DID YOU KNOW?...
...BCCLS offers the historical NY Times online?
The Gray Lady has it all! Our New York Times Historical database (1851-2009) provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Read first-hand reporting about Wolfe, Wellington, World War II, Watergate, and Woodstock.
If you’re looking for an authoritative source, doing research for a school report, searching for an obituary, or if you just want to take a look at the news of yesteryear - the New York Times Historical is the place to go.
Go here to check out this free offering that has been a little-known part of of our service in the Library or from your home computer with your library card.
Ladies’ Night Out Shopping at Eco Galleria
Forget the long lines and crowded parking lots this holiday season! You can shop for gifts here in Oradell and support the Oradell Public Library’s Youth Department at the same time. Through November 30th, Eco Galleria, a wonderful independently-owned boutique specializing in handcrafted items and artisanal gifts, will offer Oradell Public Library patrons a 10% discount AND will donate 10% of sales referred by the library back to the library’s Youth Department. Simply visit the shop, located at the Oradell Train Station at 400 Maple Avenue, and tell the shop owner that you would like your purchase to benefit children’s programming at the Oradell Public Library. Download Invitation
SAT Mock Test and Preparation for High School Students
On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Huntington Learning Center of
Westwood and the Oradell Free Public Library will host a complimentary
mock SAT exam for sophomores and juniors of Oradell and River Edge.
The group test will simulate the conditions students undergo during an
actual SAT exam. As it is a full-length exam, the testing begins
promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the Oradell Library (lower level meeting
room) and concludes at approximately 2:30 p. m. Read more | Download invitation
DID YOU KNOW...
As many of you know, Oradell Public Library has a fine collection of
the Great Courses on DVD sets with accompanying booklets on a wide
array of fascinating topics. Although this is a very popular
resource, we have not built up this collection over the past few
years, since we do not have the budget for such special materials.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Oradell Public Library
Foundation we have been able to acquire at very low sale prices a
number of other DVD sets in the Great Courses series:
Emperors of Rome
Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon
Money and Banking
Myths, Lies and Half-Truths of Language Usage
Please come in and check out these new offerings.
The Mobile BCCLS PAC is Alive!
When you, our patrons, visit the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) website or the online catalog from a mobile device, you should now automatically be redirected to the mobile catalog.
A link to the mobile catalog has also been added to the top right corner of the BCCLS homepage (www.bccls.org). If you access the online catalog from a non-library PC, you will also see a "Mobile" link as a tab at the top left.
You may download a flyer here.
Oradell Son, Ellsworth Kelly, at the White House
Ellsworth Kelly, who grew up in Oradell, receives the 2012 National Medal of Arts from President Obama National on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, i n the East Room of the White House in Washington, D. C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY UNVEILS MUSEUM PASS LOAN PROGRAM
Oradell public library celebrates 100th Anniversary
2013 will be a special year at the Oradell Public Library since we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of its founding. There will be a variety of
programs and special events to mark this milestone.
The library got its beginnings when a group of local citizens met on February 7, 1913, and formed the Delford Public Library Association. Seven weeks later, on April 19, 1913, the library opened. It was located in a room in back of the Post Office on Oradell Avenue. In May of that year, the library's circulation was 214. By contrast, the circulation of the library in May 2012 totaled 14,467.
ARTIST ELLSWORTH KELLY DONATES NEW POSTERS TO ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Earlier this year internationally renowned artist Ellsworth Kelly donated eight (8)
posters to the Library, which we subsequently had framed through the generosity of
the Oradell Public Library Foundation. The posters announce exhibitions that
Ellsworth Kelly had in the United States and other countries throughout the world.
They were on display for the 100th Anniversary party on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and
currently hang in various parts of the Library.
On Thursday, May 16, 2013 we received thirty-seven (37) more posters as a donation from Ellsworth Kelly; again the posters announce exhibitions that Ellsworth Kelly had all over the world. This new gift was prompted by the warm reception given to the artist when he visited Oradell and the Library during the 100th Anniversary party on Sunday, April 28, 2013. The posters of varying sizes and subjects are being stored in the Local History Archive, and we hope to have a few of the new
batch framed for mounting in the available spaces in the Library. In order to see the new posters visitors must make an appointment with Borough Archivist George Carter by calling the Library at (201) 262-2613.
Would You Like to Help Out a Neighbor?
We still need volunteers!
Oradell Public Library is pleased to have such a successful program offering conversation classes for those learning English as a Second Language (ESL). We are gratified to see how residents are paired up with their fellow residents to engage in conversation aimed at helping those who are learning English improve their speaking and comprehension skills.
We still need community volunteers to devote some time each week to sit and converse with those learning to speak English. Volunteers need not have prior ESL training or experience, though these are fine. We will provide some materials that will be helpful in sparking conversation with the patrons who need help with learning conversational English.
Please contact Information Services Librarian Linda Pabian at the Library, if you are interested in volunteering and serving in this exciting venture: (201) 262-2613. Download the flyer.
Telesensory Machine for the Visually Impaired
Thanks to the generosity of Library Board Secretary Claire Beslow and her husband Edward, the library received the donation of a Telesensory Machine with a 19-inch monitor, which magnifies printed text for the ease of reading by patrons who are visually impaired or who just need extra help. We invite anyone who may need such assistance to visit the Library and use the machine, which sits at the end of the row of computers on the lower level of the Library. An unexpected benefit to our community is that Borough Archivist George Carter has found the machine to be of use in deciphering the handwritten Chapin letters on which he and his interns have been working in the Local History Room.
Gateways on Display
A new display stand has been provided by Getaways on Display. Patrons can now browse through and take brochures and catalogs on travel destinations. Many of the brochures are for destinations that are within a driving distance of Oradell. The display will be updated every six weeks. The stand is located on the first floor, by the public copier and bulletin board.
Become a library champion
Library Champions are patrons who love their libraries and want to be in the know about issues that may affect them. Library Champions' email addresses will be entered into a private, not-to-be-shared distribution list. When important library issues arise, BCCLS will email the Library Champions. Learn more about this program and to sign up to become a Library Champion. Read more.
Ancestry.com: Robust Genealogical Database Returns Online at Oradell Public Library
Thanks to the generous support from the Oradell Public Library Foundation and its on-going commitment to supporting local history resources Library users can now access Ancestry.com at the Oradell Public Library, which renewed the digital subscription in early May, 2011. The genealogical database can be accessed using public access computers located on the main floor and lower level.
In addition to indexing vital records like birth, marriage and death, census and voter lists, and immigration and travel documents, the database can search New York, Boston, New Orleans, and Philadelphia passenger lists from 1800-1945, WWI draft registration cards, French, German and Austrian concentration camp records, military photographs, Slave Manifests, Hispanic Surnames, U. S. Veterans Gravesites and U. S. school yearbooks.
Also downloadable family tree forms and ancestral charts are available to help amateur genealogists organize their family histories. Library users are welcome to contact Linda Pabian, Information Services Librarian for individualized instruction at 201 262 2613.
ORADELL PUBLIC LIBRARY IS A "JOB SEEKER LIBRARY"
Oradell Public Library has been designated a “Job Seeker Library” by the New Jersey State Library and the New Jersey Library Association in their public relations campaign, advocacy, and lobbying efforts with the New Jersey State Legislature. This designation gives Oradell Public Library the opportunity to serve those who may be recommended by the State Legislators.
Information Services Librarian Linda Pabian looks forward to serving anyone who is job searching, working on a résumé, or looking to hone computer skills.
We look forward to seeing and serving you at Oradell Public Library.
DOWNLOADABLE E-Books, Music and Spoken Word
Do you have a compatible device? Click here to review a list of compatible e-book, electronic audio and video devices.
Need more help? Contact the library at 201.262.2613.