This is our brand new blog!

 

We here at Bernie’s Book Bank want to use this blog to reach out to new supporters, share the impact we have in our community, and raise awareness around volunteer opportunities and events. Read on!

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 on WGN Radio

http://wgnradio.com/2017/07/02/saturday-night-special-7-1-17-organizations-helping-children/ No matter how you feel about school lunches, free breakfast programs, gun violence, poverty, sexism, racism, we can all agree that every single child deserves and has a right...

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Book Lovers’ Lunch 2017

Thank you very much to everyone who attended the 6th Annual Book Lovers’ Lunch at Bernie’s Book Bank on May 12, 2017. With 425+ guests, it was our largest Book Lovers’ Lunch to date! As the leading provider of quality books to at-risk children throughout Chicagoland,...

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UN Public Service Day

UN Public Service Day: Since 2003, the UN has recognized June 23 as a day to remember, acknowledge, and support those who participate in public service at all levels. At Bernie’s Book Bank, we appreciate all those who work in the public service sector, especially our...

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Happy Birthday, Bernie!

Today we are thinking of our organization's namesake and inspiration for providing books for a better life, Dr. Bernard P. Floriani, on what would have been his 70th birthday. We celebrate his legacy through each book distribution, with love and the utmost admiration....

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Norton Juster’s Birthday! June 2, 2017

Today is Norton Juster’s 88th birthday! His first, and arguably most famous book, “The Phantom Tollbooth” was published in 1961.“The Phantom Tollbooth” won the George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Award and continues to be treasured by children and adults alike...

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3rd Graders Donate 7,000 Books!

3rd Graders Help Donate 7,000 Books to Bernie’s Book Bank This following article is from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago. Find the original article here. Congratulations to our 3rd grade for a very successful mitzvah project! For the third...

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March Newsletter 2017

Friends, Bernie's Book Bank is fortunate to have so many incredible partners. This month we are excited to share three special offers for Bernie's Book Bank supporters. Enjoy a discount at an upcoming Chicago Wolves game and a discount to this month's Chicago Flower...

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# MeetMonday – Annie Ignoffo

Annie Ignoffo, of Lake Forest, regularly volunteers at Bernie's Book Bank, 917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. The book bank collects and distributes new and gently used children's books throughout the Chicago area. January is their volunteer appreciation month. For...

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Putting You in Youth

Bernie’s Book Bank founder and executive director Brian Floriani has come a long way since running golf schools in Lake Tahoe and West Palm Beach. Floriani launched Bernie’s Book Bank just over five years ago in honor of his father, Dr. Bernard P. Floriani, or...

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Get out and Vote for Local Community Leaders

Voting for the 10th District Leadership Awards has been extended to noon on Monday, Nov. 9, for a contest organized by the office of U.S. Congressman Robert Dold (R-10).  Nominations were solicited throughout the month. Of the 10 finalists for the various awards, four...

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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