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

February 15, 2018

The GO Project-Avenues Partnership

by Jennette Mullaney


Since 2012, Avenues has partnered with the GO Project, an educational intervention program that serves under-resourced children in New York City.  

February 13, 2018

Learning About the Filmmaking Process

by Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher


Nick Shumaker, the father of one of our 5th graders, recently visited the Palms’ classroom to talk about the process of creating the animated film White Fang.  

February 7, 2018

Tactfully Approaching Strangers in a Second Language

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


In Chinese 3-4, we are actively focused on our skills at making conversation. As we move across topics essential to daily life in Chinese, the one common thread is the opening. That very small but important dance of interaction between two or more people is where so many decisions are made about how to move forward and will dictate how friendly each side will decide to be 

February 6, 2018

A Picture Book Teaches Compassion

by Liz Salegumba, Pre-K Head Teacher


This fall’s earthquakes in Mexico and devastating storms in Puerto Rico deeply affected members of our teaching team. One of our teachers saw an opportunity for children to learn compassion with the use of Alvaro F. Villa’s Flood, a moving and wordless eBook.  

February 2, 2018

Design 4 Impact: Zero Waste Challenge

by Ivan Cestero, Coordinator of Social Innovation


How might we become a zero waste school?This ambitious question was the focus of Design 4 Impact’s (D4i) first design challenge of the year.  


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