Keep This Toss That

Jamie Novak“Keep This Toss That” is the program topic for Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series. 

Join Jamie Novak for a humorous look at the common challenges to getting organized. Be prepared to smile as one or more of these excuses hit home. Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with tips on how to clean your closets and make piles of paperwork disappear! Perfect for savers and sentimentalists! Jamie is the author of Keep This Toss That, she has been seen on HGTV and QVC and she most recently served as a home blogger for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. If you are wondering what to keep, what to toss and how to let it go this workshop is not to be missed!

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.

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 class will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 of 2015 at 6:00 PM by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. 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. Participants may attend any or all classes.

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.

Discussion on Gynecological Cancer Detection and Prevention

Dr. Sharyn Lewin, Director of Holy Name Medical Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Division, will facilitate a discussion on gynecological cancer detection and prevention during a lecture at the Teaneck Public Library.  The event, which coincides with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7 PM.

“Building awareness and empowering women to take control of their gynecological health is one of the best ways to combat diseases that women are prone to,” said Dr. Lewin. “I hope that through discussion forums like these, we foster a more supportive environment where communities speak openly about women’s cancers.”

Dr. Lewin’s expertise includes radical operations for ovarian cancer such as upper abdominal and extended pelvic resections. She has extensive training in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures and robotic techniques using the da Vinci® Surgical System. She uses intraperitoneal chemotherapy and has research interests in novel chemotherapeutic agents, including immunotherapy and hyperthermic chemotherapy (HIPEC) for recurrent ovarian cancer.

Inspired by the vision of one courageous woman who battled gynecological cancer, Dr. Lewin established and is the Executive Director of The Lewin Fund. The Fund is dedicated to combating the challenge that one in two women face – cancer.  It supports innovative women's cancer research initiatives and collaborates with comprehensive women’s cancer support programs throughout the tri-state area to improve the quality of life of women who are afflicted with gynecological cancer.

Sunday Concert by Englewinds

englewindsOn Sunday, October 25th at 3pm, The Friends of the Teaneck Library will present Englewinds as the first concert of this season's Music on a Sunday Afternoon series. You can hear Englewinds perform “Bees, Please!”.  This is a virtuosic program, with Rimsky Korsakoff’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Chopin’s The Bees (with jazz arrangement by the ensemble’s star pianist, Tomoko Ohno) a new composition by Ms. Davol: Etude in d minor: The Bee, and Englewinds’ newest commission; a world premiere by Pamela Sklar: Waggle Dance. (Bees perform a “waggle dance” to share information about the direction and distance to patches of flowers yielding nectar and pollen, to water sources, or to new nest-site locations with other members of the colony.)  The commission of Pamela Sklar’s composition is sponsored by the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Other bee-related music by Sunbin Kim, John McMurtery, Elise Carter, Guillaume Balay, Scott Joplin, and Englewinds 2015 Young Composer, Christian Humcke.

When Director Sarah Davol formed Englewinds, the award-winning Eco-Music ensemble, she assembled some of New York’s top freelancers, and got to work commissioning composers to assist in the group’s environmental mission.  Every season or so, Englewinds focuses on an issue (mostly in the Garden State) such as overbuilding of wetlands, noise pollution, the need for clean drinking water worldwide, turtle habitat, and this season…the disappearance of honeybees.  This season's bee concerts are sponsored by local businesses including Bogota Savings Bank, Englewood Dental, Dr. Roland Cibischino, DDS, Affiliated Family Dental Care, Parkway Toyota, Tiger Lily Flowers and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.

Englewinds has received commendation from the State of New Jersey Legislature, the Bergen County Freeholders and the Township of Teaneck for it’s eco-music programs that have promoted environmental change in the state.  Englewinds members are some of NYC’s finest musicians; they perform at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart, American Ballet Theater and New York City Opera, on Broadway with Phantom of the Opera and other productions, with Liza Minnelli, Claudio Roditi, and many other credits.  Since 1998, the ensemble has performed over a hundred new works by living composers. Among these works are pieces to protest noise pollution and overbuilding in New Jersey’s wetlands, to heighten awareness of Lenape Native American history, to call attention to the diminishing habitats of bees, Monarch butterflies, turtles and other animals, to emphasize the need for clean drinking water worldwide, to encourage the planting of trees, and to introduce the sounds and animals of the forest and wetlands to young audiences through music.

The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium.  The concert starts at 3pm, with seating available at 2:30. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers follows the program.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck. 

My Beloved WorldBook Discussion: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

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

Next meeting is on Monday, October 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading My Beloved World by sonia Sotomayor. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Gallery Display: "Steve Savitz: A Photographic Retrospective"

Steve Savitz: Puerto Rico March 2014During October 2015, the Teaneck Public Library Gallery presents a retrospective of photographs by Teaneck resident,Steve Savitz.

Savitz's interest in photography began over 55 years ago while helping his father in their improvised wet darkroom in a closet of their apartment in the Bronx. Then, as an photojournalist activist during the civil rights era and anti-war movements of the 1960-1980’s he photographed many historic events.

Currently Steve is scanning and digitizing  hundreds of his black and white negatives for eventual exhibit ion and  publication. 

Savitz, through the study of the history of art and photography, photojournalism and Ansel Adam’s Zone System, has found photography to be an important means of self-expression. He  had transitioned from film to digital photography 10 years ago and has studied digital imaging and fine art printing the past five summers at the Maine Media Workshop in Rockport, Maine working with Craig Stevens, a master photographer and printer.                

Having travelled over the world photographing the elegance of nature and people in their daily life, he tr ies to convey their beauty, importance and sanctity.  Experiencing the excitement of how light, shadow and texture play on the subject continually motivates h im to try and capture a distinctive visual experience returning to the same location in hope of “perfect” lighting and atmosphere.  When shoo ting a photograph, he often pre-visualizes it if it is going to be developed and printed in color or B&W and then compose s and exposes accordingly. Savitz find she often lean s towards B&W, perhaps because he misse s hi s wet darkroom and the unique way B&W communicates to the artist and the viewer. He says of his craft, "I am continuing to learn each time I have my camera in  hand trying not to  focus  on the technology but what the technology can deliver in terms of photographic art. "

Savitz and his wife, Bonnie have been Teaneck residents for over 35 years. He is recently retired from the Steven's Institute of Technology as an Associate Industry Professor. Previous to teaching, he worked as a biomedical research engineer in the healthcare  industry.

The exhibit will be on view at the Library from October 1 - 31, 2015. A reception with the artist will be on Sunday, October 11th from 2-5pm in the Atrium. All are invited to view the work and meet the artist.

Exhibit  “Baring Our Soles” by  Center for Hope and Safety Artists 

During October National Domestic Violence Month, the Teaneck Library will be exhibiting “Baring Our Soles”, artwork made by clients of  the Center for Hope and Safety, formerly known as Shelter Our Sisters.
Art-Therapy program. Shelter Our Sisters is the only non-profit organization in Bergen County that provides safe housing and services for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

“Baring Our Soles” showcases ornately designed footwear that expresses the journey that domestic violence victims take as they work through their trauma toward a more optimistic future. The display illustrates the hopeful and promising life-saving services provided by the Center. Included in the exhibit are individual narratives written by the artists.

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 TestTeaneck 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 201-837-4171.

Discover what all the Hoopla is about at the Library

HooplaThe Teaneck Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audio books; all available for mobile and online access. All patrons need is a valid library card, email address and password. Access is free, any time of the day or night. All titles are always available. Up to 16 titles can be borrowed per month.

The content is provided by Hoopla, an on-demand Internet streaming media service, as a result of an agreement between Hoopla and the Bergen County Cooperation Library System.

To start, please go to www.hoopladigital.com and create an account. Choose "Teaneck Public Library" from the drop down library menu.

Detailed instructions are available. For further information/assistance, please contact the Reference Department (201-837-4171x2).

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.

For The Liberty Science Center, there is a $3.00 discount on the admission price with the presentation of a Teaneck Library card.

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

Currently Zinio is supported on the following devices and computers: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD/HDX, Win 8, Mac, PC

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 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.