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    Nonfiction Fiction…What?

    Working at the Reference Desk at the Daviess County Public Library means we speak a certain mantra on a daily basis: “Fiction is located on the second floor.”  The general public wants to read something entertaining, something that will add some shock and awe to their life, or even something so fantastical it can only be found in a fictitious book.  The general public does not think the nonfiction collection is for them.  Nonfiction seems to be synonymous with boring, mundane, user-only, and straight facts.  I’m here to tell you this is a myth.

    The first floor of the library is undergoing a change to make the displays more appealing AND to let the general public know that we have nonfiction books that would interest anyone…yes, anyone, so you strictly fiction readers listen up!  Let’s say you’re an avid historical romance reader.  I can give you a historical romance that actually happened.  Here’s a few off the top of my head:

    * Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvron

    * The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth Century England by Adrian Tinniswood

    * In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

    Are you a murder mystery reader?  The true crime section of our nonfiction collection will equally satiate your thirst for crime, mystery, and justice.  I would suggest these titles to get started:

    *The People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Woman who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil that Swallowed her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

    * In Cold Blood by Truman Copote

    *A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases by Anne Rule

    How about some adventure-themed fiction?  Getting your blood pumping from a thrilling read can be an exalting feeling, but have you considered how exciting a real action-packed adventure could be?  Take these titles for an example:

    *Runaway Bus and Other True Stories by Deborah Morris

    *Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    *Dancing with the Witch Doctor: One Woman’s Stories of Mysteries and Adventures in Africa by Kelly James

    I could easily continue to list sub genres of fiction and provide comparable reads in our nonfiction collection, but I think you get the point by now.  The nonfiction collection is for everyone, fiction readers included.  To help promote this further, we have also revamped our displays on the first floor.  Each display has a running theme that showcases the most popular sections of our nonfiction collection.  We have the following displays available at all times:

    History/Travel

    Arts/Crafts/Collectibles

    Biography/Lifestyle

    Staff Picks

    Pets/Animals

    Cooking

    Medicine/Health

    Major Holiday/Season

    Current Programs Given at the Library

    Keep in mind that these are generic titles of our displays; they still change monthly.  For example, the “Cooking” display is currently vegetarian cookbooks, but will change in a few weeks to Thanksgiving-related cookbooks, and then to Christmas-related cookbooks.  So if you are interested in history and travel, that particular display will still change within that topic, as holds true for the rest of our displays.

    Please take some time to peruse the first floor…you just never know what you might happen upon to intrigue you.  And feel free to ask the first floor staff for certain nonfiction books that read like fiction or where some of our displays are located.  We are happy to help with anything you may need!

     
     
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