Friends of the Teaneck Public Library Month Kicks Off with Music and a Huge Book Sale

May has been proclaimed Friends of the Teaneck Public Library Month by the Teaneck Township Council, and what better way to usher in this special month than with a Cinco de Mayo concert and a huge book sale?


On Sunday, May 5, the Friends host their Spring Fling and annual meeting. The concert will feature Rana Santacruz. A Mexico City native living in Brooklyn, New York, Santacruz is considered one of the artists currently redefining the sound of Mexican American music. NPR called his work “a beautiful seamless meshing of Mexican folk music with things like bluegrass and 1920’s jazz music.”


Also featured in the three-piece ensemble are Karolyn Bethke and Dan Weber. Bethke has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She trained to teach the Suzuki Method for violin and the O’Connor Method of American fiddling. Weber is a bassist, composer, and arranger. He is also an educator, and has traveled around the U.S. and internationally, presenting clinics, lectures, and master classes.


Doors open at 1:30 for Friends members and at 1:45 for the public. The event is free, and refreshments will be served.


The following day, May 6, collection begins for the Friends’ famous Book Sale, which offers 50,000+ books, CDs, and DVDs. From Monday, May 6-Sunday, May 12, the Friends eagerly welcome donations of gently used books and media. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, May 6-12 from 9am-6:30pm, on Saturday May 13 from 9am-4pm, and on Sunday May 14 from 12:30pm-4:30pm. Members Days for the sale are Thursday, May 16 from 4-8pm and Friday, May 17 from 9am-1pm. Eager sale-goers can join at the door.


The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, May 18 from 9am-4pm, Sunday, May 19 from 12:30pm-4:30pm, and Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21 from 11am-8pm. Books are sorted into genres for easy browsing and new items are restocked frequently. All proceeds from the sale, memberships, and donations fund library programs and services.


The Friends currently have more than 600 members, and dozens of its volunteers help with the sale. Anyone who’d like to volunteer or learn more about the Friends should call 201/403-4629, e-mail, and/or visit the Friends’ Facebook page at FriendsOfTheTeaneckPublicLibrary.

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