Library Genrefication Challenge (Nov+Dec)

It’s November, and our third library challenge is underway! This challenge is a whopper, and because of Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday breaks, I have spread this challenge out over two months so you don’t feel too rushed.

Our theme this month is one I know many of you have been waiting for: Genrefication!

I have broken the Library Genrefication Challenge tasks into two separate task lists, but you are free to dabble from both if that works better for you. For each task you complete, you get one entry in the Rafflecopter drawing. To prevent outside entries, I will post the link in the group’s Facebook page. If you would like to join our group, please see the description and link at the bottom of this post.

Challenge #1: Genrefy Your Library

The first challenge is for librarians who are ready to genrefy right now. If you’ve been thinking about genrefying for awhile but are having trouble getting started, this is your challenge!

For the Genrefy Your Library challenge, you have seven tasks to complete. This will not be a “genrefy your library by December 31st” task. But these steps will get you started and on your way. Be sure to budget plenty of time for your genrefication project. If you start now, your genrefication project could easily take you into the summer or even into next school year depending on the size of your collection. Pace yourself, enjoy the process, and be diligent.

Download Challenge #1 Task List–Genrefy Your Library

Challenge #2: Promote Two Genres

The second challenge is for librarians who are already genrefied, do not want to genrefy, or can’t genrefy right now. The second challenge focuses on promoting two or more genres in your library, creating large, eye-catching genre displays, teaching lessons about the genres, and even creating some colorful genre trees!

Download Challenge #2 Task List–Promote Two Genres

The Freebie for the Library Genrefication Challenge

I have an incredible freebie for you to help you with this challenge! I’ve made 30 gorgeous, colorful genre spine labels for your books! The labels represent 30 library genres for elementary, middle, and high school fiction books.

For the duration of the Genrefication challenge, the labels are FREE in my TPT store and in the MrsReaderPants blog store. If you or someone you know is planning to genrefy, these labels could save you loads of time. They are also excellent for labeling books in classroom libraries.

Presentation about Genrefication: November 19, 2019 at Shanghai American School in China

This presentation is on SlideShare and is available for download and editing. Please feel free to use the presentation to help explain genrefication to your principal and teachers. You may edit it as you need. If you are looking for a video narration of the presentation, see the video below.


If you are looking for audio narration of the genrefication presentation slides above, it is available below. It’s kind of long (just over an hour), but I explain the slides in detail and talk about things that are not included in the slides.

About the Monthly Library Challenge Group

Each month, I select an area of focus for our libraries, and I offer TPT products and freebies to help support you in the challenge. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to gain support from a community of librarians working on the same tasks for the month.

To enter the drawing and participate in group discussions, you’ll need to join our Monthly Library Challenge group on Facebook. There, I have posted a Rafflecopter link for you to enter as you complete your tasks. The group is completely free to join and participate. You must be a librarian, a library student, or someone who works in a library as a teacher, staff member, or volunteer to participate in the challenges.

Library Genrefication Challenge Links

I have written several articles about the benefits of genrefication. Click the Genrefication tab at the top of this page to see all of them.

More excellent genrefication resources and articles from librarians:

“What School Librarians Have to Say About Genrefication” on

“Genrefication: Removing Barriers to Access” on Knowledge Quest from AASL

“The Case Against…Genrefication” by Suzanne Sannwald

Genrefication: 5 Resources by Suzanne Sannwald

Links mentioned in the group:

Genre Trees description and photos

Science Fiction sub-genres by sci-fi author Jonathan Maberry

“HS Genrefication–1 Year Later” by Kelsey Bogan of Don’t Shush Me! blog

Genrefying Picture Books from Mollee Branden

Library Genrefication: Do’s and Don’ts from GoAlexandria

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