From the Sept/Oct, 2012 issue of Touchstone
childrens books Sorted by Subject by Kathie Johnson

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Sorted by Subject

A reader wrote in to Touchstone asking how one goes about organizing a children's library. I will respond in a way I hope will be of interest to anyone who likes children's books. First, I remind you that I am not a "real" librarian. I have never been to library school. Nonetheless, I have learned a great deal about how people look for books and how to make it easy for them to find what they want.

I decided early on not to use the Dewey decimal system. Working in our church library, I realized that 90 percent of the books were classified in the 200s. In that library, we eventually went to a color-coded system, with categories tha . . .


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