Barnes & Noble Unveils Enhanced Event Lineup for Its Second Annual Mini Maker Faire®, November 5-6

Stores Nationwide to Host Demonstrations in Virtual Reality,
Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, Pen-Invent Technology, Robotics, Coding
and Programming, for All Ages

Customers Can Also Hear from Leaders of the Maker Movement Including
Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO of Make: and Maker Faire

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the nation’s largest retail
bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and
educational products, today announced the fantastic event lineup for its
second annual Mini Maker Faire at stores nationwide the weekend of
November 5-6. Barnes & Noble’s second Mini Maker Faire (
will once again deliver the authentic, incredible experiences that Maker
Faire attendees have historically come to expect as they participate in
interactive product demonstrations, take part in collaborative hands-on
experiences designed to stretch their imaginations and creative
thinking, and “Meet the Makers” as stores across the country showcase
local and national Makers.

Make Workspace- November 5 & November 6 at 11
AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM

Four times each day during the Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble,
stores nationwide will host a “Make” Workspace, which is a
tech-educational expo space where customers of all ages can participate
in content-driven sessions where booksellers and Makers will demo some
of the leading products in modern technology. Customers will experience
the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing,
pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more:

  • Coding & Programming for All Ages- Children of all ages
    will get to experience programming firsthand with Sphero’s SPRK,
    a robot simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for
    seasoned programmers; Ozobot and Dash Robot will give
    children ages six through eight an up-close look at how learning to
    code can lead to custom programming; and Fisher-Price’s Code-a-pillar™
    will introduce children as young as three-years-old to the fundamental
    constructs of coding.
  • Discoveries in Pen-Invent Technology- Customers will get to
    participate in a special demonstration of the CreoPop 3D Pen with
    cool ink technology
    , which lets users create amazing 3D designs;
    and the Moleskine Smart Writing Set, which provides the
    hands-on immediacy of putting pen to paper, teamed with all the
    advantages of digital creativity, by allowing users to digitize
    handwritten notes and sketches that are editable and easily shared
    with smartphones and tablets.
  • Exploring Mechanical and Motorized Building with a First-Look into
    Digital Gaming-
    Customers will see first-hand the principles of
    engineering at play with VEX® Robotics
    Pick & Drop Ball Machine by HEXBUG
    which turns kid-powered manual motion into working machinery; and Bloxels
    from Mattel, a first-of-its-kind digital gaming system that
    enables users to build, capture, design, and tell stories through
    their very own video game creations.
  • Intros into Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality- Customers
    will become familiar with augmented and virtual reality as they
    participate in demonstrations of the ReTrak Utopia 360° 3D Virtual
    Reality Headset
    , which allows users to transform their
    smartphone into a 360° ever-changing experience thanks to the hundreds
    of apps available for them to explore; and Air Hogs Connect, a
    revolutionary RC gaming platform in the form of a hover drone offering
    an immersive experience that combines the best of physical and digital
  • The Latest in 3D Printing- Booksellers and Makers across the
    country will demo the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 WiFi 3D Printer created
    by XYZprinting, which is a simple plug-and-play 3D printer featuring
    wireless capabilities for new Makers getting into the world of 3D

Make & Collaborate, then SHARE!- November 5 &
November 6 from 12 NOON-5PM

At the Mini Maker Faire, Barnes & Noble customers of all ages will have
the opportunity to visit their local store and get hands-on experiences
around the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing, in the
spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork. “Making
Materials” featured in this portion of the event will include products
from some of the leading vendors in science and technology such as littleBits,
LEGO®, Magformers, Squigz, Strawbees and Brackitz.

  • Little Makers Ages 3+- Little Makers will get to enjoy LEGO
    ® bricks that are specially designed to be
    safe for little hands; award-winning Brackitz, which bring
    real-life art, math, science, architecture, and engineering principles
    into play; MAGFORMERS®, the industry leader
    in magnetic building toys for children; and Squigz, fun little
    suckers, always up for playful experimentation and defying gravity.
  • Junior Makers Ages 8+- Junior Makers will get to experience six
    primary collaboration activities involving littleBits, a
    platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating
    inventions large and small; a DK Bridge Making Challenge and
    DK Offline Computer Coding
    from DK Publishing, a top
    publisher of general reference and illustrated non-fiction books with
    a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital
    products; Strawbees®, an amazing 3D
    prototyping toy and tool for Makers of all ages; and more.
  • Teen & Adult Ages 13+- Teens and adults will participate in LEGO
    Capitol Build
    , which will provide them with the tools to create a
    LEGO brick model of one of the world’s most architecturally impressive
    and symbolically important structures; LEGO Architecture Studio,
    where they will be able to bring their architectural creations to life
    using LEGO bricks; and The Creativity Hub’s The Extraordinaires®
    Design Studio PRO “Design the Extraordinary”
    , which is a Barnes &
    Noble Exclusive and an innovative, engaging activity that allows
    design interns and those in design-based careers to progress and build
    their skill-sets.

Meet the Makers

Throughout the Mini Maker Faire, Makers, educators and authors dedicated
to changing the way people learn, ideate, design, create, build and
embrace the future will visit stores nationwide to speak about the Maker
Movement, present their creations and more. Customers should contact
their local store or visit
to find out which of the over 2,500 Makers and special guests are
participating in their local Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire.

And new this year, customers can also experience our Mini Maker Faire
online at,
a comprehensive “site within a site” that is an extension of the
experience in stores where Making, Learning and Doing can happen
year-round. The site will feature rich and relevant blog articles, video
content, behind-the-scene looks into the world of Makers and Maker
projects that will refresh regularly.

“The extraordinary lineup for our second annual Mini Maker Faire is a
testament to our booksellers, our customers, and the relationships we
have built in communities across the country in support of tech literacy
and the inherent desire to learn, create, build and make,” said Kathleen
Campisano, Vice President of Toys & Games at Barnes & Noble.

“Barnes & Noble has once again created a never-before-done schedule of
events, interactive activities and speakers, to provide the best
possible experience for customers as they enjoy access to tools and
resources, learn new skills, discover their personal Making passion, and
are inspired by local Makers in their communities,” said Dale Dougherty,
founder and CEO of Make: and Maker Faire.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital
media and educational products. The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble
bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, (
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 4.5 million digital books in the US (,
plus periodicals and comics, 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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