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Author Visit: Hasan M. Sadiq

The end of the Great GameAuthor Hasan M. Sadiq will visit Teaneck Library on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 pm.

Hasan Sadiq migrated to the US from Pakistan in 1985 with his family. After working in the technology industry for over 16 years as a computer programmer, he began research on his first book "The End of the Great Game: was Pakistan the Real US Target?" It took about ten years to complete this book. Mr. Sadiq has an M.A. in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Sadiq lived in New Milford for about ten years, and is currently living with his family in Tenafly.

Teaneck Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. For more information, contact the Teaneck Library at 201-837-4171.

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, February 2017 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.

Motherhood Connection: Photographs by Miriam Dubinsky

During the month of February 2017, the Teaneck Public Library will display an exhibit of work by Clifton photographer, Miriam Dubinsky.

Entitled “Motherhood Connection”, there are over 20 photographs of different moms depicting their special motherhood bond.

By showcasing this project, Dubinsky hopes that her photographs will reach moms and moms-to-be providing both strength and encouragement on this journey called motherhood. These photographs capture the very personal and unique emotional bond and connection between mothers and their children. They are uplifting, provide encouragement and fill each mom with a very personal sense of pride. The motherhood connection is universal. Dubinsky would like to provide through her photographs a vision that provides encouragement to all moms and moms to be in all facets of their lives.

Dubinsky is a lifestyle family, maternity and newborn photographer with a focus on capturing the love, essence and connection of each family. Whether shooting digitally or on film her sessions are custom tailored to each family. The photographer is inspired by the art in every day moments and strives to create images that are not only beautiful but a timeless reflection of the bond and love a family shares.  These connections and love are evident in each of her images and mirror her own life. She is a mother to 9 wonderful children whom she loves dearly. When not behind her camera, she can be found spending time with her children, taking brisk walks or in the kitchen enjoying a fresh salad or dark rich chocolate.

Dubinsky currently services Northern NJ and the NY Areas. Explore more work by this photographer at: http://miriamdubinsky.com/

The exhibit runs from February 1st to February 28th at Teaneck Public Library

Friday Morning Documentary: Maya Angelou And Still I Rise

Maya Angelou and Still I riseOn February 24th at 10:30 A.M., we will screen "Maya Angelou and Still I Rise." PBS Documentary, 2016. Run time is 1 hour 54 minutes.

This is the first film to be made about the incomparable Maya Angelou. The film presents her incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life with remarkable unmatched access.   This intimate and personal portrait of Dr. Maya Angelou’s life is a touching and moving tribute to her legacy.

Programs run from September through 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.

Book Discussion: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

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

Next meeting is on Monday, Feb. 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Adelphi Chamber Ensemble

The Teaneck Library’s “Music on a Sunday Afternoon” concert on March 5, 2017 welcomes back the ever-popular Adelphi Chamber Ensemble. The Concert starts at 3:00 PM. The Ensemble will present a chamber concert of Four String Quartets. The Program includes as follows:

Mozart’s Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, K 465 “Dissonance” and Mendelssohn’s Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12.

The musicians are Sylvia Rubin, violin; Claire Kapilow, violin; Josefina F. Bruni Celli, viola; and Martha Calhoun, 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 the performers after the concert. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Concert starts at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5th at the Teaneck Library located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon Concert Series 2016-2017

The Adelphi Orchestra returns on March 5th, presenting works for piano and strings by Dvorak, and Mozart.

The season’s final concert on April 2nd welcomes back the crowd pleasing All Seasons Chamber Players. Titled “Rome, Vienna and Beyond”, the group will perform music by Rota, Schubert and others, including duets and trios for stings, flute and piano.

The public is welcome to attend these free programs to be held in the library auditorium.  The concerts start at 3pm, with seating available at 2:30. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers follow the programs.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

Meet the Author, Ellen Rand

On Sunday, March 12, at 2 PM, Ellen Rand, former New York Times columnist, author of Last Comforts: Notes form the Forefront of Late Life Care and local Teaneck resident will be on hand to discuss her book and current trends in person-centered care at end of life. Refreshments will be provided.

Cookbook Club

Cookbook ClubMeeting on March 20, 2017 @6:30 PM in the Auditorium. COOK--SHARE—ENJOY.

Check out a copy of our first cookbook which is:  The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays: 140 step-by-step recipes for simple, scrumptious celebrations  by Ree Drummond.  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.

Christina Baker Kline to give talk at Teaneck Public Library

A Piece of WorldChristina Baker Kline, author of the mega selling “Orphan train”, has published a new novel and she will talk about it at the Teaneck Public Library on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Her new novel, “A Piece of the World” is garnering excellent reviews and will undoubtedly appear on the New York Times bestseller list.

Christina will give a short reading from “A Piece of the world” as well as a 30-minute slideshow presentation. Using personal and archival photographs and images, she’ll talk about why she was inspired to write the book, the wide-ranging cultural impact of the painting “Christina’s world”, the true story behind the novel, and the challenges she faced along the way in turning real people’s lives into a fictional narrative. She’ll also discuss Andrew Wyeth, the extraordinary work he did over the years at Christina Olson’s house, and how the time he spent with her shaped his life and legacy.

Kline has written five other novels and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel “Orphan train” spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list and was published in 40 countries. She lives near NYC and on the coast of Maine.

Following a Q&A session, Ms. Kline will sign copies of her book purchased at the event. Book sales are being handled by Books & Greetings of Northvale.

Note that the auditorium capacity is 154 persons as established by the Teaneck Fire Department.  Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Movie on a Sunday Afternoon

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

A Man Called OveMarch 19: A Man Called Ove. 2016. PG-13, 116 minutes. Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.

The Band's VisitApril 23: The Band's Visit. 2007. PG-13. 89 minutes. A band composed of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Townhouse Quilters of Teaneck Rodda Center

The Townhouse Quilters of Teaneck Rodda Center are currently exhibiting their quilts at the Teaneck Public Library. The quilts will be hanging from the mezzanine balcony in the Library’s atrium.

The Townhouse Quilters donate handmade baby quilts to newborns at The Englewood Hospital as well as to the Bergen Family Promise in Ridgewood.  The group always looks for new projects to benefit the community and what better way to give but to a new life.

The quilters are Dolores Butler, Ruth McKittrick, Jill Yaver, Sandy Salisch, Toby Isaac and Albertha Shumpert.

The group has been quilting together since 1996 at the Rodda Senior Center of Teaneck. They welcome new members who wish to learn the art of quilting. They meet every Tuesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Rodda Center, 250 Colonial Court, Teaneck. For more information, call 201-837-7130

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.

Library to offer at-home access to Financial Ratings Series Online

Financial Ratings SeriesTeaneck Library card holders now have full home access to Financial Ratings Series Online provided by Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

This online database consists of 6 major categories: Banks & Thrifts; Credit Unions; Insurers and HMO’s; Mutual Funds / ETF’s; Stocks; and Medigap. It provides independent information to help the public make INFORMED DECISIONS about their financial planning as well as an individually personalized Medigap Buyer’s Guide.  The database covers information on:

  1. How to Pick the Best Medigap Plan and Get the Lowest Premiums
  2. How to Find the Safest Bank or Credit Union in Your Area
  3. How to Avoid the Weakest Insurance Companies … and How to Find the Best Ones
  4. Getting Sound Investing Advice with Weiss Ratings’ Safe Money Reports
  5. How to Find the Best Mutual Funds … and Make Sure Your Retirement Funds are Safe
  6. How to Pick the Best-Performing Stocks

To start, go to Teaneck Library’s homepage (www.teaneck.org), and choose Financial Ratings Series Online link on right under “Newly Added”. You need to enter your Teaneck Library card number to access the database at home.

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

Zinio

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 at the library at 201-837-4171.

Teaneck Public Library hosts an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Conversation Group Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 2PM in the yellow 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.

Winter/Spring ESL Group class will run February 3, 2017 to May 12, 2017.

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.