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10th Anniversary Celebration

The Bernie’s Book Bank 10th Anniversary Celebration kicked off with a 10-hour Volunteer-A-Thon on Saturday, July 13th. Longtime volunteers gathered with new volunteers to help sort, sticker and pack books for the 360,000 at-risk Chicagoland children we...

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Creating Community: Chapter 2

The Lake Forest High School Transition Program is designed to prepare students with disabilities, aged 18-22, with the "social, vocational, and personal management skills" necessary to become an engaged and supportive component of their communities. One of...

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Creating Community: Chapter 1

The doors slide open to another group of Wednesday volunteers at 9:30 AM. Corporate workers from the surrounding area shuffle in, wearily rubbing their eyes. Alongside them, middle-school aged students excitedly run circles around their teachers. It is the...

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2019 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

AbbVie Week of possibilities is an annual tradition in which 9,000 dedicated employees donate their time and talent to local communities worldwide. Bernie’s Book Bank has been lucky enough to reap the benefits of AbbVie’s selfless efforts for the past four...

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2019 Printers Row Lit Fest

The Printers Row Lit Fest took over Dearborn street for the 35th year, lining it with vibrant green tents that housed the diverse works of over 100 booksellers. The 2019 festival continued the tradition of being the largest free outdoor literary showcase...

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2019 Book Lovers’ Events

Nearly 600 book lovers united at Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, May 3 for the 8th annual Book Lovers’ Lunch and 2nd annual Book Lover’s Breakfast. The signature event benefited the mission of Bernie’s Book Bank to increase book ownership among at-risk...

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2019 Volunteer-A-Thon

The 2019 Volunteer-A-Thon was a success! For 12 hours on February 1 and 2, volunteers of all ages and abilities sorted, stickered and packed books for the at-risk Chicagoland children we serve. New for this year’s event, volunteers had the chance to...

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2018 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

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...

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Spooktacular Volunteering

Join Bernie's Book Bank for a spooktacular volunteer session! Jam along to the Monster Mash as you prepare BOOks for the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie's Book Bank serves. Come dressed in your best costume for a Halloween costume contest (open to the...

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Books for Buckets benefits Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of “Books For Buckets,” an initiative to promote book ownership in the local community by Rose Pest Solutions and Northwestern Athletics. Rose Pest Solutions, as part of the Books for Buckets program, will...

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2018 Birdies & Books

A total of 220 players took to the green on Monday, August 27 for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. It was a beautiful (and hot) day at Onwentsia Club and proved to be a competitive day on the course. Founder and Chief Advancement...

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2018 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

This year, AbbVie hosted it’s fifth annual “Week of Possibilities” global volunteering program, June 18-22. For the third year, AbbVie has selected Bernie’s Book Bank as one of their nonprofit volunteer partners in Lake County, Illinois. AbbVie volunteers...

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Summer 2018 Book Distributions

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes, and distributes quality children’s books to at-risk Chicagoland children. Each child receives 12 books throughout the school year, but our mission does not stop when the school year ends. Bernie’s Book Bank works...

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2018 Appreciation Night

Yesterday evening, we welcomed Bernie’s Book Bank supporters to be our guests for an evening of appreciation. Donors, sponsors, board members, associate board members and 50 Hour Club members gathered for sweet treats and Terlato Wine in celebration of...

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Bernie’s Book Bank Names New CEO

To support the ongoing growth of Bernie’s Book Bank, the organization today announced it has appointed Darrin Utynek as Chief Executive Officer, a new role to the organization. Founder Brian Floriani will transition to Founder and Chief Advancement...

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2018 Book Lovers’ Events

On Friday, May 4, more than 600 guests gathered for the inaugural Book Lovers’ Breakfast and 7th Annual Book Lovers’ Lunch at Bernie’s Book Bank. This was the largest and most successful Book Lovers’ benefit in history! The event kicked off with...

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2018 Volunteer-A-Thon

Volunteers showed up in full force for the 2nd Annual Volunteer-A-Thon on February 16 and 17. For 12 hours volunteers of all ages and abilities filled the processing center working diligently to sort, sticker and pack books for the children we serve....

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2017 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

The 3rd Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch brought together bookworms from all across Chicago on Tuesday, November 7 in support of Bernie’s Book Bank. Bernie's Book Bank was humbled to host Henderson School Assistant Principal Tawanda Miller who shared the...

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10 Million Books

The Bernie's Book Bank team is inspired, grateful and excited to announce the distribution of our 10 MILLIONTH BOOK since 2009. Achieving this milestone was possible due to the generosity of supporters like you! Volunteers, book donors, investors, event...

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2017 Birdies & Books

Golfers teed off on Monday, August 28 for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic to benefit the at-risk children served by Bernie’s Book Bank. Bernie Jr. and Brian shared "right now means everything" and encouraged everyone to live in the...

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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...

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Bernie’s Book Bank is an irreplaceable resource for the students of Zion Elementary.  For the staff, giving the kids this resource can mean the difference between kids getting nightly reading practice or not.

Lori A. Cramer

School Social Worker, Elmwood Elementary School