I’ve been thinking about reclassifying books in fiction according to genre since our local high school took on the project. Kids frequently ask questions such as, “Where are the scary books?”, or “Where are the sports books in fiction?” I want to help kids find books they are most interested in reading and with close to 7,000 books in our fiction section, it just makes sense to subdivide.
After much research online of school and public libraries who have taken on the project, I decided to go for it this year. I debated on adding non-fiction to the reclassification project. I considered placing historical fiction by historical non-fiction and science fiction by non-fiction science books. In the end, I decided to divide fiction first to see how it worked with the kids. I chose Adventure, Picture Books, Fantasy, Historical, Sports, Science, Mystery, Realistic, Graphic Novels, and Horror as my subdivisions. I decided against changing out the spine labels and went with adding colored paper tape from Demco for each. I chose the tape dispenser from the Library Store. After the sections are done, I will batch process the books in the library catalog to add the genre to the call number(For example: Adv F Avi or Sci F Whi). This will help students searching the library catalog to find the books in the subdivided sections in the library easier.
So far I’ve completed around 25% of the collection and I’ve already seen big difference. Kids are finding books a bit easier now and are starting to go to the areas they are most interested in reading from. I’m also starting to see areas of the collection which need more titles. It is a slow process and I don’t know if I will get finished before the end of the school year. Overall, I like it and I think it will make a big difference helping kids find great books to read. Does anyone have any suggestions for non-fiction? I’m thinking this may be our project for next year.
Mrs. Readerpants: The Library Genre-fication Project
Mr. Dewey, I Bid You Adieu
Summer Project: Kill Dewey
Using Wordfoto App for Genre Signs
So We Ditched Dewey….What Comes Next For Our Books and Shelves?
Scoop.it: Dewey Free Library
What’s Your Genre? Quiz
The Dewey Dilemma
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The Colossus Rises is a mix of Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones. The main characters find themselves fighting to stay alive while involved in some hair raising adventures. Each book in the Seven Wonders series involves locating loculi at each of the seven Ancient Wonders of the World. For our Book Club meeting I decided teams of students should be involved in their own adventure to locate loculi. Teams competed in a series of three elimination events. The first event featured making a crypto wheel cipher to figure out a series of five key terms from the book. The top three teams advanced to the balloon gauntlet. For the balloon gauntlet, students had to crawl through a balloon filled tunnel to find the hidden loculi without popping or displacing balloons. The top two fastest teams advanced to the final competition….the paper laser maze. The event featured a maze of paper streamers students had to crawl through without breaking to retrieve their loculi. The student team with the fastest time won. I had a great time creating this for the Book Club kids and I think the kids enjoyed it too.
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After the 1st semester break, I like to send out a reminder to keep up with those library books. Have you misplaced yours? Check out this video of the top ten common places library books like to “hide”.
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Book Club is currently reading The Colossus Rises, the first book in the Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis.
The day after thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley is told he has six months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life—with one condition. Jack and three other kids must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical Loculi, which can save their lives only when combined together correctly. The challenge: The Loculi have been missing for a thousand years, lost amongst the ruins and relics of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With no one else to turn to and no escape in sight, the four kids have no choice but to undertake the quest. First stop: the Colossus of Rhodes, where they realize that there’s way more than just their lives at stake.
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Today is our last day before Christmas break. For the second year in a row, teachers were challenged to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest. I’ve seen some awesome entries so I know I won’t win, but I had fun anyway. Merry Christmas!
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