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Book lovers from across Chicagoland united in support of Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, November 16 for the 4th Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch.

As the leading provider of quality books to at-risk children throughout Chicagoland, Bernie’s Book Bank was proud to host bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Hank Phillippi Ryan.

In her remarks, Hank recalled the role books played in her life as a child, including how she channeled the mantra “I think I can” from The Little Engine That Could to achieve her goals. Hank challenged us to think about our own childhood experience and how it would be different without books, “What if there was no Narnia? What if there was no Oz? What if there was no Hogwarts? That’s what it’s like for children without books.”

We’re grateful to Hank for taking the time to share her powerful message and belief in our mission.

Bernie’s Book Bank is extremely grateful to our presenting sponsor and host, KPMG as well as all of our generous sponsors for their support of Book Lovers’ City Lunch. We’re thankful to Dr. Jane Fleming, our guest educator and partner, for speaking about the impact of Bernie’s Book Bank in Chicago Public Schools. Many thanks to Co-Chairs Lia Douglas, Claire Isenthal, Michael Loiacano and Sasha Quinton for their work to make this event a success.

We hope to see you next year at the 5th Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch!