Next Stage Ensemble to perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

On Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. The Teaneck Public Library will present a one-hour abridged version of   A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Daniel Roberts, based on an original production conceived by Brian B. Crowe and performed by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble summer touring program. 

When starry-eyed young lovers and zany would-be actors cross paths with mischief-making fairies in a magical forest, the result is one of the world’s most uproarious comedies.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the ideal “first Shakespeare” for younger audiences, and a riotous roller-coaster ride for the whole family.

The Next Stage Ensemble, now in its 22nd year, was created in 1992 as part of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program, to foster the work of early-career actors and directors. One of several outreach programs offered by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Next Stage Ensemble brings the thrill of a live performance to audiences of all ages throughout New Jersey each summer, while enabling young performers to gain valuable experience in classical theatre and ensemble work. 

The Next Stage Ensemble upholds the Shakespearean tradition of a traveling company of actors bringing its theatrical repertory into the community, by performing at hospitals, retirement communities, libraries, camps, schools and community centers. Much as an Elizabethan traveling company would have done, the troupe tours with only minimal sets and without lighting equipment. In traditional fashion, actors typically perform in multiple roles. The performers rely upon the text and their craft, rather than on elaborate sets, costumes and special effects, to create theatrical "magic." For more information about the Next Stage Ensemble, call 973-408-3806.

This will be the 16th consecutive year that the Teaneck Public Library has hosted a presentation by the Next Stage EnsembleThese performances are always among the most popular programs to be held at the library, usually to overflow audiences.  Although the Friday Morning programs are geared toward the adult and senior citizen population, all members of the public are welcome to attend this free performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (recommended for ages 12 and up) which will be held in the library auditorium, keeping in mind that adults, especially senior citizens, will be seated first. 

The library is located at 840 Teaneck Road at the corner of Cedar Lane in Teaneck. For additional information about this performance, please contact Carol Anderson at the library, 201-837-4171.

Book CoverBook Discussion: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

The library hosts book discussion group each month. Next meeting is on Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with books chosen in advance by each group. This month, the group is reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. 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, July 16, 23 and 30, 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.

Rodda Center Seniors’ Art Exhibit

The Senior program at the Rodda Community Center will be presenting its third annual group art show at the Teaneck Public Library from July 1 through August 27. The works presented are the result of hours of participation in two of the Senior Center's most popular programs: the drawing class and the watercolor class.  Both classes are taught by the award winning artist Christine Friedman on Wednesdays throughout the year. 

Participants in this year's show include Consuelo Brown, Eva Piccioni, Sandy Loft, Barbara Brandon, Roberta Schwartz, Dorothy Gomez, Marge Geiser, Karen Lowenstein, Rhoda Ferat, Ilana Josef, Laraine Chaberski, Judith Adel, Ines Solomon, Doris Gregory, Micki Shilan, Zita Pruitt, Esther Ross, Davis Ross, Cynthia McKay, Jim Norman, Sally Stamper, Nancy Leroy, and Violet Gove.

This year's group show is dedicated to the memory of Vernell Pearson, a longtime participant in the art program at the Rodda Center.

For further information about this and other exciting programs at the Teaneck Senior Services Center, please call 201-837-0171 ext.7023.

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: 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 at 11 AM every week. (User Guide)

To start, go to: 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

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.