I believed that they would be more likely
to learn to love it if they selected their
own reading materials.
way too many to actually check out. At
into ones they could take and ones they
read at our house.”
and sporting the lines “Duck, duck,
ducks in a row . . . quack, quack, look at
way too dumbed down for you.”
In order to learn how to select their
own books, the children obviously need-
ed to be taught how to use the library.
We always started with learning the dif-
ference between fiction and nonfiction
Next, we taught the children where the
and;that;they;are;shelved;in;alphabeti-cal order, by the last name of the authors.
Often,;they;would;have;one;or;two;favor-ite authors, and looking for them on the
on the standardized tests.
Often, fiction books are further di-vided;into;“easy,”;“juvenile,”;and;“adult.”
them the letters on the spine that are
used to shelve books. Here are a few examples:;E;(for;easy);L;(for;Theo;LeSieg).
categories such as mystery or science
might say SF;(for;science;fiction);H;(for
If children are looking for books by a
author. Just like the old card catalogues,
which the librarians were using when
they originally programmed the com-puters,;you;can;search;by;author,;title,;or
you;can;search;by;subject.;If;he;is;look-ing for more books by Robert Heinlein,
he can search for that, and if he wants to
for the title itself.
Nonfiction;books;are;kept;in;a;differ-ent section of the library and are shelved
by the numerical part of the Dewey
Decimal System. When Melvil Dewey
was creating this system, he called it the
decimal system because it can be broken
down into smaller divisions of whole
numbers, called decimals, to create sub-groups.;There;is;an;old;story;that;says;he
asked himself questions. The answers became the categories.
Every day we had
reading time three
times a day . . . .