Catering to your Customer: A school library for young children

Liz's Library Blog

Overcrowding in public schools is a big issue for Denver. So much so, that many local schools were faced with the the possibilities of dropping their ECE programs due to lack of space. A set of neighborhood schools banded together and found a solution to this problem by creating a new school that would house the primary schools’ ECE (and a few Kindergarten) classes. The result is the Stephen Knight Center for Early Education, which has 3-year-old preschool classrooms up through advanced Kindergarten ones. The library is operated part-time by a volunteer librarian, Judy Pottle, who has the challenging job of creating an environment and programming that is welcoming and useable by this very young age group.

This year she took on an overhaul of how the books were shelved. In the past, the nonfiction books were shelved by the Dewey Decimal System, which turned out to be somewhat nonfunctional…

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