: a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content
: a genre that is part of a larger genre
Genre should not be confused with format. Genre is about content, whereas format is how the story or information is presented. Traditional print books, novels in verse, and comic books are formats that include many different genres.
The Mahoney Library holds about 7,000 books. About half of those are nonfiction books and about half are fiction.
Nonfiction books are organized by Dewey Decimal Classification, which is very common in school and public libraries and organizes books according to subject:
Fiction books in the Mahoney Library are organized by genre, according to popularity with Mahoney students.