Welcome educators! We're so glad you visited our page that celebrates you! We love educators and have created a few things to help you in your profession. Watermark offers several school-related opportuntities FOR SCHOOLS, FOR TEACHERS, and FOR STUDENTS.
Bulk Sales & Educator Discounts
Watermark offers discounts and bulk sales for the classroom. If you work for a school and pay for books with your institutional funds (i.e. school check or procurement card), you receive a 20% discount and the books are tax-free. To provide this, we need your school’s tax ID number on file at the store. Additionally, we have competitive prices on all your educational purchases, and we offer competitive pricing on bulkorders for your classroom or school.
For personal purchases, see the FOR TEACHERS section.
Presentation & Book Talks
Watermark staff gives presentations on popular, current, and highly-anticipated upcoming books as a way to keep teachers and librarians informed of upcoming in children’s, YA, and adult publishing. Watermark has prepared presentations for:
- USD 259 district librarians
- USD 259 English teacher inservice
- South Central Kansas Librarian Association
- Various area magnet schools
Watermark brings authors and children together in partnership with area schools. We have hosted Patricia Polacco, Melissa de la Cruz, Joelle Charbonneau, Ridley Pearson, Steve Arntson, Marcia Wells, Greg Trine, and Faith Harkey, among others.
For every author visit, Watermark will provide:
- All arrangements for the author’s visit to the school by communicating with the author’s publicist and school personnel
- Pre-order forms for the books to pass out to students and teachers
- Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) to get teachers, librarians, and students familiar with the author.
- Arrangements for the author to pre-sign books or time to sign after
We also work with authors to provide presentations or workshops for students, if desired. Guidelines for Watermark’s expectations from schools can be found HERE.
In-Store Book Fairs
Watermark offers in-store book fairs for your school (or organization). Instead of bringing a limited collection of books to your school, you hand out vouchers for patrons to bring to the store, where the selection is much greater. Your organization will receive 20% off everything your voucher-holders purchase that day. Planned activities by your school are encouraged throughout the day. We strive to build community relationships and in-store book fairs enable schools to participate in that effort.
If you pay for books -- for your own use or for your classroom -- with your own funds (i.e. personal check or personal credit card), we have to collect sales tax. For this purpose, we offer educators the Seasoned Readers - Extra Credit frequent buyer program. The program tracks purchases made in both the bookstore and café, and every $100 you spend, you'll automatically receive a $15 voucher to use in either the bookstore or café.
We have a monthly newsletter specifically for teachers sent when school is in session. Teacher Feature is delivered on the third Wednesday, and includes educational materials on featured books every month, links to interesting information, as well as information on upcoming events, book groups, etc. You can sign up at: www.watermarkbooks.com/teacher-feature-newsletter-sign-form
We can help procure classroom sets for in-class use. If summer reading lists are submitted no later than a month in advance, we will have the books on-hand for the students to pick up. Watermark will stock books used in the classroom for students to purchase. Depending on the quantity ordered, we offer up to a 25% discount for students.
Field Trips & Reward Programs
We love encouraging readers! welcome schools who choose Watermark as a place to reward students. Several in the area -- including Dodge, Stanley, and Colvin Elementary schools -- have rewarded their top readers with an afternoon at Watermark. Students get a complimentary lunch (provided by Watermark) and a gift card (amount determined and paid for by the school) to buy books. We have staff on hand to help with selection and to make sure it’s a fun experience. We have also provided book talks to school groups, as well as talks about the book publishing business.
Events for Class Credit
Watermark’s author events provide an excellent opportunity for students to be exposed to the writing process outside of the classroom. They will learn more about the business of writing, as well as experiencing a variety of authors they wouldn’t normally encounter. We keep our event calendar on our website current, and we include information about our events in our newsletters.
Teacher Appreciation Events
Watermark has an annual event (generally in the fall) just for teachers. At this event, we offer swag and door prizes, and a special day-only sale for teachers and librarians. Recently, we hosted a wine and cheese reception for four authors that included a discussion on reaching reluctant readers and how to maintain attention in the classroom.
Watermark does not offer general textbook sales. However, we do have a partnership with Book Renter, which provides textbook rentals at a low price. This partnership enables students to return the books to Watermark, where we ship them back to Book Renter. You can find out more information here: https://watermarkbooks.bookrenterstore.com/
Watermark encourages summer reading through several programs. We offer teen book groups, led by trained staff members weekly during the summer. The topics change yearly; in the past, we have done author specific groups for John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Cassandra Clare. These book groups are free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.
For elementary-aged readers, we offer Camp Watermark, a weekly book-and-project-oriented day camp in July. The topics range from science and history to books and crafts. There is a per-class charge for the camp and a limited number of spaces are available.