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Audio Clip: It's The Dewey Rap

Oh how I love it when the worlds of hip hop and librarianship collide. I found this tape a little while back at one of the schools where I work. A classic from the librarian vaults. You’ll be singing “One oh oh to one ninety nine” before you know it. Click the link below to listen.


The Dewey Rap by Joan McElfresh

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. This is really great fun. I shared this link with all the media specialists in my district.

  2. I love the rap but something is wrong with the audio it keeps pausing off and on. Would you please try and fix it because I’m very anxious to use it for library skills.
    Thank you,
    P.S. Do you sell the CD?

  3. Link doesn’t connect to rap. Last week it did. Help!!

  4. Toni Davis says:

    I was in second grade at Roll Hill Elementary when the librarian there, Joan McElfresh came up with this! It’s cool to see how it has spread all over the world! I remember if we were looking for something she would have us sing the rap and we would find exactly what we wanted! Oh how I miss Mrs. Mac! It brings back good memories!

  5. Hi,
    The link doesn’t connect to the rap. I would like to use it to introduce the Dewey to the 2nd graders in Des Plaines, il. Or where can I get a copy of the CD?