Library & Media


Early Learning Center & Lower Division

Welcome to the page for the Early Learning Center and Lower Division Library! Below you will find librarian recommended websites for reading, book lists, literary events, and kid-friendly search engines.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Early Learning Center and Lower Division librarians, Marytere Garza or Wei Zhang.

Library Catalog

Search our Early Learning Center and Lower Division library collection for print and electronic books.

Early Learning Center Library

Lower Division Library

Circulation Policies


Students check out one book per week and the book stays in their classroom.

Students may renew their books once. If books are not returned on time, students will not be able to borrow until the overdue books are returned. There will be a fine charged for lost books.

Students will be required to pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. The replacement cost consists of the purchase price. Students who do not return library materials may have check-out privileges suspended until the fees are paid or item(s) returned.


Students may select one book that can be taken home and should be returned by the next library class a week later.

Students may renew their books once. If books are not returned on time, students will not be able to borrow until the overdue books are returned. There will be a fine charged for lost books.

Students will be required to pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. The replacement cost consists of the purchase price. Students who do not return library materials may have check-out privileges suspended until the fees are paid or item(s) returned.


Students may select one book in English and one book in the target language. The book(s) can be kept for one week. 

If your student would like more than one target language book we will be happy to support this especially as our target language collection continues to grow. If you have a student/child that is finishing books earlier than the next check-out cycle please reach out to us! We are more than happy to accommodate them and exchange books earlier.

Students may renew their books once. If books are not returned on time, students will not be able to borrow until the overdue books are returned. There will be a fine charged for lost books.

Students will be required to pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. The replacement cost consists of the purchase price. Students who do not return library materials may have check-out privileges suspended until the fees are paid or item(s) returned.

Grades 2 - 4

Students may select two books in English and one book in the target language and they may keep them for two weeks or exchange after one week if they are ready for different books. 

If your student would like more than one target language book we will be happy to support this especially as our target language collection continues to grow. If you have a student/child that is finishing books earlier than the next check-out cycle please reach out to us! We are more than happy to accommodate them and exchange books earlier.

Students may renew their books once. If books are not returned on time, students will not be able to borrow until the overdue books are returned. There will be a fine charged for lost books.

Students will be required to pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. The replacement cost consists of the purchase price. Students who do not return library materials may have check-out privileges suspended until the fees are paid or item(s) returned.

Book Recommendations & Resources

Summer Resources

Summer Reading Suggestions

NYPL Summer Reading 2018 - New York Public LIbrary's Summer Reading Program

BPL Summer Reading 2018 - Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading page.

Queens Library Summer Reading 2018 - Queens Public Library's Summer Reading includes resources by age.

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 3-5 Year Olds - Great reads for 3-5 year olds from Brightly

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 6-8 Year Olds - Great picks for 6-8 year olds from Brightly

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9-12 Year Olds - Great reads for those in the 9-12 range.

For additional motivation, try The Summer Reading Challenge for Kids from Brightly

Stay tuned for our personal favorite books of the past year in English, Chinese, and Spanish!


Librarians' Favorite Books


Little People, Big Dreams series/biographies (N-1)

Snowmen at Night by: Caralyn, Burhner (N-K)

Swap by: Steve Light (N-K)

Billy Bloo is Stuck in Goo (N-2)

Calvin Can't Fly, by Jennifer Berne  (Grades PK-2)

Who Would Win series, by Jerry Pallotta (K-3)

Strega Nona, by Tomie Depaola     (K-2)

Sophie's Squash, by Zietlow Miller (PK-2)

The Seven Chinese Sisters, by Kathy Tucker (N-1)

The Girl Who Drew a Phoenix, by Demi  (PK-3)

Poor Louie (pk-3)

Pancakes! Lotta Nieminen (N-2)

This is not a Book, by Jullien, Jean (N-K) 

Mother Bruce series, by Ryan Higgins (K-4)

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz (2-4)

The 13-story Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths (1-3)

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White (K-2)

Love by: Matt De la Peña (1-4)

Love, Triangle by: Marcie Colleen (Pk-1)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G vs. Inequality by: Jonah Winter (2-4)

How to Train Your Dragon series (2-4)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and why they keep biting me) by: Wade White (2-4)

The Adventurer’s Guide to Succesful Escapes by Wade White (2-4)

The Book Scavenger series by: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (2-4)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by: Chris Grabenstein (2-5)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Olympics by: Chris Grabenstein (2-5)

Maker lab: 28 super cool projects : Build, Invent, Create, Discovery, by Jack Challoner (2-4)

My First Coding book, by Kiki Prottsman (2-4)

The Book of Heroines, by Stephanie Drimmer (2-4)

The Art Book for Children (2-4)

Tom Gates Series, by L. Pichon (2-4)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein (2-4)

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: how to write a poem, by Jack Prelutsky (2-4)

50 Wacky Things Animals Do by: Tricia Martineau Wagner (3-5)

The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by: by Brian Selznick (3-5)

The Penderwicks: series by: Jeanne Birdsall (3-5)

Who Was Alexander Hamilton? By: Pam Pollack (3-4)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 1 and 2 by: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (1-4)


咕叽咕叽 (Guji guji)


三个和尚 (Three monks)

十二生肖的故事 (The Story of Twelve Zodiac Animals)

灶王爷 (Kitchen God)

别这样,小乖!(Oh no, George!)

阿达想当科学家 (Ada Twist, Scientist) 

卖帽子 (Caps for Sale)

这不是我的帽子 (This is not my hat)

我要把我的帽子找回来 (I want my hat back) 

大头儿子和小头爸爸 (Big Head Son and Small Head Dad)

男孩馅饺子 (Boy Dumplings)

神笔马良 (A magic Paint brush)

别和老虎捉谜藏 (Wild Animals come to my house)

饺子和汤圆 (Dumplings)

胡萝卜怪 (Creepy Carrots) 

火龙爱吃玉米卷 (Dragons love tacos) 

大卫上学去 (David goes to school) 

请给我,熊猫先生 (Please, Mr. Panda) 

轻松猫中文读物 (Smart Cat Readers)

我们的校长是超人 (the Adventures of Captain Underpants)


El monstruo de colores by: Anna Llenas (N-2)

Te quiero (casi siempre) by: Anna Llenas (pk-2)

La piñata vacía by: Alma Flor Ada (N-1)

Pájaro Amarillo by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Monstruo Rosa by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Rana de Tres Ojos by: Olga de Dios (pk-2)

Eso no es normal! by: Mar Pavón (N-2)

La siesta perfecta by: Pato Mena (k-2)

Noel Gris by: Aaron Blabey (1-3)

La princesa del agua by: Susan Verde (1-3)

Los discos de mi abuela by: Eric Velasquez (1-4)

El regalo de mi abuela by: Eric Velasquez (1-4)

Poemar el mar by: Antonio García Teijeiro (2-5) poetry book inspired by ocean

Pupi llega a la tierra by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Pupi quiere ser futbolista by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Pupi tiene una hermanita by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

El cumpleaños de pupi by: Maria Menéndez (1-2)

Escrito y dibujado por Enriqueta by: Liniers (2-4)

Billie B. Brown (series) by: Sally Rippin (1-3)

Didi y Keidy (series) by: Wanda Coven (2-4)

Messi superstar by: Jon Stollberg (3-4)

El misterio del escribí sentado by: Maria Mañeru (3-4)

Futbolisimos series by: Roberto Santiago (4-5)

El club de los raros by: Jordi Sierra i Fabra (4-5)

Colección Antiprincesas (series) by: Nadia Frank and Pitu Saa (3-5)

Avenues E-Books and Audiobook Subscription

Destiny Discover - All of the e-books within our library collection are located here. Our digital collection can be accessed from a desktop or iPad app.

Tales2Go (Avenues Library Subscription) - An award-winning kids’ mobile audiobook service that streams thousands of name-brand titles from leading publishers and storytellers to mobile devices. (Please refer to your Google Drive for login details). Includes Spanish stories!

Tales2Go Summer Reading Listening Content for Grades 1-2

Tales2Go Summer Reading Listening Content for Grades 3-5

My Capstone Library - A digital reading platform that allows you to choose from different subjects, genres and levels to find the just the right book. Every title is supported by an audio recording done by a professional voice-over artist.

EPIC! - An ebook subscription service that offers thousands of high quality books in English, Chinese, and Spanish from well known publishers such as Harper Collins, National Geographic and many more. (Free for teachers and nominal cost for families).

JoyReader/Wawayaya (Chinese e-book App) - Using this App, students can access over 2,500+ Chinese, English, and bilingual stories. 
Login Details:
Username: a+first initial+last name+last two digits of your child's grad year  e.g. Brian Smith - absmith25
Password: 888888

Book Awards and Notable Books

Best Books 2017 - Take a look at what books are being recognized as best of the year!

Search "The Best Kids' Books" to view categories - i.e., Young Adult, Ages 9-12, etc.
Search by Picture Books, Fiction, Nonfiction
Check out the kids' book category.
Categories include younger readers, middle readers, older readers, and all ages.
Search by Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017

Search by Picture Book, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Nonfiction Titles.
Search by category, including Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grade and Children's, Picture Books.


Caldecott Medal Books - The ALSC’s annual awards for best picture books, sorted by year.

Horn Book Awards - Literary publication site highlighting annual award winners.

Horn Book Awards - The ALSC’s annual awards for best chapter books, sorted by year.

ALSC Notable Children’s Books - The Association for Library Service to Children has a. wonderful yearly 'best of' list, featuring picture and chapter books sorted by reader age.

Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee - Bank Street’s yearly list of the best fiction and nonfiction reads, organized by age group.

New York Public Library Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time - NYPL’s librarian curated list of the top 100 picture and chapter books.

Reading Suggestions

Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac - Lit history, holidays, and events, and a different daily book pick.

Children’s Book Council - Great resource for recommended book lists, literary events and more!

Guys Read - Author Jon Scieszka’s book recommendations listed by interests, ages, and authors.

Junior Library Guild - Lit picks organized by categories, news, events, awards, and lists.

New York Public Library Children’s Literature - NYPL Librarian lit blogs featuring reviews, news, and events.

International Children’s Digital Library - A collection of outstanding children’s books from all over the world that have been digitized and reproduced in multiple languages

Library of Congress for Kids and Families - Recommended reads and resources

On-Lion For Kids - New York Public Library Children’s Resources

Oxford Owl - An award-winning website that offers a range of reading resources that help to improve children’s learning both at school and at home.

Read Kiddo Read - James Patterson’s kids’ book picks and reviews site organized by age group.

Storyline Online - A digital library sponsored by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation with recordings of well-known actors reading popular children’s book.

Book Reviews

Children’s Book Review - Literary blog featuring book reviews, book lists, and literary related articles.

Kirkus Reviews - Sneak peek children’s book reviews and recommendations.

Publishers Weekly - The latest news in kids’ books, authors, publishing, and literary events.

School Library Journal - Literary review publication highlighting news, events, reviews, and “best of.”

Good Comics for Kids - A School Library Journal blog.

Top 100 Children’s Novels - Betsy Bird's list of the Top 100 Children’s Novels of all time.

Top 100 Picture Books - School Library Journal's top 100 picture books.

Research Tools

Below you will find our libraries subscription resources. All are readily available while on the Avenues campus, but require a username and password from home. Please refer to your Google Drive for a listing of all usernames and passwords. For assistance, please contact Ms. Zhang or Ms. Garza.


  • Encyclopedia Britannica - A digital encyclopedia geared specifically towards elementary students, accessible via desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
  • Britannica Escolar - Primaria and Secundaria - Brittanica
  • World Book Encyclopedia - A digital encyclopedia that covers a wide variety of topics including inventions, early peoples and more. Make sure to check out to their Kids, Students and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos products.


  • Culture Grams - Geography and culture database searchable by continent, country, state, province. Available in World, Kids, States, and Provinces editions.
  • EBSCO - Powered by EBSCOhost, Searchasaurus is a digital database that provides access to a dictionary, encyclopedia resources and media content.
  • ELibrary Elementary - ProQuest’s beginning research database featuring newspaper and magazine articles, maps, and images.
  • PebbleGo - An award-winning PreK-3 database for reading and research that offers read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. We currently subscribe to five databases: Animals, Animales, Science, Biographies and Social Studies.
  • Kids InfoBits - Gale’s kid-friendly visual research database, searchable by category, and divided into reference, pictures, magazines, and news.


  • BrainPOP - Videos, quizzes, games related to multiple subjects across grade levels. BrainPOP is for grades 4 and up, BrainPOP Jr. is for grades K to 3, and BrainPOP en Espanol is BrainPOP in Spanish.
  • Discovery Education - A collection of digital media content that supports classroom instruction and brings the world into the classroom through educational and multicultural videos (please refer to your Google Drive for login details).
  • Safari Montage - Safari Montage is the sole provider of all PBS content, this video streaming service also offers Reading Rainbow, Scholastic, Schessingler Media, and much more (to login, use your username and password that you use to login to your computer).

Upper Division

Welcome to the Upper Division Library! Below you will find a variety of vetted websites and subscription databases for reading, research and inquiry. All resources are readily accessible on campus, but do require a username and password for home use. To access our subscription resources from home, please refer to the document “Library’s Subscription Databases Upper Division Students – Passwords for Home” located in your Google Drive.

The Upper Division book collection resides on the 7th and 9th Floors. The 7th Floor includes all fiction and nonfiction books from 000 (Generalities and Computer Science) - 800's (Literature and Rhetoric). The 900's (Geography and History) are located in the commons on the 9th Floor. Please make sure to check-out all books on the 7th Floor; there is a computer designated for circulation on the north side of the common area.

Table of Contents

Library Catalog and Subscription Databases

When conducting research, please refer to our databases. Databases are considered authoritative sources (highly-reliable), and are excellent sources of information - most all include both primary and secondary source content. All are readily accessible on campus, but do require a username and password from home.

If you experience any issues with access or can't locate the information you need, please reach out to Ms. Methven. We are here to help!

Library Catalog

Library Catalog – Search Avenues book collection for print and digital books. To read digital books, you must first login to Destiny Discover, using your username (first initial followed by your last name and two-digit graduation year) and password you use to login to your computer.

Book Collections

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A digital collection of specialized reference books.

Questia School – An extensive digital book and journal database (great for research).

Tales2Go (Audiobook Streaming Service) - Search and listen from over 6,000 titles.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Britannica - Online encyclopedia, great for background information as well as primary source content.

Britannica Escolar: Primaria and Secundaria - Britannica in Spanish.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - World Book Encyclopedia in Spanish! Includes many images.

Oxford English Dictionary - The definitive dictionary - where to go when you don't know what a word means.

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online - Dictionaries in both English and Spanish.

World Book Student - Online encyclopedia. Access a variety of resources by topic or general databases.


CQ Researcher Plus Archive - Great resource for in-depth reports on controversial topics.

Digital Literacy - Great for articles on cyberbullying, digital etiquette, search and research skills, and more.

EBSCOhost Research Databases - Search from newspapers, magazines, journals, and more.

eLibrary - Search across extensive magazines, newspapers, books, pictures, and more. Includes research topic pages on a variety of topics, a great starting point for research.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society - Great resource for writing pro/con papers, and for understanding controversial and complex issues.

JSTOR – Provides access to a wealth of primary sources, scholarly journals, and books (An account needs to be created on campus to access remotely).

Research in Context - A multidisciplinary database geared specially for middle grade students. Access reference content, including videos, magazine and newspaper articles, and more.

NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Library) – Access a myriad of databases openly available through New York State.

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas - Great resource covering popular culture in America, past and present.

ProQuest - Excellent resource for newspaper articles, magazine articles, journal articles, and more.

Social Explorer - Using census and survey data, see maps showing different statistics and demographics for the U.S. and Europe.


Teen Health and Wellness - Great database with important information related to health, wellness and disease.


ARTstor – A digital library of over 2 million high-quality images. Search from over (an account needs to be created on campus to access from home).


Biography in Context (Gale) - A great resource for searching biographies, including magazine audio recordings, videos, magazines, academic journals, websites, news, and other facts about celebrated individuals.

Proquest Learning Literature - In-depth biographies and resources about different authors, criticism, multimedia.


Culture Grams - Full of great information by country, state, or province, including facts, anthems, history, lifestyle, and more.

African American Experience (ABC-CLIO) - Comprehensive resource for historical information about African-Americans, arranged by time period, with valuable primary sources.

American Government (ABC-CLIO) - Lots of great information about the government and its different branches and entities, including videos, cartoons, speeches, and more.

American History Online (ABC-CLIO) - A database geared to helping individuals get a thorough understanding of American History by different time periods. Includes primary sources.

American Indian Experience (ABC-CLIO) - Detailed explanation and research via various formats about American Indians.

Annals of American History - A primary source database spanning American history from 1493 to the present.

Global Issues in Context - This resources features serious global issues, provider readers with an in-depth look at the topics.

Historical Newspapers - Useful source for searching newspapers from much earlier periods.

History Study Center - A database including both primary and secondary sources, from ancient times to present times.

Oxford Islamic Studies - Detailed resource on Islam, including explorations of different versions of the Qur'an, biographies, chaptered works, and more.

United States Geography (ABC-CLIO) - This website includes wonderful profiles of different countries, and would serve as a great place for any geography research.

U.S. History in Context - Looking at different historical events in the U.S.; websites includes biographies, economics, wars, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Supreme Court cases, government documents, and more.

World Geography: Understanding A Changing World (ABC-CLIO) - This website includes wonderful profiles of different countries, and would serve as a great place for any geography research.

World History in Context (ABC-CLIO) - Chock-full of information, including biographies, overviews of countries and civilizations and cultures, economics, political movements, religions, wars, and search functionality.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (ABC-CLIO) - Good place to start historical research on ancient history and medieval time periods.

World History: The Modern Era (ABC-CLIO) - Comprehensive study of world history from 1500 to the present. Includes primary and secondary sources.

World Religions (ABC-CLIO) - Historical information about modern times (1500 to present), including biographies, historical overviews, images, political cartoons, and more.


Power Speak Languages - Great for learning foreign languages, including pronunciation.

Books and Authors - Fantastic resource for researching books and authors, to read reviews, learn about read a-likes, explore different genres, and discovering a world of books.

Literature Resource Center - This resource is helping to discover more about different authors and literary criticism.

Literature Resources - Another source for information related to authors, literary works and literary criticism.

Proquest Learning Literature - This database is focused on author profiles, including biographical information, criticism, multimedia, and references.



GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources - A global resource including information on environmental and energy issues.

Science in Context - Lots of science resources, divided by topic.

Reading Resources

Below you will find an extensive listing of notable and award-winning books from industry experts and library professionals, as well as readers' advisory resources and tools. If you are in need of specific book recommendations, please don't hesitate to reach out to any of our librarians.

Award Winning Books (Best of 2018)

Children’s Book Week - Children and Teen's Book Choice Awards.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults - 30 amazing audiobooks from Young Adult Library Association for 2017.

Goodreads Choice Awards - Annual best books chosen by readers.

Great Graphic Novels for Teens - Young Adult Library Association's picks for best graphic novels for teens for 2016.

Horn Book Fanfare - Horn Magazine picks the best books of 2016.

Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus' picks for best books of 2016 by category.

New York Times Book Review: 100 Best Books - New York Times' picks for most notable books of 2016.

Notable Children’s Books of 2016 - New York Times picks the children's 100 most notable books of 2016.

The 10 Best Books of 2016 - New York Times names the best 10 books of 2016.

NPR’s Book Concierge: Guide to 2016’s Great Reads - NPR's picks for great books.

School Library Journal’s Best of 2016 - School Library Journal's picks for the best books of 2016.

Book Awards: View current and previous winners

Printz Award Excellence in young adult literature.

Morris Award Honors a debut book published by a first-time author.

Alex Award Honors books written for adults that have special appeal to YA

Edwards Award Honors an author/specific body of his/her work, for significant contribution to YA literature

Edgar Awards - 2017 Edgar Award winners for mystery books.

Nonfiction Award Honors best nonfiction book published for young adults

Odyssey Award Honors best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults

Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Best Fiction for Young Adults - Young Adult Library Association's list of 2017 best YA fiction.

YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten - A “teens choice” list.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Includes previous lists.

New York Libraries

NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books - New York Public Library's list of the 100 greatest children's books over the past 100 years.

NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing - New York Public Library shares 100 books great for sharing and reading.

NYPL Summer Reading 2017 - New York Public LIbrary's Summer Reading Program

BPL Summer Reading 2017 - Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading page.

Queens Library Summer Reading - Queens Public Library's Summer Reading includes resources by age.

Readers' Advisory Resources and Tools

Books and Authors (Avenues Library Subscription) - A wonderful resource for booksreviews, read-a-like suggestions, information about authors, and more.

NOVEList (Avenues Subscription) - Similar to Books and Authors. Great for book ideas, book summaries, searching across genres, and more.

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Children’s Book Week 2013 Finalists and Winners

Good Reads: A wonderful website to read book reviews, see author profiles, read book lists, and add your own book reviews as well. Great for staying on top of what an author you like has written.

Goodreads(YA Fiction) - Readers' choice award for Goodreads for best YA Fiction.

Goodreads (YA Fantasy) - Readers' choice award for best YA fantasy fiction.

Goodreads (Middle Grades and Children) - Readers' choice award for best middle grade fiction.

International Reading Association Children’s Choices (2016) - Reading lists from the International Reading Association, selected by children and teens.

IndieBound’s Indie Next List (Recommendations from independent booksellers) - Various top ten lists, by age range.

Literature Map - A totally awesome website that shows you visual maps of similar authors. Type in an author's name, and watch the visual map popular with names of other authors.

National Book Award - The 2016 list of best books.

ReadKiddo Read - James Patterson's Website - great recommendations by genres and age.

The Reading Without Walls Challenge –Gene Luen Yang's website encouraging people to read outside their usual reading habits.

Teen Book Finder APP for YA - Award-winning book lists.

Your Next Read - Type in a title you love, and see a visual map of other book titles you might like too.

What Should I Read Next? Not sure what to read next after you have finished an awesome title? Simple type in the title, and see a list of some great suggested titles.

Required Reading

6th Grade - The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez

7th Grade - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8th Grade - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

9th - 12th Grade - How Does It Feel to Be A Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi

Video Streaming Subscriptions

Below you will find sources for videos, both subscription and recommended websites. All subscriptions require a username and password to access.

Avenues Video Subscriptions

Brain Pop - Animated curricular content, spans all disciplines.

Classroom Video on Demand - Includes many well-made videos on a variety of topics with explanations.

Classroom Video on Demand: World Cinema Collection - The World Cinema collection includes a variety of full-length films from around the worlds.

Digital Theatre+ – Provides classic and contemporary performances from some of the greatest performers and practitioners in history. Search from plays and productions, practice and practitioners, and theory and criticism (Refer to Google Drive for login information).

Safari Montage – Safari Montage is the sole provider of all PBS content, this video streaming service also offers Reading Rainbow, Scholastic, Schessingler Media, and much more (to login, use your username and password that you use to login to your computer).

General Video Websites

Amnesty International (YouTube) - Amnesty International's YouTube page focuses on human rights issues.

BBC YouTube - British Broadcasting Company's video on the latest news in the world.

dotSUB - Helps to add language and captions to videos.

Google Video Search - Use Google's search functionality to search for videos.

Justice Talking (NPR) – Search programs about law and American life.

Open Vault – WGBH Media Library and Video Archives.

Open Culture – Search from 380 free movies online (classics, indies, westerns, etc.).

The World Bank (YouTube) - A collection of videos by The World Bank, an enormous organization dedicated to the goal of development assistance.

World Economic Forum (YouTube) – World Economic Forum’s video channel.

Selected Websites for Documentaries – Streams full-length documentary films free of charge.

Free Documentary TV – Covers a variety of subjects.

JohnLocker – Documentaries organized by topic.

Nonfictionvideos – Archive of documentary films, constantly updated.

Snagfilms – Free full-length documentaries, organized by a variety of topics.

Top Documentary Films - Documentaries arranged by an extensive array of topics, and top 100s make this website very browsable.

Website by Subject

Below you will find a variety of vetted websites organized by subject.

General Reference – Great site for top national and international news.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Good community-curated source for full-text, scientific and scholarly journals

Finding Dulcinea Web Guides – Search hundreds of topics, includes background, media, and primary sources.

Info Please Almanac - Tons of information, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesaurus, plus information organized by extensive topics.

Internet Public Library -- This website is now closed. They have the archive up, but says that it no longer updates information.

Virtual Reference Desk - Full of tons of links, facts, news articles, and more.


CIA World Fact Book - In-depth country profiles.

Economic Indicators - new URL -- - From the Census Bureau, this website collects a variety of economic indicators for the American economy.

Economic News Releases - Most recent news releases for U.S. economy.

UN Data – Search topics and statistical resources from UNdata, and links to international statistical websites.

World Development Indicators - The World Bank's incredibly thorough database including very specific data by country.

World Mapper – A collection of world maps and territories organized by economic, scientific, and demographic sets.


American Memory - Includes many different topics by time periods.

GPO Access - Collection of archived government publications. Money and Politics - This website examines the connections between money and politics.

UNdata Search topics and statistical resources from UNdata, and links to international statistical websites.

University of Oklahoma: Law Center: A Chronology of US Historical Documents - Links to U.S. Historical documents by date.


Abraham Lincoln Net - A complete record for President Lincoln's career.

The American Journey Modern Times: Spotlight Videos – Access U.S. History Videos – Antebellum through the beginning of the 21st Century

American Memory - Includes many different topics by time periods.

American Museum of Natural History (YouTube) - Access a variety of videos produced by NYC's American Museum of Natural History.

Chronicling America - Access historical newspapers.

Conversations with History – An interview program

Documenting the American South - A variety of resources on the American south, including culture, history, and literature.

Encyclopedia of Alabama - A website covering everything Alabama.

Q: Why do we even have the above website????

Ex-Child Soldier in Sudan (audio slideshow BBC) I think we should cut this website.

FedFlix – United States government video tapes

Guide to History Resources on the Web - Links to a vast array of internet resources.

History Animated – Military history presented with animation

History Channel Videos - wrong URL - change to this: Access the History channel's vast array of full episodes.

The History Net - A collection of history resources from the world's largest history magazine publisher.

History Resources from Free Technology for Teachers - An updated and reviewed website including a variety of history technology for teachers.

Holocaust Encyclopedia – Access photos, testimonies, histories, and more. Also, relates history to current events

Library of Congress (YouTube) -Library of Congress’s Channel

Mapping History – Interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems, events, developments, and dynamics

Talking History – Audio documentaries, speeches, debates, oral histories, and other aural history resources

Teaching A People’s History – A rich portal with resources inspired by Howard Zinn.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive) – Archival resource for materials pertaining to the Holocaust and related aspects of WWII

U.S. National Archives – U.S. National Archives’s video Channel

Valley of the Shadow - Examines two different towns (one Northern, one Southern) during the Civil War, including real newspaper archives and other artifacts.

Wikimedia Commons’ Atlas of WWII – Access dozens of maps related to World War II from Wikimedia Commons


dotSUB - View, upload, transcribe any video into and from any language

Google Translate - Translates words, phrases, and web pages.

Latin America Network Information Center (LANIC)Web-based resource guides. Browse by subject or region.

Quick Translator – Auto detects the language of the text you paste in the translation box.


Google Scholar – Search for scholarly literature (across disciplines and diverse sources)

Interactive Romeo and Juliet – Interactive display of the text of Romeo and Juliet changed to "Romeo and Juliet: The Shakespeare App."

Poetry Foundation - The definitive source for poetry in America includes access to many poems, visual and audio.


CNN Video Access CNN's news on video.

C-SPAN Video Library - Access to many different news segments on video.

Hulu/NBC Time Capsule – View old news segments and entire news programs from NBC.

Link TV – Provides global perspectives on news, events and culture.

NBC News Archives on Demand K-12 - NBC's news geared for grades K-12.

New York Times Video Homepage – Education/Instructional videos.

Academic Earth – Video lectures by top scholars.

DNA Tube – Scientific video site. Search featured videos, categories, and topics.

Math TV – Search videos by topic.


TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

YouTubeEDU - Some of the best educational videos on YouTube are featured on this channel.


BioMed Central – Access 222 peer-reviewed open access journals searchable by subject.

The National Science Digital Library - Educational resources focusing on STEM.

Public Library of Science (PLOS) – Access scientific and medical literature.

Science.Gov - Everything science from the U.S. government.

UNEP: GLobal Environment Outlook – Posters visually and graphically display information about environmental data.

Primary Sources

In addition to the extensive primary sources available from our subscription databases, below are selected websites with available primary source content. Primary sources are original documents and objects created at the time under study. Examples include diaries, speeches, manuscripts, artifacts, recordings, etc.

Court Cases

Event Specific

Maps and Images

100 Milestone Documents (NARA) – View a complete list of U.S. documents

American Hypertexts

American Memory Collection Finder

American Memory: The Teachers Page/Primary Sources

The American Pagent: A History of the Republic (Cengage) – Access a range of primary source documents organized by event

American Rhetoric

American Revolution (AP US History)

AMDOCS – Documents for the study of American History

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation (American Memory)

A Chronology of US Historical Documents (University of Oklahoma) – Spans from pre-colonial to present day

Civil War Newspapers (Harper’s Weekly) – Original Harper’s Weekly Newspapers (1861-1864)

Columbia University Libraries-Digital Collections – Access a myriad of digital collections, including John Jay Papers and Lehman Papers: Special Correspondence Series

Digital History – Rich primary sources, an online textbook, and interactive timeline

Documenting the American South – Primary sources for southern history, literature, and culture

Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 – Provided by Duke University Libraries Digital Collections

EyeWitness to – From the Ancient World to the present

The Founders’ Constitution

From Revolution to Reconstruction – Spans from colonial period to modern

Gifts of Speech – Browse and search women’s speeches from around the world

Historical Text Archive – Covers a broad range of historical documents, photos, links, and more

History and Politics Out Loud – Searchable archive of significant audio materials


National Archives Experience (Digital Vaults)

New Deal Network

Original Source Documents in U.S. History – Search by topic and/or time period, 1600-Present

Primary Resources and Real-World Data – Access a myriad of primary source links provided by eduScapes

Regional Oral History Office – Oral and video history documents

Source Documents in U.S. History

Thomas: The Library of Congress – Legislative information from the Library of Congress

The Presidents


United States Documents

World Documents

WWII Resources – Original documents on all aspects of the war.

Scholarly Resources for Victorian Research - Resource for the study of nineteenth-century Britain.

Treaties and Other International Agreements (Penn Libraries) - Guide to treaties and agreements to which the United States is a party.

The National Archives – The UK government’s official archive.

Middle East History and Resources - Provides Middle East historical and peace process source documents.

German Propoganda Archive – Nazi and East German propaganda.

EyeWitness to – Ancient World to present.

Eurodocs – Online sources for European History.

Copyright and Fair Use

Below you will find websites for locating copyright-friendly images and music that can be used freely without permission, in addition to websites to help with understanding copyright and fair use.


behold – A visual image search for high quality Creative Commons images

CC Search – Search for images that can be adapted, modified or used commercially.

Compfight – A Flickr Search Tool – Search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos

Copyright-Friendly and Copyleft Images and Sound – Search for images and sound with generous copyright licensing

Flickr: The Commons – View the world’s public photography archives and add comments or tags

Flickr Creative Commons Portal – Browse and search through photos under each type of license

Google Image Search – Search for copyright friendly images by selecting usage rights. Some photos are available for use in the public domain.

Yahoo Creative Commons Search – Search content across the Web that has a Creative Commons license

Wikimedia Commons – Online repository of free-use images, sound and other media files


ccMixter – Community remix site sponsored by Artis Tech Media, created by Creative Commons.

Creative Commons Audio

The Freesound Project – Collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.

Jamendo – Download and listen to over 20.000 albums (CC licenses).

JamStudio – Create music beats ***

Jewel Beat – Free music and sound effects.

JL Studios – Free sound effects for video, film, audio and multimedia productions.

OpSound – Download, share and remix music.

Open Music Search – A search engine for Copyleft, Creative Commons, Open Source and public domain works.

Podsafe Audio

Royalty Free Music

Soundation – Online sequencer with real time effects, virtual instruments and a fully integrated sound shop.

Sound Jay – Free sound effects website.


Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education – A “code of best practices” to facilitate educators in what constitutes fair use.

Copyright-Friendly Pathfinder – Access an extensive list of images and sound portals for use in media projects, Web pages, wikis, blogs, etc.

Copyright Confusion Wiki – A wiki dedicated to understanding and learning more about copyright and fair use – access multiple useful links!

Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use – Documentary filmmakers’ statement of best practices in fair use.

Six Resources About Learning About Fair Use

Spartan Guides on Fair Use – Understanding fair use in media production.

Temple University Media Lab Teaching Resources for Fair Use – Extensive collection of free multi-media curriculum resources.

Unites States Copyright Office - The definitive, official website for copyright from the U.S. government.

Wes Fryer’s Copyright Wiki - Great guidelines, videos, websites, and articles geared towards educating on copyright issues.

YouTube Copyright Education – Material on fair use and remix culture.

Citation Tools and Resources for Avoiding Plagiarism

Below you will find resources to generate a bibliography and sources to better help you understand and avoid plagiarism.

Citation Tools

Avoiding Plagiarism

Authors at Avenues

A signature aspect of our library programming is our author visits, where award-winning diverse authors and illustrators are invited in to celebrate reading and the craft of writing with our students. Since 2013, the library team has brought in nearly 20 authors to present and engage with students.


Bilingual/Cultural Author Programming for ELC and Lower Division

  • Christina Matula (LD Chinese/English) 2018
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney (LD) English 2018
  • Eric Valesquez (ELC and LD English/Spanish) 2017
  • Ying Chang Compestine (ELC and LD English/Spanish) 2017
  • Grace Lin (ELC & Lower Division)
  • Duncan Tonatiuh (LS Spanish/English) 2015 and 2017
  • Gene Yuen Lang (Lower Divsion and Grade 5) 2017
  • Angela Dominguez (ELC & K Spanish/English) 2016
  • Lenore Look (LS Chinese/English) 2016
  • Steve Light (ELC) 2014 and 2015
  • Susan Verde (Book Fair) 2015
  • Kirsten Hall (Book Fair) 2015
  • Brian Pinkney (LS) 2014
  • Jane Breskin Zalben (Book Fair) 2014
  • Greg Foley (ELC and LS) 2013
  • Laurie Keller (LS) 2013

Middle Grade Author Programming:

  • Ruta Sepetys (Middle Grades), 2019
  • E. Lockhart (Middle Grades/Upper Grades), 2019
  • Adam Silvera (Middle Grades/Upper Grades) 2018 
  • Adam Gidwitz (Middle Grades) 2018
  • Adam Gidwtz (Middle Grades) 2015
  • Jack Gantos (Middle Grades) 2014

Upper Division Author Programming:

An initiative started in 2015 where a common book, either humanities or STEAM focused, is selected to read over the summer and is accompanied by a visit from that author in early fall.

  • Lauren Redniss (2018)
  • Moustafa Bayoumi (2017)
  • Bee Wilson (2016)
  • Tobias Wolf (2015)

Listening Library

Avenues Listening Library

Library is a wonderful time for self-exploration and selecting books of interest in English and students’ target languages. We are now excited to offer a “listening library” of high-interest picture books written in Chinese and Spanish. These books are read by our librarians to support reading in the target language at home. In order to promote biliteracy, feel free to discuss the story in English or your native language.

Each book is equipped with a QR code on its front cover, which upon scanning, links directly to an audio recording of that book. In addition, each book offers questions at the end of the story to spark discussion between you and your child - a wonderful way to share the love of reading with your child and reinforce language acquisition and comprehension in L2.

This growing collection of books will be available in both the ELC and LD Library collections for your child to browse and borrow. 


Meet MaryTere Garza

¡Hola! I am the English/Spanish librarian for all Spanish immersion students in nursery through fourth grade. I am excited to share many new, award-winning and notable books. Hope you enjoy sharing these books with your child!

Meet Wei Zhang

Nǐ hǎo! I am the English/Chinese librarian for all Chinese immersion students in nursery through fourth grade. I am excited to share many new, award-winning and notable books. See you in the library!

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