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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 790,000 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.”

COVID-19 Response

Since the start of our COVID-19 response, we’ve distributed more than 790,000 FREE BOOKS to local under-served children.

CHANGE THEIR STORY

Every $12 donation provides 12 books for a local under-served child.

Books for a Better Life

2 out of 3 low-income children have no books of their own. Bernie’s Book Bank, Chicago's largest provider of quality children’s books, is changing that with 12 books per year for 12 years.
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18,609,410

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED SINCE 2009

The Need

1:300

ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods

61%

low-income homes that do not have children’s books

2/3

students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare

The Impact

Quality Books Distributed Since 2009

Children Served With 12 Quality Books Annually

Volunteers 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.

Join Us

We appreciate our corporate sponsors

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HOST YOUR EVENT AT BERNIE’S BOOK BANK

Support our mission by using our flexible & unique event spaces. Our venue offers amenities and flexibility to make your corporate meetings, mitzvah celebrations, weddings & any event perfect!

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Join The Movement

Donate Books

We accept all gently used & new children’s books for ages birth-sixth grade

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Invest In Children

Support the 275,000 under-served Chicagoland children who receive books from Bernie’s Book Bank

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Volunteer

Help us sort, sticker & pack books!

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