A Touch of Sinatra: The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra

Donnie Farraro“A Touch of Sinatra: The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” featuring Donnie Farraro, will be performed at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

A Touch of Sinatra is a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra, from his birth on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey to his death on May 14, 1998 in Las Angeles, California. 

Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers.  In the ‘40s and ‘50s, he had a dazzling array of hit songs and albums and went on to appear in dozens of films, winning an Oscar for From Here to Eternity.  He left behind a massive catalog of work that includes iconic tunes like “Love and Marriage” and “New York, New York.”

Frank Sinatra is considered the greatest singer of the twentieth century.  This hour long show is performed by Donnie Farraro who you will find to be the most authentic sounding Frank Sinatra and look alike in the music industry today.  In 2004 Donnie was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer.  Not expected to live, let alone sing, Donnie has been an inspiration to many, singing at about 100 performances a year.

Joe Gilligan is the creative writer for the “A Touch of Sinatra” show and also narrates the show.  He is a former singer and founder of the Oldies group Reminisce. Reminisce warmed the hearts of many, singing nostalgic songs of the past. 

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.

To the end of the landBook Discussion: To the End of the Land by David Grossman

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 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading To the End of the Land by David Grossman. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

The History of Stained Glass from the Middle Ages through the Present

Donald SamickDonald Samick, owner and president of the J&R Lamb Studios, will give a power point lecture on “The History of Stained Glass from the Middle Ages through the Present” at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:30 A.M.

Stained Glass has a rich and storied tradition dating far back in history.  While “colored glass” objects date back as far as the Egyptian and Roman eras, the stained glass that we know today traces its origins from the Middle Ages, specifically in the tenth century French and Gothic periods.

Subsequent to the development of Classic Stained Glass during those times, churches and cathedrals throughout the European Continent began to install stained glass for the purposes of providing inspirational “illuminated wall decorations”, often accented by biblical depictions of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary or Patron Saints.

While most stained glass is found in places of worship, not all stained glass applications were ecclesiastical in nature.  Throughout the centuries leading to the current era, stained glass started to slowly appear in other settings.  Government facilities, universities, museums, famous hotels and restaurants, and even domestic dwellings are all examples of applications in which stained glass has been showcased as art.

The inspiring beauty and inspiration of stained glass in the United States traces its history back to the construction of some of the oldest churches in the country.  While stained glass was primarily constructed by individual artisans, studios began to pop up as the demand for stained glass increased with the rapid growth of the nation and its religious backbone.

J&R Lamb Studios has been an instrumental part of that growth.  Founded in 1857, their studio is the oldest continuously operating facility in the United States.  Over 15,000 new stained glass windows and 9,000 restorations have been completed, many of which can be considered some of the most important artistic works in our nation’s history.

In 2007, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC formally recognized J&R Lamb Studios long storied commitment to excellence through the acquisition of their archives.

Donald Samick has owned and operated The J&R Lamb Studios since 1970.  He is well known and respected throughout the industry and artist communities for his experience, expertise and commitment to personal oversight of every studio project from start to finish. He has dedicated his entire career to Stained Glass, with over 50 years of experience in the business as a craftsman, designer and studio owner.  His writings have been published in several publications, including:  Your ChurchFaith And Form, Modern Liturgy and Stained Glass, The Quarterly Publication of the Stained Glass Association of America.

Donald has also lectured at The Library of Congress, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, The Stained Glass Association of America, The American Glass Guild, and The New York Metropolitan Glass Club, along with numerous Churches, Synagogues and Civic Organizations.  He is a member of the American Glass GuildStained Glass Association of America, and a Member in Good Standing with the Appraisers Association of America.

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 classes will be held on Wednesday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, Sept. 17 and 24, 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.

Army Cover-Up: The Mysterious Death of Brigadier General Enoch Poor

Dick BurnonAmerica has had a history of cover-ups. The first one may not have been Watergate 40 years ago. Instead, the first one may have been in 1780 involving the mysterious death of Brigadier General Enoch Poor, a Revolutionary War hero and one of General George Washington's favorite officers. Was General Poor killed in a secret duel with one of his subordinate officers or did he die of typhoid fever or putrid fever, as it was known then, on September 8, 1780?

Find out from Dumont Historian Dick Burnon during his video/lecture, titled "Army Cover-Up: The Mysterious Death of Brigadier General Enoch Poor," on Friday, October 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Teaneck Public Library as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series. Burnon will supplement his talk by showing a film on "The Battle of Monmouth," a key Revolutionary War battle in which General Poor figured prominently.

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.

Book Talk and Signing: "Anybody's Miracle" by Laura Hercher

Anybody's MiracleOn Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 PM, author Laura Hercher (nee Glassman), who grew up in Teaneck, will discuss her recently published novel titled Anybody's Miracle. Her book focuses on a family that has given birth via in vitro fertilization and raises some interesting questions in a thoughtful and engaging way. Mrs. Hercher has been at the Sarah Lawrence College Joan H. Marks Human Genetics Program for more than a decade, serving as faculty specialist for ethical, legal and social issues and director of student research. She has published extensively in her field.

The public is invited to welcome her on her return to Teaneck. Light refreshments will be served and copies of her book will be available for signing.

Concert: All Beethoven

SchillerAllan Schiller, violinist, and Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, pianist,  will perform the first concert of the 2014-2015 season of the Teaneck Public Library’s Music on a Sunday Afternoon series sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Library, on October 19 at 3:00 P.M  This will be an All Beethoven program, featuring his Sonata in A Major Op. 12, No. 2, Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 (“Spring”), and Sonata in G Major Op. 96.  This program is dedicated to the memory of Eleanor Schiller.

Allan Schiller, violinist, has performed as soloist and in chamber music ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.    A member of the New York Philharmonic for 35 years, from which he retired in 1999, Allan has performed with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Music Ensembles and was a member of the Gramercy Quartet and the first Alacorde Trio.  He has performed and taught at world-renown music festivals in Aspen, Colorado; Sulmona, Italy; and Waterloo, NJ, among others.   Allan has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, and Lehmann College. He studied at The Juilliard School, The Paris Conservatory, and The Brussels Conservatory, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin.  Also a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, she has performed extensively throughout the New York Metropolitan area as a soloist and chamber musician.  Jackie has collaborated with musicians from the New York Philharmonic in their chamber music series at Merkin Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Soho Guggenheim, the Roerich Museum, and the Donnell Library in NYC.  She has participated in the summer music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Musicisti Americani in Sulmona, Italy and has performed a solo recital at St.Martin in the Fields in London.

Jackie was guest soloist with the Martinu Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in a performance of the Martinu Double concerto for piano, timpani and two string orchestras.  This concert was subsequently recorded and released on Elysium records.  Other solo performances include appearances with the Virtuosi da Camera, the Adelphi chamber orchestra, the Hoboken Chamber Orchestra, the Wayne Chamber Orchestra, the North Jersey Symphony, the North Jersey Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Orchestra and the Julius Grossman Chamber Orchestra. 

Jackie is a founding member of the Alacorde Piano Trio which has been performing together since 2007 and gives concerts throughout the New York Metropolitan area. She is also a member of the All Seasons Chamber Players.

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.

Library Director does a presentation in honor of Teaneck veterans

Tuesday, November 4 at 2 PM and 7 PM, Library director Michael McCue will do a presentation in honor of veterans from Teaneck. The focus will be on those men from Teaneck who died in World War II. When a committee of Teaneck High alumni headed by Bonnie Morrow restored and re-displayed the photos of 65 alumni of THS earlier this year, library staff decided to research their stories and make the information available on its web site, www.teaneck.org. The reference staff extended their research to include an additional 25 men whose names are on the flagpole on the municipal green. McCue's talk will focus on the genealogy and internet tools used in learning their stories, the cooperation received from some of the families, and re-visit the heroism and tragedy involved in their death.

The program is free and open to the public. It will last about an hour.

Book Talk and Signing: The bus on Jaffa Road; a story of Middle East terrorism and the search for justice

The Buss on Jaffa RoadSunday, Nov. 23 at 3 PM, the library hosts Mike Kelly, columnist for The Record, author, and Teaneck resident. Kelly's new book is "The bus on Jaffa Road: a story of Middle East terrorism and the search for justice". In 1996, Teaneck resident Sara Duker was killed in a terrorist bombing of a bus in Jerusalem. Kelly recounts how the families of the two US victoms attempted to find justice for this atrocity. He will discuss his book, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his work.

The Library Gallery is hosting two exhibitors in September 2014, Fred Dammont and Lynne Graizel

Frederick Dammont is a professional physicist and award-winning amateur photographer. His photographic exhibit is named “From Sea to Sea Along the Pyrenees”. This work reflects his interests in the natural, cultural and aesthetic nature of the geographic areas of his travels.

He describes the particular allure of the Pyrenees, as such: “The French and Spanish Pyrenees, stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea, are loaded with history, art, and breath-taking natural beauty. This is a land of kings, poets, saints and sinner, of smugglers, noble and not-so-noble revolutionaries and the cradle of world class chefs. It is hard to imagine a more fascinating mix of color, spirit, and lust for life.”

The other exhibitor, long time Teaneck resident, Lynne Graizel, found her passion in making jewelry after losing her job in 2008.

Lynne took a broken bracelet, added some beads from another broken piece and made a unique necklace.  Wearing it one day she was approached by woman who wanted to buy it – and so, she sold the necklace right off her neck.

Figuring that she had a lot of “thing” that she could recycle into “treasures”, she began looking for things in her home that could be converted into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. “You’d be surprised what is in your house waiting to be made into something else”.

Soon word got out about Lynne’s creations and friends started giving her broken pieces of jewelry that she totally reworked to make something unique out of it.
All of Lynne’s jewelry pieces are recycled from items given to her or found at garage/tag sales.  She can look at something and see that it can be something else – something extraordinary!

For the last six years Lynne turned a hobby into a cottage business. 
Lynne’s work has been showcased at the annual Hermitage Museum Holiday Event in Ho-Ho-Kus, the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly and the Belskie Museum in Closter and she has participated in a number of synagogue boutiques and church craft shows in the tri-state area. 

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. 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 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 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.