Sep 4, 2010
My library was K-5. I had sections for "E" (picture books), F
(fiction), B (biography), and my non-fiction (small reference
section too). When I started at the library, one of the
previous librarians had a color coding system. Using 1/2"
colored tape, I put a small piece on the bottom of the spine,
below the call number. Mine was red for E, yellow for F, blue
for B and each dewey number had its own color...ex. 500's
were 'hot' pink, 900's were purple. The way my shelves were
set up and the way the library was laid out, I couldn't label
above the shelves or on the ends of them very effectively. I
did label individual shelves with a letter however. I didn't
have my picture books in perfect alphabetical order, although
I did have all the A's together, B's, etc. The letters on my
E shelf were also red. I bought them at first, but as I
needed more, I used colored paper and typed them on the
computer. I did this also for the fiction and biography
sections. Now for my nonfiction I labeled each shelf
individually. Ex. one shelf may have been 300 - 350.9 the
next shelf was then 351.0 - 398.9. I typed these and taped
them on, they were easy to change if your shelf became full
and you had to make adjustments. The color coding was
especially helpful for non-fiction because if a child wanted
a "book on snakes", I could tell them to check the "pink"
books. As they got older, of course, I would say the dewey
I worked at this school for 13 years before I retired. I do
not know if the librarian that took my job continued this
practice or not, but it worked for me. HOWEVER, it had
already been started when I got there. It may be too large of
a job depending on how large your library is.
On 8/04/10, JLH wrote:
> This year marks my first in the library. I'm curious how
> you go about directing students to (and through) the easy
> fiction and fiction sections of your elementary school
> library. Do your shelf signs reflect the call numbers on
> each shelf? Do you simply use an "A" sign for those whose
> authors' last names start with A?
> I'm coming to the elementary level after five years as a
> classroom teacher, so I don't want to do anything over the
> students' heads.
> Also, if anyone has any cheap signage ideas I'm all ears!
> Thanks in advance!