Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever was the first book I read over the holiday break.  I wasn't sure I'd like it after reading the "blurb" but I ended up loving it.

Quinn had always wanted to be a Hollywood writer.  That was before the death of his sister and then his father leaving.  Now, Quinn doesn't leave his house. Luckily, his best friend drags him out to a party where he meets a very cute guy, his first love interest. Through his friendships and his new relationship, Quinn starts to accept his grief and start living life again.

This is a funny, uplifting story that I think will appeal to many of our avid readers!

Tim Federle also wrote the Better Nate Than Ever series if you remember that from elementary school.  This is his first YA novel.

Find The Great American Whatever in our library at: REALISTIC F FED

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Changing Call Numbers

As we moved the books to new sections, we batch changed the call number prefix on the books as we went along. This helped us find books while we were in the process of moving because we knew whether a certain book was in its new location or still on the "Dewey shelves".

We decided to leave the Dewey number as is, both because the sections are still in Dewey order and because some day, a librarian coming into the school after me may hate that we dismantled Dewey and want to move it back in place.

The batch change to Music

Here are the new sections and the call number prefixes for Dewey:

War and Conflict  WAR Paranormal PARANORMAL
 History HISTORY Modern Marvels MARVELS
 True Crime CRIME Business and Math BUSINESS
 Health HEALTH Science SCIENCE
 Wellness WELLNESS Animals ANIMAL
 Religion RELIGION Poetry POETRY
 Global Issues GLOBAL Literature LITERATURE
 Narrative NARRATIVE Myths and Legends MYTH
 Cooking and Food FOOD Travel and Geography TRAVEL
 Music MUSIC Biography B
Art and Design ART Graphic Novels COMIC
Sports SPORTS College Collection COLLEGE
Fun and Games GAMES Bangladesh Collection BC

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Moving the Books

Once we had all the books labeled, we moved them to the new sections.  We counted a lot of shelves, made rough estimates of how many books we had for each section and went through several drafts of my not-so-fancy map until we found a set-up that worked for us:

First, we moved our audiobooks and DVD's to a back room; they no longer circulate often since we have video streaming (and no DVD players at our school).

Once we had some empty shelves, we moved our first section into those and slowly (one section at a time) moved each section as more shelves cleared.  The process went more smoothly than I thought it would and everything fit.  What luck!!

We kept everything in Dewey order in the sections, deciding not to split into subsections until me had moved everything.

Mr. Shoyab moving Realistic Fiction to its new location.

The new Narrative Nonfiction section.
 As we moved each section, we changed the call number prefix so we would know where to find books during the move.  See the next post for how to do this!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcome Back!

(Vicious-Speed, Creative Commons)

The library is looking forward to welcoming you back to school and hearing of your winter break adventures!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Holidays!

(Vicious-Speed, Creative Commons CC0 1.0)
Come craft in the library this week!

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have craft stations set up in our classroom area.  Come create something for yourself or a friend during breaks or before/after school.

Our crafting stations:
  • Cut paper tree
  • Beaded ornaments
  • Snowflakes
  • Holiday cards
While you're here, check out a book to read over the winter break...

Happy Holidays from your library!

Winter Break Hours

The ES and MS/HS libraries are open during winter break from 10:00-2:00 on the following days:

December 17-21
January 3-4

Regular hours resume on Sunday, January 7.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Image from: Amazon.com
The Heist Society series, which the first book is also titled, has been on my reading list since I read the Embassy Row trilogy also by Ally Carter.  I enjoyed the writing of that series and at the time, Embassy Row felt a bit like my expat life.

Heist Society, being about thieves, doesn't feel like my life (thank goodness!) but I still very much enjoyed the book.

Katerina has been a thief for a long as she can remember.  The book begins with the story of how she conned her way into a fancy private school in hopes of leaving the thieving life of her family behind.

But alas, that was not to be as her father is being accused of taking paintings from a dangerous mobster.  In order to save her father, she must assemble a team to find the paintings and steal them back from whoever stole them.

Part mystery and part crime with a little bit of a love interest thrown in, this was a fun read!

Find Heist Society in our library under the call number: MYSTERY F CAR

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Labeling the books!

Our next step in genrefication was to label every nonfiction book in the collection.  We went shelf by shelf.  My awesome assistants accomplished this feat in about a month.

For some shelves, it was very easy to figure out:
The Cooking section was easy!
For other shelves, it was easy to figure out but we used a variety of different labels:

A variety of topics in the 000's!

Some topics where harder:

1.  How broadly do we define narrative nonfiction?
  • We used a combination of how the book was labeled in Destiny and our own judgement.
2.  Should we split Heath into two sections? 
  • Yes!  We ended up splitting this section into "Health" and created another section "Wellness"
3.  What section do books about ninjas go in?  
  • After much discussion, we decided on crime because we have a subsection there for spies.  Sports and Fun & Games were also options.  It was a lot of discussion over our 3 ninja books.
Ninjas confuse us all.
And of course, there were the subsections we forgot about and added in as we went along:

  • Psychology- we split our psycholgy books into strictly science (Science section) and self-help (Wellness Section). We did this on the advice of of the Psych teacher, who we also confused in the process!
  • Philosophy- Wellness subsection.
  • Photography- Art subsection
  • Design- Art subsection
  • Education- Wellness subsection
  • Natural Disasters- Science subsection