Bronwyn’s Library Blog

Spicing Up the Dewey Decimal System

Posted by bronwynr on December 15, 2008

Melville Dewey, one of the most famous librarians in the world, helped establish the American Library Association, cofounded Library Journal, and established the world’s first library school. However, he’s probably best known for the Dewey Decimal Classification System, which he invented when he was only 21.

As library folks, we find facts like the ones above pretty interesting, but most of the kids in our library begin to yawn when we start talking to them about the DDC. Next time you try to teach kids about Dewey call numbers, use this wonderful PowerPoint presentation designed for middle schoolers—it will make it much more fun. Another way to bring the DDC alive is to have kids play around with the “Deweyized” version of the KidsClick Web index at Don’t miss it!–Gail Junion-Metz


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