Association of Independent School Librarians

AISL Summer Institute 2017

  • 27 Jun 2017
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • 29 Jun 2017
  • 5:00 PM (CDT)
  • Horace Mann School, The Bronx, New York
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  • All-School Reads: Making Book Day Work at Your School

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Summer Institute 2017

June 27-29, 2017 Hosted by Horace Mann School in the Bronx, New York. Conference planning by Caroline Bartels, Head Librarian, The Katz Library of Horace Mann.


All School Reads: Making Book Day Work at Your School

2-Day workshop

In schools across the country, administrators, students, and faculty have been hosting all-school reads programs that foster community, encourage a love of reading, and initiate debates around the topics and ideas brought up in the chosen work. The books are used as a jumping off spot for a host of workshops, discussions, and performances that help the school community examine the work more fully.

This year's Summer Institute will help schools who who want to bring this idea to their community but don't necessarily know where to begin. Building on her own 20 years as the Book Day Coordinator at Horace Mann School in the Bronx, NY, Caroline Bartels, along with several other librarians from across the country, will help schools put the pieces in place for a successful all-school read. 

Come early enough to join the welcome reception starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27th at the NYLO Hotel. Attendees can pick up welcome packets when checking into the hotel.

This workshop is available to members of AISL only. Membership in AISL is $30 per school year. AISL is currently accepting new memberships currently that can be carried over to cover the 2017-2018 school year.

To join AISL:

The $150 cost of registration covers breakfast, lunch and light snacks both days.

Getting to Horace Mann:

The easiest way to get to Horace Mann is by subway on the #1 Uptown line at 79th & Broadway, one block from the NYLO Hotel. Subway fare is $2.50. Take the Broadway #1 train to Van Cortlandt Park and 242nd Street (last stop). Exit to Broadway and proceed north to the street just before Burger King (Manhattan College Parkway). Make left and then an immediate right. Notice hill (Post Road leading to 246th Street). Walk up this hill and follow the curve onto 246th and proceed up the hill to the main entrance of the school at 246th St. and Tibbett Ave, Olshan Lobby. Signs will be posted along the walk up the hill to tell you where to go. The subway ride door to door will take you about 40-45 minutes.  



We have set up rooms at the NYLO New York City Hotel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. For detailed information about the hotel, please see link below. Standard rooms with a queen or king-size bed are $249 per night; double rooms (with two double beds) run $299 per night.  

NYLO NYC Presentation revised.pdf

Conference schedule: 

 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 

8:30-9:30 – Check-in at Olshan Lobby, Horace Mann School 

8:30-9:30 Breakfast in the Faculty Dining Room, Fisher Hall 

9:30-10:30 – Opening Keynote 

10:45-12:00 – Choosing Your Book 

12:00-1:00 – Lunch, Faculty Dining Room 

1:00-3:00 – Budgeting for the Day; Faculty, Student, and Parent Buy-in 

3:00-3:15 Break 

3:15-4:30 – Tapping into Your Parent/Alumni Networks  

4:30 Board the Subway for Manhattan 

5:15-6:30 – Relax at NYLO Hotel 

6:30 – Dinner with a Local Librarian (a list of dinner locations will be available soon) 

 Thursday, June 29, 2017 

8:45-9:30 – Breakfast, Faculty Dining Room 

9:30-11:00 – Guest speakers: Where to Find Them & How Best to Use Them 

11:00-12:00 – Tour of School/Discussion of New Construction  

12:00-1:00  Lunch 

1:00-2:30 – Structuring the Day 

2:30-3:30 – Opening & Closing Assemblies 

3:30-4:30 – Final Reflection 

4:30-5:45 End of year reflections and cocktails, Spence Cottage Patio --  

Join us for a discussion of the highlights of your year (successful programs, best research lesson, favorite books, funniest moments) as well as challenges that you faced. 

5:45 – Depart for Manhattan/Airports 


Attendees are welcome to bring their luggage with them to Horace Mann if leaving directly from the school for the airport via a car service or the subway.  


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