The Dewey Decimal System was formulated by the American Librarian Melvil Dewey in 1873 for use in the Amherst College Library. It is a method of ordering and finding books, where each book is given a number according to its subject. One hundred and forty one years later it is still being used in libraries around the world, including King’s College.
These are the familiar divisions:
Have a look at this game. It shows a shelf of books (representing the ten main Dewey Decimal categories) press the start button at the top and discover how many seconds it takes you to match each subject with its Dewey number (on the book) and score 100% correct.
If you were a book where you might be shelved? With Mathematics, perhaps or Geography? If you are intrigued to discover the answer, then try this quiz.
Whilst I am writing about all things Dewey I discovered that we have a book in the library entitled Dewey: the small-town library-cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.
It is the story of an abandoned kitten who was posted through the library returns box at Spencer Public Library, Iowa on a bitterly cold day in January 1988. He was named Dewey Readmore Books because of his library connections and became very famous before he died at the age of nineteen. He was not the first cat to live in a library but he was very lucky not to be evicted like poor old Muffin in Putnam Valley Library, New York state; times were tough in 1989.