Documentary: Faces Places

Faces PlacesThe Teaneck Public Library Friday Morning Group will show a documentary film on March 23th at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series. Admission is free. Open to all; no registration is necessary.

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared.

Rated PG. Runtime 90 minutes

Movies on a Sunday Afternoon

All films begin at 2:00 PM.  Doors open at 1:30.  Refreshments are served prior to screening.  Discussion follows each film.  Admission is free.  Children under 17 not permitted without a parent or guardian.

February 18: Neruda - 2016, Rated R. 1 hour, 47 minutes
At the start of the Cold War, subversive Chilean senator and poet Pablo Neruda is pursued by police prefect Oscar Peluchonneau. Unable to flee the country, Neruda goes into hiding and becomes a symbol of liberty at home and in Europe.

March 25: I, Daniel Blake - 2016. Rated R. 1 hour, 40 minutes
A widowed carpenter and a single mother forge a touching friendship as they battle a callous welfare system in this powerful, urgent story.  A Cannes and BAFTA winner.

April 15: In Her Name (Au nom de ma fille) - 2016. Rated NR. 1 hour, 27 minutes
Based on a true story, IN HER NAME follows the three decade battle faced by a father to bring his daughter’s murderer to justice.  A story of perseverance and obsessive determination.  French with English subtitles.

Gallery Exhibit March 2018

The Teaneck Public Library, during the month of March, is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Bogota resident, Mitzi Michelle Williams Rayner.

Ms. Rayner enjoys capturing the simple things in life through photography.  Collections of nature, landscape, and architecture are inspired by the appreciation of God's handiwork and creativity. In 2007 Simple Things in Life began and last year and continuing throughout this year, she will be exhibiting her photographs across the tri-state area. This exhibit is in loving memory of her mother, Edith Gloria Williams, who worked for the Teaneck Public Schools/Board of Education for about 27 years before her retirement. 

Mitzi’s interest was sparked in the early 90's to take a photography class, which introduced her to several aspects of photography such as how to develop film, night photography, black and white photographs, etc. Today, she still prefers the exquisite detail and distinction of film photography but enjoys the convenience of digital photography.

Simple Things in Life collections include custom framed and matted photography, which are available in various sizes. Custom made calendars and greeting cards are also available. Take a glance of the photographer’s photos and it’s like looking through the lens of everyday life.

Mitzi Michelle Williams Rayner has a BA in Home Economics/Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University in New Jersey and an MS in Education from Cairn University in Pennsylvania. She is an early childhood educator and a resident of New Jersey who simply loves the “Simple Things in Life.” 

Visit the Gallery on her website to view some of her first and favorite photographs! 


Business Partner Program with The Library Friends

There's another plus to Friendship! The Friends of the Library are partnering with local merchants to provide extra benefits to Friends members (in addition to knowing you're supporting library programs and services). If you joined the Friends or renewed your membership for 2018, show your membership card at participating shops, and you'll receive a discount on services or merchandise. New business will be added soon and there may be changes, so check the circulation desk, the library's website, or the Friends' Facebook page for updates.

Friends Business Partner Offers (PDF)

Our "early adopter" businesses are: Angela Logan's Mortgage Apple Cakes; Carly'z Craze; Chopstix, Embroideries Unltd.; Garden State Jewelers; J&J Pharmacy; Pottery, Paint & Love; Rainbow Jewelry; Teaneck Cinemas; and The UPS Store.

If you haven't yet renewed, you can still do so ($15) to support the library and take advantage of local merchants' discounts.

My Name is Lucy BartonBook Discussion: Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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

Next meeting is on Monday, March 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Explore the Treasures of the Teaneck Public Library

On Wednesday March 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm, the Teaneck Public Library and the Teaneck Historical Society will host a tour of the Teaneck Public Library which will focus on the Library’s Local History Collection. The tour will introduce attendees to artifacts, documents, and other treasures from Teaneck's history. We aim to surprise you! We will highlight all periods of Teaneck history.  The Library has served as the repository for many items (we know the Fire and Police Departments have many more related to their respective histories) as, until this past year, a Teaneck Historical Society did not exist.

The tour will meet about 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard outside the reference room. We anticipate the tour will last about one hour.  No registration is necessary and everyone is welcome.

Prior to the tour, the Teaneck Historical Society will be conducting a short meeting in the Library’s auditorium at 7:10pm. The public is encouraged to attend and meet the members of this organization who are interested in researching, collecting, preserving and exhibiting historical material related to the Township of Teaneck.

NJSDBC Small Business Workshop

Whether looking to start your first business or already in business, this clinic will provide valuable information to build your business the right way!

On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, at 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Vincent Vicari, Regional Director and Julie Kossoy, Assistant Director will present this free workshop in the library's auditorium.

Learn about SBDC and Partner resources available to help your business start or grow.

Topics covered in this presentation include: Business Plans; Formation Options; Feasibility Assessment; Breakeven Analysis; Funding and Financing and Marketing.

This event is FREE to attend, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njsbdc-small-business-workshop-tickets-41311858882. Call 201-684-7135 or email sbdc@ramapo.edu with any questions or for registration.

The NJ Small Business Development Center is hosted by: Ramapo College of New Jersey, Anisfield School of Business, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. America's SBDC New Jersey is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


The All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will return to the Teaneck Public Library to perform its spring program of chamber music on Sunday afternoon, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. The concert is part of the library’s Music On A Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library. Admission is free and the public is invited,. A reception will follow the concert. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane and is handicapped accessible. For further information or directions call the library at (201) 837-4171.

The program, entitled Classical, Romantical and Jazzical, will include Debussy’s early Piano Trio in G Major; Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen for Flute and Piano featuring Flutist Lisa Hansen of Leonia; Ilan Rechtman’s entertaining Jazzicals for Piano Trio; and Smetana’s famous The Moldau,, arranged for Piano Trio. Robert Lawrence, Co-Director for Programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining and informative spoken program notes.

Performers will include flutist Lisa Hansen of Leonia, violinist Bob Lawrence of NYC, cellist E. Zoe Hassman of NYC, pianist Jean Strickholm of Demarest; and  pianist Jacqueline Schiller-Audi of Paramus.. Jacqueline Schiller-Audi is known to many people at the Teaneck Library because of her many concerts there with her parents, Alan Schiller and the late Eleanor Schiller of Teaneck.

Now in its 37th season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 790 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs, COMCAST, WTT-35 and other local cable TV stations. Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble has  received grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals.

This concert is one of 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County.  Funding has been made possible by the Friends of the Teaneck Library. It is also made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts;  Columbia  Bank: the Lillian P. Schenck Fund,  Orange & Rockland Electric,  Shop Rite of Hackensack,  the Puffin Foundation and  Friends of All Seasons. The ensemble is performing 23 concerts in the 2017-2018 season.  For further information about the ensemble’s programs, players and supporters visit www.allseasonschamberplayers.org.

Cookbook Club

Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London's OttolenghiMeeting on April 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking From London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi. Check out a copy at the Circulation Desk. Cook - Share - Enjoy!

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. Please RSVP Lynne Graizel at lynnegee@optonline.net

Author, Attorney, Financial Adviser, Joseph Rotenberg will present“Timeless Travels: A Humorous Look at the Mysterious, Intriguing, Enchanting World Around Us" At the Teaneck Library

Joseph RotenbergAuthor Joseph Rotenberg whose book, Timeless Travels was named by Huff Post as a “Must Read” will be speaking and autographing books at the Teaneck Library on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The book, which is a rich collection of short stories based on the American/Jewish experience has garnered critical praise from newspapers, radio and TV critics nationwide and is loosely based on Mr. Rotenberg’s experience growing up in New York and having traveled extensively in Israel and Europe.

“Rotenberg is a gifted storyteller…he captures the American-Jewish experience…with all the rigor of an anthropologist and the vivacity of a poet”, exclaimed the Kirkus Review.  

Noted author Douglas Cobb of Bestsellers.com commented, “The subtitle of the book is very apt, as the tales contained in Timeless Travels, by Joseph Rotenberg, are full of mystery, intrigue, humor and enchantment”.

So if you enjoy short stories that take you on a journey back in time or to exotic places, come to the Teaneck Library for an enjoyable cup of Joe and for a memorable evening you won’t soon forget.

For more information on the author or the book, go to www.timelesstravelsbook.com

Gala Performance

NIcole Murad & Poblo ZingerThe Friends of the Library will have the annual Gala on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm. It is open to all. Auditorium doors open at 2:30 for the 3:00 PM meeting and concert.

Following brief election, there will be a special performance by classically trained soprano Nicole Murad and pianst, conductor, and composer Poblo Zinger. Their program, called "Soy Sephardi, Celebrating the Jews of Spain," features the unique language and music of the Spanish/Sephardic Jews.

Two Small Business Workshops on May 31

On May 31, the library will host two Taxation University Small Business workshops presented by Michael Kovacs & Rachel McGovern. The programs are FREE, but registration is required.  Registration starts at 8 am, April 2.

Thursday, May 31 @ 10 am         Business Registration & Reporting Business Income (REGISTER HERE)

Thursday, May 31 @ 1:30 pm      The New Jersey Sales Tax Seminar (REGISTER HERE)

Small Business Workshops are half-day seminars that are designed to assist the small business owner in meeting their responsibilities under New Jersey tax law. These seminars are provided by the Division of Taxation. Division personnel will explain proper procedures for collecting and remitting various New Jersey taxes. A focal point of each workshop is the sales tax responsibilities of small businesses including the description of taxable and exempt sales and services. Discussions will also highlight different types of business ownership and the tax consequences of each one.

Both programs are held at the Library auditorium.  The Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Tel.: 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 2018 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.

The Booming 50s - slide lecture with Walter C

The Booming 50 will be the program on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

Walter Choroszewski presents an overview of the 1950s—a complex time of prosperity and Cold War paranoia. America entered the Atomic Age, Television Age and Space Race; witnessed the rise of the Middle Class, Civil Rights Movement and birth of Rock-N-Roll. Walter highlights the history, technology, culture and arts of this booming decade.

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.

The Library offers online access to The New York Times in the library or at home for our residents

The New York Times onlineNYTimes.com is now available in the library or at home for the Teaneck residents. You can access from any device.  NYT articles published between 1851-1922 and 1981-current are included. 

To get free unlimited access to The New York Times online in the library:

  1. Connect to the library’s Wi-Fi or log-in to one of the library’s internet computers.
  2. Register or log in at NYTimes.com/register
  3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device during your visit to the library

To enjoy The New York Times from the comfort of your home or on the go:

  1. Go to http://www.teaneck.org/services/nytimes.html
  2. Click on the link for TPL HOME ACCESS TO NYTIMES.COM.
  3. When prompted for a digital access code, copy and paste the code provided
  4. If you have a NYTimes.com account, you can sign in and have access. If you have not registered with NYTimes.com, register to get access to the paper.

Each time you redeem the code, you will have unlimited access for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours have elapsed, you can enter the code again to continue your access to The New York Times.

Have questions? Speak with the Reference Department at 210-837-4171 to find out more.

Value Line Online


Teaneck Public Library now offers our residents free, online remote and in library access to Value Line’s Research Center. Click here to start.

Value Line is a multidimensional investment management solution that enables both new and experienced investors to make informed investment decisions. It provides a wealth of in-depth financial information, plus objective research, insightful commentary, price projections, educational material and advanced analytical tools.

Value Line’s Research Center covers stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. Coverage includes but is not limited to 1,700 mostly large-capitalization stocks, 1,800 small & mid-cap stocks, stock screener, advanced charting features, alerts & watch lists, plus hundreds of mutual funds.

The Library subscription includes 3 simultaneous logins. We encourage users to log off every time at completion of the usage.  In case you cannot log in due to maximum logins, please try again at a later time.

Book Sale 2018 Dates

Collection: 4/30/2018 - 5/6/2018

Pre-sale: 5/10/2018 and 5/11/2018

Sale: 5/12/2018-5/15/2018

Field GoodsWeekly Local Produce Delivery through Field Goods

Teaneck Public Library is now a pick-up location for Field Goods locally-grown fruits and vegetables every Thursday! Pick up time is between 11:45 AM and 8:30 PM.

FUNDRAISER:  Your $1.00 Contribution to the Friends of theTeaneck Public Library enhances the library's services.

Order deadline for a Thursday delivery is Tuesday at 11:59 pm

Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service. Customers receive 5 to 8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons. Bags cost $16 to $32 per week. Everything is purchased from over 80 small farms in the region. All products are non-GMO, and most is organically grown. Your order can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!

To Go Directly to Your Order Pages and save many clicks;    Click Here
To visit the site, SIGN UP and order

  1. Go to Field-Goods.com
  2. Click “Order Now”
  3. Select “Search by Company/Organization” and enter “teaneck” or equivalent
  4. Click the “Click the “Find a Pick-up Site”, select “Friends of the Teaneck Public Library Fundraiser” and follow the prompts.

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.

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 TestsTeaneck 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

RBdigital magazines available through Teaneck Library

RBdigital ManazinesDo you love magazines? If so, then you’ll love RBdigital magazines!

Through the BCCLS partnership with RBdigital, 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, RBdigital supports on the following devices and computers: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD/HDX, Windows PCs and Macs.

To start, go to: www.teaneck.org and click on “RBdigital Magazines” under Digital Collections. Library offers an instruction 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 Tuesday afternoon from 1PM to 2PM in the Mayor Lizette Parker Memorial 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.

ESL Group winter class runs from January 30, 2018 to April 3, 2018

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.