The workers had mostly finished in my library toward the end of last week, so I’ve started unpacking my 500+ boxes. I think I’ve emptied about 75 of them so far, although I don’t think you’d ever be able to tell. Apart from the mass of boxes and unorganized clusters of bookshelves, the library is beautiful. I’d love to show you, but I want to wait until everything is more sorted out.
I decided that I’d begin our transition from the Dewey Decimal System to the Bookstore Model by separating the chapter books into genres. It’s been more difficult than I imagined. I’m not certain how many sections we’ll have, but I’m certain that one of them will be Historical Fiction; I didn’t have any idea we had that many HF books. The problem I’m experiencing is that so many books are multigenre. From what I’ve read about other schools that have started using the Bookstore Model, this is where a committee of students and teachers would help. I need to know where people would expect to find X title.
I’d like to finish dividing up chapter books, pull poetry out of the NF section, and gather all the graphic novels together first. That’s Step 1 of who knows how many steps in this whole process.
You can read the rest of my posts about my transition to the Bookstore Model here: http://leftyjenkins.tumblr.com/tagged/bookstore+model.