Who’s up for the Dewey Challenge in 2012?!

By Jeff

Does this list mean anything to you:

  • Generalities
  • Philosophy & Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Natural Sciences
  • Applied Sciences
  • Arts and Recreation
  • Literature
  • History and Geography

Well, I’m guessing that unless you’re a library employee or a true library nerd, that this is just a list of topics, which is actually true.  But it’s not just any old list of topics, these are the 10 main classes of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, in order.  This blog post is not going to be about Melvil Dewey or his classification system (mainly because both topics have been covered here before by Deb and Don).

This post is actually about a CHALLENGE!  As it turns out, Christina at the beautiful new Jackson County Public Library, in Sylva, has challenged herself, as a sort of New Year’s Resolution, to read one or two books from every call range in the Dewey system in 2012.  Not only that but she is challenging YOU to do join her.

If you’re not up for this challenge yourself (gee, we sure do wish you’d reconsider), but would like to follow Christina on her journey, you’re in luck.  She’ll be tweeting about it all year long at the Fontana Regional Library Twitter Feed page and she’ll be looking for your feedback every step of the way.  If you’d like to recommend a book, pass along the title, author (and  Dewey Decimal Number) and why you recommend the book.

The first step of Christina’s journey will begin with The Black Swan:  The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (call number – 003.54 T).  I’m particularly excited about this book because it’s a book that I was previously unfamiliar of, but appears to be right up my alley.  In other words, I can’t wait to read it too!  To learn more about this book, you can read a summary of the book, a couple reviews and the first chapter from our card catalog by going here and then clicking the A Look Inside tab.  You can also see a short video of the author explaining his premise here and an interview with author can be found here.

Just a reminder, the challenge isn’t to read every book Christina reads (even though I’ll be reading her first choice), but to read one or two books from each main Dewey class.  The goal is to read a few books that you otherwise wouldn’t and to share your experience with others.

Good Luck!  And Have Fun!

One thought on “Who’s up for the Dewey Challenge in 2012?!

  1. Update: I will admit defeat.

    I struggled getting through The Black Swan, so I have traded it for another book from the 000 section – Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library. It promises some strange stories from working in a public library, and of course I can relate, so I’m looking forward to reading it!

    The reason for this post is simple: If anyone is having a hard time getting through a book, don’t be afraid to return it and check out another book from the nonfiction section you’re wanting to tackle. The Dewey Challenge is all about having fun, so don’t beat yourself up for not clicking with your first pick! Sometimes reading is like dating – if it’s not working out, cut your losses and move on.

    Here’s hoping Free For All and I connect.

    Happy reading!


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