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KidsBooks2Finding things in the library can be confusing so we'll help you figure out what those numbers and letters mean.

Call Numbers

A Call Number is a group of numbers and/or letters that help you locate a book on the shelves and they're found on the bottom spine of each book.

Just because it is called a call number, it doesn't mean it has to have a number. They can be made up of just letters too.


Easy & Juvenile Fiction Books

Books with an "E" stands for "Easy" books for beginning readers up to Grade 2. Books with a "J" stands for "Juvenile" for readers in Grades 3 and above. The letters below the "E" and "J" provide the name of the author. All materials are shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.

J
CLEARY


Juvenile Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction (factual) books will still contain a "J" in the call number, but they will be followed by numbers and letters. The number is called the Dewey Decimal Classification number. They help organize library books by subjects to make them easier to find. Following the numbers, you will see the first three letters of the author's name. Nonfiction books in order first by their Dewey Decimal number, then by the author's last name.

J
92
KING


Let's Learn a Little More About the Dewey Decimal Classification System

Melvil Dewey was a librarian who was born in 1851. It was his idea to create a way to catalog books into different subjects to make things easier to find. It's called the Dewey Decimal System and it's still used today.

The Dewey Decimal System uses 10 main categories to help you find books.
  • 000 - Generalities includes computer books and encyclopedia.
  • 100 - Philosophy and Psychology includes books on self-improvement and unexplained phenomena.

  • 200 - Religion and Mythology includes bible stories, world religions, and mythology.

  • 300 - Social Sciences includes books on families, law, education, true crime, and folk & fairy tales.

  • 400 - Languages is the section for dictionaries, foreign languages, and sign language books.

  • 500 - Science is where you'll find books on math, weather, astronomy, experiments, plants, animals, dinosaurs, and much more.

  • 600 - Technology covers materials on cars, medicine, gardening, pets, space exploration, and cooking.

  • 700 - Arts section is where you'll find books on drawing, crafts, music, games, sports, TV & movies.

  • 800 - Literature is the where you'll find books on poetry, plays, jokes, and even Shakespeare.

  • 900 - History & Geography looks at the world's geography and history, including biographies.

  • 92 - Biographies uses the "92" on the spine label and the call number on the biographies is the last name of the subject of the book. For example: A biography on Abraham Lincoln would have the call number of J 92 LINCOLN.

Internet Safety for Youth

Children today are growing up fully immersed in using the Internet. Learn some Internet Safety Tips as a guideline for youth when surfing the web.

I will not give out personal information such as my address, phone number, name and location of my school, etc. without my parents’ permission.
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I will tell my parents if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
I will never get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents.
I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do get a message like that, I will tell my parents.
I will talk with my parents so we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day I can be online, the length of time, and appropriate areas for me to visit.
I will not allow anyone to borrow my library card number to get onto the internet. I will not borrow anyone else's number to get onto the internet.


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