SETTING THESAURUS

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Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Large, sturdy bookshelves lining the walls, marching across the floor in colorful rows, and curling around reading nooks and study areas
A long front desk manned by librarians and assistants
Stickers and bookmarks for kids
Library pamphlets for special events and reading clubs
Book bags on a hook
A reference section filled with dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and historical texts
Students working at tables while senior citizens flip through newspapers in cozy chairs
Patrons using library computers for research and web surfing
Reading rooms for special events such as classes, lessons, book signings, summer reading camps, peer tutoring, and book club meetings
A staircase leading to a second level
Large reference numbers on white cards at the end of each row
A magazine corner with a variety of glossy magazines on display
Banners and signs about literacy and the importance of reading
Bright overhead lighting or lamps on tables (in older libraries)
A children’s section with picture books on shelves and bean bag chairs on the floor
No Talking signs
Filing cabinets and computers
An old card catalogue system on display
Shelving for DVD movies
A photocopier and laminating machine
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