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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.

Holiday Book Drive
Our annual Holiday Book Drive invites customers to purchase books for donation to children in need at Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide during the holiday season. Our stores collected and donated nearly 1.5 million books to more than 650 local charities across the country that provide services to disadvantaged children during our 2015 Holiday Book Drive.

Holiday Book Drive

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. 

Summer Reading 

Barnes & Noble's 2016 National Teacher of the Year is Carrie Martin from Evers Park Elementary School in Denton, TX, pictured with her former student Tianna Bridges-Reed who wrote the winning essay.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.
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.


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
Storytimes/Costume Character Visits
Local Events