Bernie’s Book Bank is grateful for strategic partners who support our mission to increase book ownership among under-served children throughout Chicagoland.



Bernie’s Book Bank is honored to be the charity beneficiary of the Patrick Mannelly Award for long snappers. The Patrick Mannelly Award, founded by Kevin Gold, Patrick Mannelly and Chris Rubio, aims to provide rare recognition for the impactful role long snappers play in today’s game.

Long snappers are the ultimate unsung heroes of football. No successful field goal, extra point or punt can happen without a successful snap. Bernie’s Book Bank plays a similar role – no child can learn to read without books. Like the long snapper, the work of Bernie’s Book Bank is behind the scenes, but an integral player in the literacy equation.

The inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner was held at Bernie’s Book Bank on December 14, 2019. Stay tuned for information about the 2020 event! 

Ivanhoe Golf Club

Bernie’s Book Bank of a unique and impactful partnership formed with Ivanhoe Club. The Club, located in Ivanhoe, Illinois, just west of Libertyville, has a rich legacy dating back to 1949. Situated on one of the most beautiful pieces of property in Lake County, Ivanhoe Club offers 27 holes of championship golf along with a variety of high quality amenities.

The Club has the distinction of being regularly recognized as one of the Top 25 Championship Courses in Illinois, and recently had the honor of hosting the PGA Web.com Tour Rust-Oleum Championship which was televised nationally on the Golf Channel.

Bernie’s Book Bank is thankful to Ivanhoe Club for their passion for literacy and support of our mission.

Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Bernie’s Book Bank was proud to be the charitable partner for the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The show titled “FlowerTales: The Story Grows On,” ran from March 20-24, 2019. This show picked up where the 2018 show, “FlowerTales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell”, left off.
The Bernie’s Book Bank garden for the 2018 show was generously designed and built by Rosborough Partners.