To the end of the landBook Discussion: The Yellow Bird by Kevin Powers

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.

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.

Secrets of Jewish New York City talk at Teaneck Public Library

Oscar 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.

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.

Long interested in alternative photographic processes, her technique combines the use of a centuries old device with current digital technology. Using a digital camera to capture images from a camera obscura allows the artist to produce photos with a unique effect. The camera obscura is a box with a simple lens and frosted glass back. The image is projected through the lens onto the glass, which is then photographed with the digital camera. The images are then further processed and manipulated on the computer. Though the subject matter is contemporary, the photos appear otherworldly, out of time, due to the nature of the equipment.

Celotto has an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and a MFA in Photography from Brooklyn College. She has been a studio manager and producer in photography and video studios and is currently a video editor.

For more information, please go to: lizcelotto.com or e-mail: Lcelotto@aol.com.

“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.

While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II

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?

This one woman concert/lecture delves into it all and in the process reveals how the “Spirit” of the time was uplifted by these songs . . . to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war. Dr. Cypkin, an Award-Winning Professor of Communications, has for many years published studies on the words that moved us during the war—words in speeches, at rallies, of songs. This program then is a unique fruition to some of her work. For here she can personally explain the story behind the songs and, in her expressive lyric soprano,  perform them as well! In sum, “While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II” is not just a concert, but a wonderful educational experience, chock-full of superb melodies!

More About Dr. Diane Cypkin:  While many already know her from her highly successful one-woman Yiddish/English presentation on Molly Picon, Diane has also done a prodigious amount of work in the English language American Theatre. She has appeared as the ingénue lead in summer stock productions of “The King and I,” “Oklahoma,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Music Man.” She has been a featured performer in concerts at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Town Hall. She has done one-woman concerts at an endless number of libraries, centers, and resorts. Many have heard her on radio on WEVD and WNYC. As an actor, Diane has appeared in productions at the Soho Repertory Theatre, The New York Theatre Workshop, the Jan Hus Playhouse, The Ansonia Theatre, The Three Muses Theatre, and The Lenox Theatre. As a director, Diane has staged more than a dozen shows including off-Broadway productions of “Annie Get Your Gun,” “H.M.S. Pinafore,” and “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.”

As an Academic, Dr. Cypkin has published her work in many journals including The Journal of Radio Studies, The Ohio Speech Journal, The Florida Communication Journal, The Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota Journal, and The New York State Communication Association Proceedings. Her work is part of an Anthology entitled Courage of Conviction: Women’s Words, Women’s Wisdom. Dr. Cypkin is presently Professor of Media, Communication, and Visual Arts at Pace University in New York. She has been there almost twenty-five years. She is a recipient of the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence and the Pace University President’s “Extra Mile” Award.

The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium.  Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performer follow the performance.  The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck.

Thanksgiving: The True Story

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.

Penny Colman is the author of award-winning biographies and social histories. Her intriguing topics range from Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II to Thanksgiving: The True Story.  A popular speaker, Penny has appeared on television, radio, including National Public Radio, and on Book TV, C-Span2.

She has been honored by the New Jersey State Legislature for her books and public appearances that have “contributed to the advancement of women.” The New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs presented her with the New Jersey Women of Achievement Award.

A graduate of The University of Michigan and The Johns Hopkins University, Penny has taught nonfiction literature and creative writing at various colleges and universities, including Teachers College, Columbia University and Queens College, The City University of New York, where she was a Distinguished Lecturer from 2003-2010.

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.

Ghosthunting in New Jersey and New York

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.

L’Aura Hladik, author of “Ghosthunting: New Jersey” and “Ghosthunting: New York City” has been officially ghost hunting since 1993 and founded the NJ Ghost Hunters Society in 1998, which to date is the largest paranormal investigating organization in New Jersey.

As a paranormal inestigator, L’Aura has stayed at the famously haunted Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA.  Other ghost hunting explorations have taken her to Chicago, Savannah, and New Orleans.  Internationally, she has investigated several Irish haunted castles, most notably Leap Castle (County Offaly, Ireland).

L’Aura has appeared on the nationally syndicated television show “Montel Williams” for the Sylvia Browne Halloween special on October 31, 2006, and “The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet” in September, 2008.  In addition to local cable TV program appearances. L’Aura and the NJGHS were the focus of the Treasure HD Dish Network TV show, “Magnificent Obsessions” in March 2007.

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 Director does a presentation in honor of Teaneck veterans

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, www.teaneck.org. 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

"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.

Many directors, enchanted by the tales of Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Edgar Allen Poe, tried to recreate their childish awe in film.  We will see how they were able to create special effects without digitization, starting with early films such as “One Million BC,” “Metropolis,” “Ten Commandments” and “San Francisco.”

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.

Ancient Egypt, Art and Archaeology: What Does it All Mean?

“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.

This slide presentation features two parts.  In the first part, Matys discusses what motivated ancient Egyptians to construct the temples, tombs, and other monuments that remain today.  She also will talk about contemporary life in the cities and countryside and the current religious/political situation and what it means to tourists.

The second part consists of a series of slides of people and monuments – Matys’ favorites among all the photos she has taken in Egypt – presented to a background of taped Middle Eastern music for dramatic effect.

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.

Book Talk and Signing: The bus on Jaffa Road; a story of Middle East terrorism and the search for justice

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

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. 

Karen Ranzi, famous author and speaker on Raw Foods, will bring recipes and prepare a delicious Pina colada Green Smoothie for you to enjoy.  Karen is the owner of www.superhealthychildren.com and is the author of books on the raw food lifestyle.  Her new recipe book contains 115 easy recipes and health tips for busy people and families to enjoy energetic living.  “Eating Healthy with Raw Food Recipes” is a great way to begin a healthier you!

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.

The Erie Canal

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.

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.

Holiday Program by The Garden State Harmonica Club’s Ensemble Group

The 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.

The Ensemble’s musical fare comes from the favorites of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s which lends itself to knee slapping and sometimes a whirl on the dance floor!  Since 1971 they have pleased senior groups, veterans, nursing and assisted living centers, civic and church organizations and others within a 20 mile radius of their Rutherford, NJ base.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Zinio digital magazines available through Teaneck Library

ZinioTeaneck Library offers its patrons online access to 100 popular magazines through Zinio. Sample magazine titles include: American Craft, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Digital Photo, The Economist, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, PC Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and more (Full title list).

These magazines are fully downloadable. Once downloaded, you can read them anytime and anywhere without Internet connection or using data plan.

Zinio bills itself as “The world’s largest newsstand.”  Library patrons can sign up with Zinio via Teaneck Library website and have online access to the cover-to-cover issues of subscribed magazines.  Zinio supports almost all the digital platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet as well as Kindle Fire and Nook HD. Full individual magazine issues can be checked out, downloaded and stored for later viewing.  There are no holds or checkout periods.

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 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Library 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.