Morocco, At Home with the Moors

During the month of September 2015, the Teaneck Public Library welcomes back annual exhibitor, Fred Dammont. The theme of the display is : Morocco, At Home with the Moors.

This year, Dammont photographic exhibit features ancient and contemporary sites as well as the natural wonders of The North African country. Some highlights of the show are the photos of Second century BC Roman resort Volubilis,  the Souk in Marrakech, Rabat's Royal Palace, and the High Atlas Mountains.

Dammont writes of  Morocco," All this history, people, religion, desert and easy bandits, geography and nature composed a fabulously diverse and, part civilized, part wild, delightfully green, frighteningly raw, and. Totally beautiful."

Dammont, a professional physicist, world traveler and amateur photographer, is a veteran of over sixty one-man, and countless group exhibits.

Crochet Artistry by Sara Jones

Teaneck resident, Sara Jones, is exhibiting her crochet work during the month of September 2015. Sara took up the needlecraft in elementary school. She finds crocheting a relaxing activity and tends to bring it with her wherever she goes. Like many crafts, crocheting provides an accessible, creative outlet, as well as, useful items. Sara has made clothing, afghans, and home décor. A particularly proud accomplishment has been her creating and donating baby blankets to the Englewood Hospital Nursery.

Many of the Library patrons should be familiar with Sara, a 13-year employee of the Teaneck Library. Among her responsibilities as a page at the library, Sara keeps materials in order and accessible according to strict Dewey decimal protocol.

American Education: the History of Our American Schools

“American Education:  the History of Our American Schools” is the program topic for  Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series. 

Dr. James P. Kane will present a sometimes breezy and sometimes very serious, discussion about the history of our schools  starting in 1636.   He will examine the landmark US Supreme Court decision Pierce v Society of Sisters, 1926.  In a lighter vein, who was John Harvard?  Which were the early American universities?  Why do we use the term ‘Ivy’ League?  Why were early American schools painted red?  Learn the answers to these questions and so many more – in a one hour lecture.  A question and answer session will take place afterwards.

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.

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).

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, August 19 and 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 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.

The Sense of an EndingBook Discussion: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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 28, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

BCCLS (Bergen County Cooperative Library System) Libraries Open Doors to a World of Possibilities!

Key HuntIn 1979, libraries across Bergen County joined together to form a cooperative.  The cornerstone of BCCLS was then and is now resource sharing, enabling residents to use their hometown library cards in other BCCLS libraries-giving them access to over 5.5 million items.

BCCLS has grown.  There are now 77 member libraries with 81 locations in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties.  With over 713,000 cardholders and over 11 million items circulated annually, BCCLS has expanded in a big way.  Cardholders at BCCLS libraries can borrow books, movies, magazines, music, video games, and more.  They can access premium content databases, e-books, digital magazines, streaming audio and video, and downloadable audio books.  Library users of all ages can participate in a wide range of programming.  BCCLS libraries offer more than ever before!

As a way of celebrating the summer of 2015 and all that our libraries offer, the Teaneck Public Library is participating in a summer scavenger hunt from July 1 through August 31.

Visit 10 different BCCLS libraries, find the “special key” in each library, receive a stamp on your entry form from each library, and be entered in our raffle.  There will be two winners picked from eligible entries-one adult (18 and over) and one for those 17 and under.  The prize in each category will be an American Express Gift Card.  Collect stamps on the Scavenger Hunt from 25 different libraries and you will be entitled to 2 entries.  If you make it to all 77 libraries, you will get a third entry.

Come have fun, explore new libraries, and join us in celebrating all that BCCLS libraries and your hometown library have to offer!  Stop by and open our doors to a world of possibilities.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Children’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.

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 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.