Our physical collection of books have been organized into the following categories and genres:
Both of these genres focus on the stories of people's lives. Biographies are written about a person by someone else. Memoirs are a collection of memories written by the person themselves.
Classics stand up to the test of time without waver. An author or literary work of the first rank, especially one of demonstrably enduring quality.
Dystopian literature takes place in a futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.
Fantasy novels and stories contain elements that are not realistic. Fantasy stories usually take place in an unknown world or a time or place that resembles European medieval times. The plot of fantasy stories often involves witches, sorcerers, mythical and animal creatures talking like humans, and other things that never happen in real life.
Graphic novels are a format, not a genre. They are book-length comic books that are meant to be read as one story. They can be written in any genre such as realistic fiction, mystery, fantasy, etc. They may also be written about superheroes that are meant to be read in a series or as a stand alone text.
A fictional story set in a recognizable period of history. As well as telling the stories of ordinary people's lives, historical fiction may involve political or social events of the time.
A novel involving a puzzling crime, situation, or circumstance that needs to be solved and in which one or more elements remain unknown or unexplained until the end of the story.
Nonfiction texts are books that have factual information in them. They can be narrative nonfiction, informational, and reference books. For more detailed information on the organization of nonfiction books, see the Dewey Decimal System Box.
Realistic fiction takes place during the time it was originally written. The characters are involved in events that could realistically happen. Characters and plot-lines do not deviate from what is possible.
The focus of the story is on the relationships, often romantic relationships, of the main protagonist. These stories can also have elements of other genres such as fantasy, realistic, and gothic.
Science fiction stories' content is imaginative and fictional, but relies heavily on scientific facts, theories, and principles to support its settings, characters, themes, and plot-lines. These stories often take place in the future, space, or a different world, universe, or dimension.
Short stories are not a genre, they are a format. Short stories have fully developed themes but are significantly shorter than a novel. Collections of short stories can be by a single author, or they can be a collection of short stories by different authors that all contain similar themes, genres, or other elements that link the entire collection together.
Books in the sports fiction genre are made up stories where a sport has an impact on the plot or main character. The story could be about an athlete, a coach, or an entire team.
These stories intend to thrill, frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers by introducing feelings of horror and terror. Thrillers can be either supernatural or non-supernatural.
A novel in which the primary action takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting (or home front) where the characters are preoccupied with the preparations for, or recovery from, war.
Popular topics' by Dewey Decimal Number:
While this is not a complete listing of every Dewey Decimal Number associated with these topics, these are the general numbers where an interested party can browse the stacks. Search the catalog or ask a librarian if you need something more specific.
Tough Topics: Everything you want to know, but don't really want to ask:
000 - General Works
100 - Philosophy and Psychology
200 - Religion and Mythology
300 - Social Science
400 - Language
500 - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
600 - Applied Science and Technology
700 - Arts and Recreation
800 - Literature and Rhetoric
900 - Geography and History