Program Policy


Teaneck Public Library (the “Library”) provides quality programs for all ages, in keeping with its mission and vision. The Library provides equal access to information, ideas, and inspiration where the community can connect, learn and grow in the Library and beyond. A policy is needed to set guidelines for the types of programs that are presented by the Library. 


Library programs are events that promote the use of library materials, services, and/or offer informational, educational, recreational, or cultural experiences. The Library strives to resent programs that represent the diversity of our community and reflect a wide variety of opinions and viewpoints in accordance with the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. Factors such as staffing levels, budget concerns, and other demands upon the staff will influence the number and types of programs offered. Patrons seeking in-depth exploration of topics not covered in library programs are encouraged to contact other relevant organizations. 

The Library recognizes that some programs may be considered controversial to some patrons. Selection of programs will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this Policy. Responsibility for child attendance and supervision at Library programs rests with the parent, guardian or primary caretaker.

The Library reserves the right to establish procedures and/or guidelines for any program that is held at the Library, which may impact registration, attendance, and participation, depending on the popularity and resources for the program. The Library also reserves the right to not schedule a program and/or cancel a scheduled program.

Library programs are generally free, and open to the public. However, at the discretion of the Library Director, fees for registration and/or materials may be required for certain types of Library programs. In addition, programs may be limited to Teaneck Library cardholders. Repeated last-minute cancellations or no-shows may result in suspension of registration privileges for a reasonable amount of time set by the Library Director. 

The Library’s philosophy of open access to information extends to Library programs. The Library does not discriminate on the basis of race or color; religion or creed; national origin, nationality, or ancestry; sex, pregnancy, or breastfeeding; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; disability; marital or domestic partnership/civil union status, liability for military service, or any other characteristics protected by local, state, and federal law. Opinions expressed during Library programs, or co-sponsored events, do not necessarily reflect the views of the Library, its staff, trustees, or supporters. In addition, programs held in the Library are not necessarily all Library-sponsored programs. Other eligible groups are allowed to reserve the Auditorium when approved by the Library. 

Suggestions for programs are welcome by Teaneck residents and will be considered using the afore-mentioned program guidelines. Interested performers or presenters are required to submit a written proposal to the Library Director <[email protected]>, including three references from other libraries or similar organizations. Program proposals will be reviewed, evaluated, and selected for implementation by Library staff.

At the discretion of the Library Director, the Library may co-sponsor programs with a community partner. Co-sponsorship is defined as the Library working with a community partner to provide a program. Partners may receive marketing materials and/or acknowledgement on the Library website. The Library may refuse a co-sponsored program opportunity due to space or resource limitations, or if the program is deemed inappropriate, or incompatible, with the Library’s mission or goals.

Library programs must be non-commercial in nature. Performers or presenters will be permitted to sell their merchandise only if the Library Director has agreed in advance to such an arrangement. The only fundraising programs permitted at the Library are those benefiting the library, or sponsored/co-sponsored by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.  

Timely and adequate public announcement shall be made of all programs. Organizations or individuals partnering with the Library must coordinate planning and marketing efforts with Library staff.

Registration may be required for planning purposes. When registration is required, it will be coordinated by the Library, unless other arrangements are made. In certain cases, the nature and success of a program may require limiting attendance by number and/or by age group. All program participants must comply with the Library’s Code of Conduct.

Ultimate responsibility for programming at the Library rests with the Library Director, who administers under the authority of the Board of Trustees. Library staff, under the supervision of the Library Director, facilitate the planning and implementation of programs. 


The Library Director will: examine the challenged program; consider the specific objections voiced by the complainant; and weigh the merits of the program. A written response will be issued by the Library Director within sixty (60) days of receiving the formal objection, containing the decision and the recommended action regarding the challenged program. 

If the Library Director’s response does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the patron may request, in writing, that the matter be presented to the Library Board of Trustees for their review and consideration. The patron must provide written and/or verbal arguments as to why the program in question should be removed or adapted. A decision will be made by the Library Board within sixty (60) days; and, once a decision has been rendered, the patron will receive written notification from the Library Board. The decision of the Library Board is final and will preclude all other requests for the same program for five calendar years.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on June 1, 2023