Happy Birthday Melvil Dewey! (and other interesting library tidbits)

“A library’s function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapest way: information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it.”
― Melvil Dewey

melvil_deweyMelvil Dewey who was born on December 10, 1851, was the librarian who developed the Dewey Decimal System for cataloging books and other library materials. His system was first copyrighted in 1876 and it is still used today in most libraries around the world!  Wow! He was also the founder of the American Library Association, the Library Journal, and the country’s first library school. He is truly a librarian’s superhero for his dedication to everything library-related! Thank you Melvil Dewey!

Check out The Dewey Decimal Rap on YouTube for a fun way to find out more about Dewey and his system of classification.

bctba_logoIn other library news, on December 1, the Ohio Buckeye Children’s Book Awards were announced. The winners were:

K-2 — Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
3-5 — Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
6-8 — The Crossover by Kwame Alexanader
Teen — The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The favorites for children in Rocky River were The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat for Grades K-2 and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm. We had 41 children vote by printed ballot but they were also able to vote online at the Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award website.  Children can now nominate their favorites for 2017!

We have the best patrons here at Rocky River Public Library! On November 30, 44 handmade cards and flags that said THANKS with holiday wishes for a safe return were delivered to the USO of Northern Ohio, the Chagrin Falls Care Package Facility. They were added to the care packages that being sent to our soldiers overseas!thanks

Happy Reading!




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