In 2006, an article in the Suburbanite described Larry Robertson as a walking encyclopedia of Teaneck history. Through the years, he shared that history with many residents on his walking tours through the township.
Now he has taken the next step and published a guidebook to those walking tours which puts 138 pages of his knowledge at the reader’s fingertips. His knowledge is gleaned from being a lifelong resident, a 25 year veteran of the Teaneck Fire Department, township historian since 2001, and years of reading through archival materials related to Teaneck.
On Sunday, October 30, at 3 p.m., Larry will give a talk at the Teaneck Public Library that is free and open to the public. He’ll give a brief talk and respond to questions from the audience. Copies of his book will be available for sale and an autograph.
The 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, in September and October of 2016 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.
Art Display by Dr. Zita Pruitt
The paintings of Dr. Zita Pruitt will be on display in the Teaneck Library Gallery during the month of October during library hours. This exhibit, entitled “Joy,” includes works in water colors, acrylics and oils. Her paintings reflect the joy she finds in aspects of family life, and in her travels in the United States and other countries. Her love of nature is expressed in her landscapes and floral paintings. You may greet the artist at the reception on Sunday, October 16, from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Zita Pruitt was fascinated by color and drawing from early childhood. It was not until she retired as a Principal in the Teaneck Public Schools that she had more time to devote to painting. She studied with Denise Collins and at the Old Church Cultural Arts Center and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. She has had solo exhibits and her work has been included in several juried shows. She is currently studying with Christine Friedman and Tina Ishihara at the Rodda Center in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Pruitt has won an award for her body of work in acrylics.
Book Discussion: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The library hosts book discussion group each month, with books chosen in advance by the participants. New members welcome.
Next meeting is on Monday, October 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.
Music on a Sunday Afternoon Concert Series 2016-2017
The Friends of the Teaneck Library are pleased to present this season’s concert series, Music on a Sunday Afternoon. Though many of the performers are perennial favorites, there’s always something new in store for the audience.
On October 16th, Dr. Dubious and The Agnostics, a six-piece band, makes a return engagement, offering slow blues to fast hot jazz.
Fred Miller returns on November 13th, presenting his Lecture-in-Song, highlighting the life and work of Johnny Mercer.
December 11th brings the legendary Jazz pianist and vocalist, Johnny O’Neal and his Trio. With his unique style, O’Neal will perform a number of Jazz standards from his thousand plus repertoire.
On January 22nd, Australian pianist, Stephen Whale, will present various works from at least one of the great Austro-German composers, Mozart or Brahms, and two Finnish composers, Heino Kaski and Einojuhani Rautavaara.
Teaneck favorites, Jackie Schiller-Audi, pianist, and Allan Schiller, violinist, will perform a selection of sonatas by Mozart, and Beethoven on February 5th.
The Adelphi Orchestra returns on March 5th, presenting works for piano and strings by Dvorak, and Mozart.
The season’s final concert on April 2nd welcomes back the crowd pleasing All Seasons Chamber Players. Titled “Rome, Vienna and Beyond”, the group will perform music by Rota, Schubert and others, including duets and trios for stings, flute and piano.
The public is welcome to attend these free programs to be held in the library auditorium. The concerts start at 3pm, with seating available at 2:30. 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.
Teaneck Library to host local author
Meet author Jerry Bernstein of Teaneck on Monday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Bernstein's newly published novel, Stolen from the heart, is a thriller with a kidnapping at the heart of the plot. The protagonist wakes one day prepared for a murder trial and then his adopted daughter is kidnapped.
He will discuss his novel and field questions from the audience about writing in general. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The program is free and open to the public in the library's auditorium.
The 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.
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:
- How to Pick the Best Medigap Plan and Get the Lowest Premiums
- How to Find the Safest Bank or Credit Union in Your Area
- How to Avoid the Weakest Insurance Companies … and How to Find the Best Ones
- Getting Sound Investing Advice with Weiss Ratings’ Safe Money Reports
- How to Find the Best Mutual Funds … and Make Sure Your Retirement Funds are Safe
- 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.
Children’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
Teaneck 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.
With 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.
The 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
Teaneck 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.
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 learn more about the program, please contact the Library’s Reference Department at 201-837-4171.
Basic Internet Class:
The 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:
The 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.
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 or Tobey Weiss at the library at 201-837-4171.
Teaneck Public Library hosts an English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) Conversation Group Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 2PM in the yellow 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.
The Fall 2016 ESL Group class will run from Sept. 23 to Dec. 2, 2016. Winter/Spring ESL Group class will run Jan.13, 2017 to May 12, 2017.
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.