I find my feelings divided over the disappearance of the Dewey Decimal System. On the one hand, I can see children checking out more nonfiction books if they can browse them easily by topic. And, at our library, folktales and poetry seem to be overlooked because they are stuck with the "numbered books" that parents and children don't browse through as often. However, when we go to the library, we aren't usually looking for books about a certain topic, but we do regularly go in search of books by an author whose other books we have enjoyed. I sure would like to visit the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School and see their new system in action. You can read an article from School Library Journal about it here.
I love Kevin Henkes' new easy reader, Penny and Her Doll, and was happy to read that he has a new Penny book coming out next year. Read about it here. (Thanks to PW Children's Bookshelf for the link.)