It has been a few months into my generification of the fiction area. I am loving it! I have seen kids take out lots of books that they previously would not have taken out. It was also so much easier when students had to check out a science fiction books for a project. In the past it was a big problem because the books were all over the place. Now the students just went to area and browsed the area looking for a book to read. It made all the hard work worth it!
But it is not all good... I realized that I am spending a little more time looking up books for kids because neither of us know where the book now is. I am getting better at figuring it out and so are the students, but it still takes some time. It also takes longer to process new books because I need to figure out which area the books go in. It is not a huge amount of time, but it does take a little longer and something I did not fully think about when I started.
Even with those downfalls it is still worth doing! Gentrification rules!!
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