Genres in the Library Ms. Rentchler Teacher Librarian 2009
All Libraries Have Two Main Genres
Fiction = Books that are not true, they are pretend.
Non-fiction = Books that are real, true, factual, and full of information.
School and Public Libraries
Fiction books are arranged in alphabetical order according to the Author’s last name
A, B, C, D order
Non-fiction books are arranged in numerical order according to the Dewey Decimal System named after the man that created the system, Mr.Melvil Dewey
0, 1, 2, 3 order
Genres within Fiction Found by the Author’s last name
Genres within Non-fiction Found in numerical order with the Dewey Decimal System
Finding Fiction Books
You need to know the Author’s last name first letter.
You go to the shelf and check in that alphabetized section.
If the book is not on the shelf, check the fiction book return cart.
If the book is not on the shelf or the fiction book return cart, it is checked out and you need to think of another book you want.
Finding Non-fiction Books
You can “browse” the non-fiction section for books in the category you’ve selected by finding the Dewey Decimal System number first.
Then you go to the numerically arranged shelves and check for the number.
If the non-fiction shelf is empty, you should also check the non-fiction book return cart.
If the non-fiction book return cart doesn’t have the book either, then the books have been checked out and you need to get something else.
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Historical Fiction are pretend stories set in the past with characters who take part in actual historical events.
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Realistic Fiction are pretend stories with imaginary characters and events.
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Fantasy are pretend stories that include talking animals, magical powers, time travel, imaginary beings from imaginary settings.
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Tall Tales are pretend stories that have human characters with superhuman characteristics
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Mysteries are pretend stories with characters who try to solve a crime or unexplained event. There is a problem to be solved that includes clues, distractions, and an answer to the problem
Big Genre Fiction Smaller Genre Science Fiction are pretend stories that are based on science theories and could be partly true.
Big Genre Non-fiction Smaller Genre Folklore and Folktales are pretend stories that have been told all over the world and have a lesson. .
Big Genre Non-fiction Smaller Genre Fairy Tales are pretend stories with magic and have been told all over the world with different characters and settings but with the same plot.
Big Genre Non-fiction Smaller Genre Biography is a true account of a real person’s life written by someone else.
Big Genre Non-fiction Smaller Genre Poetry is verse written to inspire thoughts and feelings in the reader. It often uses rhyme, rhythm (meter), and stanzas. It may also be written in free verse that does not rhyme.
Two Big Genres filled with many smaller Genres
Within Fiction Genre
Within Non-fiction Genre
Historical Fiction Fantasy Mystery Science Fiction Realistic Fiction Adventure Biography Folklore Fairy Tales Fables Science And Nature Humor Poetry Reference Drawing, Painting, Arts Tall Tales
Genre just means a type of book
Two Big Genres
Many smaller Genres within the Two Big Genres
Some smaller Genres overlap each other
What is your favorite Genre? 1.Why? 2. What would you tell someone else to get them interested in it? 3. What books have you read in the Genre? 4. Have you learned anything reading this Genre that has affected your life? 5. What new books would you like to read in this Genre? 6. What other Genres would you like to read?