ALSC Mini Institute

Join Me at the ALSC Mini Institute in Atlanta!

Join ALSC in Atlanta for the Mini Institute

Members of the 2015/2016 ALSC Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2016 AL SC National Institute with great trepidation,  but sometimes good things come out of bad and that is what happened with the ALSC National Institute originally scheduled for Charlotte, NC. We ended up with not one educational opportunity, but with two!

Occurring online, the Virtual Institute held on September 15 and 16th was very successful. We recognize that many people prefer their continuing education courses to be “in-person” and if that’s the case for you, ALSC can fill your needs too.

I personally would rather attend a session with real people than an online presentation, so I intend to be there on Friday, January 20, 2017 for the Atlanta Mini Institute. The Mini Institute will take place in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis starting at 7am on January 20th with registration and a continental breakfast.

Breakfast for Bill

One of my favorite parts of the National Institute is the Breakfast for Bill program of authors and illustrators. This breakfast from 7:45 to 9:15am is designed to honor the memory of William C. Morris, former VP and director of promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books and the first recipient of the ALSC distinguished service award.  In 2017, we will have two husband and wife pairs discussing their collaborations as well as the artistic process of working alone.  This year we will hear from Erin and Phil Stead, Kevin Henkes, and Laura Dronzek.   There will be three opportunities for breaks with all food and drink provided.  At these times, an abbreviated exhibits area will be open for our sponsors to meet, greet and discuss their latest children’s books.


Seventy-five minute breakout sessions will follow each break.  The breakout educational programs at the Atlanta Mini Institute will be very practical with new ideas for story times, ECRR, summer reading, preschool STEAM, and promoting multicultural literature. Any one of these sessions would be worth the cost of registration.

Carmen Agra Deedy
Carmen Agra Deedy

Lunch Keynote

There will be two meal functions included in the price of this one-day training.  Join us for Lunch and a presentation by Carmen Agra Deedy.   Details about the closing session author/illustrator are still being finalized, but I can assure you that you will be surprised and pleased.

Registration is now open, so visit  or purchase a ticket to the Atlanta Mini Institute along with your ALA Midwinter registration.  Sign up now for this educational opportunity.  I hope to see you in Atlanta!

Betsy Orsburn
ALSC President

One comment

  1. Teresa K. Cain

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait!

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