Ci10 Program

 

Jump to: Monday • Tuesday • Wednesday

 

Schedule subject to change.

Monday, June 20, 2022  

9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Ci10 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events. Mentor/Mentee and Rep Picks table assignments are printed on bookseller badges.

10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Join in on our fun bookstore tour in the sun! The Phoenix-area Bookstore Tour departs from the Arizona Biltmore promptly at 10:30 am on Monday, June 20, and will stop at Grassrootz Bookstore, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, and Changing Hands Bookstore. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure; the tour will return to the hotel by 3:00 pm. The cost of the tour is $37.50 and registered booksellers will receive first priority.

Sign up for the waitlist! The capacity has been reached for one bus, but if we receive enough booksellers on the waitlist by May 13, we will reserve a second bus. Booksellers cannot sign up on the day of the tour. Sign up here for the waitlist.

Grassrootz Bookstore: Welcome to Arizona’s only Black-Owned Bookstore!\nEach purchase from Grassrootz Bookstore helps to fund grassroots activism, education and economic development efforts in Phoenix, Arizona.

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore is Arizona’s only Bilingual bookstore, carrying titles in both Spanish and English and offering the community workshops and events with a focus on cultural representation and diversity. The Palabras Mission is to promote cultural representation and diversity through literature, language, and the arts.

Changing Hands: Changing Hands Bookstore has two locations in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix store is home to First Draft Book Bar, a wine/beer/coffee shop with small bites. The stores have over 100,000 new and used books alongside a large selection of gift items. Changing Hands hosts author events, workshops, and book clubs. CHB has been a community gathering place since 1974.

10:30 am to 4:00 pm

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

More details to come!

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

From book banning challenges and troll attacks to stores faced with defending their store mission, business decisions, or mistakes, the past two years we’ve seen stores impacted by social media and PR crises. Effective crisis communication management starts long before an issue arises. In this session, learn how to create a plan to mitigate and respond to risk, and how to handle things when the plan fails.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

First time at Children’s Institute? Don’t panic! Join us before the Opening Reception and Costume Party to get the scoop on Children’s Institute and meet other attendees new to the event. Together, we will assist you in making the perfect game plan that ensures you get the most out of your Ci10 experience. If you requested a mentor, now is also the time to meet them so that you can connect throughout the conference.

4:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Celebrate the opening of the 10th Annual Children’s Institute in the company of your colleagues from around the country with a costume party! Come dressed as your favorite book character or collaborate with fellow booksellers with a group costume. All attendees are encouraged to be put their best sartorial foot forward and join in the fun!

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as physically disabled to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as LGBTQIA2S+ to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as an owner or employee of a mission-driven store to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as the director or employee of a non-profit store to gather, socialize, and network.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022  

7:00 am to 7:30 am

7:30 am to 7:30 pm

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from noise, light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. The quiet room is not available for conversations or meetings.

7:30 am to 5:15 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Ci10 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events. Mentor/Mentee and Rep Picks table assignments are printed on bookseller badges.

7:45 am to 8:45 am

Join activist and author Karen Walrond (The Lightmaker's Manifesto) for a keynote conversation on how booksellers can maintain their spark while continuing to work for change in their communities and the world at large. By identifying tools and practices that can help booksellers define and refine their missions without succumbing to burnout, Walrond's opening keynote is sure to kindle conversations that will resonate through the entirety of Ci10.

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Every day we’re hearing about book challenges in schools and libraries. There is so much to discuss, so this is a discussion-based session without prescriptive answers. With the assistance of a moderator, booksellers can share their experiences and listen to others as attendees discuss curating a book space that is right for their store and community and how to lead conversation in communities when the store’s curation is questioned.

Buyers, bring your laptop and let Edelweiss walk you through the features you need to make your rep appointments and buying a streamlined process. An additional Edelweiss teaching assistant will be available to help booksellers troubleshoot while following along with the session leader. A device that supports Edelweiss is necessary for this session.

Booksellers are critical to a bookstore’s success. So how do bookstore owners and managers better support and retain employees? In this idea exchange for owners and managers, attendees will share best practices around improving morale, accommodating employees’ needs, and fostering a good working environment.

Non-book gifts and sidelines support a store’s book inventory, increase dollars per transaction, add value for customers, and enhance a store’s personality. This session will offer merchandising tips to optimize your space, improve profitability, and serve your customers in a way that both increases sales and lets your store’s identity shine.

Storytime is so much more than a staff member reading a book to little ones. It is an opportunity to brand your store, bolster sales, generate goodwill, and capture new audiences. This session will unpack how to turn storytime into a bookselling event with introductory storytelling training, as well as ideas to drive sales and create a new revenue stream by monetizing the event.

9:00 am to 11:45 am

The Consultation Station offers booksellers the opportunity to meet with representatives from ABA’s business solution partners and other service providers. The full list of Consultation Station participants is available on BookWeb and the event app. Be sure to check BookWeb frequently as new participants are added regularly and make appointments in the coming months.

9:00 am to 7:00 pm

The always-popular Galley Room is filled with ARCs of upcoming titles from Ci10 sponsors. The room will open after the morning breakfast keynote on Tuesday and will remain open for the duration of the Institute.

Ship your galleys from Ci10 with FedEx instead of lugging them home. Bring pre-printed FedEx shipping labels to ease your way at the PartnerShip shipping desk.

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Hours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday. Schedule your appointment here.

9:00 am to 5:15 pm

10:15 am to 11:00 am

Brenna Connor, Books Insights Manager of The NPD Group, will break down the state of the US children’s book market including key trends to watch, highest growth areas, and performance by genre, format, and age range. This can’t-miss session is based on the latest NPD BookScan data and Brenna’s industry expertise.

11:00 am to 11:30 am

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Indies Introduce is all about what independent booksellers do best: Discovering exciting debut authors and sharing the best with readers across the country. You will hear about the title selection process from the bookseller panelists who curated the list and many of the debut authors will be present to read a short passage and answer a question posed by one of the panelists. Afterwards, authors will move to the signing area where booksellers can meet the authors and get galleys signed.

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Developed for author guests in the early stages of their writing careers, this lunch panel features booksellers who have formulated best practices for creating events that benefit both stores and authors. This session will cover a number of issues, from author publicity to dealing with pre-event nerves.

1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Ci10 Children’s book sales reps share great upcoming titles from the publisher sponsors. Seats are assigned; table numbers are printed on bookseller badges. Booksellers are expected to attend.

3:15 pm to 3:45 am

3:15 pm to 5:15 pm

The Consultation Station offers booksellers the opportunity to meet with representatives from ABA’s business solution partners and other service providers. The full list of Consultation Station participants is available on BookWeb and the event app. Be sure to check BookWeb frequently as new participants are added regularly and make appointments in the coming months.

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Hours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday. Schedule your appointment here.

3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

This informal networking event will allow you the opportunity to check out the publishers not participating in Speed Dating Lunch or Lunch Presentations. While you’re there, set up appointments for the following day and explore new presses.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Understanding financial benchmarks within your children’s bookstore or children’s departments can help you maximize space, optimize non-book gifts and sidelines, improve profitability, and more. This session is for children’s-only bookstores or general bookstores with a children’s department. Attendees will also learn more about ABACUS — how to participate, how to use this important tool for your business, and why it’s so important for children’s bookstores to be counted in this data.

Booksellers are a well of knowledge, and that knowledge has value that can be monetized. In this discussion, booksellers share how they’ve profited off of charging for book clubs, storytimes, events, and library curation/consultation fees. Discussion will also include the impact on business when bookstores begin to cash in on their brilliance.

In this session, IndieCommerce team members will discuss upcoming features and updates for websites on the current IndieCommerce 1.0 and IndieLite platforms to prepare for the 2022 Holiday shopping season. The team will also review the transition to the new IndieCommerce 2.0 platform, the timeline, and how stores can best prepare for the transition. An additional session that will discuss just IndieCommerce 2.0 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.

Dr Faith Harper, licensed professional counselor and author of Unf*ck Your Brain and the YA adaptation Befriend Your Brain, will lead booksellers on a session on mental health and self-care.

No more relying on filters. Make your photos standout in a sea of Hi-fi, Gingham, and Juno. Everything you need to take Instagram-ready photos is available to you in your pocket. In this session, attendees will learn the fundamentals of Photography 101, from image framing, lighting, aperture, color correction, and exposure. Some time will be dedicated to snapping photos and practicing editing images with free apps. To prep for the session, make sure to bring your smart phone with the free photo-editing app, Snapseed, pre-downloaded.

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Thanks to the generosity of ABA’s publisher sponsors, many authors and illustrators will be on hand to chat with booksellers and autograph new and forthcoming titles at the Author Reception. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as BIPOC to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as an owner or employee of a co-op store to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as an owner or employee of a pop-up or mobile store to gather, socialize, and network.

This affinity group space is for booksellers who identify as Neurodiverse to gather, socialize, and network.

9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Come join Scholastic Graphix and an amazing group of authors and illustrators to kick off the summer with drinks and delicious desserts! Booksellers will meet fall 2022 authors and illustrators, get a first look at their upcoming graphic novels, and take home galleys and gifts. Appearing authors are Jamar Nicholas (Leon the Extraordinary: A Graphic Novel), Gale Galligan (Freestyle: A Graphic Novel), Christina Soontornvat (The Tryout: A Graphic Novel), and Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Invisible: A Graphic Novel).

Wednesday, June 22, 2022  

7:00 am to 7:30 am

7:30 am to 3:00 pm

Pick up your badge, the official Ci10 welcome bag, and a full schedule of Institute events. Mentor/Mentee and Rep Picks table assignments are printed on bookseller badges.

7:30 am to 12:00 pm

The Consultation Station offers booksellers the opportunity to meet with representatives from ABA’s business solution partners and other service providers. The full list of Consultation Station participants is available on BookWeb and the event app. Be sure to check BookWeb frequently as new participants are added regularly and make appointments in the coming months.

7:30 am to 7:00 pm

The always-popular Galley Room is filled with ARCs of upcoming titles from Ci10 sponsors. The room will open after the morning breakfast keynote on Tuesday and will remain open for the duration of the Institute.

Ship your galleys from Ci10 with FedEx instead of lugging them home. Bring pre-printed FedEx shipping labels to ease your way at the PartnerShip shipping desk.

7:30 am to 5:30 pm

The Quiet Room is intended to provide a quiet, calm space where attendees can spend time away from noise, light, and other stimuli of conference spaces. The quiet room is not available for conversations or meetings.

7:45 am to 8:45 am

Join Native authors Cynthia Leitich Smith, Traci Sorell, and Danielle Greendeer in a conversation about how reader awareness and shifts in publishing have affected the way they create new stories with native characters at the center, and share stories of the past.

8:45 am to 12:45 pm

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Hours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday. Schedule your appointment here.

8:45 am to 4:15 pm

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Community partnerships are an untapped source of income for many stores. They can have a profound impact on a store’s bottom line as well as the soul of the store and its community. A panel of booksellers who work closely with community partners will share how to make initial contact, what format a partnership can take, and how to manage expectations without taking on too much. Attendees will have an opportunity for open discussion and to ask each other questions on community partnerships.

Whether you are part of an author’s major tour circuit, live in a flyover state, are just beginning to think about in-store or hybrid events, or want to broaden your repertoire, authorless events are an avenue that can bring customers into your store, create loyalty, and build your brand. In this session, panelists will share their experiences and successes with authorless events like teacher’s nights, writing workshops, and camps as alternate revenue streams and community builders.

Listening comprehension begins very early in a child’s development and reading aloud to young ones can ignite a love of reading as kids get older, but not everyone develops at the same pace. In this session, booksellers will learn how audiobooks can aid reading comprehension and assist with literacy and other learning skills. Panelists will offer practical solutions on how to market audiobooks to customers and how to drive sales.

It’s no secret that booksellers are experts at handselling. But let’s take it to the next level. In this session, attendees will learn to look at handselling through a new lens by hearing techniques from experts in other fields.

10:15 am to 11:00 am

Over the last two years, the IndieCommerce team has observed and analyzed consumer e-commerce buying habits as all consumers were forced to adapt to online shopping throughout the public health crisis. In this feature talk, Phillip Davies, ABA’s Director of E-Commerce, will give attendees an e-commerce market overview and share assessments on consumer buying habits. Afterward, booksellers will meet in Buzz Groups to discuss how they can optimize what they’ve learned to continue to drive online sales.

11:00 am to 11:45 am

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The Consultation Station offers booksellers the opportunity to meet with representatives from ABA’s business solution partners and other service providers. The full list of Consultation Station participants is available on BookWeb and the event app. Be sure to check BookWeb frequently as new participants are added regularly and make appointments in the coming months.

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

IndieCommerce and IndieLite are ABA’s online platforms for marketing events and author appearances as well as selling books and other merchandise. Both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite are invited to schedule a one-on-one time with a program specialist from the IndieCommerce team. Space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome. Hours are offered Tuesday and Wednesday. Schedule your appointment here.

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

Book fairs come in all shapes and sizes. If well planned, they can be a profitable undertaking for a bookstore. In this session, booksellers with profitable book fair models will discuss different store models and how bookstores with established relationships with local school districts can analyze and optimize profitability.

Conducting a store inventory isn’t the most exciting part of bookselling, but it can be critical to keeping your accounting books accurate, monitoring theft, and analyzing space, turns, and profitability. It also offers an opportunity to look at your shelves with fresh eyes, see what titles have fallen through the cracks and are out of stock, and what titles aren’t moving. In this idea exchange, attendees will share systems they have in place that make for a robust process and make inventory seamless — including before, during, and after the process.

In this session, IndieCommerce team members will provide updates on the new platform in the works, IndieCommerce 2.0. This second session will provide more details regarding the new IndieCommerce 2.0 platform, covering features, a roll-out timeline, how stores can best prepare for the transition, and the next steps.

As a bookseller, you want to easily discover, order, and track the books your customers want most. That’s where ipage® Essentials comes in. Join Ingram Content Group for an informative workshop that gives you essential tips and techniques for using ipage® beyond the basics. Whether you’re new to ipage® or an experienced user, you’ll gain a clear understanding of the platform’s full capabilities, so you can spend less time navigating and more time selling. The workshop will walk through foundational tools that make it easier to do business and will explore using ipage® for Just In Time and Direct to Home ordering with the lens of discovering great children’s books. We will also help you understand, navigate and order from our vast selection of distribution titles from 500+ independent presses at Publisher Direct Discounts using your IPS Cart. Get updated on the latest and upcoming ipage® enhancements, share your feedback during our Q&A, and discover new ways of growing your bookstore.

In this session, bookstores with experience with the media will share how to to make your store media ready, including creating an About Us section that will attract press, how to build a media kit, which components are key, and how to select the assets to share to highlight your bookstore’s individuality in the press.

If your inventory is primarily English language titles, carrying books in other languages is an opportunity to drive sales and make your store more inclusive. But knowing where to begin when sourcing foreign language books can be overwhelming. In this session, bookstores that sell children’s books in languages other than English will share resources, best practices for ordering, and how to best merchandise these books so that they are discoverable in a bookstore.

2:45 pm to 3:15 am

3:00 pm to 3:20 pm

3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

4:45 pm to 5:45 pm

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