The students of Kansas have voted, and the winners of the 2008 William Allen White Awards have been announced.
A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin
Airball: My Life in Briefs
by L.D. Harkrader
If you'd like to get a jumpstart on reading next year's nominated titles, you can find the complete list of 2008-09 William Allen White Award nominees on our website.
MeetÂ Melvil Dewey!Â Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)Â was the librarian who came up with the system we use to organize books in the library. The Dewey Decimal Classification System goes from 000 to 999, and if you've ever wondered what all of those numbers mean, we're here to help you out! Each month we'll talkÂ about a section of the Dewey Decimal System, starting this monthÂ with the 000s.
- BigfootÂ (J 001.944),Â
- "L" is for LibraryÂ (J 027.4),
- GuinnessÂ World RecordsÂ (J 030)Â
- The World Almanac for KidsÂ (J 031.02)Â
These are just a few of theÂ book that can be found in the 000s on the library shelves. The 000sÂ go from 000 to 099.Â This is where you will find general reference books like encyclopedias and almanacs, as well as information about computers, libraries and the unexplained (such as Bigfoot and UFOs).Â
I used to love to look through the Guinness World Records books.Â YouÂ can find out about all kinds of fascinating records, fromÂ the largest collection of bookmarks (71,235 by Frank Divendal) to the oldest roller coaster in continuous operation (The Scenic Railway at Luna Park in Australia).
What is your favorite thing to read about in the 000s?
Today is our state's 147th birthday.Â Happy birthday, Kansas!Â Why not celebrate by reading a book by a Kansas author or illustrator?Â You might be surprised at the number of books the library owns by writers and artists who live right here in our home state.Â Here are a few of the Kansans who have children's books inÂ our collection:Â Jane Kurtz, Brad Sneed, Andrea Warren, Richard W. Jennings, Stephen T. Johnson, Roderick Townley, LouAnn Gaeddert, Thomas B. Allen, just to name a few. Check one out today!