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If you have children or grandchildren or you babysit, you may have come into the library and used our children’s picture books.

Maybe you perused the shelves to find books about trucks, animals, feelings or other topics. Because our children’s picture books are so well circulated, the library staff decided that categorizing the books would help the parents and children locate the certain types of books they are looking for.

We often hear children tell their guardians, “I want books about trucks or animals or dogs.” Children almost always want a book based on what is in the book. So to help the kiddos and the adults find these types of books, we have recatalogued and reshelved about 8,700 books and put them in categories or subject sections. Staff came in on Sunday and worked eight hours and came back Monday and worked another almost four hours to complete the shift. They actually are still in the process of updating the online records for the catalog, so it appears we are done, but there is much work to do behind the scenes that patrons don’t usually get to see.

The best way to explain this change is to compare this section to a bookstore.

When you go into the store, you see signs that have “sections” or “categories” of books. For example, books on wizardry or cooking. We now have our children’s picture books catalogued by subject areas. So when little Jimmy wants books about dinosaurs or trucks, he can specifically look for those sections.

Our section labels include Animals (black), Bedtime (blue), Concepts (green), Dinosaurs (red), Favorites (pink), Feelings (yellow), Issues (dark green), Nature (purple), Our World (lime green), Rhymes (& Songs) (orange), Sparkly (light pink), Stories (white), and Things That Go (light blue).

So now when children are looking for “types” of books, you can logically see which area they will be located in. Each label has a different color for easily identifying them as well; all the black labels are together and all the orange labels are together. It is very easy to spot the collections.

We greatly hope these changes will benefit everyone, but the staff is very open to feedback and suggestions. If you have any comments, please feel free to fill out the comment box by the front door or send us an email as library.info@fremontne.gov . We look forward to any input you might have for us to make sure we are providing the best service possible for our community.

Tina Walker is Director of Keene Memorial Library in Fremont.

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