The goal of the Avondale Library and Media Center is to provide materials that will compliment the curriculum, stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards; taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the individuals served.
The Avondale Library and Media Center idea was conceived by the Academy's Board of Trustees in 1993 as part of a self-study the school conducted. It was two years in the planning, six months in the building, and $2 million for the funding. Board members, former Headmaster Duncan Alling, faculty, staff, parents, and students were delighted when the outstanding facility opened in 1995.
It is the policy of the Media Center to maintain a quiet, pleasant environment in the library which is conducive to serious study as well as casual browsing. Beginning in pre-kindergarten, the children become familiar with the materials in the library so that they may later use the library to its fullest advantage. Lower School students visit the library on a weekly basis to select books and learn library skills, in addition to visits before and after school with their parents. Middle and Upper School students may visit the library during the hours of operation. Our Upper School students in Independent Study Hall utilize the library as a study spot.
Rocky Mount Academy offers the very popular Accelerated Reader program to students in grades kindergarten through fifth. AR is a system of computerized testing and record keeping. Its goal is to increase literature-based reading practice. You will find a link to all the AR books in Links to Great Reading and References.
The Avondale Library and Media Center continues to be the hub for educational pursuits at Rocky Mount Academy! The vision endures: The library is a student-centered environment that promotes lifelong learning in order to assist students in becoming independent learners of information literacy.