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Holiday Book Drive

The Holiday Book Drive is Barnes & Noble's annual program whereby customers can donate books to children in need, helping to give the gift of literacy.  Each store chooses its own local recipient group(s). 

2013 Holiday Book Drive

The 2013 Holiday Book Drive was a great success, with Barnes & Noble stores across the country collecting and donating 1.5 million books to more than 2,000 local charities that provide services to children who are less fortunate.  View the press release and read about some of our stores’ Holiday Book Drive experiences below:

For the fourth year in a row, our Hampton, VA, store chose First Book of Hampton Roads, an organization that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to read, as the recipient of its Holiday Book Drive.  In 2012, the store more than doubled its goal and decided to set the bar even higher in 2013 with a mission to sell at least 3,300 books. It far exceeded expectations by collecting nearly 4,400 books!

The Holiday Book Drive thermometer measures success at our Hampton, VA, store. Letters of thanks from recipients of our Roseville, CA, store's drive.
The Holiday Book Drive thermometer measures success at our Hampton, VA, store. Letters of thanks from recipients of our Roseville, CA, store's drive.

At our Roseville, CA, store, the Holiday Book Drive is a favorite time of year, and due to the dedication of its booksellers, the store has consistently seen the book drive grow each year.  For the past nine years, the store has donated books to the River Oak Center for Children, an organization committed to supporting, rehabilitating and educating abused children. For the 2013 drive, the store donated more than 10,000 books to the River Oak Center.

A young boy expresses joy over his new book.Our Scottsdale, AZ, store collected more than 4,100 books in 2013 and donated them to five local schools.  Pictured is a young boy expressing joy over his new book.

The team at our West Jordan, UT, store dedicates its annual Holiday Book Drive to Columbia Elementary, a school where many students have no access to books from home. During the 2013 drive, an enthusiastic customer asked how many books she could buy for $400 and purchased them all.  The very next day, another customer donated $50 worth of books to the drive after making a $400 purchase of her own.

Way back on November 1, our Orlando, FL, store had an unveiling of its Holiday Book Drive display to announce the recipient of the 2013 drive – Osceola Students of Families in Transition – an organization devoted to the homeless public school students in Osceola County.  The store collected about 1,000 books for the children, and shed a light on an organization that many customers were not aware of, explains CRM Mary Ramsey.  Pictured below are several booksellers unveiling the display.

Several booksellers unveil the display at the Orlando, FL, store.