The International School Nido de Aguilas

Media Center

Nido's Media Center program expands the learning experience beyond the wall of the classroom into the world. Our Learning Commons is a central hub for teaching, research, experimentation, practice, creating, working, learning, and play. In a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere, reading, discovery, imagination, and creativity come alive. Wonder and curiosity become central to personal, academic, social, and cultural growth. As research facility for the older students and a “curiosity and exploration lab” for the younger children, the libraries provide opportunities to develop inquiry-based skills and habits of the mind, which will enable students to continue their individual quests for learning throughout their lives.

Media Center Resources

Follett Destiny, the automated catalog/circulation system, is available online for locating library materials 24/7. We have approximately 35,000 printed books in circulation. In order to facilitate inquiry-based research, the library subscribes to multiple research databases, electronic book collections, electronic professional journals, print magazines, and online encyclopedias in both English and Spanish. A special digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources provides resources for on-campus use. Nido’s librarians coordinate with faculty to assist students with research projects, as well as helping students gain the skills they need to become independent researchers at Nido, at university, in their careers, and in any other areas of their lives where a systematic, thoughtful, inquiry-based approach, grounded in high-quality scholarship, is required.

Elementary Media CenterMS/HS Media Center
Mon - Thurs
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thurs
7:15 am - 5:00 pm

7:00 am - 3:30 pm

7:15 am - 4:30 pm

Nido’s library program is based on a Learning Commons model with four key areas of focus: philosophy, physical space, virtual space, and curriculum/programs.


The mission of the Nido Media Center is to support and stimulate the educational environment of the school. The library’s staff, facilities, technology and collections promote the intellectual and personal growth of each community member and Nido’s mission of education in which Nido students:

  • Engage in authentic, consequential experiences, learn by doing, and are accustomed to taking risks.
  • Master a rich curriculum while acquiring the skills to communicate across multiple fields, disciplines, and cultures.
  • Build their own personalities fully, nurturing their strengths and passions.

Physical Space

In addition to serving as a traditional library space, with a balanced, rich, diverse, and current collection of print resources such as fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, and reference materials, Nido's Learning Commons also is a venue for exhibitions of students’ art, projects, and work. Its facilities can accommodate individuals, small groups, and whole classes with appropriate and customized collaborative workspaces. Students and faculty have access to computers, iPads, smartboards, and other up-to-date technology for high-quality teaching and learning.

Virtual Space

The Learning Commons provides a balanced, rich, diverse, and current collection of digital tools, such as databases, e-books, and subscriptions. Our librarians maintain a web page for all users to utilize on- and off-campus 24/7.


Our librarians and library programming fosters reading for various pursuits, including for personal growth, pleasure and enjoyment, knowledge and curiosity, and the development and cultivation of ideas. We promote guided, innovative, and creative learning opportunities. Our program supports an inquiry-based model for learning, and our librarians facilitate collaboration and co-teaching for inquiry-based learning activities. We also support students and teachers with the Information Literacy Curriculum and the Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

media center team

Linda Swenson

Media Center Director

Alexia Haverbeck

Elementary Teacher-Librarian

Andrea Sotomayor

Elementary Teacher-Librarian

Natalia Chackiel

Middle/High School Assistant Librarian

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