An Update from the Library Director on Teaneck Public Library’s Response to Coronavirus (May 22, 2020)

Dear Teaneck Public Library patrons and community members,

I’m writing today to provide a weekly update on the library’s response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the New York City metropolitan area and northern New Jersey. While our doors may be closed, per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, we’re still here for you! We are working on a daily basis to develop new programs and services to help connect you to the materials, information, and experiences that you need as we work our way through this unique global health crisis.

In Governor Murphy’s multi-stage plan for reopening the State of New Jersey, the limited reopening of libraries and in-person services is currently included in Stage 2. Governor Murphy has indicated that the state is currently in Stage 1, and there is no specific timetable for progressing to the next stage. However, I am currently working with the Library Board of Trustees, Township Manager and Health Department, and library staff to develop a cautious and thoughtful phased reopening plan that will permit the library to begin reinstating limited in-person library services as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

In the meantime we are continuing to expand our programs and resources that you can access digitally from home. Join us on Thursday at 10:00 AM for a lecture 1970: A Decade’s Tumultous Start, with author and journalist Evan Weiner. This program will be offered online via Zoom, and participants will have the option to call-in, as well.

And Read to a Dog is back in a new virtual format! Children are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, May 27 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM to read during a 15-minute time slot to our furry friend Loki. Since this is a one-on-one program with Loki, space is limited. Please register as soon as possible. I’m also happy to announce a new music program for children (babies up to age 5). Join us for joyful, interactive music class with Miss Nita on Thursday, May 28 at 10:30 AM.

On Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 PM, the Teaneck International Film Festival will be providing a FREE virtual screening of Eating Up Easter. Our reference librarians have created a Finding Aid on Easter Island and Environmental Sustainability to help connect you with further information on this important topic. All of the books, audiobooks, articles, and videos included in the Finding Aid are available digitally, although some will require your Teaneck library card for access. If you don’t have a library card, you can apply online and get instant access.

As a reminder, you can find a complete listing of all of our programs on the events calendar on our website. This interactive events calendar is updated regularly. Popular programs include live guided meditation, storytimes (in English and en Espanol), Mario Kart tournaments, and more!

With Memorial Day approaching this coming Monday, I would like to take a moment to recognize the countless soldiers and military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We have archived the names of Teaneck residents whose lives have been lost during active military duty on our website, and encourage you to take a moment to browse their names and think about what this sacrifice means on Memorial Day:

Lastly, I want to thank the Friends of the Library for their tremendous ongoing support. Due to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have been able to upgrade our Zoom platform, and increase and enhance the quality of our virtual programming during the library’s closure. As you may know, the Friends are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization who raise funds and awareness regarding the library, and continue to be instrumental to the high quality of library services in Teaneck.

Thank you all for your support, and please let us know if there is any way that we can support you in return. Virtual services will be closed on Monday in recognition of Memorial Day, but we will be back to serve you on Tuesday. Staff are available to answer your questions by chat through our website; by phone (voice/text) at 201-817-9780; or email Patron Services at teancirc@bccls.org, the Reference Department at reference@teaneck.bccls.org, or Youth Services at youth@teaneck.bccls.org. Any messages we receive outside of our hours of operation will be responded to as soon as possible.

Be safe, stay healthy, and have a great weekend.

Sincerely,

 

Allen McGinley
Library Director

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