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This exercise shows how dramatic the visual message can be when you choose to brand a whole bay with one of the subjects that it contains. Pick 4 different titles which you think convey a clear message to readers that this is the History area and move them from the top into the slots on the shelves. Try and create a balance in the stock you choose so your selection is not too narrow or aimed predominantly at just men or just women. Then reset and pick 4 books to brand the bay as Politics. Lastly choose 4 titles to show that War books are found here.
Choose one bay of non-fiction in your library and set up some face-forward display within it to send a clear message about the subject or subjects contained there.