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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. 

Click on the links below for more information about how we reach out to the communities we serve.

Summer Reading Program
We sponsor a Summer Reading program that fosters literacy and puts more than 1 million books in the hands of children each year. In 2013, our Imagination’s Destination theme featured two special promotions. 

Summer Reading 

National Teacher of the Year Gina Wilson (pictured right) and her former student Santia René (pictured left) were recognized at a celebratory event at the Barnes & Noble Stamford, CT, store.My Favorite Teacher
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.

Holiday Book Drive
Our Holiday Book Drive invites customers to purchase books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide during the holiday season. For the 2013 drive, we collected and donated 1.5 million books to more than 2,000 local charities across the country that provide services to children who are less fortunate.

Holiday Book Drive 

School choir performs at a bookfairBookfairs
Our stores host thousands of Bookfairs each year, raising funds for the benefit of local schools and libraries. 

Customers enjoy a visit from their caterpillar friendStorytimes/Costume Character Visits
Our Storytimes and Costume Character Visits entertain and inspire thousands of children each week.

 
Autism Awareness eventAutism Awareness
Children and their families learned about autism at our special Storytime events held throughout Autism Awareness month in April 2008. 

Barnes & Noble.com CEO Marie Toulantis speaks at Andrew Air Force Base about our donation to military charities.America Supports You
We have donated more than 300,000 books, toys and games to America Supports You, an organization that supports members of the U.S. armed services and their families.

A Down syndrome dance troupe performed as pirates.Down Syndrome Awareness
In 2007, we pioneered events in our stores nationwide helping to promote literacy and generate awareness of Down syndrome.

Next Chapter Book ClubsLocal Events
Our stores sponsor many local events serving their communities.

Search for local events in your area.

 


My Favorite Teacher

Summer Reading Program
Holiday Book Drive
Bookfairs
Storytimes/Costume Character Visits
Local Events
Autism Awareness
Down Syndrome Awareness
America Supports You