Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Vocabulary: assistance, books, branch, call number, catalog, community, code, Dewey Decimal System, etiquette, information, librarian, library, request, reserve, resource, section, service, shelves, visit
Visit A Library ~ ask the child to describe the library. What is its purpose? What do you find there? How is it different from a classroom or home? Then, let them know they are going to visit the library so they can see how a library is structured and functions. If you are unable to visit one in person, you can do a virtual tour of one online. Make sure you tour key areas such as: Information Desk, Librarian’s Desk, Children’s Section, Check-Out Area, Reading Room and Catalog Search. While at the library, give the child a chance to talk with the librarian to get an idea of all they do at the library as a community helper. If the child does not have a library card, that would be a great opportunity to get one and have them pick out a few books to take home. Many libraries offer story time so that would be another way to incorporate a visit to the local library.
General Guidelines For Library Use ~ discuss the following guidelines for library etiquette:
Dewey Decimal System ~ explain how a library is set up with different sections and how books are cataloged within those sections by subject. Fiction (fantasy) and Picture books use a code with letters based on the author’s last name. Non-Fiction (factual) books are cataloged using a three-digit number code based on the subject. These codes are known as call numbers. This allows for similar books to be grouped together in shelves. Books are arranged from left to right on the shelves and from top to bottom on the bookcase. The call numbers are placed on the book’s spine so they will be easily seen when the books are on the shelves. Melvil Dewey is the person who came up with this system. He was a librarian long ago who had the bright idea to sort books by subject. He came up with 10 categories for subjects.
Conduct math and alphabet based activities to enforce number and alphabet order use. You can also have a handful of library books on hand for the child to sort into the correct order based on their call numbers.
What do librarians take with them when they go fishing? bookworms
What building has the most stories? the library
Knock, Knock – Who’s There? – Dewey – Dewey Who? – Dewey have to keep telling silly jokes!
Knock, Knock – Who’s There? – Rita – Rita Who? – Rita lot of books!
Library = la biblioteca