Teaneck Library and the town's historic red oak tree

Historic Red Oak TreeThe Teaneck Public Library is pleased to announce the installation of a slab of the historic red oak tree that graced the corner of Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue for some 250 years.  The section of the tree now sits on the main floor of the library courtyard on a stand constructed by Anthony Santella, with an explanatory Plexiglas sign designed and fabricated by Majestic Signs of Teaneck.

The magnificent tree succumbed to disease and was cut down in June 2013 after efforts to preserve it by the Puffin Foundation. The tree stood on a lot that also housed a historic home that dated back to colonial times as well. It was owned by Julius P. Richter from 1921 until at least the 1960s.

Historic Red Oak Tree 2The piece of the tree joins a portrait of the first township clerk, the 1976 bicentennial observance committee sign, the WPA murals in the reference room, a portrait of William Walter Phelps, a bust of Edith Van Buren and other artifacts that make the library a little Smithsonian.   All are on public display.

For more information, contact Michael McCue at mccue@bccls.org or  201-837-4171.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon concerts

On Sunday, December 6th, 2015, at 3:00pm, the Friends of the Teaneck Library are pleased to present "An Intimate Afternoon of Chamber Jazz" with Rufus Reid and Friends Trio. All three internationally known musicians, Reid on bass, pianist Roberta Piket, and Scott Robinson on tenor sax, are Teaneck residents. Some of the selections to be performed are compositions by Grammy nominated Reid, as well as those of Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Eubie Blake,Eddie harris, and Victor Feldman.

Rufus Reid has toured and recorded with multiple generations of jazz legends such as, Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Harold Land & Bobby Hutcherson, Lee Konitz, The Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Barron and countless others. His latest release, which garnered a two 2014 Grammy nominations,Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project, is a five movement, hour-long suite for a 20-piece orchestra.   In collaboration with Dr. Martin Krivin, Reid created the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. It was the first modern, professional grade jazz program, with prominent faculty and a focus on small ensemble performance. Reid retired after 20 years, but continues to teach, conducting Master Classes, workshops, and residencies around the world. 

Pianist, Roberta Piket, loves to swing while exploring the more adventurous harmonic possibilities of jazz and improvised music. Piket has appeared professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton, Mickey Roker, Eliot Zigmund, Benny Golson, Ted Curson, Virginia Mayhew, and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra. A gifted composer as well, Roberta was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk BMI Composers’ Competition. She was also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.   As an educator, Piket has held master classes at the Eastman School of Music , Rutgers University, Cal Arts, Duke University, the Northwestern University Composers’ Colloquium, as well as other in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, Scott Robinson has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Primarily a tenor saxophonist, Scott placed directly below the great Sonny Rollins Down Beat Readers Poll. With over 240 recordings, his releases have appeared in many "Best of the Year" lists. Robinson's many works as a composer cover a very wide range, from solo performance pieces, jazz tunes and songs, and chamber works, on up to large-scale compositions for symphony orchestras. He has constructed a studio/laboratory for sonic research, containing an astonishing assortment of instruments and devices. His first solo and collaborative recordings from this facility have begun to appear under his own ScienSonic Laboratories imprint. ScienSonic Laboratories, LLC has released some highly creative and far-reaching projects including Nucleus, Creative Music for 3 Bass Saxophones, and Live at Space Farms featuring longtime Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen.

The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium.  The concert starts at 3pm, with seating available at 2:30. Due to the popularity of the performers, a capacity attendance is expected with limited seating available. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performers follow the programs.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck. 

Women Who Mattered: Funny Ladies of the Stage and Screen

Funny LadiesDumont Historian Dick Burnon to present a video/lecture, titled "Women Who Mattered: Funny Ladies of the Stage and Screen,"  on Friday, December 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ. The program is free and open to the public.

Burnon will discuss the lives and times of stage and screen stars Fanny Brice, Molly Picon, Martha Raye, and Joy Behar. He will supplement his talk by showing excerpts from the 1971 film, "Fiddler on the Roof," in which Molly Picon portrayed Yente the Matchmaker.

Fanny Brice (1891-1951) was a popular and influential illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theater, and film actress, who made many stage, radio, and film appearances, and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, "The Baby Snooks Show." Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the musical, "Funny Girl," and its 1968 film adaptation. The Broadway show ran for three years and 1,348 performances and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Streisand). Streisand, reprising her Broadway role, shared the Academy Award for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn for "The Lion in Winter."

Molly Picon (1898-1992) was an actress of stage, screen, and television, as well as a lyricist and dramatic storyteller for almost eight decades. She was first and foremost a star in Yiddish Theatre and film, but, in time, turned to English language productions. Her career began at the age of six in the Yiddish Theatre. Her most famous Yiddish film, "Yidl Mtn Fidl" (1936), was made on location in Poland. On Broadway, she starred in the Jerry Herman musical, "Milk and Honey"  in 1961. Her first major English-speaking role in the movies was in the film version of "Come Blow Your Horn"  (1963) with Frank Sinatra, and, of course, in the fore-mentioned 1971 film, "Fiddler on the Roof" as Yente the Matchmaker.

Martha Raye (1916-1994) was a comic, actress, and standards singer who performed in movies, and later on Broadway and television. She was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops. In addition to comedy, she sang both solos and duets with Al Jolson during his weekly CBS radio show. She would appear with many of the leading comics of her day. She was known for the size of her mouth, which was large in proportion to the rest of her face, thus earning her the nickname, "The Big Mouth." in 1993, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton for her service to her country. She was a television star very early in its history, and even had her own program for a while, "The Martha Raye Show (1954-1956)," with an awkward boyfriend, portrayed by retired Middleweight Champion Rocky Graziano.

Joy Behar (1942-) is a comedian, writer, actress, and was co-host on the ABC talk show, "The View." She hosted "The Joy Behar Show" on HLN from 2009 to 2011, and "Joy Behar: Say Anything!" on Current TV, from 2012 until the channel switched formatting in August 2013. She received 13 Emmy Nominations for "The View" and won an Emmy in 2009. She has been in a number of films and also made theater appearances. Behar has written a book of humorous essays and stories and a children's book.

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 class will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9 & 16 of 2015 at 6:00 PM by Sujatha Nair from Art of Living. 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. Participants may attend any or all classes.

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.

Book Discussion: Cain by Jose Saramago

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

Next meeting is on Monday, December 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading Cain by Jose Saramago. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Songs of the Season!  with Robin Greenstein & Co.

Robin GreensteinOn Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM The Teaneck Public Library will present a holiday concert featuring Robin Greenstein.  “Songs of the Season" is a multi-cultural musical celebration of the winter holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The music includes selections from general Yuletide music, Christmas, Gospel Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. Songs are performed & sung on guitars, ukulele and percussion instruments in English, Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish, German, Swedish and Yoruban. The origins of the holidays are explained.  It is a wonderful and fun holiday program that engages people from all walks of life, and all ages.  Lots of audience participation will be encouraged!

Robin Greenstein has sung the national anthem for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, headlined for Renaissance Cruise Lines, appeared on national television and performed at South Street Seaport, the Statue of Liberty, Citicorp Center, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Club Med. She has performed in 44 states at countless colleges, coffeehouses, schools and libraries.  Robin has a B.A. in music and researched Jewish music for the American Jewish Congress. At the same time she was signed to Bob Dylan’s publishing company as a songwriter.  Robin has five CDs of original, folk and children's music.  She was a clinician for Martin Guitars and represented them worldwide traveling to China and Europe with the CEO demonstrating their famous instruments. She also teaches privately (banjo and guitar) in New York City.

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.

Library to offer at-home access to Financial Ratings Series Online

Financial Ratings SeriesTeaneck Library card holders now have full home access to Financial Ratings Series Online provided by Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

This online database consists of 6 major categories: Banks & Thrifts; Credit Unions; Insurers and HMO’s; Mutual Funds / ETF’s; Stocks; and Medigap. It provides independent information to help the public make INFORMED DECISIONS about their financial planning as well as an individually personalized Medigap Buyer’s Guide.  The database covers information on:

  1. How to Pick the Best Medigap Plan and Get the Lowest Premiums
  2. How to Find the Safest Bank or Credit Union in Your Area
  3. How to Avoid the Weakest Insurance Companies … and How to Find the Best Ones
  4. Getting Sound Investing Advice with Weiss Ratings’ Safe Money Reports
  5. How to Find the Best Mutual Funds … and Make Sure Your Retirement Funds are Safe
  6. How to Pick the Best-Performing Stocks

To start, go to Teaneck Library’s homepage (www.teaneck.org), and choose Financial Ratings Series Online link on right under “Newly Added”. You need to enter your Teaneck Library card number to access the database at home.

Exhibit  “Baring Our Soles” by  Center for Hope and Safety Artists 

During October National Domestic Violence Month, the Teaneck Library will be exhibiting “Baring Our Soles”, artwork made by clients of  the Center for Hope and Safety, formerly known as 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 the Center. Included in the exhibit are individual narratives written by the artists.

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 TestTeaneck 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 201-837-4171.

Discover what all the Hoopla is about at the Library

HooplaThe Teaneck Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audio books; all available for mobile and online access. All patrons need is a valid library card, email address and password. Access is free, any time of the day or night. All titles are always available. Up to 16 titles can be borrowed per month.

The content is provided by Hoopla, an on-demand Internet streaming media service, as a result of an agreement between Hoopla and the Bergen County Cooperation Library System.

To start, please go to www.hoopladigital.com and create an account. Choose "Teaneck Public Library" from the drop down library menu.

Detailed instructions are available. For further information/assistance, please contact the Reference Department (201-837-4171x2).

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, World of Wings 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. Passes must be returned in person to the reference desk before closing on the due date. They may not be returned in the overnight book drops. Loan period for the Intrepid and the Children's Museum of Manhattan is 3 days. Loan period for World of Wings is 2 days. Overdue fine is $10 per day.  Fee for lost pass is whatever the museum charges for a replacement plus a $25 processing fee.

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.

For The Liberty Science Center, there is a $3.00 discount on the admission price with the presentation of a Teaneck Library card.

Take advantage of the opportunity for a day of fun and learning.  Users welcome.

Zinio digital magazines available through Teaneck Library


Do you love magazines? If so, then you’ll love Zinio!

What is Zinio? Zinio is a digital newsstand. Through the BCCLS partnership with Zinio, 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 Zinio is supported on the following devices and computers: iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD/HDX, Win 8, Mac, PC

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 to 2 p.m. in the 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.