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Kick Off the Holiday Season with Discovery Weekend at Barnes & Noble

So I just attended a fantastic event at one of my Local Barnes & Noble stores here in Denver. I as there to learn about some really awesome fun happening November 21-23 at Barnes & Noble stores around the country. The weekend events is called Discovery Weekend and you're going to want to mark your calendars because it's going to be FABULOUS! Let me tell you a little about my night and then I'll give you even more juicy details about this coming weekend…

Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend
Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend

First of all I met a number of extraordinary BN folks, ladies that have been with the company for YEARS and you can tell they just love being there. Who wouldn't? Surrounded by amazing books and goodies all day.. I'd love it too. They talked about some of the products they are offering at Barnes & Noble that you might not expect, like CHEESECAKE and vinyl (yes, REAL RECORDS!) plus tons of other great gift ideas that aren't books at all. I also learned that the author of the Hunger Games series, Suzanne Collins, has a young reader series, Gregor, The Underland Chronicles… who knew?

Some of the goodies I discovered and love from my toodling around the store.

Great fun and Discoveries at Barnes & Noble


9 reasons to love Barnes & Noble
9 reasons to love Barnes & Noble

From left to right, top row first…

  • The Discovery Weekend promo sign, front and center as you enter the store.
  • Doodle inspiration art books in the kids section.
  • Kids book: Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border (love this cover!).
  • Kids book: Paddington – oh how I love these stories (and it's coming out in theaters soon too!)
  • Elf on a Shelf football jersey, you know we love that! Just pretend it's Broncos colors.
  • Kids book: Snowmen at night, we LOVE this book, it's a favorite all year round!
  • What Do You DO With and Idea? – I didn't read this book, but I'm positive we all should.
  • Educational games – Feed the Woozle is my fav in this pic.
  • Holiday Book Drive promo sign – This is an annual campaign and it makes me happy to see these signs appear again this holiday season!
Chatting about Books with Rajean and Jenny aka Joy
Chatting about Books with Rajean and Jenny aka Joy – SO MUCH fun chatting with these ladies!


Beautiful Barnes & Noble Store at night
Beautiful Barnes & Noble Store at night

now for the juicy details about the upcoming event…

Discovery Weekend with Barnes & Noble

Just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a weekend of family fun and festivities! Around the nation, Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23, Barnes & Noble will be hosting a special 3-day Discovery Weekend event. you'll find great personalized holiday gift ideas from in-store experts, family friendly events, interactive activities and Storytime events as well as book signings and appearances by more than 100 bestselling authors and notable personalities.

PLUS, you'll be able to enter for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree and trip to New York
to meet, greet and shop with musician Nick Jonas

“We pride ourselves on helping our customers discover perfect holiday gifts through our expansive array of incredible books, NOOKs, toys, games and gifts, all with the personalized assistance and recommendations from our expert booksellers,” said Mitchell Klipper, CEO of Barnes & Noble Retail Group. “Our customers told us how much they enjoyed last year’s breakthrough Discovery event and asked us for even more. So we are excited to expand our special holiday season kickoff to an entire weekend pre-Thanksgiving, filled with family-friendly events and activities, and terrific tailored gifts ideas and advice available in every one of our stores.”

Some of the weekend's activities include:

  • Friday, November 21:
    • 7 p.m.: Linkee® Trivia Tournament:
      For those who like their quiz games simple, fast and fun, Linkee is the shout-out game with a twist. Players don’t win by answering the questions, but by guessing the link between the answers. (Recommended for ages 14 and up)
  • Saturday, November 22:
    • 10 a.m.: Create With ArtFolds™:
      Customers are invited to transform a book or card into a piece of art using the ArtFolds technique. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. (Recommended for ages 13 and up)
    • 11 a.m.: Learn to Draw Like Mo Willems – Storytime & Activity:
      Children will enjoy a reading of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, then learn how to draw the beloved Pigeon with instructions created by the award-winning author and illustrator. (Recommended for children ages 4 and up)
    • 1 p.m.: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along:
      Young ones are invited to create a puppet and sing with their newfound puppet friends. Customers are encouraged to arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. (Recommended for children ages 4 and up)
    • 7 p.m.: Holiday Fluxx® Game Night:
      Customer are invited to get introduced to this unexpected holiday card game with ever-changing rules – even the object of the game changes as often as players draw a card or say “Go”! (Recommended for ages 12 and up)
  • Sunday, November 23:
    • 1 p.m.: Snowmen at Night – Storytime, Crafts & Activities:
      Kids will enjoy a reading of this winter tale that follows the secret life of snowmen at night, then create one to bring home. (Recommended for ages 4 and up)

Don't forget the people you can meet!

A number of Barnes & Noble stores will host more than 100 bestselling authors for book signings and readings during Discovery Weekend. Local authors will also make in-store appearances at their Barnes & Noble stores.

Notable events include:

  • Chanda Bell (November 21, Bensalem/Philadelphia, PA)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers front man and bestselling author Anthony Kiedis, and David Mushegain (November 21, New York City)
  • Lisa Loeb (November 22, Calabasas, CA)
  • Bill Nye “The Science Guy”  (November 22, Paramus, NJ)
  • Evangeline Lilly (November 22, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Joel Osteen (November 23, Costa Mesa, CA)

More information regarding Discovery Weekend events, activities and a complete listing of author appearances taking place November 21-23 can be found at


Meet, Greet and Shop with Nick Jonas NOOK App™ Sweepstakes
During Discovery Weekend, customers can visit the NOOK counter and use a Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK® demonstration device to enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime shopping trip. One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to New York City, with a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to meet, greet and shop at Barnes & Noble with “Jealous” singer Nick Jonas in celebration of his new self-titled solo album. For complete details and official rules, learn more at

MORE Barnes & Noble Information

Tour the Store for More
Customers are invited to discover the many exclusive and featured products Barnes & Noble is carrying this holiday season. Throughout the weekend and after each scheduled activity, booksellers will be on hand to provide personalized “Barnes & Noble Discovery Tours” through different areas of the store to help customers identify great gifts for everyone on their shopping list.

Yummy Treats

The Barnes & Noble Café will be baking its latest creation, delicious fresh baked S’mores Cookies, throughout the weekend and serving them up for only $1.00 each during special promotional hours at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21; 10:30 a.m., 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 22; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. (Valid while supplies last.)

Note from Jen about treats: So these are some of the treats I tried tonight too.. please excuse the non-daylight photos – Cheesecake, cupcakes, pastries and GIANT cookies! I brought a cookie home for the kids but had to take a bite…

Sweet Treats available at Barnes and Noble
Sweet Treats available at Barnes and Noble
Giant cookie with Chocolate Chips and melted Marshmallows from Barnes & Noble
Giant cookie with Chocolate Chips and melted Marshmallows from Barnes & Noble

Start your holiday gift search now on the Barnes & Noble website – I'm excited for the new John Grisham book!

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