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Oh, no! It's Red Dot Syndrome!

Oh, no! It's Red Dot Syndrome!

Ask your children about "Red Dot Syndrome."  They'll tell you all about it!

ROBIN BECKER, Marengo Librarian

Dear Marengo Families,

Here are a few tips to encourage a love of reading:

  • Ask your children about what books they are reading or what books they've heard at school. Children often like to hear and/or read the same story again and again. Repetition is a fine tool for teaching beginners!  
  • Take time to read to your child every day. Read as a family at the kitchen table after dinner. Let everyone take a turn. Talk about what you've just read. Let children make comments and ask questions as you go. 
  • Reluctant readers can be coaxed to read when you let them choose books that grab their attention. Sometimes non-fiction is the way to go. Is your child interested in sports, cooking, crafts, biographies? Let her interests guide you to books she might enjoy.
  • It's really okay if your child wants to read Goosebumps. Don't sweat it! Reading magazines and graphic novels or comic books can also be a great way to get a reluctant reader to develop a love of reading.  If he enjoys them, he'll be more likely to try other types of books.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at:

 

rbecker@spusd.net

 

Happy Reading!

 

RESOURCES

If you would like to access the Marengo Library Patron Catalog, please click HERE, then click on "Marengo Library" and look for your favorite books in our collection!

South Pasadena Unified School District also subscribes to Britannica School, which offers on-line encyclopedia and other resource materials for students of all levels. Users can also take advantage of the Learning Materials, a collection of educational exercises, activities and study guides.

Log on by going to Britannica School (school.eb.com)

Our user name is:  marengo

Our password is:  lions

 

If you would like resources and suggestions for recommended literature for your students, the following sites and lists can help: 

The State of California Recommended Reading List provides grade-specific lists for California students K-12:

www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/

American Library Association lists of notable books

www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/

Marengo Library

Welcome to the Marengo Library Homepage

A lot of fun and learning go on in the Marengo Library, which is home to more than 17,000 great books. Children visit the library every week to hear age-appropriate stories, learn how to navigate the library, and borrow books.

   

What wonderful books will Marengo Lions find this year?

What wonderful books will Marengo Lions discover this year?

They'll Find Their Favorites!

The Big Theme in the library this year is "FIND YOUR FAVORITES!" Students will work on finding out what books really grab their attention and interest as well as how to actually find them in the library.  Along the way, they'll learn about and hear some of their teachers' favorite childhood books as we feature them throughout the year. 

Want to Help?

Please consider volunteering in the Marengo Library this year. Working in the library not only helps the library to run smoothly, it’s a great way to spend time with your child and his/her classmates in a happy, nurturing, and stimulating environment. When children see parents volunteering in the library it reinforces the importance of reading. Plus, it’s fun!   

 

All library volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to working in the library. If you missed the sessions offered in September, please email me (Robin Becker, librarian) at rbecker@spusd.net and we can set up an individual training session for you.  It will only take about 15 minutes.  

 

 

 

Please use the following links to sign up to volunteer in the library.

 

Volunteer Sign Up

Kinder https://wejoinin.com/sheets/ndxeq

1st Grade https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/pofzb

2nd Grade https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/ugcry

3rd Grade https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/rcaom

4th Grade https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/brqfh

5th Grade https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/evrtc

 

If you have any questions, please contact our Library Liaison,

Michelle Matsuda, at mmatsuda321@gmail.com

It's a big election year!

Students will learn the importance of making their voices heard when they vote for their favorite CYRM books.  Voting in the library is great practice for the future when they'll vote for representatives and laws that they support. The photos below were taken from last year's CYRM contest.  

CYRM POLLING PLACE AT THE MARENGO LIBRARY

Books for Children and Parents to Read Together

The Marengo Library has a small collection of books that deal with subjects like divorce, illness, adoption and puberty.  These books are available for parents to check out any time.

Art in the Library

Flight

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Marengo mom and sculptor, Danielle Ashton, created this art installation for the library using pages from discarded books to create a loop-de-loop design of paper airplanes flying across the back wall of the library and out the window.  The installation captures the imagination of everyone who visits the library, and reminds us to let our imaginations soar.

Marengo's "Peaceable Kingdom"

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Allen Manzano, the grandfather of a former Marengo student, created this painting based on Edward Hick's 19th century painting, "The Peaceable Kingdom."  The Native Americans and Quakers in Hick's original work have been replaced by children reading.  Marengo students enjoy looking at the surreal and fanciful animals that gaze back at them with a kind of calm curiosity.  Mr. Manzano also added images of peace--olives, a dove nesting in a tree, and even a peace sign on one of the children's t-shirts--to reflect the peaceful feeling that can be experienced in the library.

California Young Reader Medal

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Every year Marengo participates in the California Young Reader Medal program. Students read or hear books that have been selected by a committee of teachers and librarians throughout the state and vote for their favorites.

The following is a list of this year's nominated books:

PICTURE BOOKS FOR K - 3

THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH

Written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

I'M MY OWN DOG

Written & Illustrated by David Ezra Stein

IT'S AN ORANGE AARDVARK

Written & Illustrated by Michael Hall

RIBBIT!

Written by Rodrigo Folgueira

SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE

Written by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

PICTURE BOOKS FOR OLDER READERS (GRADES 4 AND UP)

EACH KINDNESS

Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

THE KITE THAT BRIDGED TWO NATIONS: HOMAN WALSH AND THE FIRST NIAGARA SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Written by Alexis O'Neill, Illustrated by Terry Widener

PAPER SON: LEE'S JOURNEY TO AMERICA

Written by Helen Foster James & Virginia Shin-Mui Loh

CHAPTER BOOKS FOR GRADES 3 - 6 

ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY

Written by Chris Grabenstein

THE REAL BOY

Written by Anne Ursu, Illustrated by Erin McGuire

RUMP

Written by Liesl Shurtliff

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