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Monday, October 15, 2018

Do You Know Dewey? Part 1

I thought I'd talk a bit about our nonfiction section in the Youth Services Department.  It's a really great part of our collection that can teach and entertain you and is organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

If you don't know Dewey, you should.  Knowing the basic organization of it will help you find the materials you need quickly.  The system was created by Melvil Dewey, an American librarian who developed it in 1876.  It uses a numerical scheme for the arrangement of subjects of mostly nonfiction books, and classifies them into 10 main subject categories.  Each category is represented by numbers ranging from 000 to 999.

This week I thought I'd feature the Dewey System categories of materials found between the ranges of 000-399.

The 000-090 range contains books on Computer Science, Information, and General Works.  In this area, you would find a book on the Dewey Decimal System.  Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System by Sandra Donovan is shelved here. Interested in Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or the Bermuda Triangle?  You've come to the right section.  Also found here are books on computers and Internet safety.  Looking for encyclopedias for a school project?  You've come to the right spot.  030 starts the call number for those books along with the Guinness Book of World Records (the information in Guinness is so amazing). 

Philosophy and Psychology is the category name for the range of 100-199.  With Halloween right around the corner, this is the area where you will discover books on ghosts and witches.  Many books about emotions are also found in this numerical range.  These materials are perfect for preschool and primary aged children struggling with controlling their emotions.

Religion is a big focus in the 200s.  You can learn about Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Judaism, just to name a few.  Maybe mythology is more your thing.  Did you know that besides Greek and Roman mythology, there is Egyptian, Norse, African, Native American and Japanese myths?  Wow!

The final range we'll look at today is the 300s.  This is a huge category that houses lots of different subtopics.  You'll find books about the different branches of the government here - executive, legislative and judicial.  Books about the military are found along the shelves here too.  Alpha, Bravo, Charlie:  The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest would make a cool read-aloud for the upcoming Veteran's Day holiday.  Speaking of holidays, books about holidays we celebrate are also located in the 300s.  Boy and Girl Scouts will also find their manuals in this area.  My favorite part of this category are the books based on fairy tales and folktales.  Did you know there are about 50 different versions from all over the world of Cinderella?  They are definitely not the Disney version either.

Join me next week as we explore the world of Dewey in the land of the 400-600s.  Hopefully I've piqued your interest and you'll stop by for a good read from the 000-300s.  Until next time!


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