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Teaching Materials Center

This guide is starting point for anyone seeking to learn about the resources available in the Teaching Materials Center. This includes: what general resources are available, how to find specific resources, and how to access materials.

TMC Virtual Tour

Use this map to discover and learn about the content in the TMC. Click on the numbered dots below to learn about sections of the TMC and see examples of items on the shelf.





TMC EASY The TMC EASY section is comprised of picture books, generally with fewer than 32 pages. This section is arranged by author. The three letters of the call number after ‘TMC EASY’ are the first three letters of the author’s last name. These picture books are not organized by subject, instead books written by the same author will be near each other on the shelf.
2 Fiction The Fiction section of the TMC houses both novels and chapter books. Chapter books are skinnier books in a series that are intended for beginner readers, whereas novels are thicker. This is where you would find young adult fiction books. Call numbers here begin with ‘TMC Fiction.’ Like TMC EASY, this section is arranged by author.
3 Graphic Novels, Fairytales & Folklore The TMC Nonfiction Section contains graphic novels, fairytales, folklore, and nursery rhymes in addition to traditional nonfiction. Like the nonfiction books, these items are arranged using the Dewey decimal system and can be browsed by topic or genre. Check under the Commonly Requested Book Types on the right for how to specifically find fairytales, regional tales, and nursery rhymes.
4 Nonfiction The Nonfiction section includes informational books arranged by topic, as well as graphic novels, fairy tales and folklore, and nursery rhymes. Rather than having ‘Nonfiction’ in the call number, we use the Dewey decimal call number system which shows the topic of the book. This means that books on the same topic will be next to each other on the shelf. The last three letters of a call number relate to the author’s last name, or in the cases of biographies, the subject’s name. (This makes it so all the biographies on a specific person will be next to each other on the shelf.)


The TMC PRO section contains professional materials for teachers. It’s the “how we teach it” section. Materials in this section include activities and teaching strategies. Because materials are arranged using Dewey decimal call numbers, these professional materials are browseable by teaching subject area.
6 Leveled Readers A leveled reader is merely a book that has been assigned a gradient for readability. This could be a letter, number, or grade equivalent. At this station there are both leveled books and tools to translate what that level means. Leveled books may be written specifically for a publisher and part of their larger leveled book program, or a well-known title that has been ranked for readability.
7 TMC TEXT The TMC TEXT section includes student and teacher edition textbooks and curriculum materials. This can also be considered “what we teach”. These are organized into sections for: early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, and high school education. They are then arranged by topic/subject within each of these sections using Dewey. Their call numbers begin with ‘TMCText.’ These materials are created by publishers that have written curriculum for specific grade levels. If we know what that grade level is, it’s included on the printed call number tag.
8 Non-Book Section The TMC nonbook section consists of materials that are not books or audiovisual materials, including: manipulatives, games, puppets, activity sets, and more. They are meant to act as aids to enhance your teaching. These are in the catalog just like a book. These call numbers begin with ‘TMC Nonbook’ and are also organized on the shelf by teaching subject area using Dewey.
9 TMC Media The Media section includes movies, audiobooks, and CDs with songs suitable for Pre-K through Grade 12 users. Call numbers in this section will start with either ‘TMC DVD’ or ‘TMCSoundCD’, with the addition of EASY, Fiction, or a Dewey Decimal call number.
10 Librarian Offices For additional help or questions contact Caitlin Stewart, the Teaching and Learning Librarian (, or Sarah French, the Educational Administration & Foundations, Psychology, and Special Education Librarian (

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Library Section

1 Easy Books - Picture Books
2 Fiction - Older Elementary, Middle Grade, and Young Adult
3 Graphic Novels, Fairytales, Folklore and Nursery Rhymes
4 Non-fiction
5 Professional Teaching Books
6 Leveled Readers
7 Textbooks
8 Non-books
9 Media
10 Librarian Offices