By Kate Smith
Family Health Library
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045
Updated March 4, 2010; Reviewed April 2013
Our consumer health library has both health books for adults and children, and donated fiction for all ages. I use colored dots to indicate age groups. For health books I put on the call number and the colored dot and then cover it all with a call number protector. It works fine and you can easily see at a glance what the reading level is. Colored dots are inexpensive and easily available from an office supply store.
Juvenile books on health topics are shelved at the end of the subject section for the adult books. They are so thin that I found they got lost when shelved in call number order with the adult books. The exception to this is the teen books: I add a .6 to the call number to indicate anything written for or about teens, and do not put "JUV" on the call number. The teen books are especially useful for adults who have low reading skills. I know that these are easy reading, but there is no embarrassment for an adult who chooses to check one of them out.
Here is a copy of my criteria for choosing the ages. These are pretty loose, and basically you just develop a "feel". I also pay attention to what the children pick when they come in. The levels were adapted from discussions with children’s librarians in public libraries.