Literary genres are collections of
works with a similar theme or style. Some literary genres become whole sections of a
library: biography, picture books, nonfiction. Others are shelved together
within the classifications: folktales (fables, tall tales, fairy tales
and myths) and poetry in its various forms.
Within the fiction section, it
becomes trickier to identify the literary genres: historical fiction, mystery,
realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, sport stories, etc. Usually
librarians attach small stickers to the spines of the books to identify the
different genres because the books are shelved by the author's last name. The
library user must be browsing at the shelf to see this sticker signage.
The literary images can have
multiple purposes: decorate the fiction section, remind users of the different
kinds of reading available to them, serve as signage to feature a special genre
collection, provide visuals for teaching the literary genres.
These designs are kept simple,
easy to "read," with images that are recognizable to all ages. The background
colors are easy to match to fabric swatches or paint samples. Remember that,
like all our library graphics, the literary genres can be printed as library
banners or library posters of many sizes with many display options.
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