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 Why genrefy a library?

Genrefication is a fairly new method for organizing a fiction collection in a library and was often something only seen in book stores. However, it allows students to quickly find a book based on the genre category rather than simply the author. The process is timely, requires extensive planning and can be helpful in identifying areas of the collection that are limited. The key to genrefication is choosing which genres to include and having proper signage, so students can easily navigate the collection. It is also important for students to be familiar with the library catalogue.

The following genres have been used to organize the Fiction books: Realistic Fiction, Issues, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Horror, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Historical, War, Sports, Classic, Action, Mystery, Fantasy and Humour. There is also Graphic Novel section and an Indigenous section. 

Call numbers indicate which genre category a book is in. For example the call number for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is: FIC  HUMOUR  KIN  1DWK   

FIC HUMOUR indicates where the book can be found, while KIN is the author's last name, and 1DWK is the series number and name.

Stickers have also been used to identify books that are short stories, novels in verse, stories with LGBTQ2+ characters, Indigenous and Ally authors, and books that have been made into a movie.


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  •  Stories that are intended to be HUMOROUS and make the reader LAUGH.


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  • Stories that didn't really happen, but COULD happen in real life.  These stories include characters who face a challenge, learn lessons, and possibly change.


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  • Stories about life issues; personal, societal and global. The problems are unsolvable but the characters try to rise above them. We have tissues for issues.



  •  Stories about a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with LOVE. An expressive and pleasurable feeling from an EMOTIONAL ATTRACTION towards another person.  


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  • Stories that focus on ROMANCE and ROMANTIC LOVE and include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative genres of FANTASY, SCI-FI and HORROR.


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  • Stories which intend to, or have the capacity to FRIGHTEN, SCARE, DISGUST, or STARTLE the reader by inducing feelings of HORROR or TERROR.  


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  • Stories that focus on POVERTY, public MISTRUST, and SUSPICION, a POLICE STATE or OPPRESSION.


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  •  Stories that could not happen in real life and may take place in the  FUTURE with  FUTURISTIC SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY.



  • Fictional story that involve events that could NOT happen in real life (because we can't figure out how magic works).


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  •  Stories that did not really happen, but are based on HISTORICAL EVENTS.


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  • Books based on a assortment of genres.  The stories have stood the test of time and the work is usually considered to be a representation of the period in which it was written; the work merits lasting recognition.


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  • Stories based on TRAGEDY that depict a CONFLICT between people, countries, and nations. 


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  • Stories that  portray characters who are in or part of the sporting community; athletes, coaches, managers etc.

ACTION (Thriller, Adventure & Survival)

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  •  Stories with an emphasis on exciting action sequences and stories of adventure & survival.


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  •  Suspenseful stories about  puzzling events that are not solved until the end of the story. 


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  •  Stories that are presented in comic-strip format. Not only do we have a large collection of Manga, there is also a large selection of narrative non-fiction. 


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  • Stories are written to grab the reader quickly and pull them through to the end. Authors are required to use action driven dialogue, avoid long boring descriptions and keep it around 100 pages.



  • Books in the Indigenous section have characters who are Indigenous to North America, written by Indigenous authors or by authors who have shown reciprocity by acknowledging that they gained their knowledge from an Indigenous person.