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Nonfiction project update

Remember last summer when I said that I really wanted to figure out how to draw attention to the nonfiction section by using it to display student art?

I didn’t actually expect it to happen.

But it did anyway.

Last month, a troop of drama students came in to show me their latest props project, paper mache hamburgers, complete with a side of chips. When they asked if we would be willing to display them in the library, naturally I said yes.

Prop hamburgers, made by the drama class, hard at work drawing a steady stream of visitors to our nonfiction section. (Photo: Shala Howell)

They look absolutely fabulous in their new home above our arts and crafts nonfiction books.

As far as I can tell, our project to boost nonfiction circulation by making the nonfiction section feel more browse-able seems to be working.

Last year, about 1 in every 10 books checked out from our library was a nonfiction book. So far this year, it looks to be closer to 1 in 5.

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