Library News

Knight Life - Friday, 10/24, 10:30 AM

Dr. Michael NorrisTake an armchair art tour of “Knight Life” with Dr. Michael Norris at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

In this slide-lecture see how medieval knights practiced for war and enjoyed the pleasures of peace through masterpieces of the Morgan Library & Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Cloisters, the Met’s branch museum. (read more)

Gallery: “Carnival Time”, Photographs by Liz Celotto

ElvisDuring the month of October 2014, the Teaneck Public Library Gallery will be hosting an exhibit of photographs by Teaneck resident, Liz Celotto. Local carnival scenes are the subjects of Celotto’s work.

She has often viewed photography as a tool for artistic expression, going beyond its inherent capability of capturing a particular moment in time. To her, photography is another tool, like painting, collage and sculpture. It enables her to order her vision of balance, color, texture and emotion. (read more)

“Baring Our Soles” by Shelter Our Sisters Artists

During October National Domestic Violence Month, the Teaneck Library will be exhibiting “Baring Our Soles”, artwork made by clients of Shelter Our Sisters’ Art-Therapy program. Shelter Our Sisters is the only non-profit organization in Bergen County that provides safe housing and services for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

“Baring Our Soles” showcases ornately designed footwear that expresses the journey that domestic violence victims take as they work through their trauma toward a more optimistic future. The display illustrates the hopeful and promising life-saving services provided by SOS. Included in the exhibit are individual narratives written by the artists.

Secrets of Jewish New York City talk at Teaneck Public Library - Sunday, 10/26, 3:00 PM

Secrets of Jewish New York CityOscar Israelowitz can help you find the Jewish Plymouth Rock, the oldest synagogue in North America and Jewish connections to the Empire State Building, the 9/11 memorial, the Grand Concourse, and more!   As a writer and tour guide, he has educated and entertained thousands.  He will visit  the Teaneck Public Library on Sunday, October 26 at 3 pm to talk about his latest book, “Secrets of Jewish New York City”. You are bound to come away with new knowledge and have a fun time while learning.

He will answer will questions from the audience.  Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

To the end of the landBook Discussion: The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers - Monday, 10/27,10:00 AM

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

Next meeting is on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

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, Oct 29, 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. (read more)

Ghosthunting in New Jersey and New York - Friday, 10/31, 10:30 AM

L'Aura HladikL’Aura Hladik, author and founder of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, will give an illustrated talk on “Ghosthunting in New Jersey and New York” at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

Based on the investigative stories in both books of the America’s Haunted Road Trip series, L’Aura details with sight and, in some cases, sound, the history and haunts of New Jersey and The Big Apple.  Included for this updated version of this presentation are Charlie Brown’s Restaurant, the Hotel Belvidere, the Proprietary House, Snug Harbor, the VanCortlandt Mansion and the Palace Theater. (read more)

Library Director does a presentation in honor of Teaneck veterans - Tues, 11/4, 2PM & 7 PM

WWIITuesday, 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, 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.

Special Effects in Film before Digitalization - Friday, 11/7, 10:30 AM

"Special Effects in Film before Digitalization" is the title of an interactive lecture/film to be held at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:30 am. as part of the Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series.

Theo Solomon, professor of Anthropology/Sociology at Bergen Community
College will present the 5th in his lecture series on film, this time concentrating on special effects before computerization. (read more)

Ancient Egypt, Art and Archaeology: What Does it All Mean? - Friday, 11/14, 10:30 AM

“Ancient Egypt, Art and Archaeology: What Does it All Mean?” is the subject of a slide-lecture by travel photographer Lorraine Matys at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

Matys traveled to Egypt seven times under varying circumstances – with a Jordanian friend as part of a trip that included the Arabian Gulf country of Kuwait, as a member of an archaeologically oriented study-tour group sponsored by Ramapo College of New Jersey, and for the most part independently.  On several occasions Matys rented apartments in Giza, a suburb of Cairo, and spent one month walking the city’s streets, visiting historical monuments and bazaars, talking to people, and simply getting a sense of what it is like to live in Egypt.  Of the countries she has visited, Matys still thinks that Egypt is the most exotic and mysterious. (read more)

Concert: While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II - Sunday, 11/16, 3:00 PM

Diane CypkinDiane Cypkin, Professor of Media, Communication and Visual Arts at Pace University, will perform a concert in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day “While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II” at the Teaneck Public Library on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. as part of the Music on Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Library.

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),” “You’ll Never Know,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Yours,” “Chatanooga Choo Choo,” “Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Besame Mucho,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable love songs exceptionally popular during World War II. Why were they so popular? Who wrote, played, and sang them? Who danced and “romanced” to them? What made them unforgettable both on the fighting and home front? (read more)

Thanksgiving: The True Story - Friday, 11/21, 10:30 AM

Author and educator Penny Colman will give a talk on “Thanksgiving: The True Story” at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

This slide-talk is an eye-opening program about the origins of the Thanksgiving that we celebrate today, from the 12 competing claims for the first Thanksgiving to football to foods. (read more)

Book Talk and Signing: The bus on Jaffa Road; a story of Middle East terrorism and the search for justice - Sunday, 11/23, 3 PM

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 victims attempted to find justice for this atrocity. He will discuss his book, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his work.

Eating Healthy with Raw Food Recipes - Friday, 12/5, 10:30 AM

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. (read more)

The Erie Canal - Friday, 12/12, 10:30 AM

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. (read more)

Holiday Program by The Garden State Harmonica Club’s Ensemble Group - Friday, 12/19, 10:30 AM

The Garden State Harmonica Club’s Ensemble GroupThe 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. (read more)

For Children & Teens...

Complete List of Programs for Children and Teen

Fall Storytime

storytimeBabytime Storytimes are for our youngest library patrons. These programs require registration. They feature stories, songs and fingerplays. Caregiver participation is a vital and important part of the program. Contact Children's Dept. for details.

Children's Book ClubsBook Clubs

"My First Book Club" is a book club for kindergartners & first graders. It will meet Wed., 11/13 at 4 p.m., for stories, discussion and crafts.

Bubblegum Book Club, for kids in grades 2 & 3, meets Wed., 11/20, & 12/10 at 4 p.m.

Page Turners, for kids in grades 4 & 5, meets Thursday, 11/13 & 12/4 at 4 p.m.

Read to DogsRead to Dogs

Kids age 6 and up can read to a new canine friend at the library. Appointments with the therapy dogs are for 15 minutes long and can be made for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. Register with the children's Department for exact times.

Lego Club

Lego clubLego Club is for kids age 6 and up. We meet for storytime and then build based on the storytime theme. Kids should bring their own Legos to the meeting. Monday Lego Club meets 10/27, 11/17 & 12/8 at 7 PM. Thursday lego meets 10/30, 11/20, & 12/11 at 4 PM.

Gaming Afternoon

GamingKids grade 3-5 are invited to our gaming afternoon. No sign up required and snacks provided. Experts and new players are welcome. Meets 3 Pm - 4 PM on 11/6.

Teens in grade 6 and up are invited to our gaming afternoon. No sign up required and snacks provided. Experts and new players are welcome. Meets 1:30 Pm - 3:00 PM on 11/6.

Read for the Record - 10/21

On this day participating libraries, schools, and educational organizations will be reading "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells to draw attention to and promote literacy. In honor of this, we will be having a special craft storytime at 4 PM. For kids age 5-7.

Super Sunday: Bats, Bats, Bats!

NJ's own Joseph D'Angeli comes to Teaneck to talk about the myths and truths behind this misunderstood animal. Sunday 11/9 at 2 PM. Best for ages 4 and up.

Drop-in Storytimes

Preschool Storytime
Preschoolers, age 3 and up, are invited to join us for this year round storytime taking place on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Saturday Storytime
This family storytime meets year round on Saturdays at 11 a.m. No registration required.

Fall Programs for Kids
Fall Program Flyer for Children