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Happy Melvil Dewey Day!

photo of chocolate cake with 641.865 on it

The cake pictured above was from the Library celebration today, Mon. Dec. 10, for Melvil Dewey Day. Can you guess what subject the call number on top represents?

 

Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 in Adams Center, New York.

  As a young adult, Melville was interested in spelling reform so he changed  his name to Melvil to eliminate redundant letters.  At the age of 25, he created the Dewey Decimal Classification system which he copyrighted in 1876 after writing a 44-page guide entitled Classification and Subject Index for Cataloguing and Arranging the Books and Pamphlets of a Library.

 

The Dewey Decimal system was adopted by many public libraries in Canada and the United States.  After visiting public libraries in Hamilton and Toronto, the London Public Library Board decided to adopt Hamilton's system of Dewey classification on July 5, 1895.  Two months earlier on May 3, the Library Committee was instructed to prepare a catalogue of books which was published as the Class Catalogue on June 1, 1897 which sold for 15 cents.

To learn more about Melvil Dewey, please consult the following library book, Melvil Dewey:  The Man and the Classification

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