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 NJHS

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 [...]
February 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Richter NJASL

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]
October 14, 2015

BELS Hosts Website Building Workshop

BELS recently hosted the workshop “Building and Enhancing Your School Library Media Center Website” on Oct 1st at the Northern Valley Regional HS Demarest. Participants learned how to create a brand new media center [...]
December 14, 2014


The BELS Consortium is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Follett School Solutions, Inc. to supply its 38 member school libraries with the award-winning Destiny Integrated Library System (ILS). BELS members will begin [...]