Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dewey's Number of the Week: Data Processing & Computer Science

Dewey's Number of the Week is...

Data Processing & Computer Science

Was that your guess?  Good job! 

Click this link to get our printable list of books about Data Processing & Computer Science!

Now for some facts about computers...

Check out BrainPop's section on computer science.  They have information on 3D printing, robots, computer viruses and more!

Check out this article from Time Magazine, Time for Kids section on Computer Science Education Week.

If you're a fan of Sid the Science Kid, check out the PBS Kid's website for this video on computer science.

Or, have a laugh at this video of kid's reacting to old computers and some of their accessories!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dewey's Number of the Week

Dewey's Number of the Week is...


Tell us what topic you think this number covers in the comments section below and check back next week to find out what the answer is!  

We'll have a fact sheet and list of books related to the subject available.

Good luck!

Hint: If you're stuck, don't just look it up online, come in to the library and check out our non-fiction section!  Or ask a librarian for help!

FAQs About the Dewey Decimal System

Who is Dewey?

Melvil Dewey was a librarian who lived from 1851 to 1931.  He was so unhappy with the way the books were NOT organized in his library that he created the Dewey Decimal System.  This system is still used today in libraries.

What is the Dewey Decimal System?

It's a system that breaks the non-fiction books up into different subjects, assigning a range of numbers to specific subjects.  Each book is labelled with a specific call number according to its subject, so when items are put on the shelves in Dewey Decimal order, all the books on one subject will be together.  This makes it easier for us to organize the shelves and for you to find individual books when you need them.  If you want a book about dinosaurs, you will find all the books about dinosaurs in the same area on the shelves, regardless of who the author is.

What is a Dewey Decimal Number?

A Dewey Decimal Number always has three numbers to the left of the decimal point.  There is no limit to how many numbers can be after the decimal point.  The more numbers that are added after the decimal, the more specific the subject.  For example, a book with the number 567.9 will be about dinosaurs in general, but a book with 567.91290228 is about a specific dinosaur.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Submit Your Photos!

We will share any photos submitted!
(Email Subject: ATTN Emma Soper, Photos for Blog)

If you have photos from any children's programs, send them to us and we'll share them on our blog!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Snowflake Workshop

On Thursday, February 5th, the Children's Department ran a program all about Snowflakes!  This anytime program was open for 2 hours in the afternoon and 50 adults and children stopped by to work on different crafts and play some games.  So much fun was had by everyone.  Check out our pictures of the event!

See pictures here:

There were a variety of different snowflake activities to try out!  
Children could paint watercolor snowflakes, they could sew a snowflake pattern, they could cut out snowflakes from paper or they could make snowflakes from pipe cleaners and beads!

Children also could cut out snowflakes from marshmallows to take home and put in their hot chocolate, draw snowflakes on chalkboards, or play with some snowflake slime!  And for the last 15 minutes of the program, children and adults engaged in a big snowball fight!