Ever since the opening of its beautiful flagship branch downtown in 2003, the Salt Lake City Library System has put the Dewey Decimal Classification to work in a whole new way. Instead of simply using it to shelve books according to established categories and hierarchies, is also uses the Dewey system as a framework for its annual lecture series.
This year’s season opener spans 000-300 of the DDC, and covers a range of ideas—from Computer Science and Information, Psychology and Philosophy to Religion and the Social Sciences. Author and futurist Richard Louv asks such questions as, “Do children have a right to walk in the woods?” and “Are we as humans a part of, or apart from, the natural world?”
As chairman of the Children and Nature Network (CNatureNet.org), Louv explores the dangers of the growing disconnect between our children and the great outdoors. His latest book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder peers into the future and takes a look at what the world will be like if we allow our children to continue down a couch-potato path completely devoid of nature—including such increasingly alarming childhood trends such as obesity, attention-deficit disorders and depression.
Several years after its initial publication, Louv’s work has continued to gain popular momentum, garnering him the 2008 Audubon Medal and uniting educators, health professionals, parents, developers and conservationists alike behind “No Child Left Inside” initiatives worldwide.
Richard Louv @ Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. Free tickets at all City Library branches on a first-come, first-served basis.