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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October 11, 2018

The Big App: Here Is New York

by Yumi Nakanishi, Technology Integrator


Last spring, the entire 8th grade participated in an interdisciplinary project called the Big App: Here is New York. Through this project, each student created and published an app that highlighted communities in New York City.  

October 5, 2018

Where Are We and How Do We Get There?

by Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


Learning to ask and answer directional questions is viewed by some as the most important skill needed to survive abroad. If you lose your way, you need to understand someone when they give you an answer more complex than a finger pointing in a general direction. If applied in context, learning these skills can prove to be quite fun.  

October 3, 2018

Building Dream Classrooms

by Laura Montague, 2nd Grade Teacher


This fall, the 2nd graders in the Jellyfish and Manta Ray classes are building the classroom of their dreams.  

September 28, 2018

Game Design During Fifth Term

by Ron Widelec, Upper Division History Teacher


This past spring, nine students, including a visitor from our new campus in São Paulo, Brazil, signed up to spend a month learning about game design. This course was part of Fifth Term, a period of four weeks during which upper grades students complete group and individual projects on subjects that spark their passion.  

September 20, 2018

HIP Unbound: A Report from Columbia’s Innovative Teaching Summer Institute

by Brady Smith, High Intensity Practice (HIP) Thinking Instructor


At Avenues, we have a tendency to think of high-intensity practice as belonging solely to the HIP Thinking program. However, shifting from HIP Thinking to Face Your Fears made it clear to me how essential the methods we’ve developed in the HIP program can be to helping students quickly develop competency in discipline-based skills as well.  


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