Making My Library Friendly for Animal Books, part 1

Learning in the Library

Books about animals are super popular at my library, but finding them has been hard and putting them back has been a pain. I decided to plan for a new shelving approach, in order to help my users.

I’m leaving the Dewey number codes on the spines and will continue to add them to new books. Did you notice I don’t say “call numbers”? I’ve switched to saying “location codes”, because trying to tell a 2nd grader that “sometimes call numbers don’t have any numbers in them” makes me feel like the Sisyphean librarian!

My new plan is to add extra labels and colored label protectors to each book. I decided to have 3 main divisions: Land (green label covers), Water (blue label covers) and Birds (purple label covers). Within Land, I will also have a category called ALL – to hold books which contain many different species, as well…

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