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EARL: Early Childhood Education

This guide is intended for students in the Early Childhood Education program. It will help you locate children's picture books in the Library collection, and conduct research using our online databases.

Understanding Library Call Numbers

The children’s book collections at both NCC Libraries are arranged by two levels of organization: reading level and subject area. Books are first divided into three categories determined by the difficulty of the text:

  • Easy = Ages infant through 7 years
  • Juvenile = Ages 8 to 11 years
  • Young Adult* = Ages 12 and older

*Titles that could be considered appropriate for the “Juvenile” reading level, but contain sensitive or mature themes, may be placed in the “Young Adult” category.

Once reading level has been determined, the books are assigned a Library of Congress (LC) classification number, which groups materials on the shelf by subject.

Nonfiction children’s books are given the same LC classification numbers as their adult counterparts; for example, a book about Martin Luther King, Jr. would fall under call number E 185.97 .K5, regardless of whether the content was intended for children or adults.

Fiction children’s books are assigned the LC classification “PZ,” which is subdivided as follows:

PZ 5 = Anthologies of stories

PZ 7 = General fiction published between 1870-2014

PZ 7.1 = General fiction published in 2015 or later

PZ 8 = Fairy tales

PZ 8.1 = Folklore and legends

PZ 8.2 = Fables

PZ 8.3 = Nursery rhymes and other stories in rhyme

PZ 10.3 = Animal stories

PZ 71 through PZ 78 = Spanish language materials

Books in the “PZ” call number range are further organized by author’s last name, which is represented by the letter occurring after the decimal point in the call number. For example, the call number for the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff, is PZ 7 .N964 1985. This helps to keep all the books written by a particular author, within one genre, grouped together on the same shelf.

Introducing SpartaCat

What is SpartaCat?

SpartaCat is the catalog for both NCC libraries, Mack Library (Bethlehem) and ESSA Library (Monroe).

Which library has the book I want?

Look carefully at the Material Type column in the catalog example below.  "Children's Literature - Main" and "Children's Literature - Monroe" indicate that both Bethlehem and Monroe libraries have a copy of Goodnight Moon.  If you would like a book that is not available at your location, you can request it to be sent to the other campus FREE for next-day pickup.

Finding Children's Books by Author or Illustrator

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Finding Children's Picture Books by Topic

How Do I Check Out Books?

It's easy to borrow books with LIBRARY to GO!

Good news!

Even though both NCC Libraries are open again, you can still borrow books and other materials remotely by using our Library to Go service. You can choose quick pickup on campus, or free delivery to your home.

Use Library to Go PLUS to request:

  • Access to materials that your instructor has put on electronic reserve in Blackboard;
  • Scanned pages from reference books like encyclopedias;
  • Scanned articles from print journals in the Library's Periodicals Tower.

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