How many times have you picked up a book and had so many feelings and reactions while reading it, that you just wanted to share them with the next reader? Look no further than The Margin Project! The Margin Project is something done at many public and school libraries, as well as being championed by writer Jen Malone (find out more about her here). The Margin Project is a great way to bring aspects of social media to reading, thus socializing books!
I and a co-worker started The Margin Project for the teens (& younger children) at our library. For the teens I selected 30 books, including fiction and nonfiction, to be a part of this collection. These books will be specifically labeled so readers know they are able to write in them! Each reader can write using their own pen color and/or symbol to distinguish themselves. From there the sky’s the limit!
Readers can underline their favorite quotes, draw and arrow and write “Pay attention to this!”, draw pictures, write questions, and so much more. I believe that this will also help other readers pick new books. If they enjoyed the opinion of a fellow participant in The Margin Project, they may look to see what other books they have read and written in.
Participants may also take pictures of and share their writings on social media. The Margin Project is prominent on Pinterest and the hashtag can be found on Instagram and Twitter. This passive program is a great way to bridge the gap between technology and books.