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September 18, 2017

Discarded Books Become Library Art

Northern Valley Old Tappan students created a ‘Book Wonderland’ in the fiction section of the Library Media Center. Katie Choi, Kirsten Murphy, Logan Ruscick, and Susie Knaack spent six weeks in May and June working on the wonderland as their ‘Senior [...]
June 13, 2017

BELS MakerKits Bring Making to Your Library

Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School’s Career Exploration Class concluded the marking period with a Career Fair. The eighth grade students from Eileen Layman’ class used the database Naviance to take surveys on personal interests, [...]
April 5, 2017

BELS Librarians Plan Amazing NJMakersDay!

In our second year of NJMakersDay participation, BELS libraries brought even more energy and enthusiasm to the table. Our media specialists put a lot of time and effort into their programs and as you can see from the photos below, the [...]
April 5, 2017

Bergen’s Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a fantastic program organized by NJASL. Each year, 15 books are selected by the NJASL committee and participating students are required to read a minimum of 6 of the selected books. In Saddle Brook, Language [...]
March 27, 2017

Dr. Seuss Gets a Makeover

In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, the Elmwood Park Memorial HS calligraphy class decided to revisit their youth. Using a few books they found in our school library, along with some of their own research, they chose [...]
February 22, 2017

Saddle Brook’s New MakerClub

In October I held my first MakerSpace event, using a MakerKit borrowed from BELS. We had five stations (Squishy Circuits, Circuit Scribe, 3Doodler, Makey-Makey and Little Bits) for which students could sign up over the course of three[...]
February 17, 2017

3D Printing Workshop for Library Media Specialists

After our BELS Business Meeting on Monday January 30th, we were joined by Doug Baldwin, Emerging Technology Librarian at the Piscatway Public Library & Administrator of NJMakersDay, and Riad Twal of Seton Hall University's [...]
January 26, 2017

Media Center Book Fair Generates Donations for Pajama & Books Program

Media Specialist Mr. Richter, along with the National Junior Honor Society, sponsored their annual book fair. This year, in addition to raising funds for the Independent Reading program, students donated brand new books to Mrs. Cathy Marcano of the Pajama [...]
January 23, 2017

North Bergen HS’s PEAK Students Escape the “Locked Library”

The North Bergen School District’s 5th grade P.E.A.K. Program visited the NBHS Media Center MakerSpace on December 9th and 16th, 2016. Students took part the popular Breakout EDU game, "Locked in the Library", and had [...]
January 20, 2017

Northern Valley Norsemen’s New De-Stress Area

There is so much research out there to support the importance of taking time out during the day to take a deep breath, relax and de-stress. At Northern Valley Demarest, we've been considering the idea of varying furniture for some time now. After attending [...]
January 12, 2017

Alumni Day at the NVOT Media Center

This year, the Northern Valley Old Tappan Library Media Center hosted the high school’s annual Alumni Return Day on January 5, 2017. The alumni are all college freshmen who participated in a panel discussion on “transitioning to [...]
December 13, 2016

Harvesting the Dumont Pumpkin Patch

This fall, Dumont Elementary School students created character pumpkins from their favorite books for the Media Center Pumpkin Patches. Students created their masterpieces at home using paint, cardboard, felt, glitter [...]
December 5, 2016

BELS On the Road

This fall, BELS has focused substantial efforts on sharing with the education community. We have been given opportunities to reach fellow librarians, administrators, teachers, and technology [...]
December 5, 2016

Author Visit Roundup

We’ve had a busy fall with author visits at many of our BELS schools. November was National Novel Writing Month and we hope our November visits have inspired some young writers to explore their creative talents! [...]
November 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]