Programming & Partnerships: Roundtable: Summer Camps

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Friday, June 28, 2019 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Hosting a summer camp is a great way for a store to bring in more business during the summer months and to reach kids and parents looking for activities to keep them busy. With teachers encouraging — and often requiring — students to continue reading during the summer, booksellers have a prime opportunity to build excitement about books, grow a community of readers, and make money during the dog days of summer. In this roundtable idea exchange, booksellers will share and discuss how their stores:

  • Conceptualize an idea
  • Plan strategies
  • Manage staff and campers’ expectations
  • Logistics
  • Day-to-day operations
Dave Shallenberger, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

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