We've been introducing our glades, broad subject areas that group similar areas of the Dewey Decimal System. We want our members to get to know their favorite glades, but for those of you looking for the big picture (and a Dewey cheat sheet), we thought we'd put up the big list. As you might expect, there are exceptions to these Dewey guidelines, but this list is where the Dewey numbers generally ended up.
Body & Soul is where you’ll find books on religion, philosophy, self-help and health.
100s and 200s (Philosophy and Religion)
360s and 600 - 619 (Health and Medicine)
362s and 646s (Self Help)
155s and 649s (Childcare and Parenting).
Over in Nature are all the books on science, math and animals.
500s, 620s and 660s (Science and Math)
590s and 636-639 (Animals and Pets).
Home has the books on hobbies, crafts, decorating, cooking and gardening.
580, 630 - 635, 712 - 719 (Gardening and Landscape Design)
395s, 640s, 793.1 - 793.2 (Cooking and Entertaining)
688s, 745.1 - 746.9, 748, 749, 769 (Crafts and Collectibles)
643s, 680, 684, 690s (Home Repair and How-to)
747 (Interior Design)
Places is for the globetrotters among us- travel books, phrase books and travel writing.
400s (Language Instruction and Grammar) Places has the langauge books for languages other than English.
910.2 - 910.5, 914 - 919 (Travel)
Work is all business. Books on finance, accounting, marketing, college admissions, test preparation and the economy are here.
320s, 340s (Government and Law)
331, 650.14 (Careers and Testing)
370s (Schools and Education)
330s, 650s, 651, 657 - 659 (Business and Management)
Come and Play, where you’ll see books on sports, cars and recreation.
647, 793, 793.4 - 799, 947.3 (Sports and Recreation)
622 - 629 796.7 - 796.8, 797.1 - 797.15, 797.5 - 797.57 (Transportation)
Life and Times is the largest group with history, memoir and biography. Since this is such a large group of books, we're going to be splitting it in two soon- History and Current Events will become Times, while Memoir, Biography and Autobiography will become Lives.
335, 358 - 359, 623 and the 900s (minus travel) (History and Warfare)
363.29, 364, 365 (Disasters and True Crime)
92s and 920s (Biographies)
The lovely Art and Literature has beautiful art books, literature, and writing.
700 - 712, 730s, 750s, 770s (Fine Arts)
780s, 793.3, 812, 822, 823, 832, 842, 852, etc (Performing Arts)
720 - 729 (Architecture and Design)
800s, 100s, 400s (Literature and Poetry)
That covers everything on the second floor, but the technically-inclined will notice that Tech books aren't listed here. The Tech glade is located in the Power Library on the Lower Level. The Dewey numbers are 004 - 007 and we wanted our technology books to be with the technology labs and staff.
Looking for our personal finance section? The Dewey Decimal System was invented before 401Ks or mutual funds were an everyday concern. When we moved into the new building, we rearranged our nonfiction books to bring areas of the Dewey Decimal System together into groups that modern library members would like to browse. We're calling these sections "glades" and each one pulls from different parts of Dewey to create a collection of books across related subjects.
If you're thinking about that college visit, updating your resume or cover letter, looking for financial or investing advice, writing your will or trust, or learning english as a second language, then the Work Glade is the area for you. You can find titles like the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance which will help you determine which career is right for you. You'll also find personal finance advice from Suze Orman, Michael Lewis and Robert T. Kiyosaki. The old standard What Color is Your Parachute can be found at Work 650.14 Bolles.
To check on the economy from 1860 and have a little fun doing it, check out The Value of a Dollar to see what a dollar could purchase in years past. The librarian who oversees Work is Blanche Parker (email@example.com). As always, feel free to contact her with ideas, suggestions or questions about all things Work.
Eighteen minutes that changed the world: it happened exactly 94 years ago today. Loaded with nearly two thousand passengers and crew members, the Lusitania left New York on May 1, 1915, headed towards Ireland. Just forty or so miles away from her destination port, she was hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and sunk 18 minutes later, taking the lives of more than half on board.
This remains one of the worst civilian sea disasters in history, and is widely considered the main reason the US entered World War I. Remarkably, there is still one living survivor of the Lusitania, American Audrey Lawson Johnston, who was three months old at the time and lost her two sisters in the disaster.
We have a wealth of Lusitania books here at the Darien Library, mostly in the Life & Times subject area (or "glade") on the 2nd floor. You can read about the events of May 7, 1915 in books like Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy, Seven Days to Disaster, or The Lucitania Disaster. For those interested in exploration of the ship's wreckage, an excellent resource is Robert Ballard's Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History. Nearly 100 years later, the story of the Lusitania still resonates, and amazes.
We've seen a dramatic (and welcome) change of weather recently, going from overcoats and umbrellas to shorts and sandals in just the past few weeks. That means it's finally time to start thinking about summer activities like Little League, camping, boating and swimming, golf, tennis and horseback riding, even just taking a leisurely walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
You'll find all of our books about outdoor activies - whether you're a spectator or participant - in the non-fiction section called Play. We've taken our books on coaching youth teams, the history of the World Series, college football, and other sports-related topics and created a browsing area, or "glade." We also tucked biographies of notable athletes and coaches, and hobbies (such as stamp collecting and crossword puzzles), on the Play shelves as well, so it's all within easy reach. Just follow the Dewey decimal numbers once you've found the glade!
The two Knowledge & Learning Services librarians who oversee Play are Blanche Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Janet Davis (email@example.com). And although they rarely miss a hot new sports title, your suggestions are always welcome. Good sports can always be found in the Play glade at Darien Library.
500 years ago today, Henry VIII took the throne as King of England. Henry and his wives have been the subject of histories, novels, and one very irritating song. Hampton Court Palace, once Henry VIII's home, now a museum, has a treasure trove of information on the monarch and the Tower of London is offering a display of his ever-larger armor from points throughout his life.
Popular historian and novelist Alison Weir has written a number of books about Henry VIII, his ancestors and his descendants. If you're looking for a juicy history of his wives or a compelling novelization of his daughter's life, Weir is your writer. 500 years later, Henry and his family have the power to fascinate. There's no shortage of books to enthrall on our shelves - search for Henry VIII and find your next historical read!
In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has created a Flickr group and accompanying contest online. Free Verse: Poetry in the Wild invites us to "write lines from a favorite poem on a sandy beach, assemble twigs on a hillside, or chalk the sidewalk. Take a photo before it disappears and post it in the Free Verse group page on Flickr, or on the Academy's Fan Page on Facebook, or email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the source of your lines in the photo caption."
If you're looking for inspiration to join the project, look no further than our Grand Opening Author Series. Christina Pugh, award winning poet, will be speaking on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.
We also welcome the return of the Poet's Voice. On April 19 at 3 p.m. Janet Krauss, a widely-published poet and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee will read from her work.
Picture from Flickr user Academy of American Poets
Did you know that the magazines at the new Darien Library have been rearranged? Instead of the traditional A to Z lineup, the magazines are now grouped by subject, making it much easier to browse your favorites. The subject headings are the same ones we use for the non-fiction book collection: Arts & Literature, Body & Soul, Home, Life & Times, Nature, Places, Play and Work. Are you interested in sailing? Just look in the "Play" area and you will find Cruising World, Practical Sailor, Sail, Sailing and Yachting, all in the same place. For the music aficionado, "Arts & Literature" is the place to be. There you will find Acoustic Guitar, Audiofile, Downbeat and Rolling Stone, just to name a few. Can you guess what the largest section might be? If you guessed "Home", well done! This group includes nearly sixty magazines devoted to cooking, gardening, fashion, crafts, and home design. You get the gist, now come in and see for yourself.
The next time you come to the library, come see us on the second level and spend some time with the magazines. Did I mention that back issues can be checked out? Take as many as you like and enjoy them at your leisure.
If you have a favorite and we don't subscribe, just let us know. We are your library, and we want to have the magazines you want to read!
Spring has sprung (there are some crocuses around Darien braving the snow squalls) so of course, our thoughts turn to... actual springs? Well, maybe not, but why not? Google Patent Search offers alist of American patents for springs
dating back to 1783. One of my favorites is for thespring wheel
, an improvement to wheels meant to replace the tire.
A more successful use of springs is the Slinky, which was invented by accident by an engineer looking for ways to stabalize instruments on boats during World War II. His wife saw the potential for a toy, dubbed it the Slinky and the rest is history.
For more insight into how the small items of our daily life came to be, check out The Evolution of Useful Things or Small Things Considered, both by Henry Petroski. Forks, paper clips and toothbrush handles all come from somewhere and Petroski is happy to tell us their stories.
Photo by Flickr user nickwheeleroz.
The new Seven Wonders are:
You can now cast your vote for their new category. 7 Wonders of Nature, which has 261 nominees from 222 countries.
If you'd like to visit the nominees before casting your vote, you can stay on top of the time at home by going to World Time Zone online. Happy Traveling!
Tomorrow, March 12th , marks the anniversary of the Great Blizzard of 1888, one of the most devastating storms ever to strike the northeast. While the snow and wind of last week closed schools from Alabama to Maine, it pales in comparison to the storm that barreled across the continent 121 years ago. On March 13, 1888, the New York Times headline read "IN A BLIZZARD'S GRASP, THE WORST STORM THE CITY HAS EVER KNOWN. BUSINESS AND TRAVEL COMPLETELY SUSPENDED. NEW YORK HELPLESS IN A TORNADO OF WIND AND SNOW WHICH PARALYZED ALL INDUSTRY, ISOLATED THE CITY FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, CAUSED MANY ACCIDENTS AND GREAT DISCOMFORT, AND EXPOSED IT TO MANY DANGERS." Now that's a storm. The coverage in the Times was extensive, and included a vivid description of what the day was like for commuters:
"Trains started from Harlem crowded with people-- becoming jammed with people as they advanced-- who were in a hurry to get to their work. Slowly and more slowly they ran, and at last the doleful information came that they could go no further. Yet there was little or no profanity even among the men. Stories were told, jokes were cracked, and jovial good-fellowship prevailed. Nobody put on any airs. The aristocratic banker and merchant was "hale fellow well met" with the artisan, helpful to the shopgirl, and kind to the inevitable old lady whom even the blizzard couldn't keep at home."
The full story can be read online, at the Historical New York Times database, available through the library. Simply type in the date, March 13, 1888, enter the search term "blizzard" and then begin browsing the articles. To get the big picture, you can read through a facsimile version of the paper, page by page. Fair warning, it can be addictive.
If reading the paper leaves you wanting to know more, spend some time reading Blizzard! The Great Storm of '88 by Judd Caplovich. Be sure to check out the photograph on page 48-- more than 100 workers are shoveling off the railroad tracks at the Hollow Tree Ridge Road overpass in Darien!