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25 Sep

Scholarship Application Process Opens for 2020 ABC Children’s Institute

Booksellers at stores that did not have an ABC Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2018 or 2019 can now apply for a scholarship to the 2020 Children’s Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

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28 Aug

Bookseller Launches Teen Book Festival After Attending Ci7 Events University

“The big takeaway from Events University was that launching a festival is feasible, and it is possible to do it without an army,” said Gathering Volumes owner Denise Phillips.

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21 Aug

Revisit Children’s Institute With This Roundup of BTW’s Coverage

For booksellers who attended the event and for those who did not, here are links to all of the articles that BTW has published on Children’s Institute education sessions, plus a link to session videos.

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14 Aug

Save the Date: Children’s Institute 2020

The ABC Children’s Group’s 2020 Children’s Institute will be held in Tucson, Arizona, from Monday, June 22, through Wednesday, June 24.

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14 Aug

Ci7 Education: Small Acts for Financial Gain

Bookstore panelists spoke about how to identify small costs that add up, where to look for savings, small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales, and more.

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13 Aug

Ci7 Education: Events University

The session offered booksellers the opportunity to learn best practices for hosting events in-store and off-site, including partnering with schools and libraries, hosting large-scale events, and using alternate venues.

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07 Aug

Ci7 Education: Marketing Events to Ensure a Home Run

Booksellers shared information about opportunities for advertisement; areas for potential partnerships for cross-marketing; marketing timelines; using social media to maximize your posts’ impact; and more.

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07 Aug

Ci7 Education: Small Footprint, Big Impact

Attendees learned about the logistics of hosting an in-store event; crowd management in a small space; inventory management in a small stockroom; and keeping it fresh with inventive displays.

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31 Jul

Ci7 Education: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children’s Literature

Attendees were encouraged to participate in an honest discussion about issues surfacing in kids’ books regarding content related to race, culture, individuality, and identity.

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31 Jul

Ci7 Education: Working With Title 1 Schools

Bookseller panelists at the Children’s Institute session shared tips for approaching Title 1 schools and building community partnerships and discussed how such partnerships can be effective and profitable.

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24 Jul

Get Schooled: Watch Ci7 Education Session Videos Now on BookWeb

Topics include author event grids, conducting a diversity audit, the art of reading aloud, and more.

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24 Jul

Booksellers Glean Insight from IndieCommerce/Point-of-Sale User Groups

“It’s always incredibly helpful to talk to someone else who uses your POS and with the provider as well,” said Hannah Oliver Depp of Loyalty Bookstore.

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24 Jul

Ci7 Education: Conducting a Diversity Audit

During the session, booksellers learned how to assess the inclusiveness of their inventory by conducting a diversity audit. A full video of the session is available on BookWeb.

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17 Jul

Help ABA Plan for the 2020 Children’s Institute

Booksellers who attended the 2019 Children’s Institute are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey and sign into the Children’s Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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17 Jul

Ci7 Education: The Art of Reading Aloud

During the session, attendees not only learned about how to implement a fun and engaging story time in their stores, but participated in a story time themselves. 

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