THS parent Ms. Phyllis Lin, an enthusiastic knitter, welcomes non-knitters and pro-knitters alike to her bi-weekly library knitting session from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm You will grow to love knitting!
Every school day at 9:14 a.m.: Students in 4 separate television production classes take turns to broadcast a live The Tiger Run Down from the center library studio to classrooms, homes of Tenafly over Channel 77, and streamed worldwide. Broadcasts are carefully prepared and produced in the library’s newsroom under the instruction of Mr. Steve Moger.
In December, the Home School Association puts on an extraordinary luncheon in the library for the faculty and staff. It is an incredible event that helps to spread holiday cheer, happiness and energy throughout the school!
Shaping the Future of Entrepreneurship in Germany and the US – The Hasso Plattner Institute, New York, in collaboration with the German International School of Silicon Valley and Tenafly High School under the Wunderbar Together initiative made this coast to coast / cross ocean project possible. Through these series of interviews coordinated by Dr. Joann Halpern of HPI-NYC and David Di Gregorio, HPI alumni planted the entrepreneurial spirit into the minds of many THS and GISSV students!
In 1937, Karl Ritter, Tenafly High School’s first principal, purchased our Lamb Studios stained glass panels. Rescued from the original high school building and recently renovated they are permanently on display and illuminated by natural light from our courtyard. They serve as a beautiful backdrop to out center library TV studio.
The artworks of Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Hoffman, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer with music composed by Bedřich Smetana greeted students and staff in the library as the 2022-2023 school year began. Artwork was displayed on monitors and music played through massive speakers donated to the library media center by NBC.
Architect’s drawing of Library Exterior of Tenafly High School’s library from its outdoor classroom. One can already see prior to the school’s opening in 1972, the library was intended to be a special space. September 14, 2022 marks 50 years (approximately 50,000 students and staff later) we continue to strive to honor the architect’s original intent of our library. Click on photo to enlarge.
What class is next? Navigating the Block Schedule – Originally programmed by a talented student, an electronic signage generator helps students and staff know when and where to be. D Major chord indicates passing time. This information is broadcast and streamed on all our channels during the school day.
Leonard Nimoy’s Advice to Tenafly High School Students – In 2010, Leonard Nimoy taped an encouraging and kind message for our students. He explains how the the arts were a doorway for himself, and how assigned reading can be used as a path to something we may want to learn more about.
William Francis Gibbs Interscholastic Engineering and Design Competition – The SS United States remains an icon of American design and engineering, inspiring the next generation of young innovators. Tenafly High School hosted ten competing teams from the New Jersey Interscholastic STEM League, inaugurating a landmark engineering and design competition with an authentic “Made in the USA” theme.
China’s Megatrends: The 8 Pillars of a New Society – In 2010 John and Doris Naisbitt spoke about the future of China and how it will impact us. Students in the audience in the Lalor Library Media Center asked great questions and the event was covered by C-Span.
About the Lalor Library Media Broadcast Center:
Tenafly High School’s Lalor Library Media Broadcast Center continues to set the standard in providing space and services enabling teachers to teach and students to learn. In order to best serve our students and staff, we prefer to remain in a perpetual state of improvement – to be original, striving be an innovative trend setter in the world of school library media centers.
The original architects designed our library to be a special place, and we wish to fully honor their intent. It is perhaps the largest library in a high school anywhere – just about large enough to accomodate the Space Shuttle! Building on the foundation of the traditional library, we look far beyond our national borders for inspiration and ideas. Populated with the best resources and equipment – supported by the highest quality staff, we integrate all media in one centrally located complex. Shakespeare, television broadcast, Xeroxing, coffee, Mozart, tissues, Liszt, conferencing, live video production, post, and package video, paper clips, paper towels, streaming, video, maps, BOOKS!, laptops, novels, a grand piano, a workshop, exhibits, displays, egg hatching, encyclopedias, movies, dictionaries, meeting facilities, art displays, tape, rulers, diorama production, and sometimes a model railway and Foucault Pendulum – a “tiger tots library” with a reading rowboat – all under one roof.
Over 1000 students and faculty use our services daily. Electronically, we reach out to many more via this website and a 24/7 television local cable broadcast also receivable with a click on the menu above. Every classroom and home in our community and beyond has electronic access into our facility providing a valuable school / community / world connection. We regularly receive school library media personnel, school administrators and even state officials as they are curious about our facility and want to see it in action. We welcome your visit anytime – tour and experience our unique facility!
Students, our best customers, are encouraged to explore topics related to coursework and discover new interests in spacious and welcoming surroundings. Our library and its contents are designed to encourage students’ knowing and liking the world. State-of-the-art – yet elegantly deployed technology and a wide range of resources make research efficient and allow students to gain new and different impressions concerning subjects of all kinds. We have our foundation in tradition with over 21,000 titles in print, carefully and cost effectively build our services into the future avoiding costly fads that come and go in the world of schools and school libraries. A carefully selected menu of online database resources, laptops, and professional video communication are all available to our students, staff, and occasionally outside parties.
As students build knowledge concerning various topics, creative expression is encouraged. On our mezzanine level, among our 900s and biography collections, we have created exhibit space with 2,500 square feet of table top display area where students and staff can set up exhibits and invite classes and our school community for in-house field trips. Also included within the library media center complex is a media production lab or “newsroom”, and a fully equipped professional television studio flanked with bookshelves and a courtyard backdrop in the library’s center. The library’s studio regularly broadcasts programs and events locally and internationally on a wide range of topics.
On Behalf of the World
Students are encouraged to make full use of the library media center to further their study, broaden and deepen their minds, share their learning, innovations, and express their creativity with a hope that they will use knowledge on behalf of one world we share.