Barnes & Noble is a company driven by the principle that bookselling is important work. We believe a great bookstore is also a reflection of its community. We pioneered the concept of a retail store as a community center, and annually host approximately 100,000 community events nationwide. Our events enrich the minds of readers of all ages, and raise funds for local schools and literary and cultural organizations.
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With more than 100,000 events annually, Barnes & Noble has taken experiential retailing to the highest level, thrilling customers of all ages. Throughout the year, our stores nationwide host major special events ranging from our annual Get Pop-Cultured celebration in the summer to our annual Mini Maker Faire in the fall to special celebrations for new book releases such as the Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic parties. Our stores also host thousands of author events annually ranging from national touring writers and celebrities to local authors sharing their stories with their communities. And our top-notch children's events including Storytime entertain and inspire thousands of children weekly.
Our annual Holiday Book Drive invites customers to purchase books for donation to children in need at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide during the holiday season. Our stores collected and donated over 1.6 million books to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to disadvantaged children during our 2016 Holiday Book Drive.
We sponsor a Summer Reading Program that fosters literacy and puts more than 1 million books in the hands of children each year.
Our annual My Favorite Teacher contest offers middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. It features local and regional winners, along with one winner designated the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.
Our stores host thousands of bookfairs each year, raising funds for the benefit of local schools and libraries.