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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2019/01/11 Permalink
    Tags: B&N Store Events, b&n stores, going the extra miles   

    Barnes & Noble Bookseller Danielle Patten Goes Above & Beyond 


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    Assistant Store Manager Danielle Patten, from our store in Salem, New Hampshire (Store 2605), was selected as November’s Above & Beyond winner, and as our first quarterly winner! For this recognition, she received a letter from our Chairman Len Riggio and will be receiving a $1,000 prize.

    Check out the nomination that led to her selection below:

    “Each day, we are tasked with making sales, conversion, average transactionm and more. Our teams work together feverishly to make each and every customer interaction the best it can be, and every now and then as a Store Manager something happens beyond the day to day drive that shows us just how amazing our teams really are.

    I arrived on Wednesday to begin my day like any other, and as soon as I was settled my ASM Danielle Patten informed me of a tragedy that had occurred in the early hours of the morning. The local Chief of Police in a nearby town had a fire break out in his home. He, his wife, two children, and dog escaped the fire, but with only the clothes they were wearing. His wife is a teacher in our town, and they are frequent shoppers at our store. This tragedy was worsened because of the road conditions. Firefighters and water tankers were delayed due to the icy conditions, as the roads had been a sheet of ice from the storm we received that day. Their home was a total loss.

    Danielle and her connections within the community found out what the children’s favorite books were and made them a priority for book donations. Gail Upton, a long-time bookseller, added hats, gloves, socks, and blankets. By the end of their shifts, we had enough donations filling multiple bags—enough items to keep the family warm and the children’s favorite books back in their hands. We even had a donation of a NOOK to replace the one that the wife had lost. It brought tears to our eyes each time a donation was made. For this family’s children to have their favorite books back in their hands knowing it might bring some comfort to them on their Thanksgiving was heartwarming.

    There are no words to truly express what I witnessed on a day when most are hustling and bustling to get their Thanksgiving dinner plans in order.

    On Thanksgiving when I was asked what I was thankful for, all I could think of was the generosity and caring I witnessed from my team, and the impact it had on a local family. It really is what we are all about, and in the end what we do each day is about giving back—supporting our community when needed any way we can.”

    Congratulations, Danielle!

    The post Barnes & Noble Bookseller Danielle Patten Goes Above & Beyond appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • BN Editors 7:53 pm on 2018/11/12 Permalink
    Tags: , B&N Store Events   

    Vinyl’s Biggest Weekend is Back November 16th-18th 


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    For music lovers, connoisseurs, and casual listeners, experiencing the classic sound of vinyl records is second to none. That’s why we’re bringing back a true fan favorite in the second week of November—Vinyl Weekend.

    One of the most loved promotional events at Barnes & Noble, these three days will include access to exclusive albums; special pricing; and giveaways.

    Choose among dozens of new releases and exclusives from Josh Groban, Cher, Mumford & Sons, Broadway Cast Hits and more; collect all of our exclusive Harry Potter picture discs; put your name in our sweepstakes at select stores for signed copy and deluxe boxed set giveaways; save on all vinyl and Crosley turntables and accessories. And when you purchase vinyl or a turntable in store, have a coffee on the house!

    Plus, members receive an extra 10% off on top of the storewide offers below:

     

    • 10% off all vinyl (in-store only, with select vinyl available online)
    • 30% off all Crosley turntables and accessories (in-store only).
    • a free tote with the purchase of any two vinyl or any turntable (in-store only, while supplies last)
    • free coffee with any vinyl or turntable purchase (in-store only)

     

    Visit the Barnes & Noble Store Locator to find out what your store’s sweepstakes are to enter and enjoy the Vinyl Weekend event.

     

    We can’t wait to see you there!

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  • BN Editors 5:00 pm on 2018/11/05 Permalink
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    My Cookie Story Contest 


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    Enter for a Chance to Win $5,000 this holiday with “My Cookie Story”

    It seems we all have a favorite holiday cookie we remember from childhood with a special story behind it. What’s yours? We would love to have you share your favorite holiday cookie recipe and the story behind it.  Beginning on National Cookie Day on December 4 through December 17, we will be collecting recipes and stories for a chance for someone to win a $5,000 prize for the best recipe and story. The lucky winner will also have the opportunity for us to sell a version of their cookie at Barnes & Noble Cafés across the country s next 2019 holiday season.

    Signing up is easy online or in store. Between December 4-17, 2018 your local B&N will have a drop box waiting inside for you to submit your recipe along with the story behind the cookie  and why it’s so special to you.

    We have a sign-up form online that lets you give us your submission without leaving home (or your delicious cookies baking in the oven). Sign up now!

    To pick the winner, we’ve enlisted the help of five celebrity judges, who will read the submissions in the weeks following December 17.

    The celebrity judges are:

     

     

    Once our judges have read all of the recipes and the stories, we’ll announce the lucky winner on January 28. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000, get to see a version of their cookie sold in our stores during the 2019 holiday season and have their story shared on Barnes & Noble’s national social media accounts. For complete details and Official Rules check out www.bn.com/mycookiestory.

    Feel free to give us a little visual taste of what you bake before you enter the contest using the hashtag, #MyCookieStory, on your social media accounts. We can’t wait to taste your recipe!

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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2018/09/14 Permalink
    Tags: b&n book club, B&N Store Events,   

    Announcing The Hate U Give YA Book Club Meeting in B&N Stores on October 4 


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    Since its publication in 2017, Angie Thomas’s award-winning YA blockbuster The Hate U Give has become one of the most celebrated novels of our time, dazzling readers and sparking important conversations across the U.S. and beyond.

    Now, in advance of the film adaptation of The Hate U Give hitting theaters October 19, we’re thrilled to announce Barnes & Noble’s Young Adult Book Club events coming soon to 29 select stores. Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m. local time, to share your responses to the book and hear from fellow readers. A limited quantity of tickets to a free screening of the film—in theaters nationwide on October 19—will be given out to attendees from the discussion group, while supplies last.

    Sign up here to see if your store is participating, or ask at your local B&N store. We can’t wait to celebrate Thomas’s book with you!

    The post Announcing <i>The Hate U Give</i> YA Book Club Meeting in B&N Stores on October 4 appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Jeff Somers 4:00 pm on 2018/09/13 Permalink
    Tags: B&N Store Events,   

    Nerdfighters Unite: Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the Next B&N Book Club Pick 


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    Of the many wondrous effects the rise of internet culture has had on the world, perhaps the most delightful is the Rise of the Nerd, led by folks like Hank Green. Along with his brother, John (author of smash hit YA novels including The Fault in Our Stars), Hank has racked up nearly two billion YouTube views across sixteen separate web series, include Vlogbrothers, Crash Course, and SciShow—all while running the hugely popular Nerdfighteria web page and newsletter and several other blogs and companies, all of which share that Big Nerd Energy that is the Green brand.

    Unlike his older brother, Hank hasn’t published a novel—until now. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing hits bookstore shelves on September 25, and it’s coming in hot with a lot of advance excitement. Because we know it’s going to be a book everyone will be talking about, and because we want to be in on that discussion, we made it our next Book Club pick. Here’s why we can’t wait to read and discuss An Absolutely Remarkable Thing—and why you should join us.

    The Plot

    Twentysomething April May encounters a bizarre sculpture resembling a Transformer wearing samurai armor. Her friend Andy records her climbing onto it and posts it to the internet. By morning, April has become #famous as the first person to discover the statues—eventually dubbed “Carls”—which have mysteriously appeared all over the world. Her life changes rapidly as she’s swept into the whirlpool of viral fame—and into the quest to discover where the Carls came from, and what they might mean. Green, no stranger to being internet famous, is exploring how that fame twists and chops reality and peoples’ lives, and we can’t wait to read his take.

    The Influences

    Green has cited Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune as a major influence on the book; considering that what we know of the plot isn’t so Dune-like, we can’t wait to analyze where Herbert’s novel might have guided Green’s hand. Green has also said that since the book is, at its core, a mystery, he read a lot of Harry Bosch novels to prepare, and that he got a lot of advice from none other than fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss.

    The Design

    To start with, the cover is awesome, but the book’s appeal as a physical object goes beyond that: Hank had a lot of input into its overall design, recruiting artist Jason Markow (known as TEKSTartist) to design its endpages. (Markow detailed how that happened and how he developed the final work over at his blog). It’s rare for an author to be that involved in the visual presentation of their work, and makes having a physical copy of it even more rewarding

    So, color us excited. We want to download this book directly to our brains and then spend the next few weeks eating snacks and discussing it with everyone. The third B&N Book Club is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24—see you there!

    The post Nerdfighters Unite: Hank Green’s <i>An Absolutely Remarkable Thing</i> is the Next B&N Book Club Pick appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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