How to Make Your Library a Subject of Bookshelf Envy

Do you dream of a home library? What’s your preference? Dark wood paneling and floor to ceiling bookcases? A more modern ladder bookshelf? Or a more decorative library? The lighting? So many pieces go into planning a library, especially when talking about a personal library. But what about the books? Here are ways to organize your books and make your library a subject of bookshelf envy. The Library Method Traditional libraries use the Dewey Decimal System. This system organizes books by ten large general classifications. Each of those have 100 smaller subclassifications. A number represents each of those classifications.  000-099 general works 100-199 philosophy and psychology 200-299 religion 300-399 social sciences 400-499 language 500–599, natural sciences and mathematics;  600–699, technology;  700–799, the arts;  800–899, literature and rhetoric 900–999, history, biography, and geography.  This system works well in large nonfiction libraries and can work well in smaller, personal libraries, too. Learn more about the Dewey Decimal System. But you must know the number system well and or have a card catalog or app in order to find the proper book. Alphabetical The easiest way to organize your library is alphabetically by Author or Title.  But what if you don’t remember either? Once […]

Library Withdrawal

Are you having library withdrawal? I mean, are you missing going to the library? I haven’t been to the library since the beginning of March. And oh, man, do I miss it. I didn’t always check out books when I went. I’d go to write, to research, and to sit and think. My local library is open with limited hours and Cover 19 precautions in place. Still, I stay at home to protect my husband’s fragile health. So I devised a way to visit libraries when I can’t physically visit them. I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library. —Jorge Luis Borges What is a Library Everyone knows what a library is, don’t they? But when you think the word library—what is it you “see?” Libraries are promoters of literacy, providers of a wide range of reading for all ages, and centers for community information services. Filled with books, magazine, and oh, so much more, libraries are places of wonder and treasures.  The First Library We may never know when or where the first library existed. And for libraries, there are all kinds of firsts. First opened, first publicly funded, first with this or that […]