Five Facts About the Literacy Crisis

Literacy is quite possibly one of the most important skills someone can have. If you couldn’t read, you wouldn’t be able to write texts and emails, read instructions, or navigate the internet! Keep reading for 5 facts about the literacy crisis.   1. Reading is important. Research proves that reading aloud to children every day puts them almost […]

New Trier Township Collects 3,350 Children’s Books

New Trier Township Collects 3,350 Children’s Books

New Trier Township embarked upon a new program this summer, forging a partnership with Lake Bluff based Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit that collects gently used and new children’s books and redistributes them to at- risk kids across Illinois. “We saw this as an opportunity to help children from low-moderate income homes enjoy the benefits […]

#MeetMonday – William Blair

#MeetMonday – William Blair

It’s #MeetMonday. This week, we’d like to introduce you to our friends at William Blair. Bernie’s Book Bank Community Days, happening all summer long at multiple Chicagoland locations, are made possible due to the generosity of William Blair. We at Bernie’s Book Bank are extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors. They help us to reach more and more at-risk […]

Book Lovers Help Flooded School

Book Lovers Help Flooded School

Another flood has hit Round Lake School District after the devastating rainfall earlier this month. This time, however, it’s a flood of donations – specifically, books. Two Round Lake schools, W.J. Murphy Elementary and Raymond Ellis Elementary, suffered significant damage from the record rainfall July 11 and 12, and officials are working to ensure both […]

Battle of the Books: Legal Edition!

The 2017 Battle of the Books: Legal Edition Deadlines: Registration ends: August 11th Materials from Bernie’s Book Bank will be delivered by: August 31st Book Drive begins: September 1st Book Drive ends: September 30th Winner Announced: October 15th Can your firm beat the 1,437 books that 6-year-old James collected for his birthday? Let’s battle it […]

Chicago Organizations Feed, Educate Chicago Students

Chicago Organizations Feed, Educate Chicago Students

During the school year many students depend on free or low-cost breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, many of those children go hungry during the summer. So the great Chicago Food Depository is helping to bridge the gap. They are also partnering with Bernie’s Book Bank to help reduce the summer brain drain. NBC 5’s LeeAnn Trotter […]

Frequently Asked Questions #2

Frequently Asked Questions #2

Who can volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank? Everyone! We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer and experience how good helping others feels. To find out more about when you can volunteer at Bernie’s, click here. Does Bernie’s have a secret club? Why, yes! Although it isn’t […]

First Annual Volunteer-A-Thon 2017

First Annual Volunteer-A-Thon 2017

Thank you to everyone who chose to be a part of our first Annual Volunteer-A-Thon! We had 12 hours to sort, sticker, and pack 12 quality books for the hundreds of thousands of children we serve annually for 12 years. Our volunteers enjoyed family, food, and fun over the 12 hours of volunteering. From the very first […]

Bernie’s Book Bank Helping to Replace Flood-Destroyed Libraries

Bernie’s Book Bank Helping to Replace Flood-Destroyed Libraries

Rep. Yingling initiates effort to replace flood-destroyed books at Round Lake Park school State Rep. Sam Yingling announced plans to initiate a book drive next week to help replace materials destroyed by flooding at W. J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park. The school’s library was badly damaged by flooding this month. Yingling, D-Grayslake, […]

#MeetMonday – James

#MeetMonday – James

Meet awesome 6 year old James. He previously volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank with his school & upon his arrival home, he told his mother that he wanted to have his birthday party at our facility. The big day was July 12th and today he hosted his friends here for some volunteering, pizza and cake. […]