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    Types of Books

    : books that are about real things - animals, countries, space, etc. and organized by Dewey Decimal System.
    Collective Biographies and Biographies are located in 920 and 921, respectively, by subject  (Abraham Lincoln would be found in 921 LIN).
    Fiction (FIC): stories that are made up by the author, organized alphabetically by author's last name.
    Everybody (E): books that everyone can enjoy, organized alphabetically by author's last name.
    Everybody non-fiction (E): non-fiction books for grades K-3, organized by Dewey Decimal System.
    Beginning Chapter (BC): fiction books for grades 1-3, organized alphabetically by author's last name.
    Young Adult (YA):  fiction and non-fiction books for grades 7-8 only.  Fiction YA are alphabetized by author's last name and non-fiction YA are organized by Dewey Decimal System.
    Reference (REF): books that are meant to be used and enjoyed in the library, not available to be checked out.  

    Every book in the LMC will have a spine label located on the book's spine, easily visible when on the shelf. It contains the book's call number, the book's "address." This address will identify to the reader what type of book it is and where on the shelf it belongs relative to the other books. Using a shelf marker is very important to keep books shelved properly so that other students may find them.

    Non-Fiction Organization

    Non-fiction books are organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). This system was developed by Melvil Dewey, one the greatest librarians of all time. He used 10 numerical categories to organize books by their subject matter. While the number identifies the category, the first 3 letters of the author's last name are also used for further classification.

         Believe It Or Not: Space Facts by David Baker - 501 BAK
         Cats That Roar by Kimberly Weinberger - E 599.75 WEI (Everybody Non-fiction)
         Arizona the Beautiful by Herb McLaughlin - REF 917.91 MCL (Reference)

    Fiction Organization

    Fiction is organized by using the first 3 letters of the author's last name. 
         The Giver by Lois Lowry - FIC LOW (Fiction)
         The Hat by Jan Brett - E BRE (Everybody)
         Afternoon in the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne - BC OSB (Beginning Chapter)

    Reference Materials

    Reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, multi-volume sets and research related books. They are organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification system and will have REF before the number. Reference materials are located in a special area of the LMC. They may not be checked out but may be used for research within the LMC.