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    • 1. Let’s TalkAbout Books!
    • 2. For example, the outside part of a book is called the COVER. It protects the book’s inside parts.
    • 3. The FRONT COVER also hasimportant information on it.
    • 4. The FRONT COVER hasimportant information on it. Like the TITLE of the book.
    • 5. The FRONT COVER hasimportant information on it. Like the TITLE of the book. And the name of the book’s AUTHOR.
    • 6. As well as the ILLUSTRATOR; theperson who drew the pictures inthe book.
    • 7. Another important part of a book is the SPINE.
    • 8. A book’s SPINE works the same wayyour spine does. It holds the book together.
    • 9. The SPINE of a book also has important information on it!
    • 10. Like the TITLE of the book!
    • 11. And the name of the AUTHOR!
    • 12. And if it’s a library book, the SPINE willhave a special label on it with aCALL NUMBER!
    • 13. A CALL NUMBER is the address of the book. It tells you exactly where the book lives on the shelf!
    • 14. Just like your address tells someoneexactly where you live on your street. = 235
    • 15. Let’s learn how to read a book’s CALL NUMBER.
    • 16. Knowing how to read a book’s CALLNUMBER is important because FICTIONBOOKS and NON-FICTION BOOKS have different kinds of CALL NUMBERS!
    • 17. And FICTION BOOKS and NON-FICTIONBOOKS live in different parts of our library!4 DIFFERENT FICTION SECTIONS Freestanding Book Cases in theBook Cases All Along the Walls Middle of the Room
    • 18. The first part of a book’s CALL NUMBER tells you if the book is aFICTION book, or if it lives in the NON- FICTION section of the library. 328.5 F E DIA DIA DIA
    • 19. If the CALL NUMBER starts with aLETTER, then the book lives in one of our FICTION sections. E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA EASY FICTION FICTION BOOK BOOK (F= FICTION (E = EASY) FOR OLDER STUDENTS)
    • 20. If the CALL NUMBER starts witha NUMBER, then the book lives in the NON-FICTION section. E 328.5 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA NON- FICTION BOOK
    • 21. Now you know, just from looking atthe FIRST PART of the CALL NUMBER what general area of the library the book lives in. F E 328.5 328.5 E F DIA DIA DIAEASY FICTION NON-FICTION FICTION SECTION SECTION SECTION
    • 22. E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIANow let’s look at the second part of a CALL NUMBER.
    • 23. E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIAThe second part of a CALL NUMBERusually tells you the FIRST 3 LETTERS of the AUTHOR’S last name.
    • 24. E 328.5 F DIA DIA DIA DIAIn this example, all three of these CALL NUMBERS show that theAuthor’s Last Name starts with the letters “DIA.”
    • 25. E E 328.5 F F DIA DIA DIA But two are FICTION BOOKS…(Rememer, we know this because the CALL NUMBER starts with a letter!)
    • 26. E 328.5 328.5 F DIA DIA DIAAnd one is a NON-FICTION book.(The CALL NUMBER starts with a number!)
    • 27. Why are the LAST 3 LETTERS ofthe AUTHOR’S LAST NAME important? E 328.5 DIA DIA DIA F DIA DIA
    • 28. FICTION BOOKS are filed on the shelvesALPHABETICALLY by the Author’s Last name. FDIA F F F DAP DAS F DEA DE F F M DER F DIA DIM F DIM
    • 29. NON-FICTION BOOKS work the same way, except that they are filed NUMBERICALLY FIRST. This book will be in the 300’s area of the 328.5 328.5 NON-FICTION SECTION, numerically filed from the smallest number to the greatest number. DIA 327.8 328 328.2 328.5 328.5 328.5 329
    • 30. All books with the same exact number willbe further organized ALPHABETICALLY by the AUTHOR’s LAST NAME. 328.5 DIA 328.5 DIA 328.5 DUP 328.5 329 FRI AME
    • 31. You can find ANY book in the library by using its CALL NUMBER.
    • 32. If you don’t know a book’s CALLNUMBER, you can find it by looking the book up on the Library’s computers. Glenoaks Elementary School Home Catalog Glenoaks Elementary
    • 33. Say you want to read Artemis Fowl but you don’t know the author’sname or what the CALL NUMBER is.
    • 34. Type the book’s TITLE into thecomputer’s search box and click the TITLE button. Artemis Fowl Glenoaks Elementary
    • 35. The computer will show you if ourlibrary has a copy of Artemis Fowl.
    • 36. Just below the book’s TITLE, you will find the CALL NUMBER.
    • 37. The first part of the CALL NUMBER starts with the letter “F”. F Remember: FICTION BOOKS have CALL NUMBERS that start with a letter.
    • 38. Artemis Fowl is a FICTION book for older students. We know this because the CALLNUMBER has an ”F” in it. The “F” stands for “Fiction.”
    • 39. If you can’t remember where Fiction books for older students are located,there are signs to help you find your way.Signs on top ofbookcasesSigns on both wallsabove the Fictionbookcases
    • 40. We now know the general areaof the library where we can find the book Artemis Fowl. But how do we know EXACTLY where it lives?
    • 41. We go back to the book’s CALL NUMBER! REMEMBER: the second part of the CALL NUMBER stands for what?
    • 42. The second part of a CALL NUMBER is usually the first three letters of the AUTHOR’S LAST NAME. “COL” = COLFER (Author Eoin Colfer’s last name)
    • 43. Artemis Fowl will be in the “C” sectionwith authors who also have last names that start with the letter “C.”
    • 44. The letter signs and the shelf labelscan help you find the right section!Letter Signs in Fiction Section Labels on edges of book shelves
    • 45. Once you find the “C” section inFICTION, look for the book with the matching CALL NUMBER. HINT: The CALL NUMBERS will be in ALPHABETICAL ORDER!
    • 46. Look carefully! There are many books in our library whose author’slast names start with the letters COL.
    • 47. Those books will all have the same EXACT call number!
    • 48. Since FICTION BOOKS are filed ALPHABETICALLY by the author’s last name, books by Eoin Colfer will come BEFORE booksby Suzanne Collins, Tim Collins & Carlo Collodi.
    • 49. Here it is! You found Artemis Fowl by using thecomputer and the book’s CALL NUMBER!
    • 50. Please make sure that when youput a book back on the shelf, theSPINE of the book is facing you!
    • 51. So you can see….The CALLNUMBER
    • 52. So you can see…. TITLE of the bookThe CALLNUMBER
    • 53. So you can see….And thename of TITLEthe of theAUTHOR. book The CALL NUMBER
    • 54. Now you know a little bit aboutbooks and their CALL NUMBERS.See if you can find a book today using a book’s CALL NUMBER.
    • 55. THE END