Welcome to the Marquez High School Library and Research Center

All Great Leaders Are Great Readers

LIBRARY HOURS: Opens 8:00 AM. Closes 4:00 PM every school day.

What is your Teacher Librarian Reading? Literacy Video Click the underlined link to see and enjoy the inspirational reading video featuring Marquez High School's Teacher Librarian, Mr. Stelzried, and see what he is reading! One of these books may interest you, too!

Dear Students and Teachers: For all of your library questions, assistance with research, using your LAPL Student Success Card, and finding free print books, free e-books and audiobooks, please visit the school library and speak with Mr. Stelzried, who will be happy to help you.

Students who would like to join Marquez high school's voluntary reading program, "Battle of the Books academic team", please see Mr. Stelzried, Teacher Librarian, in the school library for more information, or if you need help finding and accessing any of the book titles.

Library Policies:

The Marquez High School Library and Research Center is open every school day, including before and after school, during each school's lunch times and nutritional break times.

Students may come to the library during class times with a teacher signed note/ library pass.

Closed Saturdays and Sundays and all school holidays.

Up to 3 books may be checked out at one time for a maximum of 2 weeks.

Books must be returned in 2 weeks.

Books may be renewed for an additional 2 weeks.

Late fees: 0.10 per day.

Lost books must be paid for.

Teacher Librarian:

Mr. Stelzried, B.A., M.Ed., Dual Credentialed: California Clear Teaching Credentials: 1) Teacher Librarian Services Credential & 2) Single Subject Teaching Credential, English


Please feel free to contact me any time to arrange any type of teaching collaboration and/or for me to present and work with your classes. Also, please see me with any research, reference, or library questions, concerns, and/ or suggestions, or just stop in to say hello.

  • In Person: See me in the Marquez High School Library during regular school hours

  • Email: cts45972@lausd.net

(To access the Digital Library from home, or outside of the school, remember to click on the red colored "Remote Access" button all the way at the bottom of the Digital Library webpage, and then enter your full LAUSD email address and password to Log In.)


Raising Readers: What Parents Can Do - Several great strategies for parents to motivate their child to read

Three Great Standards-Aligned Reading Resources for All Grade Levels

Read Across America - Teacher/Parent Resources and Activities

Read a Free Sample Issue of Literacy Today Magazine

Tips for Guest Readers

Marley Dias on the Impact of Jacqueline Woodson's "Brown Girl Dreaming"

May this oath inspire all students to become lifelong readers!

A poem in honor of Read Across America Day

Read the article by Nicholas Tampio

Children's Right to Read founded on 10 fundamental rights every child deserves, was developed to ensure that every child, everywhere, has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read. Pledge to be an advocate for every child, everywhere.


Field Trip to the historic Downtown Los Angeles Central Library!

On Friday, November 1, 2019, our school's Teacher Librarian, Mr. Stelzried, led the very first group of Marquez HS students on an approved field trip to the beautiful and historic Los Angeles Central Library, which is a leading public research center and an architecturally significant library. All participating students visited the "Teen 'scape" department, which is just for teens, and learned from the Teen/YA Head Librarian, Ms. Phoebe Guiot's presentation about the library collection and resources, academic databases, electronic resources, as well as learning about some new YA fiction. In addition, our school group went on a guided tour of the entire library (interior and exterior), which noted historically and artistically significant artwork and the architecture, and all received a LAPL Library Card! Very special thank you to teacher extraordinaire Mr. Ysais, and Mrs. Blancarte!

Authors Susan Orlean (The Library Book) and Roxane Gay Discuss Orlean's book and the Crucial Role of Public Libraries - Watch the video of the discussion, recorded at the Hammer Museum. (At 6 minutes, 34 seconds in, is a beautiful short film, "A Love Letter to the L.A. Library" with voiceover narration by Susan Orlean.)

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Why Susan Orlean Sees A Bright Future for Public Libraries - Read the article

2019 - 2020 High School Battle of the Books Voluntary Reading Program and Literary Event

Please see Mr. Stelzried, Teacher Librarian (and our Battle of the Books team academic coach), in the school library for information on how to become a member of this great academic team, which improves literacy and inspires a lifelong love for reading and literature. The annual literary event held in the spring semester, which was scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020 at North Hollywood High School has, unfortunately been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Teacher Librarians at the various high schools involved in this fantastic voluntary reading program have decided to postpone the Battle until a date in the Spring semester of 2021. We will continue to keep the same titles of books and encourage all students to continue their reading over the summer with a goal of reading as many of the 16 titles as possible.

"Who dares take up the game?" -- The Green Knight

"High School Teacher Librarians Make Reading Fun and Get Students Engaged With Academic Competition "Battle of the Books" - Read the inspiring article published on the LAUSD Division of Instruction (DOI) website, and featured in the DOI slider, about the High School Battle of the Books voluntary reading program! As Dr. Stephen Krashen has written, free voluntary reading is the best way to improve student's reading levels.

"The Power of Reading" (with Full Transcript) by Dr. Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus The University of Southern California

Congratulations to the '18 - '19 Marquez High School's Battle of the Books team for achieving third place at last school year's extremely close 2018 - 2019 High School Battle of the Books District FINALS competition which was held on Friday, April 5th, 2019, again after school at North Hollywood HS. Our team missed tying for 2nd place by only one question!!!

In the 2017 - 2018 school year, Marquez High School's first Battle of the Books team had an excellent and extremely close "Battle" and achieved a very rare "Tie" for first place against North Hollywood HS during the April 13th, 2018 LAUSD Finals High School Battle of the Books competition held after school at North Hollywood HS!


This year, 2020, the Yallwest YA book festival is now called the Y'all Stay Home Book Festival. All activities, keynotes, and author panels will be virtual, with many online games, contests, and FREE book giveaways!

Y'all Stay Home Book Festival 2020 website

Yallwest Saturday, May 4, 2019

Yallwest Home Page The 2017 - 2018 Yallwest Book Festival was held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Santa Monica High School. Morning Keynote with authors Tamora Pierce (The Song of the Lioness series and The Protector of the Small series) and Tomi Adeyemi (The Children of Blood and Bone). Afternoon Keynote with authors Veronica Roth (The Divergent Series) and Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes).

In the spring semester of the 2017 - 2018 school year, our school library's full-time Teacher Librarian, Mr. Stelzried, led a school bus full of our amazing and awesome Marquez High School students to the wonderful literacy event in Santa Monica known as the Yallwest YA Book Festival, which included FREE tickets for all students to the above Keynotes, as well as many other ticketed events, free round trip transportation, free lunch, opportunities to meet so many award winning YA authors and attend free author book signings, and free student selected brand new books!

Why School Libraries Are So Important

School Libraries Build Strong Students - From the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - Read the article by Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel, from the Phi Delta Kappan Professional Journal for Educators.

Why Invest in Libraries, by University of Southern California Professor Emeritus, Dr. Stephen Krashen

Invest in Libraries - From the School Library Journal

Why Are School Libraries Essential?

School Libraries - More Important Than Ever

School Libraries Impact Studies - Includes How school librarians help students achieve standards, and Full-time school librarians linked to higher student reading scores.

Protecting Students Against the Effects of Poverty: Libraries, by Dr. Stephen Krashen

PSA for School Libraries - Author Jason Reynolds

Reading Resources

What Are Lexile Levels

What does the Lexile measure mean?

Lexile Level to Grade Level Correspondence

About Lexile Codes

Text Complexity Rubric

LAPL Teen Books The Los Angeles Public Library Teen Web has many great suggested reading lists.

ATN Book Lists You can find lists of books by author, genre, and read-alikes.

CDE Reading Lists California Department of Education suggested reading lists.

Reading Rants "Out of the ordinary" booklists for teens written by Jennifer Hubert.

Good Reads Young Adult/Teen suggested reading

The Good Reads List of the Best Book Series

The Good Reads Top 44 YA (Young Adult) Books

Epic Reads

2018 Reading Challenge

Teen Reads from the Library of Congress Suggested reading and FREE online classic literature!

The Book Seer - What to Read Next

How to Find a Book by Description

How Audiobooks Improved My Reading Life

Stephen Krashen: Pleasure Reading

Library OPAC (OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog)

LAUSD Digital Library A vast scholarly collection of subscription databases including EBSCO Publishing, ProQuest, ABC-Clio, Gale, Associated Press Images, Salem Press, Cavendish Square, World Book, Encyclopedia Britannica, and many more.

REMOTE ACCESS to LAUSD Digital Library

Library Databases vs. the Web

Database Search Tips: Keywords vs. Subjects


Word of the Day




Public Libraries:

Los Angeles Public Library

LAPL Student Success Card FAQ

County of Los Angeles Public Library

Digital Learning

Digital Learning Opportunities from LAPL

FREE Homework Hotline Math & Science

Harvey Mudd College Free Math & Science Homework Help Monday - Thursdays from 6 PM - 9 PM

Free Homework Hotline Video

FREE Tutoring & Homework Help

Free Homework Help Free tutoring and assistance for all subject areas for grades K-12, including AP classes and college classes up to 2nd year of college level! All you need is a Los Angeles Public Library card. Open everyday 11am - 11pm.


Find the College for You


Explore Careers - Choose an interest to get some ideas about possible college majors.

Computing / Computer Science & Coding

Learn Computer Science & Free Coding Lessons from Code Academy

Code.org - Learn Coding for free

Computing (Khan Academy)

Microsoft Learn Student Hub

Introduction to Programming

Introduction to Python

Python for Beginners


Riveted Books Free ebooks

First Book Free ebooks

Project Gutenberg FREE ebooks

Library of Congress FREE ebooks

Open Library FREE ebooks

Open Cuture FREE ebooks

ManyBooks FREE ebooks

Learn English With Shakespeare Free ebooks, audio books, and web resources

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Unabridged Version

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Original Spanish) Unabridged Version

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

FREE Audio Books

FREE Summer Audio Books Download two new free audio books each week (during the weeks of the summer giveaway)! A great way to experience diverse authors from a variety of cultures.

Open Culture Free Audiobooks

LibriVox Free Audiobooks

Lit2Go - Free Audiobooks of novels, short stories, poems. Each reading can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.

Libro de Poemas (Federico Garcia Lorca)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Volume 1)

Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends

Storyline Online - Where the World's Best Storytellers Inspire a Love or Reading in Children

Audiobooks, e-Books, and Digital Media from the Public Library

Audio and e-Books - from the County of Los Angeles Public Library

E-Media and Digital Content, Including Audiobooks, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers, Movies, and Music - from the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)

Additional Research Portals to Access Digitized Primary Sources

Digital Public Library of America

Archives Portal Europe

Europeana Collections

National Archives

Document Analysis Worksheet Primary Sources analysis tool from the National Archives

DocsTeach Primary sources, lesson plans, and teaching activities from the National Archives to learn about Congress

Primary Sources on the Web - Primary Source documents, maps, and images. U.S. History and World History

Telling Stories.org - Oral histories of elders who witnessed key events of the 20th century

Holocaust Survivors and Refugees Telling Their Stories

United States Memorial Holocaust Museum

The Avalon Project - Primary source documents in history




What is Astronomy?

Introduction to Astronomy: Crash Course #1

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Careers in Astronomy


Griffith Observatory



What is Botany?

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Marine Biology:

What is Marine Biology?

How to Become a Marine Biologist

Monterey Bay Aquarium


Difference Between Oceanography and Marine Biology

What Does an Oceanographer Do?

Careers in Oceanography

Sripps Institution of Oceanography

Genocide Resources:

Stop Genocide Now

The Genocide Education Project

Confront Genocide

Student & Parent & Educator Resources:

TOPIC: Environmental Issues

Plastic: Sea to Source - Researching solutions to prevent plastic from reaching the ocean

TOPIC: Homelessness

Why Are So Many People Homeless

Homelessness: "What Should I Do If..."

Homelessness Videos

Homelessness Stats and Trends

Facts and Resources from The National Alliance to End Homelessness

TOPIC: Gangs

Parents' Guide to Gangs (English / Espanol)

Frequently Asked Questions About Gangs

Video: Why Youth Join Gangs


Nature - the world's leading multidisciplinary science journal

The Nature Conservancy

Endangered Species

Enjoy a Relaxing Nature Walk - Peaceful and Calming

Relaxing River Water Stream & Birdsong Sounds Video

Educator Databases

All California educators may use TeachingBooks.net

TeachingBooks.net Instructional Resources including book guides & lesson plans, diverse books, resources for award-winning books, literature based vocabulary lists, Meet-the-Author videos and book reading

Diverse Books Toolkit - Great diverse books resources from TeachingBooks.net

Educator Websites & Resources

MIT Open Courseware

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Khan Academy

Science Out Loud - Science Videos

MIT's Choose Your Own: Chemistry Adventure

PBS Teachers - Lessons for teachers

Smithsonian Learning Lab Smithsonian Education