Baker & Taylor, the lead sponsor of the April 2015 ABC Children’s Institute, has awarded one scholarship to the institute to an ABA member store at each of this fall’s eight regional shows. The winners, chosen at random from business cards dropped off at the B&T booth at the shows, are:
- The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka, Illinois (Heartland Fall Forum, a combined show of the Great Lakes and Midwest independent booksellers associations)
- Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, Colorado (Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association)
- Head House Books, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association)
- The Bookloft, Great Barrington, Massachusetts (New England Independent Booksellers Association)
- Book Passage, Corte Madera, California (Northern California Independent Booksellers Association)
- Village Books, Bellingham, Washington (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association)
- Warwick’s, La Jolla, California (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association)
- The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, Tennessee (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance)
“Last year, when we first sponsored the ABC Children’s Institute, it meant a lot to us to know that we had helped a few stores attend. We are excited to sponsor the Children’s Institute again this year, and we wanted to send even more stores to the event,” said B&T Senior Vice President of Retail Sales Barbara Moffitt. “At each of this fall’s regional shows, we drew a business card out of a fish bowl and now eight winning stores each get to send a representative to the Children’s Institute. We’re honored to help stores who are, in turn, helping to develop lifelong readers.”
The B&T scholarships will cover the costs of airfare or ground transportation up to $400, two hotel nights plus tax, and the Children’s Institute conference fee (an $800 value) for one bookseller from each winning store.
The ABC Children’s Institute will be held at the Hilton Pasadena from Sunday evening, April 19, through Tuesday morning, April 21, immediately following the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Save the dates and watch for registration to open in January 2015.