A lot of fun and learning go on in the Marengo Library, which is home to more than 18,000 great books. Children visit the library every week to hear age-appropriate stories, learn how to navigate the library, and borrow books.
Marengo Library provides students, faculty and staff with resources that support curriculum, books that foster a love of reading, and an educational environment that promotes curiosity, compassion, empathy, problem solving, independent thinking, awareness of the larger world, and self-reflection.
Reading Books from A to Z!
What Wonderful Books Will Students Find This Year?
Every year in the Marengo Library we tackle “READING BOOKS FROM A TO Z.” Throughout the year we’ll move through the alphabet, giving students the opportunity to practice their alphabetizing skills so that they can better navigate the library. Along the way, we'll read books from every section of the library and every corner of the world.
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. Training sessions are offered at the start of every school year, and individual training sessions can also be arranged, if necessary. You can email me (Robin Becker, Librarian) at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a time to meet.
To sign up to volunteer in the library go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/13577dd05a4cbe5c71-marengo
If you have any questions, please contact our Library Liaison, Rachel Garcia Criswell, at
4th and 5th graders are welcome to join the Lunch Time Book Club. Students enjoy lunch while we read a book together. We start with the California Young Reader Medal chapter books, and students vote on others to read as time allows. If you've got one of those reluctant readers at home, encourage him to join. We have amazing discussions, and it is sooooooooo much fun!
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.
Marengo's "Peaceable Kingdom"
Allen Manzano, the grandfather of former Marengo students, Ben, Tim and Jeremy Becker, 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 Jeremy's t-shirt--to reflect the peaceful feeling that can be experienced in the library. A big shout out to Mr. Manzano for his vision and artistry.
A highlight of the library program at Marengo is our participation in the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program. Students read or hear books that have been selected by a statewide committee of teachers and librarians, and vote for their favorites. Students are invested in the books they hear and read and the program promotes a love of reading, critical thinking, and teaches students the importance of voting.
The following is a list of this year's nominated books:
All Are Welcome, written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Drawn Together, written by Minh Lêand illustrated by Dan Santat
Dreamers, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Hair Love, written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Sulwe, written by Lupita Nyong'o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Before She Was Harriet, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome
Let the Children March, written by Monica Clark-Robinson and illustrated by Frank Morrison
The Skydiving Beavers, A True Tale, written by Susan Wood and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenbuyzen
Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, by Dan Gameinhart
Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate
The California Young Reader Medal program is another resource for popular titles your students might enjoy. The site lists all current and previously nominated books and winners. Go to: http://www.californiayoungreadermedal.org/
Images from Previous CYRM Contests
(Voting is Serious Business!)
Dear Marengo Families,
Here are a few tips to encourage a love of reading: