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November 14, 2016
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Sara Shepard Visits Northern Valley High Schools

Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars and the Lying Game series, spoke to Northern Valley students at both Old Tappan and Demarest campuses on Friday, November 4th. She was warm and funny, and [...]
November 11, 2016
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BELS Training at Bergen Community College

On October 27th, BELS held its first annual meeting and training session at the beautiful and well-appointed Bergen Community College Conference Center. The session was co-hosted by Dean David Marks [...]
September 30, 2016
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Independent Reading in Westwood

Westwood's Jr/Sr High School English department, in collaboration with media specialist Mr. Peter Richter, has begun a pilot Independent Reading program. In this Independent Reading program students [...]
June 14, 2016
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Serenity Coloring Hour

This June, the Media Center in Northern Valley Old Tappan opened an eStudio featuring Serenity Coloring Hour. During the lunch period the media center is populated with students contentedly coloring [...]
June 14, 2016
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Having Trouble Getting Your Books Back?

These days, in libraries around the country - whether they're school, public, academic, or special libraries - you'll see a shift away from all those laminate "Do not" signs (Do not eat, Do not [...]
June 7, 2016
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WorldBuilding Writing Workshop

Students at both Northern Valley Old Tappan and Cliffside Park HS built a new world on Wednesday, June 1st, in their Library Media Centers. Authors Lori Goldstein, Marcy Beller Paul, and Lee Kelly presented an [...]
June 6, 2016
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Presentations that Shine with Barbara DeSantis

New tech tools and apps are constantly coming out and it can be difficult to sift through the avalanche to determine what is simply "new and trendy" and what is truly useful and engaging. This year, [...]
May 31, 2016
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TWO BELS Schools Win YALSA Giveaway!

Earlier this year, two dedicated librarians in the North Bergen High School and Paterson Eastside High School found a great way to stretch their book budgets. Krista Welz of North Bergen and Pat Gordon from [...]
March 29, 2016
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NJMakersDay Comes to BELS

How can you use toilet paper rolls, muffin tins, empty milk bottles, and tape to recreate a destroyed civilization? Add some creativity and problem solving skills and you’d be ready for the Alien Invasion Design Challenge! On Friday, March 18th, many BELS [...]
March 10, 2016
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Digital Learning Day & Black History Month in Westwood

Westwood Jr/SR High School participated in the annual national Digital Learning Day in February. Media specialist, Mr. Peter Richter, organized several clubs to honor fellow teachers. Through the media center website, students blogged [...]
March 10, 2016
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Wax Museum Comes to East Rutherford

The fourth grade research unit about influential people culminated in a living "Wax Museum" at McKenzie School in East Rutherford. Under the direction of Mrs. Dey, media specialist, the students wrote reports [...]
February 5, 2016
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BELS Librarians Prepare for NJMakersDay

This March, BELS Library Media Specialists will be joining hundreds schools, libraries, and businesses across the state in participation of the second annual NJMakersDay - a day dedicated to learning through hands-on making [...]
February 4, 2016
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Krista Welz Presents at NJECC Conference

Krista Welz, Media Specialist at the North Bergen High School, presented this January at the annual NJECC (New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference). She presented to attendees a seminar titled [...]
February 4, 2016
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Author Jen Calonita Visits Two BELS Schools

This winter, BELS worked with media specialists Barbara Reynolds and Betty Chiu to organize an Author Visit with Jen Calonita for the the 7th and 8th Grade students in both the Saddle Brook and Hasbrouck Heights [...]
February 4, 2016
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Eileen Layman Conducts Wood-Ridge Middle School Debate

Eileen Layman’s 7th grade Media Skills class has been working with EBSCO’s Points of View, a research database provided by the State Library of New Jersey. Students were taught how to research topical issues that [...]
January 19, 2016
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North Bergen PEAK Visits the Media Center and MakerSpace

The North Bergen School District's 5th grade P.E.A.K. Program visited the NBHS Media Center MakerSpace on December 11th and 18th, 2015. Students learned JavaScript coding and experimented with[...]
December 17, 2015
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Northern Valley Old Tappan – Helping Students Plan for the Future

Janice Cooper, in the Northern Valley Regional - Old Tappan Library Media Center, recently hosted two events. On Friday, December 11th, she hosted a presentation by Jason Alan Snyder, and on Wednesday, December 15th, she hosted an On-Site [...]
December 4, 2015
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Author Geoff Rodkey Visits Hasbrouck Heights

Promoting his new book "The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York" author Geoff Rodkey, visited the 6th-7th grade students at Hasbrouck Heights this week. The visit was organized by the Media Specialist, Betty Chiu, in collaboration [...]
November 23, 2015
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Mr Richter Presents at NJASL Conference

Media specialist, Mr. Peter Richter of the Westwood Jr/Sr High School, presented the workshop “Using Digital Collaboration Tools in Your Library Media Program” at the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJASL) annual [...]
November 23, 2015
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Leonia Public Library Brings MakerSpace to Leonia Middle School

Leonia Middle School Librarian, Victoria Gupta, invited Shinae Hyun, Leonia Public Library's Young Adult Librarian, to her library last week. Shinae brought assorted Maker supplies with her, including: MaKey MaKey, Snap [...]
October 28, 2015
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Latin Heritage Month at Westwood Jr/Sr High School

Media Specialist, Mr. Peter Richter, collaborated with the Spanish department to conduct research and create presentations in acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage month in the Westwood Jr/Sr High School. For this project[...]
October 20, 2015
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Bestselling Author Marie Lu Visits NV Demarest HS

On October 13th, Marie Lu visited Northern Valley Demarest High School and gave a wonderful presentation in the Media Center. She spoke about her hobbies and interests and her five books. She explained her dream of becoming an author and [...]
October 15, 2015
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Cliffside Park Enhances MakerSpace with BELS MakerKit

This fall, BELS purchased two sets of Maker supplies to provide mobile MakerSpaces to our member libraries. Each kit includes a variety of learning tools and building sets to help students learn principles of electronics, physics, [...]
October 15, 2015
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BELS Establishes Shared eBook Collection through Follett

We are very excited about one of our new programs this year- a consortium-wide eBook collection. Our members were given the option of joining this program to access a collection of eBooks shared by our member [...]
October 14, 2015
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Paterson Eastside HS Introduces “Speed Dating” with Books!

Mrs. Michelle Palko and Mrs. Pat Gordon, the Library Media Specialists at the Eastside Campus, use a program called “Speed Dating with Books” to entice young readers to select appropriate books as part of the Renaissance Accelerated [...]