April Gallery: Photo Documentary Work of Nicholas Ortiz

During the month of April 2014, the Teaneck Public Library Gallery will be featuring the photo documentary work of Nicholas Ortiz.

In “Traces of the Dream”, Colombian photographer Nicholas Ortiz reveals the struggles of Latin American immigrants and the many hardships they endure in pursuit of a better life in The United States.  His subjects, photographed in NJ, NY, PA and Canada, often live marginally, sleeping on the streets and working menial labor.

“Traces of the Dream” was presented as Ortiz’s final project at Sussex County Community College in May of 2011. The college honored this work by exhibiting it in the gallery until January 2012. The work has been widely shown in several northern NJ galleries, South America and in Vienna, Austria.

Besides Sussex C.C. College, Ortiz has studied at several NYC photo workshops. He has been a photographer for many North Jersey media outlets as well as publications in Colombia and Ecuador.

“My focus of the photo documentary is to show that, as immigrants, we also have a dream and deserve the same rights and respect as everyone.” – Nicholas Ortiz

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 Monday, from 6 PM to 7 PM, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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.

Book CoverBook Discussion: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The library hosts book discussion group each month. Next meeting is on Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with books chosen in advance by each group. This month, the group is reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Love: From Jazz to Soul

DenetFounder and Primary Vocalist of the Silver Fox Songs showcase series, songstress Rhonda Denet will present “Love: From Jazz to Soul,” a love themed show of jazz and soul standards at the Teaneck Public Library on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. as part of the Isabelle and Sol Hermalyn lecture series.

The show spans four decades with hits from the time when Ella Fitzgerald was dubbed, “The First Lady of Song” through the era when Aretha Franklin was crowned “The Queen of Soul.”  In addition to tributes to Ella and Aretha, homage is paid to jazz greats Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone as well as soul divas Etta James, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, and Gladys Knight.

“Gifted songstress” is what activity directors, event planners and audiences call Rhonda Denét. She has been hailed as a virtuoso that lends her flair to every song she sings. This formally trained and soulfully gifted songbird completely covers the gamut with a repertoire that covers the American Songbook to Top 40 radio as well as her inspirational original compositions.

Music has always been a guiding force throughout Rhonda’s life. She grew up in the Washington DC area and consistently performed for senior and other underserved populations throughout her childhood. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Florida State University. Her professional career has allowed her to share the gift of music throughout the region and across the country with appearances at concert halls, theaters, clubs, resorts, museums and premier wedding venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Friar's Club, Waldorf Astoria, B. B. Kings Bar & Grill, and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar. The development of the Silver Fox Songs series was a natural progression because it allows her to honor great artistry in American music and bring live music to appreciative, yet underserved populations.

In addition to being the founder and primary performer for the Silver Fox Songs showcase series, Denét performs regularly throughout the New York metropolitan area with her band The Bad Cats, as the lead vocalist for The Kazz Music Orchestra and with several other regional projects. More information about Rhonda’s other projects is available at www.rhondadenet.com.

All Seasons Chamber Players to Perfrom at the Library

SchillerThe All Seasons Chamber Players, one of New Jersey’s most popular and active chamber music ensembles, will return to the Teaneck Public Library to perform a program of chamber music on Sunday afternoon, April 27, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. The concert is part of the library’s Music on A Sunday Afternoon Series sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library. Admission is free, the public is invited, and a reception will follow the concert. The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane and is wheelchair accessible.

The program, entitled “Fantasy!” will feature chamber music for flute, violin, cello, piano and piano duet. It will include two of the most famous fantasies in the chamber music literature, both written by Franz Schubert: The Fantasy for Piano Four Hands in F Minor and the Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C Major. In addition, the program will include a contrasting work, the Piano Trio in G Minor for Flute, Cello and Piano by Carl Maria von Weber with its beautiful “Shepard’s Lament.” Robert Lawrence, Co-Director for Programs, will introduce each piece to the audience with entertaining spoken program notes.

All Seasons Chamber PlayersPerformers will include flutist Brenda Sakofsky of New City, NY; violinist Bob Lawrence of NYC; cellist E. Zoe Hassman of NYC; pianist Jean Strickholm of Demarest and Guest Artist pianist Jacqueline Schiller-Audi who is well-known to Teaneck audiences.  Ms. Schiller-Audi holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The Mannes College of Music. She has performed extensively as a chamber musician and soloist with several orchestras including the Martinu Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic in chamber music recitals at Merkin Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Roerich Museum. She has recorded a solo CD of piano works as well as a CD of music for two violins and piano with her violinist parents, Allen Schiller and the late Eleanor Schiller of Teaneck.

Now in its 33rd season, the All Seasons Chamber Players has performed over 700 live concerts in the metropolitan area. In addition, thousands of people have heard the ensemble on Cablevision’s MetroArts/13 programs, COMCAST, WTT-35 and other local cable TV stations. Winner of the Award for Artistic Excellence from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, the ensemble has received grants from several corporate and private sources. Performers are professional musicians who also play with major area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals.

This concert is one of 15 free, public Community Concerts for Bergen County. Funding has been made possible in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Additional funding is provided by Columbia Bank, the Lillian P. Schenck Fund, the Puffin Foundation, Shop Rite of Hackensack, and over 150 Friends of All Seasons.

The All Seasons Chamber Players is performing 24 concerts in the 2013-2014 season at Edward Williams Auditorium (FDU Hackensack); the Central Unitarian Church of Paramus; the Oradell Reformed Church; Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ridgewood; the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge; Rossmoor Adult Community; and the public libraries of New Milford, Upper Saddle River, Fort Lee, Ridgewood, Englewood, Teaneck, Mahwah, and Passaic. It will also perform in New York State at the public libraries of New City, White Plains and Ossining.

For further information about the ensemble’s programs, players and supporters visit www.allseasonschamberplayers.org or call (201) 768-1331 for a printed schedule.

Tech Night at Teaneck Public Library

The Teaneck Public Library will host Tech Night for our residents on May 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The program is free. To register, please call the Reference Department at 201-837-4171.

Would you like to use your digital device to read a book or a magazine?  The Teaneck Library offers eBooks from Overdrive and 3M as well as digital magazines from Zinio. Bring in your device and we will show you how to set it up. We can also answer general computer or internet related questions.

The Teaneck Library also offers Basic Computer Skills classes every Tuesday and Saturday at 10AM. It is an on-going program and no registration is required. Examples of what you can learn include:

  1. Mouse skills
  2. Internet Explorer
  3. Google Search
  4. Library Catalog
  5. Printing
  6. E-mail
  7. Microsoft Word
  8. Online Job Search

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. The Intrepid and Children’s Museum  provide actual passes which are borrowed for 3 days and must be returned in person to the reference desk. 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

ZinioStarting 2014, Teaneck Library offers its patrons online access to 100 most 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).

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.

Library offers instruction class on how to access the program on Tuesday and Saturday at 10 AM every week during January and February. (User Guide)

To start, go to: www.teaneck.org and click on “Zinio Digital Magazine” under Digital Collections. To know more about the program, please contact the Library’s Reference Department at 201-837-4171.

Free Computer Classes at the Teaneck Public Library

Computer ClassThe Teaneck Public Library is pleased to offer free computer classes to Teaneck residents who are looking to improve their computer skills.  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; conduct a job search online; and download eBooks from the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) catalogue/website onto an eReader.

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.

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.