Library

The mission of the Avenues libraries is to provide an inclusive collection of digital and print resources reflective of our school’s global curriculum, as well as the instruction to foster and promote literacy and lifelong learning. In an increasingly digital world, it is paramount students are information literate and ethical consumers of the ideas and materials they encounter.

Our libraries have extensive digital collections accessible in multiple formats and languages (e-books, subject and periodical databases, video resources, etc.), as well as core physical collections composed of English, Spanish and Chinese titles. Our print collections currently consist of more than 10,000 volumes, and our digital collections are continuously expanding.

Our philosophy of the library at Avenues is of a “school within a library.” This vision is representative of the information-driven world in which we live. Books are openly visible and accessible for students and faculty to utilize for both scholarly and leisurely pursuits. Equally important is providing a comprehensive virtual collection that students and faculty can access at any time from any place.

Families are encouraged to use our libraries. We have an active volunteer program in both the ELC/Lower Division and Upper Division libraries. The Avenues annual book fair takes place in April and is a wonderful community event with additional volunteer opportunities.

Please reach out to Alia Methven (amethven@avenues.org), director of library services, if you have any questions or are interested in volunteer opportunities.

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Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

December 8, 2017

Yayoi Kusama’s Festival of Life

by Robert Davis, Co-head Pre-K Teacher


Yayoi Kusama Festival of Life show was such a special experience for our pre-K students as they wandered through her “infinity rooms.” The first room in the show is an immersive experience for everyone who visits, and our 4 and 5-year-olds really seemed to connect with it.  

December 5, 2017

Maker of Patterns: Part One

by Cem Inaltong, Global Academic Dean, Mathematics


Last week, having almost completed all high school math curriculum, a group of 12th graders set foot to find beauty outside the classroom. This time, they looked for patterns not in a sequence of math problems, but ones hidden in the works of artists. As a prelude to their yearlong math-art project, students visited galleries in Chelsea. One of the stops was home to works by artist Ruth Asawa. 

December 1, 2017

Fab Five Creative Computation Class

by Yumi Nakanishi, Middle Grades Technology Integrator


In 5th grade, students take a weekly one-hour class called Fab Five. The Fab Five classes consist of Drama, Journalism, Public Speaking, Creative Computing and Wellness. In the Creative Computation class, students learned to build a computer from scratch.   

November 29, 2017

Little Bodies, Big Feelings: Real Life Emojis

by Alexandra Gerba, Associate Pre-K Teacher


We asked the kids to share what they know about emotions, and then generated a list of all the feelings we know. One child made a quick connection and said, “Hey! Emojis, emotions. They’re like the same thing!” We used this observation to help us draw facial expressions for our own class emojis and then thought about how and why we feel the ways we do.  

November 28, 2017

Studying City Life in Spanish 8

by Olga Valeria, Middle Grades Spanish Teacher


In Spanish class with Profesora Valeria, 8th-grade students are working on the topic “City Life.” Through language study, they make connections with other content areas; compare the language and culture studied with their own; and participate in home and global communities.  


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