An Update from the Library Director on Teaneck Public Library’s Phased Reopening (September 4, 2020)

Dear Teaneck Public Library patrons and community members,

I am writing today to provide a brief update on current and upcoming library services, as we continue to move forward with the library’s phased plans for reopening.

On June 22, we began offering contactless doorside pickup of library materials to Teaneck residents. As of the end of August, we have checked out more than 20,000 print books and other physical materials, with a majority of these through doorside pickup. And I’m happy to report that the limit on holds was raised to (20), effective August 26, giving you even more access to the books you want to read.

We are also in the process of implementing a digital scheduling service that will allow you to schedule an exact date and time for pickup of your materials, helping us to serve you even better. More information on the launch of this service will be coming soon.

As we work to steadily improve and expand in-person services, we are continuing to supplement with added eBooks and audiobooks through Libby, and streaming movies, TV shows, and music through Hoopla. We’ve also added the popular from LinkedIn resource for expanding professional and creative skills. Visit our website for a complete list of digital content and electronic databases that can be accessed from home with your Teaneck Public Library card.

While we are continuing to provide virtual program opportunities including book discussions, story times, STEM activities, lectures, guided meditation, and more, we are also developing safe outdoor events with appropriate mask and social distancing requirements.

More than 70 people joined us in August for the Bergen County Shakespeare in the Park performance of The Tempest, presented by Black Box Performing Arts Center on the Township of Teaneck Municipal Green. And I’m happy to announce that we still have a select number of free tickets available for Measure for Measure on September 10 at 7:00 PM. While there is no cost for attendance, you must reserve tickets in order to attend.

We will also be hosting a limited Outdoor Library on Friday, September 4, 2:00 to 4:00 PM to help residents stock up on books and other entertainment for the approaching Labor Day weekend. A selection of materials for all ages will be available for browsing and checkout. Please be advised that you must have a library card present, wear a mask, and observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus has had far-reaching effects in our community. To help residents work through the resulting grief, loss, stress, and anxiety produced by this extensive public health crisis and the coming fall, the library has been partnering with New Jersey Hope and Healing to provide a 3-week book discussion and community education series using Brene Brown’s New York Times best-selling book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Some limited spots are still available for the final week. Visit the event listing for more information on finding a copy of the book and register now!

Inside the library we are continuing to make improvements and implement contactless features in preparation for expanding safe indoor services. Future contactless services will include contactless checkout of library materials, printing and computer reservation, and payment of fines and fees. These upgrades improving the safety of our library for the entire community would not be possible without the support of the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.

Thank you to all for your patience, support, and dedication, as we continue to expand our virtual collections and programming, improve contactless in-person services, and prepare for a return to the new normal this fall.

With the approach of Labor Day, I also want to acknowledge the tireless work of our library staff who continue to bring you the materials, programs, and services that you rely on, under circumstances that remain fluid and constantly evolving.

The library will be closed September 5-7 in observance of Labor Day, but we look forward to serving you when we return on Tuesday.

Have a happy and healthy holiday weekend.


Allen McGinley
Library Director

One Comment

  1. The Teaneck library has been wonderful during the pandemic. The added activities for the kids is an added plus. So thoughtful!

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