Barnes & Noble Donates 1 Million Dollars in Books to First Book for Areas Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Donation Includes Thousands of Children’s Books to Be Distributed by First Book to Schools and Charities in both Texas and Florida
New York, New York – September 20, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced a $1 million book donation to First Book for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The donation features thousands of children’s books for a variety of ages including chapter books, board books, picture books, and coloring books, and will be delivered by First Book to schools and local charities in both Texas and Florida.
The donation underscores Barnes & Noble’s support of First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 170 million books and resources to kids in need – including a focused effort providing books to children affected by natural disasters.
“Barnes & Noble is committed to the communities it serves across the country, and when natural disasters of this magnitude affect our customers and booksellers we feel a duty to help,” said Demos Parneros, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc. “We hope that by partnering with First Book to put books in the hands of children in affected areas, we can help brighten the outlook of some of the families who lost the most in these unprecedented storms.”
“We are so grateful to Barnes & Noble for stepping up and making a significant difference at a time of need for so many children and families in our country,” said First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer. “These books will be distributed to schools and charities that require the most help in both Texas and Florida. Since Hurricane Katrina, First Book has already distributed more than 5 million new books to areas affected by natural disasters, and we’ve seen firsthand how books can improve the lives of young people, even in the most difficult circumstances.”
For more information on First Book and to find out how to donate, please visit https://www.firstbook.org. For more information on Barnes & Noble, visit your local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com.
About Barnes & Noble
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About First Book
First Book transforms the lives of children in need. Through a sustainable, market-driven model, First Book is creating equal access to quality education — making everything from brand-new, high-quality books and educational resources, to sports equipment, winter coats, snacks, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 325,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. With an additional 1,000 educators joining each week, First Book is the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need. Eligible educators, librarians, providers, and others serving children in need can sign up at firstbook.org/register. For more information, please visit firstbook.org or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.