2021 Storybook Festival

2021 Storybook Festival

Bernie’s Book Bank welcomed children and families to the inaugural Storybook Festival on May 22nd. This new event celebrates the fun and magic of storybooks in support of our mission to increase book ownership among under-served children throughout Chicagoland. It was a sunny Saturday in Lake Bluff, perfect for an outdoor gathering filled with whimsical […]

2020 Impact Report

2020 Impact Report

2020 was a year like no other. Despite pandemic challenges, Bernie’s Book Bank remained laser focused on providing free quality books for under-served children. Our 2020 Impact Report shares the highlights of the innovative ways we collected books, distributed books, engaged supporters and raised funds while adhering to recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. 2020 Impact Report […]

Pop-Up Shop: Hoodie Sale

Pop-Up Shop: Hoodie Sale

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to host its first ever virtual Pop-Up Shop! For the month of March only the entire line of Bernie’s Book Bank hoodies are on sale. Choose from four styles (see gallery below for more pictures): RE*D Chicago Flag Blue Hoodie Gray Slouch Neck Hoodie Black Signature ‘B’ Hoodie White Signature […]

Patrick Mannelly Award Names 2020 Winner

Patrick Mannelly Award Names 2020 Winner

On Saturday, January 9th, the 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony was livestreamed from Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff. The Patrick Mannelly Award, presented by William Blair, is named after former Chicago Bears Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly. Mannelly is widely regarded as the best […]

The Quest For One Million Books

The Quest For One Million Books

A typical Bernie’s Book Bank book drive lasts a couple of weeks and brings in a few thousand books. The Wilkov family book drive is anything but typical. They have collected 700,000 books for Bernie’s book Bank in the past nine years and they’re not finished yet. The unique book drive started in 2011 when […]

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

New Trier Township hosted their annual children’s book drive benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, June 10th at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. While New Trier Township is no stranger to book drives, the event looked a bit different than in prior years. To ensure the safety of our team members and donors the book drive moved […]

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

On June 23rd, Bernie’s Book Bank tested a new type of children’s book drive at Big Hollow Primary School in Ingleside. The one day event and featured a convenient drive thru book drop. Book donors simply pulled up in front of the school and Bernie’s Book Bank team members, equipped with masks and gloves, unloaded […]

Bernie’s Book Bank Supports Joliet Families at Pop-Up Event

Bernie’s Book Bank Supports Joliet Families at Pop-Up Event

On Saturday, May 30th, Bernie’s Book Bank teamed up with the Northern Illinois Food Bank for their Pop-Up Market in Joliet. As families drove through the parking lot at Joliet Junior College to pick up fresh groceries, Bernie’s Book Bank distributed Family Packs of books. Each Family Pack contained six books ranging from picture books […]

Bernie’s Book Bank Announces Special COVID-19 Partnerships

Bernie’s Book Bank Announces Special COVID-19 Partnerships

Bernie’s Book Bank, the non-profit organization dedicated to increasing book ownership among under-served infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland, announced strategic partnerships with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northern Illinois Food Bank in response to COVID-19 needs and response efforts. The organization will continue to distribute […]