These Dewey Decimal Spine Labels were created to make the books in your library easier to find, easier to put back on the shelves and to make your library pop with coordinated color! I used these labels in international schools in Latin America. They are also perfect for schools with a Spanish speaking population or if you have a Spanish book collection.
They can be used on their own or with the matching Dewey Decimal Posters or Shelf Signs which you can find in my store here. I like to put the labels at the top of each book’s spine (you can also place them at the bottom above or below the classification label). These labels make it easy for students and library helpers (and you!) to know where books belong, making it a much faster process to put them back. You might choose to put the English labels on the English books and the Spanish labels on the Spanish books to make them easier for everyone to identify. Please see the preview for examples of how I have used them.
They are great for classroom libraries, allowing you and your students to keep the shelves tidy, and to introduce them to the Dewey Decimal system. They can also be used in libraries where the Dewey Decimal system is not used but you still want to classify the books you have in an easy to understand way. See photos in preview for examples of how to use them.
Each classification has the main topic and four different pictures to go with it (these pictures match the original posters and shelf labels). There are extra labels for Fairy Tales and Biographies as these are usually popular topics within categories. You can choose to put only one picture on all of the books in that classification, or maybe you want to mix it up and use all four pictures!
Each label is 1” x ¾”. I print them on paper then attach them to books with clear contact.
If you have a large library this may seem like a big project to tackle and it sure can be! But it is totally manageable if you do it one bookshelf at a time. I ask some responsible students to help (especially with the cutting). I keep a stash of precut labels and contact paper handy and put them on books whenever I have a few minutes. You’ll be surprised at how many you can get done in this way. I have also used it as an opportunity to clean and weed my books at the same time. The results are worth it; an organized, clearly labeled library!
This set has 105 pages of spine labels. Each of the pictures has its own page in English & Spanish, with 100 labels on each page. I have included pages with one row (10 labels) of each picture, so there is no need to print off 100 of one picture if you only need two or three. Also included are pages with one row each of the English & Spanish labels together so you have several printing options.
There are extra signs with British/Australian spellings for librarians and teachers working in those international schools (organise vs organize, maths vs math).
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