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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 [...]
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

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

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[...]