The Library Program has a number of moving parts and serves a number of purposes here at Aidan.

The Library has a large nonfiction collection which supports the research that Elementary students do throughout the year, individually and in groups of two or more (student research is prominent in Montessori starting at a young age).

The library also has a fiction collection from which Elementary and Primary students can check out books. The librarian visits Primary classrooms weekly to read to full day students, helping to instill a love of reading in them! There are also books in the library for the toddler age and parents and caregivers are welcome to come in with their toddler and check out a book.

For parents and teachers, the Library has a parenting section and a section on education; as much as possible these sections include the titles that the Aidan Program for Families Book Study Group reads.

The Library is located along the hallway outside the Lower Elementary classrooms. Come by to browse the new books display, other themed displays of books, and the collection! There is a couch and small rug where you can comfortably read for awhile if you would like.

Library News and Posts

Happy Spring from the Library!

Looking for some fun summer reads? Aidan's Librarian Nell Stewart shares some great historical fiction books for Elementary students.

Program Faculty

Nell Stewart

Nell Stewart


Nell started her library career working in academic and research libraries. She worked at Georgetown University's Medical Library, and was lucky enough to get a summer position in the Reference Department of the Library of Congress, working in the beautiful Jefferson Building. After being home raising her children she became interested in school libraries, so she took courses in School Library Media and worked as a substitute librarian in independent and public schools in the DC area. Nell has Master's degrees in Library Science and in European History. Her recent Professional Development work has been in children's literature translated into English from other languages.

Nell has been in a book club for 20 years! Besides reading she enjoys biking, swimming, gardening, baking, and spending time with her family.