Hello and Happy New Year, most beloved SIBA Booksellers!
There are a few imporant deadlines coming up, so please take a moment to read through the news below:
Check your account | Independent Bookstore Day | Binc Scholarship Program | Children's Book Week
1. Check your account!
Please take a moment to view your SIBA profile and ensure all the information is accurate:
Your member type (store/staff)
Your membership expiration
and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):
Your oustanding SIBA credit
Your B3! points
Are you a Circle of Sites store?
Your ecommerce system
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact firstname.lastname@example.org about participating)
Square footage of your store
Store town size
2. Independent Bookstore Day:
It is time to place your IBD Order!
We are proud to present the 2017 list of 11 exclusive items for Bookstore Day! Don't miss out on stuff from Michael Chabon, Jenny Lawson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Oliver Jeffers and more.
How do I sign up to participate?
A: Just place your order for a minimum of 15 items and you're in!
Who is eligible to participate?
A: All brick-and-mortar bookstores that are dues-paying members of their regional independent booksellers association.
What else do I have to do?
A. Plan a great party for April 29, 2017.
For a complete list of FAQs and party planning ideas:
For complete Rules of Participation, please see the ORDER FORM.
3. Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program
January 16 was the start of the application period for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s annual Higher Education Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible current bookstore employees/owners, Independent Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24) awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.
4. Children's Book Week May 1-7
Stores that do children's events and programming are encouraged to sign up to be an official event location for Children's Book Week, May 1-7. Stores just need to host a story time, activity hour, or voting for the awards the week of May 1-7. In return, stores get original posters and bookmarks, are part of a national online map, AND every store, library and school that signs on will count towards a national children’s book donation.