A Newly Genre-fied Library

A Different Way of Helping Students Find a Good Read


A view of the spine labels for the genre-fied book.

When you walk into the library and head towards the books, you never really know what the book you’re looking at is going to be about. The only thing you’ll see is either a sticker on the spine with the first three letters of the author’s last name or a sticker with numbers on it like 633.2, but that all changed last year.

Michelle Alvarado
These books contain the new spine labels, each label corresponding with their genre.

Our library here at Oak Hills underwent some changes with the help of Courtney Bell, a former English teacher. She came up with the concept of “genre-fying” the library to make it easier for students to find books to read. Now on the spine of each book, there’s a sticker attached that tells you what genre the books is, whether it’s a romance, mystery, or sci-fi book.

“[It just makes it easier] to find the genres you may be interested in,” states one of our librarians, Tracy Huson. 

She explains that sometimes students come in and ask where a certain genre of books are at but, she can’t tell them that because the library’s fiction books are organized alphabetically by the author’s last name. 

The nonfiction books are organized by the Dewey Decimal System. This system is based on numbers and each number represents a different category, ranging from the 0s, 100s, 200s, so on and so forth all the way to 999. The categories are religion, psychology, social sciences, history and more. The hundreds are further broken down into 10s blocks. For example, if religion was in the 500s, then the Bible would be in the 510s and Christian theology would be in the 520s. These are the only ones that won’t be genre-fied.

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