If you have been following along, you already know that Erica from What Do We Do All Day? and I are hosting The Great Summer Library Challenge. Originally, we planned to publish the non-fiction library challenges in July.
Since everyone is having so much fun with summer reading, we decided to go ahead and publish the non-fiction challenges today. That way you can enjoy this next set of challenges even if you have already finished the fiction challenges! (If you are still working on the fiction challenges, don’t worry! You can skip ahead or wait to do these library challenges until you are ready.)
What is The Great Summer Library Challenge?
For those who are new, we created The Great Summer Library Challenge to help parents and their kids explore the library this summer and find some new books for summer reading through mini-challenges. Our library challenges include both simple challenges and more advanced challenges.
You can start at the beginning or you can just pick a challenge today. These challenges are designed where you can complete them in any order and at your own pace. If you enjoy these library challenges, don’t forget to subscribe via email to get the next sets of challenges directly in your inbox!
- Read more about The Great Summer Library Challenge
- Check out Fiction Library Challenges #1-3
- Check out Fiction Library Challenges #4-6
Library Challenges for the Non-Fiction Section
Remember: It’s not cheating to ask your librarian for help!
Non-fiction books in the library are shelved according to your library’s classification system. You will need to understand the basics of this system in order to locate books you find in the library catalog. Many libraries are classified by the Dewey Decimal Systems, but some libraries are classified by other systems such as the Library of Congress Classification System. If you and your children are not familiar with how the your library’s classification system works your first challenge is to ask your librarian!
Part of the purpose of The Great Summer Library Challenge is to help you feel comfortable chatting with the people who want to help you! So don’t look your library’s classification system up online… ask!
Non-Fiction Library Challenge #1: World Geography and Culture
Ask a librarian to help you find an atlas. Find and locate a country you’ve never visited. Using the library catalog, locate and check out three books about that country and its culture.
Advanced Library Challenge #1: Using the books you chose, find 5 ways the country’s culture is different from your own.
Advanced Library Challenge #2: Does the country have a special holiday? How would you plan a party to celebrate that holiday?
Non-fiction Library Challenge #2: Plants
In your libraries catalog, type in the subject word, “plants”. What is the general Dewey Decimal number for most of the books? Browse that section of the children’s non-fiction shelves. Find and check out 2 books: one about identifying flowers and trees and one about how to grow a home garden.
Advanced Library Challenge #1: Take your first book to the park, identify 3 different flowers and 3 different trees.
Advanced Library Challenge #2: Design and draw your dream garden! Make sure to identify the plants in your layout.
Non-fiction Library Challenge #3: Poetry
The non-fiction sections contains more than just factual books! Find the poetry section and check out three types of books poetry: an anthology of works by different poets, a collection by a single author and a book of themed poetry.
Advanced Library Challenge #1: Find the definitions (using books from the poetry section, not the internet!) of three kinds of poetry (such as haiku, limericks, sonnets, concrete, acrostic, etc.)
Advanced Library Challenge #2: Use books in the library to write a “spine poem” (here’s a how to link: http://www.whatdowedoallday.com/2013/04/spine-poetry-activity-for-kids.html), or write your own poem!
Don’t forget to hop over to What Do We Do All Day? to see Erica’s library challenges #4-6! Remember that you can pick and choose the challenges that most interest you.
If you are participating, I would love to hear about the new books that you discover!
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly columnist, and blogger here and at Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: Sticky Blocks, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and Fireworks in a Bottle.