The Park Meadows Library Media Center contains thousands of books! Finding what you need is easy, if you know how to use the LMC.
Types of Books
: books that are about real things - animals, countries, space, etc.Biographies
are located in 921 by the subject - Abraham Lincoln would be found in 921 LINFiction
: books are made up by the author Everybody
: books that everyone can enjoyEverybody non-fiction
: generally, non-fiction books for grades K-3Beginning Chapter
: fiction books for grades 1-3Reference
: books that are not allowed to be checked out but may be used in the LMC for research
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
. This is 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 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. This graph
of a caveman considering himself and the world around him, makes remembering the Dewey system a little easier. While the number identifies the category, the first 3 letters of the author's last name are also used for further classification.
Examples:Believe It Or Not: Space Facts
by David Baker - 501 BAKCats That Roar
by Kimberly Weinberger - E 599.75 WEI (Everybody Non-fiction)Arizona the Beautiful
by Herb McLaughlin - REF 917.91 MCL (Reference)
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 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.
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