Library News

Teaneck Public Library Appoints Allen McGinley Interim Library Director

Allen McGinleyBoard of Trustees of the Teaneck Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen McGinley as Interim Library Director, effective July 2, 2018.  The trustees voted unanimously to appoint Mr. McGinley to the position.  He succeeds Michael McCue who retired earlier this year.

A search committee of the Board including President Joy Charles, Vice President Evalyn Brownstein, Treasurer Paul Ostrow, and Secretary Myron Chaitovsky scrutinized more than twenty applicants from a wide pool of library professionals.

“This is an exciting time for the Teaneck Public Library.  We are thrilled to welcome Allen as Interim Director.  He is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in library services,” states Joy Charles, Teaneck Public Library’s Board President.

Allen McGinley comes to Teaneck with a decade of service at the Piscataway Public Library.  He has been named one of Library Journal’s "Movers and Shakers" for community building, and an American Library Association Emerging Leader.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the Interim Director of the Teaneck Public Library,” said Mr. McGinley.  “I am eager to work with the Library Board and staff as we continue to improve the quality of life for all Teaneck residents through opportunities for education, collaboration, and engagement.” 

Mr. McGinley received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his M.A. in Information Science from the University at Albany. He and his wife, Barbara McGinley, have a two-year-old son named Samuel.

Summer Reading Program for Adults

Adult Summer Reading ProgramJoin our first ever Summer Reading Program for Adults sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library!

From July 1 to August 31, adults (over 18) can sign up at Participants who read and log at least 4 books will be entered to win an Amazon Echo. Take a 5 minute tour of the library and write a book review on Beanstack for bonus entries. The winner will be announced September 3. Happy Reading! (download the flyer)

The Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series
(Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Library Auditorium)

Following are the programs in June. Admission is free. Open to all; no registration is necessary. Doors open at 10 am. Program begins promptly at 10:30 AM. Programs include lecturers or films covering topics in the fields of art, music, science, literature, history, and travel. 

EnvironmentJune 22
Environment and Energy in the 21st Century
Presented by Amanda Nesheiwat of the Network for Responsible Public Policy (NFRPP)
Determining the false from the true these days is no easy matter. It takes time and effort which few of us have. Nevertheless, NFRPP makes the effort to provide reliable trusted news and information and YOU have to provide the time. Take the opportunity to get credible information on the latest on climate change science and the positive opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. Learn about the amazing projects making an impact in municipalities, regions and states.

David AaronJune 29
Music Trivia with David Aaron

Movies on a Summer Sunday

Sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.  Doors open at 1:30 PM. Screening at 2:00 p.m.  Discussion to follow. Refreshments served prior to screening. Children under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian.

A Fantastic WomanJuly 8: The Insult (L'insulte), 2017, Rated R. 112 Minutes, Arabic and French, with  English subtitles

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Who is James K. Polk?

Who is James K. Polk“Who Is James K. Polk?” - a new play by Kevin J. Alcock - will have its premiere performance at the Teaneck Public Library Stage on Thursday, June 21 at 7 pm. Directed by Anne Connolly and starring Neal Mayer (Les Misérables on Broadway, American Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame), this one-person show focuses on the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk. 

Alcock’s play humorously presents the former President as he attempts to defend his legacy to a modern audience who barely knows his name. The only U.S. President to have first acted as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Polk may have only served for one term, but in those four years, he waged the Mexican-American War, and added Texas, California and the Oregon Territory to the United States.  He also indirectly led us into the U.S. Civil War. “Who Is James K. Polk?” explores the many facets of this “dark horse” candidate who unexpectedly went on to become one of the most hands-on executives ever to occupy the White House.

Neal Mayer, who will portray Polk in this one-hour piece, has appeared on television in “Blue Bloods”, “All My Children,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Late Night”.  In addition to appearing in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, Mayer has toured the country with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, starred off-Broadway in Mark Felt, Superstar and Forbidden Broadway and acted at many of the premiere U.S. regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Arena Stage, Goodspeed, and Bay Street Theater. He can be also be heard as St. Aphrodisius on the Studio Cast Recording of Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Neal is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. (read more)

The Flamethrowers by Rachel KushnerBook Discussion: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

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

Next meeting is on Monday, June 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Open City by Teju Cole. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Chair Yoga and Meditation Class

YohaThe 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 all Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm, June 2018 by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. (read more)

Gallery Exhibit June 2018

WatercolorOn the Chinese calendar, 2017 was the Year of the Rooster. And it became the theme for the Wednesday evening Creative Watercolor class offered through the Teaneck Community Education Center last Spring. And it is the theme of the June 2018 art show at the Teaneck Public Library (with some 2018 Year of the Dog art added). The show will run from June 1-30, at the Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck.

The artists represented in the show include Elise Morenon, who was the instructor of the Spring and Fall sessions for many years. Other artists are Nilka Azucar, Jacqueline Collier, Norman Epstein, Arleen Graham, Ceil Kunath, Deborah Pires, Annmarie Reardon, Kathleen Smith and Judith Adel. Ms. Adel is the current facilitator.

The class will be offered in the Fall on alternate Wednesdays. Please contact TCEC, One Merrison St., Teaneck, NJ 07666 or 201-833-5514, or email for additional information.

Cookbook Club

Bobby Blay FITMeeting on July 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The cookbook for this meeting is Bobby Flay FIT by Bobby Flay. 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

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.

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.

Friends Business Partner Offers (PDF)

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

ESL 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 spring class runs from Tuesday, April 17th to Tuesday, June 26, 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.

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

New York Times online 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
  3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to 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
  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 account, you can sign in and have access. If you have not registered with, 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.

Check Out a Mobile (Wi-Fi) Hotspot from the Library

And access the Internet from anywhere...

The Library is now lending out mobile (Wi-Fi) hotspots!

A mobile hotspot device enables users to connect to the Internet using a small box with a cell phone data plan that they can bring with them wherever they go. Similar to a data plan for a cell phone, as long as the device can connect to the cell tower, users can access the Internet.

These are great for our patrons (who are Teaneck residents and age 18 and up) who may not have their own internet connection at home or have lost their home connection temporarily (or ran out of data!), and even when traveling.

Hotspots can be taken out for two weeks, without renewal. There are 10 hotspots that can be borrowed.  It is on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation can be made ahead of time.  Hotspots can be checked out downstairs at the service desk.

Weekly Local Produce Delivery through Field Goods

Field GoodsTeaneck 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
  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.