Friday Film: Soul of the Elephant

Sould of the ElephantThe Teaneck Public Library Friday Morning Group will screen the PBS documentary "Soul of the Elephant" on February 5, 2016 at 10:30 A.M., as part of the Teaneck Public Library’s Isabelle & Sol Hermalyn Lecture Series. Refreshments served prior to screening.  Doors open at 10:00 AM.  The film runs 60 minutes.    

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history.

Sunday Concert: The Alacorde Piano Trio

The Alacorde Piano TrioThe Friends of the Teaneck Library have rescheduled the The Alacorde Piano Trio's January 24th concert of the Music on a Sunday Afternoon series. The new date is Sunday, February 7th.

The Alacorde Piano Trio, consisting of members Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello, and Jacqueline Schiller-Audi, piano, has performed extensively throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The Alacorde Piano Trio's extensive repertoire embraces works from all periods of the genre's history. Their performances have been called "magical with a level of virtuosity and musicality that is truly impressive."

Ensemble members are superb soloists in their own right, having enjoyed diversified careers in music that transcend international boundaries and range from solo appearances with various orchestras to chamber music collaborations with such artists as Lawrence Dutton of The Emerson String Quartet, David Geber, Julia Lichten, Nadine Asin and members of The New York Philharmonic. 

Together and as individuals, the members of The Alacorde Piano Trio have performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Roerich Museum, the Bruno Walter Auditorium, the Bulgarian Consulate General in NYC, the Donnell Library, Steinway Hall, the College of Saint Elizabeth, Concordia College, Cecil College in MD, Temple University in PA, Ramapo College and Caldwell Univesity in NJ.  Formed in 2006, the trio has enjoyed continually performing at the Teaneck Library, the Fort Lee Library, the YMHA in Wayne, the Friday evening chamber music series sponsored by the New York Bar Association, the Noble Art Recital Series, The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music series, the Connecticut Alliance of Music and the Carnegie Room Concert Series. They have also participated and performed in several fund raising projects, such as "Music For Hope" which benefited the people of Haiti after their devastating earthquake. 

Members of The Alacorde Piano Trio are on the faculties at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Ramapo College and Concordia Conservatory.  They are very excited to have just completed their first CD, which includes works by Gershwin, Piazzolla and Turina. 

In next month's upcoming concert on February 21st, The Adelphi Chamber Ensemble will perform three string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Fred Miller will make a return to the library on March 20th, presenting his Lecture-in-Song, highlighting the lives and work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

The season’s final concert on April 3rd welcomes back the crowd pleasing All Seasons Chamber Players. Titled “String Fling”, the group will perform music by Schubert, Turina, Brahms and Faure in duets, trios and quartets.

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.

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, Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 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.

Armchair Art Tours:  Meet George Washington

On Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM, The Teaneck Public Library will present the program “Meet George Washington.”   Declared at his death “First in peace, first in war, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” George Washington was revered during his own lifetime. Through works of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers, lecturer Mike Morris will reveal how his peers saw him and how his country remembered him.

Mike got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. 

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.

A Touch of Sinatra Presents: Sinatra and His Friends of the 50’s

On Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM The Teaneck Public Library will present a musical program featuring “A Touch of Sinatra.”  Join us for a live musical journey back to the 1950’s.  It’s Sinatra’s TV Show with Frank and his special guests.  Let’s reminisce sitting around our 9 inch TV set as we are entertained with humor, stories and of course the songs of Frank Sinatra and his friends of the fabulous 50’s.

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.

Sunday Movie: "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, OhioJoin us for a screening and discussion of "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio on Sunday, February 14 at 1:30 PM.  Refreshments served prior to screening.  Doors open at 1:15.  Movie will be screened promptly at 1:30. The film is rated PG13 and runs 1 hour 39 minutes. 

The true story of one woman's effort to keep her family afloat under difficult circumstances comes to the screen in this bittersweet comedy drama. Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) was a woman of intelligence, talent, and pluck living in the small town of Defiance, OH, in the 1950s.

Sponsored by the Teaneck Public Library and the Friends of the TPL.
Admission is free.

Book Discussion: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

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

Next meeting is on Monday, Febuary 22, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, The group is reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. To register or get a copy of the book, contact the Reference Department of the Library.

February Display: "Finding the True Way"

During the month of February 2016, the Teaneck Public library will be displaying artwork by local artist, Ksenija Lea Kostic-Pecaric. The artist describes her recent work of paintings, collages and ceramics as "Finding the True Way." 

For the past two years she has worked on a series done in mixed techniques and collages, which explore Biblical narratives and symbols. These endeavors reflect her life's journey so far as well as her personal spiritual contemplations. She has explored clay as a medium of expression, creating one of a kind vessels. Some are done on the wheel and some just formed by hand. Ksenjia feels there is something magical when a piece of earth can be formed in so many shapes and then used as practical objects or decorative pieces. This medium was used by artisans to create beautiful and meaningful objects of many kinds, build houses and so much more for many thousands of years and it is still used in the same way today.

Kostic-Pecaric was born in the former Yugoslavia and grew up in an artistic family. She received her formal art education in Belgrade, Prague and Krakow.

In 2003 Ms. Pecaric received her Masters in Fine Art and Art Education from Art Institute at Pedagogical University of Krakow in Poland. She holds NJ Standard Certification for Art Education and is a member of Society of American Graphic Artists, National Association of Women Artist, Printmaking Center of NJ and Manhattan Graphic Center. Her work is extensively exhibited nationally and internationally and is in private collections in USA, Europe and Australia.

Artist’s interest in Biblical themes and symbols are present in her work besides her interest and fascination with nature, music and literature. She also uses abstract forms to express personal explorations. She lives in Teaneck, NJ and teaches art at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus.

Tax Forms by Mail

Federal Tax Forms:

The IRS website has a page where you can order forms and instructions to be mailed to you.   Forms and Publications by U.S. Mail lets you fill a shopping cart with the forms and instructions you need--just type 1040 in the search box and you'll see a list of forms relating to 1040 forms to choose from. 

New Jersey Tax Forms

You can order the paper copy by phone or email only. Paper copies of New Jersey Tax forms are not available at public sites such as libraries or post offices.

AARP Tax Aide Program

BCCLS communities that are offering free tax assistance through the AARP Tax Aide program:

Bogota Public Library
375 Larch Avenue, Bogota, NJ 07603
(201) 488 - 7185

Clifton - Allwood Branch Library
44 Lyall Rd, Clifton, NJ 07012
(973) 471-0555

Fair Lawn Public Library
10-01 Fair Lawn Ave, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
(201) 796-3400

Livingston Community Senior Center
204 Hillside Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 535-7925

Louise Bay 2nd Public Library
345 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 427-5745

Mahwah Senior Center
475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ  07430
(201) 529-5757, Ext 213 or Ext 277

Maplewood Hilton Branch Library
1688 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
(973) 762-1688

Midland Park Senior Center
50 Center St, Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 445-5690

New Milford Public Library
200 Dahlia Dr, New Milford, NJ 07646
(201) 262-1221

Passaic Forstman Library
195 Gregory Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055
(973) 779-0474

United Way of Northern NJ
60 S Fullerton Ave # 205, Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-4040

Waldwick Public Library
19 E Prospect St, Waldwick, NJ 07463
(201) 652-5104

Westwood: TJ Riley Senior Center
100 Madison Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675
(201) 666-0840

West Orange Public Library
46 Mt Pleasant Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 736-0198

Wyckoff Public Library
200 Woodland Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
(201) 891-4866

(source: AARP.org )

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 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.

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.