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Barnes & Noble Aims to Unite Educators to Make the World a Better Place During One-of-a-Kind Educator Appreciation Days, October 10-18

Stores Nationwide to Host Events to Showcase How Educators Can Empower Students to Make Positive Changes in their Community

Educators Can Get an Exclusive Preview of Barnes & Noble’s Upcoming Mini Maker Faire and Attend a Workshop Based on Chelsea Clinton’s New Book, It’s Your World

New York, NY – October 7, 2015 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced a very special Fall Educator Appreciation Days with the goal of uniting educators to make the world a better place. During Educator Appreciation Days, from Saturday, October 10, through Sunday, October 18, Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host events, workshops and demonstrations designed to showcase how educators can empower students to make positive changes in their community.

An exclusive preview of Barnes & Noble’s upcoming Mini Maker Faire will provide educators with new insights into the Maker movement and its focus on creating, collaborating and sharing ideas that can change the world. To further support that goal, Barnes & Noble is partnering with Penguin Random House to offer educators a special workshop based on Chelsea Clinton’s new book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, which helps inspire readers to do what they can to make an impact in the world around them. Educators can visit www.bn.com/storelocator for more information on when these workshops will be occurring at their local Barnes & Noble.

“We’re excited about the lineup of events and promotions during Educator Appreciation Week, all designed to provide educators across the country with fresh thinking on how to inspire their students to make a difference,” said Sarah DiFrancesco, Vice President, Business Development, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “By focusing our key events around Chelsea Clinton’s new book and a preview of our upcoming Mini Maker Faire, we’re highlighting how Barnes & Noble shares the same values as educators through a commitment to community, creativity, collaborative learning and tech literacy.” 

Preview the First-Ever Retail Mini Maker Faire Hosted by Barnes & Noble
The Maker movement is founded on the importance of experiential learning through the processes of collaboration, experimentation and creativity, and there’s no better way to help educators implement these changes in their classrooms and local communities than by giving them a special preview of Barnes & Noble’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire, which will take place November 6-8 in stores nationwide. To give educators a glimpse of what the Mini Maker Faire will encompass, Barnes & Noble stores will host demonstrations of products during Educator Appreciation Days from two of its biggest partners in the initiative: XYZprinting and littleBits.

These demonstrations will be specially designed for educators, and will feature the da Vinci Jr.1.0 3D printer provided by XYZprinting and electronic building block kits from littleBits. Both products are designed to help spark children’s inner inventing spirit, and empower kids to play creatively with technology. In doing so, the products are perfect for practical and effective use in the classroom, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs where they are already popular.   

Educators are also invited back the first weekend in November for Barnes & Noble’s first national retail Mini Maker Faire in partnership with Maker Media. Attendees will experience hands-on learning and making opportunities in the areas of ideation, creative thinking, art, design, construction and innovation, as well as programming, coding and 3D printing – with activities for children ages five and up to adults. For information, visit BN.com/MakerFaire.

Barnes & Noble’s Exclusive Workshop and Contest Featuring Chelsea Clinton
Barnes & Noble has also partnered with Penguin Random House to offer educators a special workshop based on Chelsea Clinton’s new book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, which helps inspire readers to do what they can to make a difference in the world around them. During the workshop, educators will be encouraged to take this challenge and deliver it to their students and local communities. With stories about children and teens who have made changes within their families, their communities, their countries and the world, It’s Your World includes messages that will help educators show students of all ages they have the power to make the world a better place. Customers should contact their local store or visit www.bn.com/storelocator to find out if any special guests will be hosting the It’s Your World workshop.    

Plus, after attending the It’s Your World workshop at Barnes & Noble, educators can enter for the chance to have Chelsea Clinton visit their classroom, school or local community, through Barnes & Noble’s exclusive “Get Going Day with Chelsea Clinton” contest. To enter, educators should use the knowledge they take from the workshop and work with their fellow teachers and students to develop a proposal to make a positive change in their local community. Chelsea Clinton will join the winning entrant at their school or local community to help them “activate” their project and “Get Going.” For additional information on the contest, educators should visit www.bn.com/educator

Savings, Special Offers & More
Barnes & Noble’s Educator Appreciation Days recognize educators and provides them with an opportunity to explore, learn and save. This October’s offerings are the best ever for educators:

  • 25% discount on personal and classroom book purchases, including Children’s and Teen titles and educational toys and games;
  • 25% discount on music, movies, tech gear and more;
  • 10% discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK®, Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK® and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK® (7-inch screen) * (limit of five devices per customer with the presentation of a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card);
  • 10% discount on all Café consumables purchases;
  • A regional sweepstakes drawing for a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. One educator per region (five total) is eligible; educators can ask a bookseller for details on how to enter at their local store; and
  • Other local prizes and giveaways, such as gift cards, books, posters, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits, tote bags and more.

These special offers are available to Pre-K-12 teachers and administrators enrolled in the free Barnes & Noble Educator Discount program**. To take advantage of these offers, educators can apply for their Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card in their local stores. The application form is available in stores or can be downloaded at BN.com.

Educators can follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, and like Barnes & Noble on Facebook, for the latest information about upcoming events and promotions.  Educators can also follow NOOK on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to learn more about special offers and promotions. 

  * Offer does not apply to NOOK GlowLight™. Offer not available at BN.com or Barnes & Noble College bookstores and websites.  May not be combined with other promotions or discounts.  No cash value.  Void where prohibited.

** Exclusions can be found in the Educator Program Terms and Conditions available at www.bn.com/educator. Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to receive the discounts. See any bookseller for details.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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 647 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 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com) and UK (www.nook.co.uk), plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, 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®.

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