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Melville Dewey and the Dewey Decimal System

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Melville Dewey was a man of many talents. He is often called the father of modern library science. He developed a system for cataloging books that is still in widespread use today. He helped create New York's Lake Placid Club and bring the Olympics there. He was also a man with strong opinions.
Melville Dewey was born in Adams Center, New York, on December 10, 1851.
From a very young age, Melville loved books. The only problem was that there weren’t enough of them around, especially for a boy from a poor family like his. It was too expensive to buy a lot of books to keep at home.

Find out more about this founder of the Dewey Decimal System and how he changed libraries around the world in this short 15-minute children's biography.

Ages 10 and up.
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