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 14, 2019

Writing Persuasive Letters in Chinese

by Ting Wang, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


The 7th grade Mandarin Chinese class moved on to complete a new project, called “给校长的建议信,” or ”writing persuasive letters about school issues to the head of school.”  

February 12, 2019

Incorporating Snow into a Lesson

by Meagan Gutierrez, Kindergarten Teacher


What do you do with a classroom full of kindergarteners when it snows? 

February 8, 2019

A Memorial Project for a Controversial Figure

by Ron Widelec, Upper Division History Teacher


The 11th grade U.S. history classes were tasked with breaking into small groups and designing a memorial for Andrew Jackson that somehow took into account the complex nature of his presidency.  

February 7, 2019

A Campsite for City Kids

by Alexandra Gerba, Pre-kindergarten Teacher


The pre-K Penguins and Seals decided to turn our uninspiring dramatic play corner into a full working campsite – a close getaway that would feel quiet and cozy.  

February 6, 2019

Totally 80s Chorus Concert

by Neil Ginsberg, Upper Division Vocal Music Teacher


This winter, the 7th and 8th graders of Avenues presented their "Totally 80s" chorus concert. These 21st-century students explored the history, fashion and culture of the late 20th century through the lens of 1980s music.  


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