Student Life


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 (, 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

Reintroducing Wei Zhang

by Marcia Tingley
Wei Zhang

July 8, 2016 - This fall, Wei Zhang leaves the immersion classroom to become a teacher and librarian for the Early Learning Center and Lower Division. More...

See all articles with these tags on our blog site, Open: 1st Grade , 2nd Grade , 3rd Grade , 4th Grade , 5th Grade , Early Learning Center , Faculty , Kindergarten , Library , Lower Division , Nursery , Pre-kindergarten , Teacher Bio

Banned Books Week

by Diane Aiken
Sharan Shah, humanities teacher and head of grade seven, chooses Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 as one of her favorite banned books.

September 28, 2015 - From September 27 to October 3, Avenues students will be joining in on the national celebration of our freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries all over the country will be discussing and bringing attention to the issue of censorship by participating in Banned Books week and mounting displays that will highlight the top collection of the books most frequently challenged in our country. More...

See all articles with these tags on our blog site, Open: Arts , Early Learning Center , English , Humanities , Library , Literacy , Lower Division , Middle Grades Program , Upper Division , Upper Grades Program

Global iBook Series: Earth Day Poetry Project with Kindergarten Students

by Diane Aiken

May 12, 2015 - The beginning of April kicked off our celebration of National Poetry Month—a time to recognize and celebrate all the wonderful poetry available to our students. In the library, we celebrated this through a special collaborative project that featured Avenues’ kindergarten classes’ participation in the Global iBook series showcasing student poems from around the world in celebration of International Earth Day. More...

See all articles with these tags on our blog site, Open: Arts , Earth Day , Global , iBook , Library , Lower Division , Technology

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