Genrefication ... or why the library is such a mess right now.
Genrefication is the term used for arranging books by the genre or the type of book. Typically fiction books are arranged by the author's last name, which really was not helpful when one wants to find a good mystery book for example. We are assigning genres to all 7000+ of our fiction books to create sections where students can browse by the type of book. Of course, if they are looking for a specific title, we will still use the library catalog as a reference. Students seem very excited and have also given invaluable help.
A Note about responsible reading
In a library that serves students ranging in ages from eleven to fourteen, a wide variety of materials are needed. What is interesting and appropriate for eleven-year-olds may not be interesting and/or appropriate for fourteen-year-olds and vice versa. When students first visit the library each year, Mrs. Parks will tell them that "Libraries are all about choice. If you choose a book that makes you uncomfortable or that would make your parents uncomfortable, please return it and find a book you can completely enjoy."
Parents can help students enjoy the library. Ask students what they are reading and talk to them about their choice.
If you have questions or comments, always feel free to contact Sandy Parks, firstname.lastname@example.org