Winter Reading Challenge

From January 1 - January 31 Teaneck Library will participate in the inaugural nationwide Winter Reading Challenge. We are challenging our patrons (age 0-99) to read at least 1,000 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading at teanecklibrary.beanstack.org. Over 100 libraries & schools nationwide will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes & books. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 minutes! If we reach the nationwide goal, "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban will donate $25,000 to the organization "First Book," which provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need.

This Is China: a slide show by Ray Turkin

Ray Turkin will be presenting a slide show, “This is China”, at the Teaneck Library on Friday, January 26th at 10:30am. 

Ray teaches courses on photography at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, is an instructor at the Bergen Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement, and gives private instruction.  

For more information, contact the Teaneck Library at (201) 837-4171.  The Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ.

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, Wed., January 2018 by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. There's no session on Dec. 27.

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.

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 22: 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.

We are not ourselvsBook Discussion: We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

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

Next meeting is on Monday, January 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Cookbook Club

Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My WayMeeting on January 29, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pepin. 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

Photo Exhibit by Theo Solomon

The Teaneck Library Gallery, during the month of January 2018, is presenting a display by Teaneck resident, Theo Solomon. The subject of the photographic work is portraiture of people from the subcontinent, India. Distilled from over four visits, the arresting and unique portraits are a valiant, yet impossible, task to represent the 1.1 billion people of that country. The artist's writes, "No visitor is unmoved by the unimaginable beauty and pain of one of the most exotic countries on earth. I was captured by every city, temple, school, and street, especially so by the gentility and grace that permeates daily life."

Theo Solomon, currently teaches Anthropology and Sociology at Bergen Community College. As an award winning photographer, his works has been shown and collected in the greater metropolitan area. Besides his anthropological interests in photography, he also
pursues architectural and landscape subjects, as well as early photographic processes such as platinum, and gum bichromate printing.

The library is located at 840 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ.

Black History Month programs

These programs will each start at 7:30 p.m. in the library's auditorium.
This series is organized and presented by the Martin Luther King Birthday Observance Committe of Bergen County and the Teaneck Public Library

"I can get you back to 1870". 
Angela Perkins presents an introduction to African American genealogy research with hands on exercises and handouts.    Feb. 1.

"African American history, a journey of liberation". The Great Awakening.presented by Dr. Leonard Jeffries, professor of Africana history. Feb. 8.

"Facing Slavery: Princeton family stories": a documentary film by Melvin McCray.  presenter: Dr. Henry Pruitt.    Feb. 15.

"Martin Luther  King Jr. : 'A man of conscience'" presented by Keith Henley.  This program is part of the Public Scholars Project and is underwritten by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  Feb. 22.

"Black musicians, then and now"
presented by Dr. Maredia Warren. Mar. 1

NJSBDC 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, Feb. 7th, 2018, at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Vincent Vicari, Regional Director and Julie Kossoy, Assistant Director will present this free workshop in the library's auditorium.

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.

Welcome to the Hackensack River Greenway Through Teaneck

Hackensack River Greenway“Welcome to the Hackensack River Greenway Through Teaneck”: A photography exhibit sponsored by the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway Through Teaneck (teaneckgreenway.org), Thurs., Feb. 1 -Wed., Feb. 28, 2018,  Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ.  A reception will be held Sunday, Feb.11, 2018, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the Library’s Atrium.

Hackensack River Stories, by Rick Mills, gives the viewer 350 years of the river’s history in 16 narrative collaged signs on the Greenway, spaced between New Milford to Bogota.Finally, riparian restoration work on the Hackensack River Greenway lead to a turning point. I began to research local environmental, topographic and cultural place histories, which formed the basis for my new work.”

Richard Karp’s photos document the construction of the Mary S. Topolsky Garden & Trails. “I believe that all art is intrinsically abstract. It is my view that art is expressed through the language of the medium. The instruments of color, texture, rhythm and form give voice to that language. The medium itself articulates this voice. Look beyond the serendipitous imagery.”

Peter Goldman’s panorama pictures present the river through all four seasons.  “I have been taking photographs of the river since joining the Friends; 2017 was the year to see the river through four seasons. Terhune Park  is the hardest to take pictures from. The Hackensack side has no accessible trail, so I hike across mudflats when the tide is low enough to walk.” 

I can get you back to 1870

That is subject of a talk by local genealogist Angela Perkins who will focus on the subject of African American genealogy at the Teaneck Public Library.  Ms. Perkins talk is the first of a series of events in February co-sponsored by the Library and the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Committee.

She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County and has done various workshops for them.  She brings her expertise in the use of ancestry.com to you in her presentation on Thursday evening, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.

There will be hands on exercises and practical demonstrations and tips.

Her goal is to help you create a family tree back to the first census after emancipation. The program is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Michael McCue at 201-837-4171.

Concert: David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble

David Glukh Klezmer EnsembleOn February 11th, at 3pm, as part of the Music on a Sunday Afternoon concert series, The Friends of the Teaneck Library will present the critically acclaimed David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble. This special program of Jewish music delivers a healthy dose of traditional Klezmer along with a beloved Yiddish selections. David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble has performed in concerts and special events in over 40 states and has released two critically acclaimed albums.

The group has performed in such prestigious concert venues as Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Skirball Center for the Arts in Los Angeles.  In addition to a concert engagements, the Ensemble has been a featured entertainer in a variety of social and corporate events at The Plaza, Waldorf Astoria,and the  Rainbow Room.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The performance starts at 3pm with seating at 2:30. The Teaneck Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck NJ

Martin Luther King Jr.: A man of Conscience

To celebrate the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., The Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Committee and the Library will sponsor 4 programs on Thursday evenings in February. All 4 programs start at 7:30 pm. This program is made possible by a grant from the Public Scholars Project of the New Jersey Council of the Humanities.

Keith HenleyOn February 22, the program will be “Martin Luther King Jr.: A man of Conscience” portrayed by Keith Henley.

Born Michael King and later renamed by his father, after the Baptist Minister who was a seminal leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. King is best remembered for the advancement of civil rights. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, an approach refined based on his studies with Veteran African-American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and his admiration for Ghandi. While King organized or participated in a great many, and variety, of protests, his most famous speech, the “I have a Dream”, was first delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

Keith Henley’s background is one of great diversity. He graduated South Carolina State College with a major in Chemistry and minors in mathematics and biology. Later, he went on to study Theatre Education at Camden County College Blackwood, NJ. He currently owns and operates J.O.Y. Productions, Queenie’s Homemade Sweets and Catering, & Alpha Designs. In addition he is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Folkloric Heritage Culture Arts Company Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his historic interpretation career with Historic Philadelphia Inc. and has since worked for American Historical theatre and History First Hand and has performed for the Smithsonian Associates’ Teaching American History program, Historic Germantown, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia as well as local libraries.

More information on the other 3 programs will be announced soon.

The program will be held in the auditorium.  The Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666, tel.: 201-837-4171.

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!

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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.