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Bierce Curriculum Center

This libguide provides details about the Bierce Curriculum Center including the collections and tips for searching.

Curriculum Center Resources

Resources included in the curriculum center are:

  • children and young adult fiction
  • children and young adult non-fiction and biographies
  • school textbooks (both teacher's edition and student's edition, organized by grade-level)
  • teacher activity books (some materials in the collection include lesson plans/lessons)
  • reference books (such as the Children's Literature Review series)
  • teaching kits, educational games, and manipulatives
  • a special selection of award-winning books (including the Newbery and Caldecott medals, and many others)

Curriculum Center Layout

The collection starts with fiction. The fiction books are organized by AUTHOR’S LAST NAME with call numbers beginning with “jF”, “F”, or “FICTION.” Example: If you are searching for a Harry Potter book, you need to look under “Rowling.”

The next section are the non-fiction materials which are in Dewey Decimal System order by subject. More information about that can be found on the Organization tab. You will also find a small section of education games, kits, and manipulatives towards the end of the area.

Following the Dewey numbered non-fiction books, is a small section with books using a discontinued classification, "B". These are biographies. The call numbers on biographies begin with “jB”, “yB” , or “B.” Biographies are arranged alphabetically by the LAST NAME of the person whom the book is about. These books are being reclassed into the regular Dewey call numbers, where most of our juvenile biographies are now shelved. These are generally placed under the topic a person was best known for (for example, scientists are in the 500s), or in the 900s. Biographical works will have he form/genre term "Biographies" or "Autobiographies," as appropriate, assigned in the catalog.

Previously, this shelving are had some books with an "E" call number used for picture books and readers; these books are now to be found in the Fiction or Dewey nonfiction areas.

Apart from the main shelves you will find a wall of shelves with the award winners. These materials have a blue tint over the call number which helps identify the resource as one of the award winners we actively collection. More information about these books can be found on the Award Winners tab. The left side of the range holds works of fiction (novels, short stories, picture books, etc.), while the right side has nonfiction (factual information such as biographies, and non-prose literature such as drama and poetry).