Barnes & Noble Makes Major Donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in New York City and Reno, NV

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$450,000 Worth of Products Donated Including Books, Puzzles, Plush Toys, Board Games, Electronic Games, Infant Toys and More

New York, New York – December 14, 2016 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a major donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in both New York City and Reno, NV. The combined donation features more than $450,000 worth of merchandise, comprising a total of 73 pallets and approximately 27,000 units of product. The donation includes a handpicked selection of books, puzzles, plush toys, board games, electronic games, infant toys and many more fun and educational toys and games.

“We’re proud to make this donation at an important time of year, and we hope that these books, toys and games make the holidays a little brighter for families who need some help,” said Len Riggio, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble donated to the New York City Toys for Tots Foundation on Tuesday, December 13, with all of the products coming from the Barnes & Noble Distribution Center in Monroe, NJ. A team of Marines unloaded the truck at a base in Brooklyn, NY, where all of the products were organized to be sent out to charities and families in need across the city. “It makes a big difference to our annual effort to have a truck full of books and other great gifts coming in from Barnes & Noble. So many more children will have a book or a toy under the tree this holiday season thanks to this donation,” said Staff Sergeant Herbert Nicolas, Coordinator Toys for Tots, NYC.

The Reno donation also took place on Tuesday, December 13, with all of the products coming from the Barnes & Noble Distribution Center in Reno, NV. The Nevada National Guard and the Reno Sherriff’s Department were on hand to help the Marine Toys for Tots coordinators unload the truck and distribute the donation to families in need. “This is the second year that Barnes & Noble has come in with a major donation in Reno, and it truly makes a difference in the lives of people in our community,” said Jon Yuspa, founder of the Nevada Honor Flight. “The entire team is excited to get all of these great books and toys out to local kids this holiday season.”

For more information on Toys for Tots and to find out how to donate, please visit www.toysfortots.org. For more information on Barnes & Noble, visit your local Barnes & Noble store or go online at www.bn.com.

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About The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 69th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to economically disadvantaged children through the gift of a new toy during the Christmas holiday season. Their gifts offer these children recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime. Many of the gifts they provide, such as books, games and sports equipment, make a significant contribution to the educational, social and physical development of these children. Over its life span, the Marine Toys for Tots Program has distributed over 512 million toys to over 237 million less fortunate children. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.