What is it?
In the Margins is a committee under the umbrella of the Library Services for Youth in Custody group.
To seek out and highlight fiction, non-fiction and advocacy titles (PreK through adult level) of high-interest appeal to boys or girls, ages 9-21 who may fit into one or all of the following categories:
multicultural (primarily African American, Latino or First Nations)
from a street culture
in restrictive custody
What do we do?
In the Margins strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody - or a cycle of all three!
Committee membership and requirements:
11 member committee (including Chair and Administrative Assistant)
Two to three year commitment, Timeline begins Jan 2017
research, request and nominate titles, with an emphasis on ones that are self-published, independently published or published by small presses
read for special content for detention facilities
read all nominated titles
work with or do outreach to youth in custody and/or from street culture and get feedback from at least 3-10 teens on each title
actively participate in email and wiki discussions
meet all posted deadlines
meet 6 times a year via video conferencing