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Marengo Media Lab

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.


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

This year in the Marengo Library we are “READING BOOKS FROM A TO Z.” Throughout the year we’ll focus on different letters and explore, for instance: Eric Carle, cats, and Clifford the dog; ice-cream, iguanas, and Istanbul; or penguins, poetry, and Poppleton.  Students will practice their alphabetizing skills so that they can more easily find the books they love, and they'll hear fantastic stories along the way. 


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. Training sessions are offered at the start of every school year. Individual training sessions can also be arranged, if necessary. You can email me (Robin Becker, librarian) at and we can set up a time to meet.


To sign up to volunteer in the library:

1. Go to:

To Sign Up to Volunteer at the Library: 
1. Go to
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

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

Michelle Matsuda, at

Lunch Time Book Club for 4th and 5th Graders

Every Friday, 4th and 5th graders are welcome to join the Lunch Time Book Club. Students bring their lunches to Room 19, we read a book together and have amazing discussions.  This year, we're tackling the three CYRM intermediate chapter books.  If you've got one of those reluctant readers at home, encourage him to join.  It is sooooo much fun!


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.



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"

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

Every year Marengo participates 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.

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



Written by B.J. Novak


Written by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Christian Robinson


Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson


Written and Illustrated by Gianna Marino


Written by Helen Docherty, Illustrated by Thomas Docherty



Written by Marissa Moss, Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu


Written by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Mary Grandpré


Written by Jen Bryant, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet



Written by Kirby Larson


Written by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrated by Jon Klassen


Written by Elise Primavera

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.
  • 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:


Happy Reading!



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 (

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:

American Library Association lists of notable books