Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Holiday Book Drive program collected 1.6 million books for local charities

NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today (January 8, 2018) announced that it collected approximately 1.6 million books during its 2017 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018. Community partners are distributing the books collected to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is a key initiative for us every year, and our customers once again came through by donating approximately 1.6 million books to kids in need this holiday season,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We are always amazed to see the generosity of our customers and want to thank them for giving kids of every background the chance to read.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots; Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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All Contacts:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
aortolani@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Baltimore, MD, educator Laura Braly named national winner of 2017 Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest and “Teacher of the Year”

Baltimore, MD, Educator Receives Praise from Student, Awarded $10,000 to Share with Dulaney High School

NEW YORK, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today (June 6, 2017) named Laura Braly from Dulaney High School in Baltimore, MD, as the 2017 national winner and “Teacher of the Year” in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. Ms. Braly, an eleventh grade Paramedical Biology teacher, was nominated by her former student, high school senior Randy Davidson, and was chosen from more than 9,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

From January 2017 to March 2017, Barnes & Noble invited students to nominate their favorite teacher by writing essays, poems or thank you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire their teacher. Entries were accepted at Barnes & Noble stores, and were judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

“The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher contest is one of our many ways that we continue to show our dedication to serving educators,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We believe in recognizing educators for the work that they do, and this contest gives us a chance to celebrate thousands of teachers each year. This year, we are pleased to present the Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year award to Ms. Laura Braly, whose commitment to her students is reflected in Randy Davidson’s inspiring essay.”

Randy wrote, “Transitioning from middle to high school happens during one of the most impressionable times in a student’s life. My family and I found ourselves ‘residentially-challenged’ during my freshman year. While peers were meeting new friends and planning homecoming, I was wondering where our next meal would come from or whether we’d find change to wash clothes. Homelessness is a humbling experience. Thankfully, we persevered. Unfortunately, my grades didn’t fare so well and I was ready to give up…

“Until my junior year, no one cared to get to know the real me. But then I met you, (Laura Braly), my ‘academic ghostbuster’ of sorts! Enrolling in your Paramedical Biology class was the best decision I’ve made. You got me to open up. You saw my true potential and refused to let me hide it any longer… At the risk of sounding cliché, you have to know that you changed my life. It’s because of you that I am now a straight-A student and have been offered admission to my favorite university… Everyone needs a hero. You are mine.”

Along with the title of “Teacher of the Year,” Ms. Braly will receive $5,000 and was recognized at a special community celebration at her school on May 30. Ms. Braly’s school will also receive $5,000.

Ms. Braly said, “It’s truly an honor to be recognized by Barnes & Noble as Teacher of the Year. I cannot thank them or Randy Davidson enough for this award. As a teacher, you encounter many students throughout your career and you hope to make an impact on as many of them as possible. Having one of those students, like Randy, come back and thank you for inspiring and educating them is a reward like no other.”

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 634 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Program

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher program provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers. Teachers from Grades 1-12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for local and regional winners included prizes for the teachers, including NOOKs® and more.

The My Favorite Teacher Contest runs from January to March. Details on the contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

All Contacts:
Alan McNamara
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble’s 2016 Holiday Book Drive collected more than 1.6 million books to benefit children through local charities

Increase of Nearly 100,000 Books on Last Year’s Total

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today ( January 10, 2017) announced that it collected more than 1.6 million books during its 2016 Holiday Book Drive program. The books are being donated to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to children. This year’s total surpasses the 2015 donation by nearly 100,000 books.

The donation was made possible through the generous support of Barnes & Noble customers, who purchased books for donation at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide between November 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017. Community partners have already begun distributing the books collected to hospitals, schools, literacy organizations and social service organizations.

“The annual Holiday Book Drive is one of our most important annual initiatives and this year our customers got behind it in a big way by donating 1.6 million books,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “We want to thank our customers for their amazing generosity, and let them know that these donations will have a real impact on their communities, and will be put in the hands of children who otherwise may not have had access to books.”

Local recipients from the Holiday Book Drive include: Toys for Tots; Children’s Aid Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the YMCA; Salvation Army; First Book; children’s hospitals from around the country; Reach Out & Read; Ronald McDonald House; Head Start; United Way; various school districts, schools and public libraries; and hundreds of other deserving organizations.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers® and Barnes & Noble.com® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble announces the start of the 2017 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest”

  • Once Again, Middle & High School Students Can Nominate Their Teachers for National, Regional and Local Awards
  • National Winner and Their School to Split $10,000 in Cash Prizes and More
  • Hundreds of Stores Nationwide to Honor Local Winners

New York, New York, 2017-Jan-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today ( January 4, 2017 ) announced the start of the 2017 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest,” which for the past seven years has provided middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers.

Students can nominate their teacher by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.  Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to their local Barnes & Noble store for consideration. Entries are judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing.

The local winning teacher will be recognized in spring 2017 at an event held at their local Barnes & Noble store, where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement as well as additional recognition and praise from their community. The student who wrote the winning essay or poem will receive a certificate of recognition and will also be honored at the ceremony.

Teachers from grades 1 through 12 are eligible for nomination. Awards for winning teachers, schools and students include cash prizes, NOOK® devices and more. The contest is broken down into local and regional winners, from which the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will be chosen.

Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card and a NOOK by Samsung device.   From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The national winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store, and the winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card and a NOOK.

Last year’s winner, Carrie Martin, a second grade teacher from Evers Park Elementary School in Denton, TX, had this to say about winning: “I would like to thank Barnes & Noble. It’s awesome to have been selected as the 2016 Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year, but there is nothing different about me than any teacher.” Mrs. Martin was nominated by her former student, high school senior TiAnna Bridges-Reed, and was chosen from more than 10,000 entries at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Carrie added, “We all teach because we love children and because it’s what we are called to do. There are a lot of great teachers in our nation. This could have been any of them. I believe teaching is the greatest profession there is—and we all need to thank our teachers. Sometimes people don’t understand how much that means to us as teachers just to have a student say, ‘Hey, you know you’re the greatest,’ even 10 years later.”

Barnes & Noble has long supported teachers through Educator Appreciation Weeks, special discounts, personalized service, in-store events, bookfairs, store tours for classrooms, and, since 2011, through the My Favorite Teacher Contest.

“Teachers play such an important role in the lives of children and in our communities and deserve recognition,” said Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President, Business Development for Barnes & Noble. “The My Favorite Teacher Contest is loved by our booksellers because bookstores and schools are both places of learning and aspiration—and the contest has such an impact on students and teachers. There’s rarely a dry eye in the audience during a My Favorite Teacher event at Barnes & Noble.”

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins January 4, 2017, and ends March 1, 2017. Students who want to participate must submit their essay or poem to their local Barnes & Noble store by March 1. Only middle and high school students and active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.  More details on the contest rules, and photos and the winning essay from the 2016 Contest, can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

All Contacts:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communication
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.