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Chair Yoga and Meditation Class

YogaThe 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 June of  2016 and July 1 at 10:30 AM, 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.

Twelve Tribes of HattieBook Discussion: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

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

Next meeting is on Monday, July 25, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Matthis. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

Summer 2016 programs by Friends of the Teaneck Public Library

Friday Morning Movies

All movies start at 10:00 AM. Free.

SpotlightJuly 8: Sportlight (2015)

2015 Oscar Winner Best Picture. This Academy Award winner chronicles the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered a decades-long cover-up of child abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese. Rated R. Runtime: 2 hr. 9 min.

JoyJuly 15: Joy (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence stars with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro as a woman who builds a business dynasty in David O. Russell's wild story about a family across four generations. 2 hours 4 minutes. Rated PG-13

PheonixJuly 22: Phoenix (2015)

Obsession, deception, and secret identities: a Holocaust survivor makes the ultimate sacrifice to be with the husband who may have betrayed her in this Hitchcockian thriller. 1 hour 38 minutes. Rated PG-13

ZootopiaJuly 29: Zootopia (2016)

Disney presents an action-comedy adventure set in the all-animal city of Zootopia. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps jumps at the chance to crack a case, even if it means partnering with fast-talking Nick Wilde to solve the mystery. 1 hour 48 minutes. Rated PG

Hello, My Name is DorisAugust 5: Hello, My Name is Doris (2016)

A woman of a certain age finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker in a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story. 1 hour 30 minutes. Rated R

August 12: No movie. Program from Shakespeare Theatre

WadjdaAugust 19: Wadjda (2013)

The story of a fun-loving 10-year old girl determined to turn her dreams into reality. A groundbreaking film that is hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once. 1 hour 37 minutes. Rated PG

AmyAugust 26: Amy (2015)

2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Animated Feature Film. AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. 2 hours 7 minutes. Rated R

Inside OutSeptember 2: Inside Out (2015)

2016 Academy Award for Best Animited Feature Film. When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home. 1 hour 34 minutes. Rate PG

Movies on a Summer Sunday Afternoon

Doors opens at 1:00, screening at 1:30, discussion to follow

Lady in the VanJune 26: Lady in the Van - Rated PG-13, Runtime is 1 hour 44 minutes.

The true story of a woman of uncertain origins whon "temporarily" parked her van in a London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Starring Dame Maggie Smith

Son of SaulJuly 31: Son of Saul - Rated R, Runtime is 1 hour 47 minutes.

Winner of the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, a stark and difficult Holocaust-based themed film, by Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Names

Oranges and SunshineAugust 7: Oranges and Sunshine - Rated R, Runtime is 1 hour 45 minutes

The true story of a social worker who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent time; the mass deportation of children from UK to Australia.

Music on a Summer Sunday Afternoon

Doors open at 1:30, concert at 2:00

Sarah BobJuly 24: Sarah Bob

Sarah Bob, Teaneck's own is an active soloist and chamber musician noted for her charismatic performances colorful playing and diverse programming.

Misuzu TanakaAugust 21: Misuzu Tanaka

Misuzu Tanaka is a pianist of rare poetic sensibility and has studied at Juilliard and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

 

July Exhibit: Rodda Center Seniors' Oil Painting & Ceramics

The Senior program at the Rodda Community Center will be presenting an Oil Painting Art show and Ceramics Hand Building Art Exhibition at the Teaneck Public Library during the month of July 2016. The works presented are the result of hours of work of a group of very talented and dedicated local artists. The artists' subject matter ranges from still lives to portraits to landscapes. The Oil Painting class is taught by Tina Stonefield- Ishihara throughout the year. She began her formal training at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Japan. She has exhibited at the NYC Historical Museum. 

The Ceramics Hand Building Class is taught by Bea Bloom. After learning her degree in general Literature, Bloom turned to Ceramics, earnings her degree at Fullerton College in California. She exhibits her work all throughout the North East.

Participants in this year's show include Barbara Brandon, Diane Fogel, Nancy Leroy, Karen Lowenstein, Janet Nelson, Rhoda Ferat, Tony Ribustelo, Ester Schwartz. Zita Pruitt, and Elsa Venticinque.

Please come and join us, and meet the artists. A reception will be held at the Library on Friday July 8th from 1 to 3 PM. Teaneck Public Library, 840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck NJ 076666 201-837 4171

Teaneck Artist Jim Norman Brings Watercolors to Library in June

Jim Norman, a Teaneck resident and artist, will be displaying many of his large, vibrant watercolors on the walls of the Teaneck Library for the entire month of June. There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, June 11, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Norman is best known for his representational paintings of natural scenes, with atmospheric depiction of clouds, water, rocks and trees. Visitors to this show, however, will see some new work that has led some people to remark that the artist seems to have gone off into a more abstract form of expression.

"Not so," says Norman. "It's really an extension of my representational approach to the natural world, but just a little further out than I'm used to going." The paintings, "Out of Chaos" and "A Brief Excursion to Orion Nebula," are Norman's interpretations of photographs sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Norman, an award-winning painter who frequently exhibits his work in juried shows at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, has studied with Christine Friedman and Elise Morenon locally, and with Carol Sebold and Tony Van Hasselt in Maine.

One of the paintings in the Library exhibit, "Harbor at Honfleur," was honored with the prestigious Winsor & Newton Award for Watercolor at a recent juried show at the Ridgewood Art Institute.

When Norman is not painting, he can often be found building a boat in his garage, or working as a night breaking news reporter for The Record, the daily newspaper that serves Bergen County.

Library adds WW2 uniforms to local history collection

UniformThe 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.

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.

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

Zinio

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 2 to 3 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.