Barnes & Noble and The Creativity Hub Team Up on Exclusive Design Product

EXTRAORDINAIRESThe Creativity Hub and Barnes & Noble have launched the Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble in stores and online now.

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Barnes & Noble Partners with Maker Media for Mini Maker Faire


Barnes & Noble Inc. has entered into a partnership with Maker Media to launch the first-ever Mini Maker Faire in stores nationwide.

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Cupcake Digital Launches Strawberry Shortcake Berryfest Princess App

Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry Shortcake and her berry best friends, Cherry Jam, Orange Blossom, Lemon Meringue, Plum Pudding, and Raspberry Torte are bringing all of Berry Bitty City’s fun to an app store near you. The all new deluxe story app, Strawberry Shortcake Berryfest Princess is now available from Cupcake Digital on Apple App Store, Amazon Appstore, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble App Store for Nook.

As Strawberry Shortcake and friends prepare for the Berryfest Ball, they all have to work together and of course have fun in order to make the ball a royal success. The app includes features such as princess dress-up, a croquet word game, and tea-party activities. The interactive app also reinforces early-learning skills for young readers with its engaging story and highlighted text in synch with the narration.

Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines Recalled Due to Risk of Mouth Injury

SnoopySnoConeMachineCra-Z-Art Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines with one of three batch numbers–BCH003005A28-0812, BCHTRU001A17-0812, or BCHTRU004A16-0712—printed on the back of the white plastic doghouse and on the side of the box have been recalled. A brass rivet can fall out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder and into a sno-cone, posing a risk of injury to the mouth or teeth.

The plastic sno-cone machines are white in the shape of a doghouse with a red roof and red shovel. Snoopy is on the doghouse and Charlie Brown and Lucy images are on the front along with a snowman. A metal ice-shaving cylinder in the middle of the sno-cone machine dispenses ice shavings out of the front. The words “Snoopy” and “Sno-Cones” are on the front of the machine, and “Cra-Z-Art” is on the back.

LaRose Industries LLC has received 64 reports of brass rivets falling out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder, but no injuries have been reported. Consumers should stop using the recalled sno-cone machines immediately and contact LaRose Industries for a free repair kit, which includes a new ice shaving cylinder. The recalled sno-cone machines should not be returned to the store where purchased.

The machines were sold at Barnes & Noble, Target, and Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at from September 2012 through July of this year.

Barnes & Noble to Host Lego Architecture Studio Events

Barnes and Noble has announced that 450 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide will host their first-ever Lego Architecture Studio events and celebrations from July 25 to 28.

The Lego Architecture Studio event will feature local architecture experts discussing and demonstrating the parameters and design process in architecture using Lego bricks to educate and inspire the hands-on building that follows. Participants will have the opportunity to reference the Lego 250 guide book, experiment, and create original architectural designs with more than 1,200 monochromatic building pieces. They will also learn architectural concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section, and surface.

Additionally, the store will offer architecture fans the first look at a new Lego Architecture product that can only be found for sale in Barnes & Noble and Lego brand outlets from July 25 to 28. The Lego Architecture Studio event is free and open to the public.

Alphabetown USA Launches New Line of Children’s Books

Alphabetown USA, LLC announces a new series of stories slated to hit stores this summer. The new line will launch in July with Madison’s Magical Adventure, followed by The Vowel Gang Takes a Trip, amd with more titles to come in the future.

The Alphabetown USA series was developed by Ryan and Nicole Mayer, a husband and wife team from Rolesville, North Carolina and is illustrated by artist Russ Simmons. The team cite their children as inspirations behind the Alphabetown USA books.

“Ryan and I turn their ideas into stories and incorporate the educational component,” said Nicole Mayer.  “Reading, and the ability to read, is such a critical part of a child’s development that we wanted to create books that were not only fun for young children, but served as an educational tool for parents and teachers as well.

The Alphabetown USA series is currently available online at,,, and in select Barnes & Noble, Learning Express and Brilliant Sky retail stores. They are suitable for children ages 2-8.

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Discovery Bay to Launch Oxford Game Collection at Barnes & Noble

Stone America Licensing has announced the launch of Discovery Bay Games’ Oxford Game Collection at Barnes & Noble for spring 2011. The line will showcase the history of the University of Oxford in traditional games, including chess and checkers sets with gargoyle components, traditional cribbage, liar’s dice, dominoes, card sets, an authentic trivia game, and both jigsaw and pop-out puzzles.

Following the launch at Barnes & Noble, the products will be available at other retailers, including Borders, K-Mart, Nordstrom, Toys “R” Us, and specialty toy retailers. Additionally, they will be available online at,,, and