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Teaneck Library Takes An Historic Bough

A piece of a historic red oak tree sits in the corner of the Teaneck Public Library.
A piece of a historic red oak tree sits in the corner of the Teaneck Public Library. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

TEANECK, N.J. — The Teaneck Public Library added 250 years of history to its branch by adding a slice of an old red oak tree.

The tree stood for more than two centuries at the corner of Cedar Lane and Palisade Avenue -- on a lot that housed an historic home dating to Colonial times -- before it succumbed to disease and had to be cut down in June 2013.

Now the historic bark can be found on the main floor of the library.It has joined other notable displays -- a portrait of the first township clerk, the 1976 bicentennial observance committee sign,, a portrait of William Walter Phelps and a bust of Edith Van Buren, among others.

Librarian Cynthia Zimmer said it's been a "wonderful" addition to the building.

Children can come in and view the piece of history, which gives the library a bit of a Smithsonian feel, Zimmer said.

"They have a slice of a huge tree," she said. "So we have our version here in Teaneck."

MORE INFO: Contact Library Director Michael McCue at or (201) 837-4171 .

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