Celebrating the life and legacy of Bernie Jr.
It is with heavy hearts that we share news of Bernie Floriani Jr.’s passing. Bernie was a beloved son of our namesake Dr. Bernard P. Floriani and Cathy Floriani and a cherished brother of our Founder Brian Floriani and Lindsey Floriani Arterburn.
YOU CAN CHANGE THEIR STORY
Children are urgently in need of quality reading material. As an essential service to the community, Bernie’s Book Bank is hard at work during the COVID-19 pandemic safely and efficiently distributing free books to the children who need us most. Since the start of our COVID-19 response we’ve distributed more than 760,000 FREE BOOKS!
To support our COVID-19 response we launched the “Change Their Story” campaign. Please consider a $12 donation to Bernie’s Book Bank in support of our mission which is truly critical for the more than 275,000 under-served children who receive our books. Together we can “Change Their Story.”
Since the start of our COVID-19 response, we’ve distributed more than 760,000 FREE BOOKS to local under-served children.
CHANGE THEIR STORY
Every $12 donation provides 12 books for a local under-served child.
BOOKS DISTRIBUTED SINCE 2009
ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods
low-income homes that do not have children’s books
students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare
Quality Books Distributed Since 2009
Children Served With 12 Quality Books Annually
Years of Books
Cost (in cents) to source, process & distribute each quality book
Who we are
Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among under-served infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
What we value
Moving children from poverty to gaining knowledge through reading which enables a legitimate pursuit of happiness.
Why we do it
We believe that books and reading are both the vehicle and the road to a better life.
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