Teaneck Library launches a museum pass program
Teaneck 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 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. The Intrepid and Children’s Museum provide actual passes which are borrowed for 3 days and must be returned in person to the reference desk. The American Museum of Natural History issues vouchers which can be given for up to four 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.
The 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 Monday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, Dec. 2, 9, & 16, 2013 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.
Book Discussion: Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
The library hosts book discussion group each month. Next meeting is on Monday, December 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with books chosen in advance by each group. This month, the group is reading Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.
Color Latino is an exhibit by Colombian artist Monica Chavarria. It is a tribute to the cultural heritage of her country of origin.
MONICA AMPARO CHAVARRIA PIEDRAHITA was born in Medellin-Antioquia. She is graduated from Antioquia University with a Masters Degree in Management and Cultural Promotion; a Bachelor in Art Education and Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Antioquia University (Medellin-Colombia).
She has developed cultural and artistic projects for the community in her hometown of Medellin and in Hackensack, NJ. The events included music, photography, design, theater, dance, art history and arts exhibitions. Monica’s artistic sensibility goes beyond her professional experience; she is committed to education, research and public awareness to the importance of the arts in all aspects of human life.
ARTISTIC STYLE :The color in her work is well known; she shows a love for life and nature that comes from Colombia’s rich cultural. She is a figurative artist, but with great expressionist-surrealist influence.
In this exhibition some of her paintings show a festival of trees in which human feelings are reflected through their branches that touch and caress each other. The imagination and the philosophy of love are reflected in the faces and bodies, creating a fantasy space, dramatic, spiritual dance of love between soul mates. “Soul Mate Trees” are represented through how essential it is to love each other.
Also you will see others paintings where the artist has developed themes that express the presence of Colombia’s indigenous culture. Masks, flowers, popular houses, and landscapes from the artist’s imagination and childhood fill her canvases.
Her paintings represent a carnival of color, which invites the public to see beyond and reflect on something we should never forget, “Latin Color”, “Color Latino”.
She has participated for over 20 years in several exhibitions and cultural events and she has been awarded for her artistic contribution to the community. Solos and group exhibitions, especially in Colombia and New Jersey, USA. Also, she created the mural titled "When nature is in love”, located in 31 McBride Ave. Paterson, NJ. June 2011.
Monica was recognized as one of the best painters at Highland Park’s art show of September 28th, and received another award at the “Art in the Park” from the County Bergen Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs on October 12th 2013.
“Art feeds the spirit and creative thinking and allows us to construct a better life”
Dr. Dubious and the Agnostics will perform a concert at the Teaneck Public Library on Sunday, December 8, 2013, as part of the Music on Sunday Afternoon series sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Library.
Doctor Dubious has been performing jazz in the New Orleans and Chicago styles since 1998 in the tri-state area. They have performed at First Nights in Teaneck, Montclair, Maplewood-South Orange and the Morris County Area and for numerous public, corporate and private events. Among the public appearances are MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA; the River Edge and Bergenfield Summer Concert series; Carl Schurz Park in NYC; Summerfest, promoted by Holy Name Hospital in Overpeck Park; New Jersey Jazz Society at Watchung Arts Center; street fairs in Teaneck, Ridgewood, Upper Montclair and Bergenfield; and numerous library concerts in the area.
Tom Duncan is Doctor Dubious and plays clarinet as well as alto and C melody saxophones to lead the group. You can even coax a raucous vocal or two out of him, such as instructions on how to "Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" or the sad refrain, "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It".
Dubious Lead Horn -Bart Bartholomew on cornet is our lead horn on just about every tune and brings a twenty-first century sensitivity to the 20's and 30's music of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Bart also doubles as the husband of Karen, noted below for piano, and they have made sweet music together since their student days at the University of Nebraska.
Dubious Trombone - Dick Dreiwitz began playing in the early 1950's and has learned from and worked with such legends as Willie The Lion Smith, Lee Blair, Zutty Singleton, and Herb Hall. This led to a European tour in 1957 with the "College All Stars" and its subsequent stint alternating with the house band of Wilbur De Paris at the old Jimmy Ryan's in New York City. Dick has been active in the NYC traditional jazz scene since the ‘60’s and is an original---twenty-seven year---member of the Woody Allen "New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra", the regular Monday night attraction, for its entire run of twenty-four and a half years at Michael's Pub in New York City as well as that band's offshoot, the "Speakeasy Jazz Babies.”
Dubious Bass - Barbara Dreiwitz has the singular distinction of being the only female tuba player active in the field of classic jazz in the Western Hemisphere! Her career ranges from small jazz groups in New York City in the early ‘60's such as The Southampton Dixie, Racing, and Clambake Society Jazz Band and The Red Onion Jazz Band to touring Europe with The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band in the ‘70’s to original membership in Woody Allen's New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra to Stanley's Washboard Kings and European, Caribbean and Italian tours in the 70’s & 80’s to recent radio with Jim Lowe and cabaret with Julie Wilson.
More Dubious Rhythm - Karen Bartholomew is our lovely and multi-talented pianist who is as comfortable and entertaining singing in the style of the 20's and 30's as she is proficient and impressive in modern jazz vocals and arrangements. Russ DiBona joins us with his steady beat right in the center of our style. Monroe Quinn is a master of styles on the banjo and guitar and brings a rock steady beat and great soloing to our hot jazz style.
All in the band live in New Jersey (one of the band's favorites is an ode to Jersey girls called "Hey Engineer." They will play and sing it at the drop of a hat and you might find it becoming one of your favorites, too.).
Speaking of academics, the Dubious title is neither medical nor academic, but just for fun. Bart, however, earned a doctorate in music from Columbia University and Karen holds a master's degree in jazz vocal performance from NYU. Russ is a North Jersey-based percussionist and teacher. Bart is on the faculty at Yeshiva University; Karen is retired from teaching; Barbara continues to be regularly occupied in the New York City area as one of the busiest freelancers in the traditional jazz field; Tom is retired from his industrial sales business and is also musically active in choral music; Monroe is an active freelance musician on guitar and banjo; and Dick can be heard regularly these days at Arthur’s Tavern in New York.
Doctor Dubious originated as a group of jazz loving and occasionally jamming friends. Their goal is to provide entertaining hot jazz and have some fun along the way.
The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers follow the performance. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
“Musical Forgotten Gems” will be the topic of a presentation by Bill Levy at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn lecture series. This program features songs from overlooked and/or overshadowed musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Era. The presentation includes discussions and clips from “Flower Drum Song,” “Brigadoon,” and “Carefree,” among others.
Bill Levy B.A., M.A. is a retired New Jersey special education teacher who has developed a successful second career writing and lecturing to a variety of audiences. He has been publishing his humor columns (“Levy’s Wry”) since 1980 and his movie columns on overlooked/overshadowed vintage films (“Forgotten Gems”) since 1987.
For the past ten tears, he has been offering diverse one-hour programs to libraries, seniors, men and women’s organizations, and other audiences. These presentations include his “Bringing Back Those Movie Memories” programs that feature discussions of classic films and movie stars, as well as such presentations on “Utilizing Humor to Combat and Conquer Stress,” “Creative Strategies for Successful Team Building,” “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Rarity – A Great Book and a Great Movie,” and “Stimulating Your Brain Through Puzzles and Games.”
Upcoming projects include two collections of his “Forgotten Gems” columns, Fifty Forgotten Gems and Fifty More Forgotten Gems, a book featuring strategies to cope with daily stresses, Utilizing Humor to Combat and Conquer Stress, and a collection of speculative fiction, Familiar Faces in Unexpected Places.
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.
Jeff and Karen, a unique acoustic duo, will perform a “Spirit of the Season” show of original, traditional and contemporary holiday songs at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.
New Jersey residents, singer/songwriter Jeff Penque and songstress, Karen Fairweather have joined forces to create a fresh and unique acoustic duo that have been taking NJ coffee houses, wineries, and restaurants by storm. They blend classic folk/rock from the 60s through today - with original tunes - to create a truly memorable musical performance.
It all began when Jeff was performing solo one evening at The Sanctuary Café in Little Falls, New Jersey, and Karen happened to stop in for a Cappuccino and some tunes. Jeff was captivated by her silky soprano as she harmonized from her table – and the rest - as they say, is history.
They began working together at gigs where Jeff was showcasing songs from his solo CD, Hidden Feelings, it was then that they discovered that their voices blended perfectly - and the feedback was so positive, that they decided to work together permanently and formed, Jeff & Karen – Acoustic Duo.
As Jeff & Karen, they have toured the state of New Jersey playing festivals, libraries, shopping outlets, coffee houses, restaurants, wineries and more. This journey exposed them to new towns, landscapes and experiences throughout the state –which inspired them to name their first CD – Jersey Fresh.
Jersey Fresh features (11) original songs written by Jeff and are performed in brilliant harmony with driving acoustic guitar arrangements. They achieve an overall retro 60’s/70’s sound - mixed with today’s musical influences.
In the past few years, Jeff & Karen have played from Rehobeth Beach, DE to Provincetown, MA and lots of places in between including the Jersey Shore and New York City! They have been profiled in several periodicals and have appeared live on WMOR, WPRB and WFDU radio. In 2010 they appeared before an audience of over 2,000 people at New Jersey Pride in Asbury Park.
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 am. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers follow the concert. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.
The Teaneck Public Library is pleased to offer free computer classes to Teaneck residents who are looking to improve their computer skills. The 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; conduct a job search online; and download eBooks from the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) catalogue/website onto an eReader.
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.
ESL 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 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Library auditorium. 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.