We’re back with another set of library challenges! Did you get a chance to explore your library’s fiction section yet? (That’s OK — lots of summer left to go!) Today Bethany of No Twiddle Twaddle and I are bringing you a set of six challenges to get your family comfortable with the nonfiction section. If you are new, you may want to read our introduction to The Great Summer Library Challenge.
My 8 year old practically lives in the nonfiction section. Like many boys (and girls) his age, he loves books jam-packed with facts. If your kids aren’t reading yet, these challenges can easily be adapted for younger kids. If you have trouble finding nonfiction books for your littlest kids, ask your librarian if he or she has recommendations. Mom and Dad may have to do the reading and writing portions for the little ones (or you can skip those parts — it’s summer! We’re flexible!).
Non-fiction books in the library are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. You will need to understand the basics of this system in order to locate the books you want. If you and your children are not familiar with how Dewey Decimal works your first challenge is to ask your librarian! Part of the purpose of The Great Summer Library Challenge is to help you feel comfortable chatting with the people who want to help you! So don’t look the DDC up online… ask!
UPDATE: I did not know this, so many thanks to the librarian who responded to No Twiddle Twaddle’s post that some libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System instead of Dewey Decimal. Be sure to ask your library how they classify their books!
Let’s Begin! Below are Challenges #4-6. Visit No Twiddle Twaddle for three more challenges.
Challenge #4 – Fairy and Folk Tales
Non-fiction is not all about dry facts and data! Find and check out a fairy or folk tale anthology and read at least three different stories from it.
Advanced Challenge: Chose your favorite fairy or folk tale and locate three versions of the tale from three different cultures.
Advanced Challenge: Write and illustrate your own version of your favorite fairy or folk tale. What Dewey Decimal number would you give it? (Ask your librarian if you need help with the Dewey number.)
Challenge #5 – Sports (NOT just for boys!)
What is your favorite sport? Find the sport’s location in the non-fiction section of the library. Write down the Dewey Decimal number. What is the sport that comes right before it on the shelves? Right after?
Advanced Challenge: Find and check out three books on your sport: a history book, a biography and a rule-book.
Advanced Challenge: Create 10 trivia questions based on the facts you learned about your favorite sport. Quiz your parents or your friends.
Challenge #6 – Biography:
Find the biography section. Browse the shelves and find 2 books to read and check out: one about a person whose name you’ve heard, one about someone new to you.
Advanced Challenge: Using the library catalog, find more books about one of those people. Discuss with your parents how the books differ in their representation of the biographical subject.
Advanced Challenge: Write a biography about someone in your life.
Did you have fun? Will you stop back and let us know if you did any or all of these challenges? Please do! You can leave us a comment on this post or via our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you!
Now that we’ve covered fiction and non-fiction you are wondering: what’s left? Your library has a lot to offer besides books and next time we will offer up a few suggestions to help you learn about all your library’s resources and really get to know your librarian.
Introduction and Preview Challenge: No Twiddle Twaddle and What Do We Do All Day?
Fiction Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle (#1-3) and What Do We Do All Day? (#4-6)
Non-Fiction Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle (#1-3) and What Do We Do All Day? (#4-6)
Resource Challenges: No Twiddle Twaddle and What Do We Do All Day
Final Wrap-Up: Library Scavenger Hunt