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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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#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...

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Frequently Asked Questions #1

Who is Bernie? Bernie’s Book Bank is named for Dr. Bernard P. Floriani. Bernie was a self-made man – the son of a coal miner who grew up in a house without running water until he went to college on a basketball scholarship. He may not have had much, but he did have...

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#MeetMonday – Brian Floriani

For this week's #MeetMonday.... Meet Brian, the founder of Bernie's Book Bank! In 2005, Brian Floriani was a lead instructor for Golf Digest Schools in Lake Tahoe and West Palm Beach. The sudden death of his father, Bernie, inspired him to do something different with...

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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