
Music Trivia with David Aaron

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 all Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm, June 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.

Who is James K. Polk?

Who is James K. Polk“Who Is James K. Polk?” - a new play by Kevin J. Alcock - will have its premiere performance at the Teaneck Public Library Stage on Thursday, June 21 at 7 pm. Directed by Anne Connolly and starring Neal Mayer (Les Misérables on Broadway, American Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame), this one-person show focuses on the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk. 

Alcock’s play humorously presents the former President as he attempts to defend his legacy to a modern audience who barely knows his name. The only U.S. President to have first acted as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Polk may have only served for one term, but in those four years, he waged the Mexican-American War, and added Texas, California and the Oregon Territory to the United States.  He also indirectly led us into the U.S. Civil War. “Who Is James K. Polk?” explores the many facets of this “dark horse” candidate who unexpectedly went on to become one of the most hands-on executives ever to occupy the White House.

Neal Mayer, who will portray Polk in this one-hour piece, has appeared on television in “Blue Bloods”, “All My Children,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Late Night”.  In addition to appearing in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, Mayer has toured the country with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starred off-Broadway in Mark Felt, Superstar and Forbidden Broadway and acted at many of the premiere U.S. regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, Goodspeed, and Bay Street Theater. He can be also be heard as St. Aphrodisius on the Studio Cast Recording of Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Neal is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Anne Connolly, Director, has worked in theaters throughout the New York area as director, actor and writer.  Most recently she directed Betsy Newberry’s one-woman show “On Becoming a Marine,” a finalist in 2017’s Strawberry Festival.  She started directing with the educational theater company Good Clean Fun, which toured NY-area schools.  Like Polk, Anne also toured throughout Tennessee, but as an actor with the Chamber Theater Ensemble.

Kevin J. Alcock, Author, has written numerous one acts that have been performed throughout the tri-state area.  “Who is James K. Polk?” is his first biographical play. Kevin is currently working on a full-length play about Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski, known to the world as the Unabomber. Kevin has worked in film, television and theater in every area from acting to production to catering.

Admission for the June 21 performance is free, and seats are on a first come, first served basis.  “Who is James K. Polk? will be performed at the Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ. Curtain will rise promptly at 7pm. For more information, please call (201) 837-4171.

The Flamethrowers by Rachel KushnerBook Discussion: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

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

Next meeting is on Monday, June 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Open City by Teju Cole. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon at the Teaneck Library

Presented by The Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.  Programs start at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Doors open at 1:30. The concerts are free and open to the public. Seating at 1:30 PM with refreshments following the performance.

July 22, 2018, 2:00 PM: Sarah Bob, Pianist

Hailed as "sumptuous and eloquent" by the Boston Globe, pianist Sarah Bob is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances, colorful playing and diverse programming.

A strong advocate for new music and considered a "trailblazer when it comes to championing the works of modern composers and combining art media in the process..." (Northeast Performer), she is the founding director of the New Gallery Concert Series.

August 19, 2018, 2:00 PM: Renée Guerrero, Pianist

As a collaborative pianist, Renée has performed with Bronx Opera, New Rochelle Opera, VoiceExperience with Sherrill Milnes, the Altamura Arts Festival, and numerous performances under the baton of Maestro Anton Coppola.

Ms. Guerrero is music director of Leonia Presbyterian Church, piano faculty member for the Narnia Festival in Umbria, Italy, and has served as a vocal coach a the Altamura Arts festival.

Movies on a Summer Sunday

Sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.  Doors open at 1:30 PM. Screening at 2:00 p.m.  Discussion to follow. Refreshments served prior to screening. Children under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian.

A Fantastic WomanJune 17: A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica), 2017, Rated R, 100 minutes, Spanish, with English subtitles

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

the InsultJuly 8: The Insult (L'insulte), 2017, Rated R. 112 Minutes, Arabic and French, with  English subtitles

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

LovelessAugust 5: Loveless (Nelyubov), 2017, Rated R, 112 minutes, Russian, with English subtitles

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.


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.

Bobby Flay FitCookbook Club

Meeting on July 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Bobby Flay FIT by Bobby Flay. 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

Gallery Exhibit June 2018

WatercolorOn the Chinese calendar, 2017 was the Year of the Rooster. And it became the theme for the Wednesday evening Creative Watercolor class offered through the Teaneck Community Education Center last Spring. And it is the theme of the June 2018 art show at the Teaneck Public Library (with some 2018 Year of the Dog art added). The show will run from June 1-30, at the Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck.

The public is invited to a reception on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00-8:00 pm. The artists represented in the show include Elise Morenon, who was the instructor of the Spring and Fall sessions for many years. Other artists are Nilka Azucar, Jacqueline Collier, Norman Epstein, Arleen Graham, Ceil Kunath, Deborah Pires, Annmarie Reardon, Kathleen Smith and Judith Adel. Ms. Adel is the current facilitator.

The class will be offered in the Fall on alternate Wednesdays. Please contact TCEC, One Merrison St., Teaneck, NJ 07666 or 201-833-5514, or email jadelnj@aol.com for additional information.

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


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.