Barnes & Noble announced that its nearly 700 stores will host informative events on digital education and offer educators an additional discount on classroom and personal purchases during January Educator Appreciation Days, January 12-20, 2013.

Educators who shop at Barnes & Noble during Educator Appreciation Days will receive:
• A 25% discount on personal and classroom purchases;
• A 10% discount on DVDs and music;

• A chance to win either a NOOK Tablet or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card (one educator per region); and
• Huge discounts on products marked down for post-holiday clearance.

As part of the Educator Appreciation Days celebration, Barnes & Noble stores will host special workshops for classroom teachers, librarians and other specialized educators focusing on “The Digital Classroom: Growing a New Generation of Learners”. Events will highlight the creative ways educators are using NOOK in the classroom, from younger students using apps to practice and develop basic skills to high school AP English students doing advanced web research to enhance their understanding of great works of literature and for project based learning.
“Educators have embraced our NOOK devices from the beginning, because we’re a trusted retail partner. We provide them with free training, technical support, ebook purchasing recommendations, a managed account system and the ability to pay for NOOKs and eBooks with a purchase order.”

Stores also will highlight the 2013 My Favorite Teacher Contest at their January Educator events. The contest provides middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers by writing an essay, poem or letter about them. Stores honor their local winner at a spring event in their store. Each local winner is entered into the regional contest, where five winners receive a NOOK® HD and a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. 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 Teacher of the Year.” Barnes & Noble also donates $5,000 to the winning teacher’s school.

Barnes & Noble Waterbury located at 235 Union Street will feature their Educator Appreciation Reception on Friday January 18, 2013 from 3-7pm. There will be Digital Classroom and Nearpod Tours on the Nook HD and Nook HD+, goodie bags, fundraising materials, café samples, a guest storyteller for storytime at 6:30pm and much more!!!

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