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

January 5, 2018

Using Rekenreks to Enhance Math Learning in Kindergarten

by Natalie Gootkin, Kindergarten Associate Teacher


This year we are introducing a new math tool to be used in our kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum—rekenreks. Rekenreks are used for students to understand numbers in a multi-sensory way.  

January 3, 2018

Gongfu and Self-Cultivation

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


At the end of the school day, I change from my work clothes into stretchy pants and a t-shirt, and make the transformation from Chinese teacher back to the fire-and-brimstone martial arts instructor I once was. Students come into my class with varied motivation; some come to become physically fit, some to learn to defend themselves and some to connect themselves to an unbroken line of an old tradition 

December 21, 2017

The Value of Routine in Child Development

by Roberto Baldeschi-Balleani, Pre-kindergarten Head Teacher


During a child’s development it is essential to build and maintain routines. Having consistent routines and knowing what to expect creates a predictable and safe environment for children. One of the first goals for children when starting pre-school is to internalize the daily routine.  

December 20, 2017

Avenues Is Deepening its Footprint in Math Competitions

by Cem Inaltong, Global Academic Dean, Mathematics


This year, our middle grades students set a new record in our young history. Seventy-four students from grades 6 through 8 participated in one of the most prestigious math contests in the world, American Mathematics Competition 8.  

December 18, 2017

Expedition: Black Rock Forest

by Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher


This fall, 5th graders from Avenues traveled about two hours out of the city to Black Rock Forest for an educational and recreational day trip. The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a “living laboratory for field-based research and education, encompassing native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems that are increasingly rare in the region.” 


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