North Carolina and Illinois add new bookstores; a Silicon Valley store is singled out for its tech prowess; and more.

Book World to Open in DeKalb, Ill.: The Upper Midwest chain wants to open its 45th store this fall in a 7,000 sq. ft. space in the Junction Shopping Center and is seeking a special permit to add signage. Unlike many of its other locations, this Book World would not sell tobacco. The shopping center was once home to Junction Book Store, which closed in 2002 after 33 years in business.

Red Door Books & Art Opens in North Carolina: The Saxapahaw new and used bookstore, which sells original art, gifts, and jewelry by North Carolina artists, opened earlier this month and is already extending its hours so that it can be open seven days a week. The back room meeting space and courtyard area are still being completed. The bookstore plans to use them for painting classes to open mic events.

Kepler’s GiftLit Receives Technology Award: The Menlo Park, Calif., bookstore, received this year’s Small Business Majority’s Technology Innovation Award for its monthly subscription service. “Their innovative and successful approach that combines bookselling with value-added services for its patrons has reinforced Kepler’s role as a sustainable cultural and intellectual hub,” Small Business board chair Celia Canfield said.

B&N College to Operate Campus Stores at 14 More Colleges: Barnes & Noble College has added 23 new campus stores and virtual bookstores for an additional 140,000 students and their faculty, including Georgetown University and Colorado College.