Registration Underway for 2017 ABC Children’s Institute

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Registration for the fifth ABC Children’s Institute (Ci5) opened last Wednesday, January 11, to booksellers at all American Booksellers Association member stores. The Ci5 conference fee is $99 per bookseller. Space is limited, and there is a maximum of five registrants per ABA member business.

Ci5 will be held from April 5 to 7 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland, Oregon. The event is made possible by the support of lead sponsor Baker & Taylor with additional support from publisher sponsors large and small.

After registering for the institute, booksellers should be sure to book their hotel accommodations as soon as possible to secure a room at the ABA member rate of $129 plus tax. The rate is available until Monday, March 13, or until the block is sold out. The rate is valid for bookings from April 2 through April 10, 2017, subject to availability. (More on the hotel and a link to reservations is available here.)

When booking hotel and travel accommodations, booksellers should keep in mind that the Children’s Institute opening reception at Powell’s City of Books will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 — 5:00 p.m. for Children’s Institute scholarship winners. In addition, bookstore tours will be offered on April 5; registration for the bookstore tours will open sometime in February.

Booksellers at ABA member stores that did not have a Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2015 or 2016 still have time to apply for a Ci5 scholarship; the deadline is January 31.

Register now for the Children’s Institute. Stores not current on their ABA and/or ABC memberships can renew their dues here or contact ABA’s Member Relationship Managers.

Booksellers can cancel their registrations for the Children’s Institute at any time by e-mailing cancellation@bookweb.org. Cancellations received prior to March 1 are eligible for a full refund of registration fees; cancellations received on or after March 1 are not eligible for refund.

Questions about the ABC Children’s Institute should be sent to childrensinstitute@bookweb.org.