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The Dewey Section

 Weeding for Sunshine

​Like a garden, a library needs to be weeded. The great books need to flourish and the ones that have not managed to draw an audience need to go. Before digging into the task, we established some ground rules: 

  1. If the book was older than me, it was gone.
  2. If the book smelled funny, it was gone--unless it could be counted as a primary source.
  3. If the book was filled with information that could easily be found by pulling your phone out of you pocket and saying, "Hey Google," it was gone.
  4. If it was a coffee table book filled with images, it had a very small chance of surviving the cut. If people want to see pictures, they search images on their phones or computers.

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The result is a clean collection that is seeing far more circulation. Many English teachers have required their students to read at least one narrative nonfiction book and consequently, people are beginning to discover the joy of nonfiction. 

The focus for purchasing has been around books where the authors' goal is to write a book that is factually accurate but also carefully crafted with attention to literary style and technique so that readers are drawn to read the whole story.

The section is organized according to the Dewey Decimal System.

  • 000 – Computer science, information & general works
  • 100 – Philosophy & psychology
  • 200 – Religion
  • 300 – Social sciences
  • 400 – Language
  • 500 – Pure Science
  • 600 – Technology
  • 700 – Arts & recreation
  • 800 – Literature
  • 900 – History & geography
Check the little red signs to find the sort of story you want to read.
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Some are biographies, some are stories about an idea, and some are stories about an event, but all of them are written to draw the reader in and pull them through to the very end.