ABC Children's Institute 2017 Program

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017  

    9:45 am to 4:00 pm

    Click here to register for the Bookstore Tour

    Attendees of Children's Institute may participate in one of two tours to Portland-area bookstores. Registration closes when the tours reach capacity. Space will be limited and first-come, first-serve. Buses will depart from the Banquet Entrance at the Red Lion Hotel.

    Full-day tour – $35 pp
    Half-day tour – $25 pp

    The Full-Day Tour will depart at 9:45 am from the Red Lion Hotel on the River and will visit the following stores*:

    Lunch is not provided on the full-day tour, but there will be an extended stop at one of the stores to allow time for tour registrants to each lunch at an area restaurant. A listing of area-restaurants will be provided on the tour bus.

    The Half-Day Tour will depart at 12:45 pm from the Red Lion Hotel on the River and will visit the following stores*:

    Lunch is not provided on the half-day tour and there will be no extended stops on the tour, but a listing of places to get a quick bite on each stop of the tour will be provided on the bus.

    Both the Full-Day and Half-Day tour will depart the Red Lion Hotel on the River at the appointed times. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The last stop on both tours will be at Powell's City of Books. The tour buses are scheduled to arrive at Powell's at approximately 4:15 and you will have a chance to tour the iconic store prior to the Scholarship Meet-and-Greet (5:00 pm if you're a scholarship recipient) and Opening Reception (5:30 pm), both of which will be taking place at the store.

    *Listing of stores is in alphabetical order and does not reflect the store tour scheduled order of stops.

    Click here to register for the Bookstore Tour

    Note if registering multiple people in one session: Participants need not go on the same tour; each may choose Tour 1 or Tour 2. The first selection below is for the first person being registered.

    12:45 pm to 4:00 pm

    The Half-Day Tour will depart at 12:45 pm from the Red Lion Hotel on the River and will visit the following stores*:

    Lunch is not provided on the half-day tour and there will be no extended stops on the tour, but a listing of places to get a quick bite on each stop of the tour will be provided on the bus.

    Both the Full-Day and Half-Day tour will depart the Red Lion Hotel on the River at the appointed times. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The last stop on both tours will be at Powell's City of Books. The tour buses are scheduled to arrive at Powell's at approximately 4:15 and you will have a chance to tour the iconic store prior to the Scholarship Meet-and-Greet (5:00 pm if you're a scholarship recipient) and Opening Reception (5:30 pm), both of which will be taking place at the store.

    *Listing of stores is in alphabetical order and does not reflect the store tour scheduled order of stops.

    Click here to register for the Bookstore Tour.

    5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

    Booksellers attending the Children's Institute on scholarship will have an opportunity to meet their publisher sponsors at this informal reception, held at Powell’s City of Books (Burnside) in the Pearl Room (3rd floor), just prior to the official welcome. 
     

    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    Party with colleagues and booksellers at Powell’s City of Books (Burnside) and enjoy cocktails and snacks from local vendors. All Ci5 attendees are invited to participate in the fun Backlist Book Swap. Come with a copy of your favorite backlist young adult, middle grade, or picture book; leave with someone else's favorite. Books should be at least 5 years old and still in print. Please let us know what book you will be swapping by completing this form, and be sure to bring a store bookmark so the taker can contact you.
     

    9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    If you are a young professional in the book business, this party is for you! Come meet your fellow industry professionals from across the country, make new friends and experience the Children's Institute together. This is a great opportunity for fun and engaging conversations about bookselling and our industry. 
     

    Thursday, April 6, 2017  

    7:45 am to 9:00 am

    Description coming soon.

    9:00 am to 7:00 pm

    The Galley Room will be filled with a plethora of upcoming title ARC's from Children's Institute Sponsors.  A limited supply of book bags will be on hand. The room will be closed during keynotes and both lunches. The PartnerShip shipping desk will be open during Galley Room hours.

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Session description coming soon.

    9:20 am to 10:20 am

    A strong backlist inventory is the cornerstone of book sales. Bookseller panelists who have learned to successfully curate their selections will share their knowledge on the importance of backlist, how to choose and display books, which titles continue to sell well, and which children’s categories to invest in to maintain a robust backlist collection for customers.

    Learn the ins and outs of Edelweiss+ , as well as best practices for customization and staff use, from panelists who expertly utilize the system features for categorizing, tagging, seasonal orders, reorders, and frontlist buying.
     

    Seasoned booksellers will discuss how they have successfully expanded their passion for books to other arenas and added to their personal income without having to give up their day jobs.
     

    10:40 am to 11:40 am

    Kristen McLean is the Executive Director of New Business Development at NPD Book. Topic TBA.
     

    12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

    Enjoy lunch and learn about great upcoming titles from Children's Institute publisher sponsors at the Rep Picks Speed Dating Luncheon.  Seats are assigned; table numbers are printed on bookseller badges.

    2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

    2:20 pm to 3:20 pm

    The Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader’s annual Children’s Book Week celebration is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. A CBC representative will lead a discussion on the many resources and opportunities available to stores for hosting CBW events with or without authors.

    3:40 pm to 5:10 pm

    For the first time at Children’s Institute, booksellers will have the opportunity to meet with Ci5 sponsoring publishers in small groups to discuss issues of common interest and mutual concern. Booksellers will be assigned to a specific table for this session; publishers will move from table to table. Your table assignment will be printed on your badge.

    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    Relax with your colleagues and meet authors from Children's Institute's publisher sponsors.  Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.  Please click here for a list authors currently scheduled to appear, as well as upcoming editions of Bookselling This Week for additional authors as they are confirmed.

    9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

    Friday, April 7, 2017  

    7:45 am to 8:45 am

    Description coming soon.

    8:45 am to 6:00 pm

    The Galley Room will be filled with a plethora of upcoming title ARC's from Children's Institute Sponsors.  A limited supply of book bags will be on hand. The room will be closed during keynotes and both lunches. The PartnerShip shipping desk will be open during Galley Room hours.

    8:45 am to 11:30 am

    8:45 am to 5:00 pm

    Session description coming soon.

    9:00 am to 10:00 am

    Description coming soon.

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    10:15 am to 11:15 am

    Session description coming soon.

    11:30 am to 12:30 pm

     In a series of brief presentations, the Ci5 small press sponsors discuss their publishing programs and key upcoming titles. Seating is open for this lunch.

    12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

    12:45 pm to 1:45 pm

    With the rise of the cost of living and unwavering student debt, making ends meet may seem like an arduous task. Get expert advice from bookseller panelists, who have made bookselling a life-long career, on how to make a budget, use personal finance tools, and manage your bookseller salary.

     

    This roundtable will provide an opportunity for owners and staff from stores of 1,000 square feet or less to discuss the specific needs of smaller stores and share best practices.
     

    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

    Philip and Erin Stead are the author/illustrator team behind the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGeeLenny & Lucy, and Bear Has a Story to Tell (all Roaring Brook Press), as well as numerous other projects both solo and together. Gilbert is the author of I Love Pink!, a Step Into Reading leveled reader (Random House Books for Young Readers), and an abridgment of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden for Little Golden Books (Golden Books).

    Topic TBA.

    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Book subscription clubs are an additional way for stores to generate revenue and grow their customer base outside of their immediate communities. Panelists will discuss how to successfully create and promote a book subscription club, what resources and time investment are needed, and how to order, receive, and ship books.
     

    We Need Diverse Books is a leader in connecting diverse authors with young readers. Bookseller panelists and We Need Diverse Books representatives will discuss how to successfully plan and execute in-school author events that incorporate and celebrate diversity with a larger audience.
     

    Brainstorm what books work best in your bookstore’s section, from the tried-and-true to new releases.
     

    4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

    Session description coming soon.

    5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Description coming soon.