Old Filth by Jan GardemBook Discussion: Old Filth by Jan Gardem

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

Next meeting is on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Old Filth by Jan Gardem. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Gallery Display: Artists in the Archives - A Collection of Card Catalogs

During the months of December and January the Teaneck Library will be hosting a most fitting exhibit given its venue. Many patrons will recognize the core elements of the displays: card catalogs and their cabinets.

Three artists, working separately, transform library card catalogs into an art-form.  Each artist envisions the catalogs’ potentials in a different way.

“Book Marks” by Barbara Page: One artist; one card catalog
Barbara Page collects library cards representing books that have made an impression on her and marks them with drawings, rubber stamping, and collage elements that encode her recollections of the book each card designates.  The completed cards are filed in an old library case now labeled Book Marks. www.barbarapagestudio.com

AlternetThe “Alternet” by Carla Rae Johnson: over 70 artists; one card catalog. What does an artist do with a fifty-drawer card-catalog?  Artist Carla Rae Johnson has filled one with over fourteen thousand works of art!  More than seventy artists participated in The “Alternet, most creating three-hundred drawings, photos, collages, or writings on three-inch by five-inch cards. Teaneck artists, Sharon Vatsky and Liz Celotto have contributed to the project. Browse through the “Alternet” card-catalog and make amazing discoveries in every drawer.  It’s like Facebook for your fingers! www.facebook.com/thealternet

“The Call to Everyone” by JoAnne Wilcox: Everyone, even YOU: one card catalog. The Call to Everyone Project is an exhibition of over 600 discarded library catalog cards that have been re­purposed as canvases for cell phone photos. Participants from all over The United States and from 12 countries have printed their photos on discarded catalog cards and due date cards.  Directions to participate: www.thecalltoeveryone.com . Originating in July, 2012 in Peekskill, NY, the exhibit has traveled on to Ithaca, NY, Asheville, NC, City College, NY, and many other stops along the way to Teaneck.

The public is invited to a reception at the library on Saturday, December 6th, 2-4pm.

For more information contact:  carlarae.johnson21@gmail.com  (914) 737-7375

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 classes will be held on Wednesday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, December 3, 10 and 17 , 2014 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.

Eating Healthy with Raw Food Recipes

Karen Ranzi“Eating Healthy with Raw Food Recipes” is the subject of a lecture by author, lecturer, Raw Food Coach and Raw Food Chef, Karen Ranzi at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

Fresh seasonal produce is abundant in the farmer’s markets and local stores.  Start a healthier you and a healthier family right now in 2014.  Eating many foods raw is the best way for maximum nutrient density.  Now is the time to become proactive about the health of your family by learning simple tips on how to make better choices and prepare easy and nutritious meals. 

Karen Ranzi, famous author and speaker on Raw Foods, will bring recipes and prepare a delicious Pina colada Green Smoothie for you to enjoy.  Karen is the owner of www.superhealthychildren.com and is the author of books on the raw food lifestyle.  Her new recipe book contains 115 easy recipes and health tips for busy people and families to enjoy energetic living.  “Eating Healthy with Raw Food Recipes” is a great way to begin a healthier you!

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.

Books for Kids

The Teaneck Public Library is holding its annual “Books for Kids” book donation drive from November 3rd through December 8th. Last year thousands of children with limited access to books from all across New Jersey were given the chance to own a book of their very own through this very important program. Give a child the gift of reading by bringing a new book or books to the library’s collection box located in the Youth Services Department. Books for children and teens are needed.

Started in 1991, “Books for Kids” is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Library Association’s Children’s Services Section. This program is undertaken with the hope that all children will be able to experience the joy of reading books of their very own. Each year, with the help of over 200 libraries, thousands of books are distributed to children across the state.

For more information please contact the Children’s Department at 201-837-4171

A Touch of Inspiration: The Harmonia Chamber Players

With Inspiration as the main ingredient, four master artists will present a musical feast at the Teaneck Library on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 3:00 PM. Three cellists, Elizabeth Kalfayan, Bryan Wilson, Barry Kornhauser, and Soprano Ana Kouyoumdjian will perform music by Handel, Haydn, Villa-Lobos, Kalfayan, Piazzolla, Wilson, Araujo, Kornhauser, and John Denver. In this program, A Touch of Inspiration, Elizabeth Kalfayan introduces the audience to the ways in which the musicians themselves were inspired and continue to inspire each other as composers, authors, educators and performing artists.

The performers musical experiences range from classical to rock, from jazz to hip-hop. They will present unique interpretations of works such as  “The Wedding” by jazz composer, Abdullah Ibrahim and the lively  “Nivaldo No Choro” by Brazilian composer, Severino Araujo, as well as classics by Handel and Haydn.

The Harmonia Chamber Players dedicate this program to Carol Anderson, the recently retired director of the Music on a Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at the Teaneck Library.

The public is welcome to attend this free concert to be held in the library auditorium.  Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists will follow the performance.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

The Erie Canal

Dr. Gary Hermalyn, Ceo of the Bronx County Historical Society will present an illustrated lecture on the Erie Canal at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

The original Erie Canal just 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep by 363 miles long connected the Hudson River and Lake Erie in 1825.  The canal provided access from the eastern seaboard to the vast continental interior of the USA ,  and was a stunning economic and national success that made New York  the Empire State.

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.

Holiday Program by The Garden State Harmonica Club’s Ensemble Group

The Garden State Harmonica Club’s Ensemble Group will present a Holiday Program at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, December 19 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

Founded in 1971 by George Osterman, a local musician, the Garden State Harmonica Club is one of the nation's leading harmonica organizations, providing a gathering place for those who share the enjoyment of this unique and beautiful instrument... the well beloved "mouth organ". The membership is drawn from a wide geographic area (even out of state), and includes beginning players, professionals, former professionals, and others who attend simply to hear the great sounds of which the instrument is capable. The club also supports a Harmonica Ensemble which performs frequently throughout the area, providing entertainment for various local organizations.

The Ensemble’s musical fare comes from the favorites of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s which lends itself to knee slapping and sometimes a whirl on the dance floor!  Since 1971 they have pleased senior groups, veterans, nursing and assisted living centers, civic and church organizations and others within a 20 mile radius of their Rutherford, NJ base.

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.

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 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.

Take advantage of the opportunity for a day of fun and learning.  Users welcome.

Zinio digital magazines available through Teaneck Library

ZinioTeaneck Library offers its patrons online access to 100 popular magazines through Zinio. Sample magazine titles include: American Craft, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Digital Photo, The Economist, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, PC Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and more (Full title list).

These magazines are fully downloadable. Once downloaded, you can read them anytime and anywhere without Internet connection or using data plan.

Zinio bills itself as “The world’s largest newsstand.”  Library patrons can sign up with Zinio via Teaneck Library website and have online access to the cover-to-cover issues of subscribed magazines.  Zinio supports almost all the digital platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet as well as Kindle Fire and Nook HD. Full individual magazine issues can be checked out, downloaded and stored for later viewing.  There are no holds or checkout periods.

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 from12:00 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.