The Margin Project

A new program for Junior and Senior High readers

Have you ever wanted to talk back to a book? Ask the author or the main character what they were thinking? Shouted (or whispered) to yourself, “Yes! I’ve done/thought/felt that, too!” Or just wanted to be able to sit down and talk about the book you are reading with someone else who’s also read it? The Margin Project is your opportunity.​ Margin Project books are a special collection of titles in Youth Services and Young Adult that are intended to be interactive–readers are allowed to write in the margin (query, annotate, comment, or even doodle) and react to what previous readers have written. The Margin Project is like a book club crossed with social media or pen pals crossed with a book exchange, and it’s at Princeton Public Library.

Titles in the Youth Margin Project collection are from the 2018 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award master list (The Caudill award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools) and include Svetlana Chmakova’s graphic novel Awkward, Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s The Book Scavenger, and I Will Always Write You Back by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka, the true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever. Titles in the Young Adult Margin Project collection are drawn from both the Illinois School Media Association’s 2018 Lincoln Award master list (for high school students) and other popular young adult titles, such as Lois Lowry’s The Giver, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. 

Margin Project books can be identified by a spine label and a yellow (for Young Adult) or red (for Youth Services) band on the front cover. Young Adult Margin Project books are located on the Reference Desk. Youth Margin Project books are located on the Children’s Periodicals bookshelf (near the other Caudill books). Check one out today!

To see some examples of Margin Project books on Pinterest CLICK HERE.

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