Children's Institute 2023

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Children's Concierge & Subscription Services

Children's Concierge & Subscription Services (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Children's Concierge & Subscription Services, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
What is a concierge program, and how does it differ from a subscription box? In this panel, booksellers with experience running concierge programs and subscription boxes will answer these questions, give examples of different types of services, and show you how to create an inclusive, one-of-a-kind boutique experience for customers, no matter the size of your store. 
 
Speakers:
Lauren Savage, The Reading Bug - San Carlos, CA
Avery Shelburne, Fabled Bookshop and Cafe - Waco, TX
Jaya Anderson, Red Balloon Bookshop - Saint Paul, MN
Beth Shapiro, Skylark Bookshop - Columbia, MO
 
Children's Concierge & Subscription Services (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Children's Concierge & Subscription Services, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling
What is a concierge program, and how does it differ from a subscription box? In this panel, booksellers with experience running concierge programs and subscription boxes will answer these questions, give examples of different types of services, and show you how to create an inclusive, one-of-a-kind boutique experience for customers, no matter the size of your store. 
 
Speakers:
Lauren Savage, The Reading Bug - San Carlos, CA
Avery Shelburne, Fabled Bookshop and Cafe - Waco, TX
Jaya Anderson, Red Balloon Bookshop - Saint Paul, MN
Beth Shapiro, Skylark Bookshop - Columbia, MO
 

Not Just for Kids: Book Fairs for Adults

Not Just for Kids: Book Fairs for Adults (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Not Just for Kids: Book Fairs for Adults, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
Flip your children's book fair on its head and turn it into a book fair for grown-ups. This session will delve into how to curate and purchase your book selection based on your customer demographic and site location, merchandizing an offsite location, nonbook items to carry, and any special permits needed to serve food and drinks at an offsite location. 
 
Speakers:
Nicole Menzel, Bound to Happen Books - Stevens Point, WI
Claire Bone, Wild Sisters Book Company - Sacramento, CA
Kassie King, The Novel Neighbor - Webster Groves, MO
 
Not Just for Kids: Book Fairs for Adults (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Not Just for Kids: Book Fairs for Adults, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Buying and Selling
Tags:
  • 101
Flip your children's book fair on its head and turn it into a book fair for grown-ups. This session will delve into how to curate and purchase your book selection based on your customer demographic and site location, merchandizing an offsite location, nonbook items to carry, and any special permits needed to serve food and drinks at an offsite location. 
 
Speakers:
Nicole Menzel, Bound to Happen Books - Stevens Point, WI
Claire Bone, Wild Sisters Book Company - Sacramento, CA
Kassie King, The Novel Neighbor - Webster Groves, MO
 

Managing Manga for Tweens & Teens

Managing Manga for Tweens & Teens (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Managing Manga for Tweens & Teens, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

Purchasing manga for the bookstore can quickly take over a buyer's brain space, not to mention figuring out where to shelve it and how to display it. This bookseller-led panel will give attendees foundational plans for researching what's hot as well as best practices for marketing, shelving, and selling manga to the 12-and-up crowd.

 

Speakers

Cori Theroux, The Green Dragon Bookstore - Fort Dodge, IA

Danielle Pernell, King's Books - Tacoma, WA

 

Utilizing E-Commerce for Book Fairs and Community Fundraisers

Utilizing E-Commerce for Book Fairs and Community Fundraisers (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Utilizing E-Commerce for Book Fairs and Community Fundraisers, Children's Institute 2023.
Topic:
  • IndieCommerce
Tags:
  • Technology
Book fairs and fundraisers hosted on your store's website or on Bookshop.org are a great way to partner with your community. In this session, we’ll look at examples from stores utilizing ABA’s IndieCommerce platform and Bookshop.org and share how you can get started planning your own virtual book fairs and fundraisers almost right away.
 
Speakers:
Sarah High, Bookshop.org - Brooklyn, NY
Daron Mueller, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
Phillip Davies, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
 
Utilizing E-Commerce for Book Fairs and Community Fundraisers (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Utilizing E-Commerce for Book Fairs and Community Fundraisers, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • IndieCommerce
Tags:
  • Technology
Book fairs and fundraisers hosted on your store's website or on Bookshop.org are a great way to partner with your community. In this session, we’ll look at examples from stores utilizing ABA’s IndieCommerce platform and Bookshop.org and share how you can get started planning your own virtual book fairs and fundraisers almost right away.
 
Speakers:
Sarah High, Bookshop.org - Brooklyn, NY
Daron Mueller, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
Phillip Davies, American Booksellers Association - White Plains, NY
 

A Child's Freedom to Read

A Child's Freedom to Read (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session A Child's Freedom to Read, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:
  • 101
Prolific and debut authors are landing on banned books lists across school districts and in statewide book bans. Bookstores may soon become the only place where children have freedom of choice when it comes to reading. A panel of children's librarians and booksellers will discuss the current state of banned books, how this affects the book industry, and what bookstores can do to support children's freedom to read, particularly in places where that access is being limited.
 
Speakers:
Laura DeLaney, Rediscovered Books - Boise, ID
Lance McGrath, The College of Idaho - CALDWELL, ID
Hannah Reimer, University School of Milwaukee - River Hills, WI
Jake Bowen, Oak Creek Public Library - Oak Creek, WI
 
A Child's Freedom to Read (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session A Child's Freedom to Read, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Advocacy
Tags:
  • 101
Prolific and debut authors are landing on banned books lists across school districts and in statewide book bans. Bookstores may soon become the only place where children have freedom of choice when it comes to reading. A panel of children's librarians and booksellers will discuss the current state of banned books, how this affects the book industry, and what bookstores can do to support children's freedom to read, particularly in places where that access is being limited.
 
Speakers:
Laura DeLaney, Rediscovered Books - Boise, ID
Lance McGrath, The College of Idaho - CALDWELL, ID
Hannah Reimer, University School of Milwaukee - River Hills, WI
Jake Bowen, Oak Creek Public Library - Oak Creek, WI
 

Youth Book Clubs

Youth Book Clubs (June 7, 2023)
Content related to the education session Youth Book Clubs, Children's Institute 2023.
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Topic:
  • Bookselling Essentials
Tags:
  • Children's Bookselling

A book club for young people engages them with reading and can make them feel like a part of your store's community. It's also a great way to do some covert market research! In this session, booksellers will share details of their middle-grade book clubs, illustrate how they create a positive community for middle-grade readers (including those who are English language learners or who have exceptionalities), and help you more effectively capture and grow this reading demographic.

 

Tanvi Rastogi, Dog-Eared Books - Ames, IA
Hannah Oxley, Mystery to Me - Madison, WI
Meghan Goel, BookPeople - Austin, TX
sweet pea Flaherty, King's Books - Tacoma, WA

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