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Inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award A Success

On Saturday, December 14th, Bernie’s Book Bank welcomed nearly 150 guests for the inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award presented by William Blair. This award, named after former Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly, is given to the best FBS senior Long...

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Creating Community: Chapter 5

Bill is an educator, lifelong learner and a proud Bernie’s Book Bank volunteer.His career in education spans more than 15 years including five years as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and 12 years at Lake Forest Academy. As a high school teacher...

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Bernie’s Book Bank Wins Blue Hen Award

Bernie’s Book Bank has been recognized as a Blue Hen 17&43 award winner. This prestigious award recognizes growing companies founded or led by University of Delaware alumni. Our very own Founder and Chief Advancement Officer, Brian Floriani graduated...

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Creating Community: Chapter 4

Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. all-star volunteer Dominique arrives at Bernie’s Book Bank with a bright smile, ready to volunteer. Dominique was first introduced to Bernie's Book Bank in 2014 when she joined an adult day program after graduating school. She and...

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2019 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

More than 160 guests attended the 5th Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch presented by KPMG and William Blair on Wednesday, October 23rd. Bernie’s Book Bank was honored to host best-selling author Marie Benedict and educator Vonyell Foster. Both...

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Drive N’ Dine: Epic Deli

Epic Deli* of McHenry is one of the most stylishly unique eateries our Book Team has had the privilege of sampling. Visually, it presents customers with a vibrant graffiti style color scheme peppered with artistic caricatures of monster, food hybrids. It...

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Spooktacular Volunteering Returns

Join Bernie’s Book Bank for a spooktacular volunteer session! Enjoy jamming out to the Monster Mash and more wicked tunes as you prepare BOOks for the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie’s Book Bank serves. Come dressed in your best costume for a Halloween...

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2019 Birdies & Books

More than 200 players teed off on Monday, October 7th for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. It was a perfect fall day for 18 holes of competitive and meaningful golf at Shoreacres. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Bernie's Book Bank....

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Sponsor A Book

Bernie’s Book Bank is excited to unveil a “Sponsor A Book” program that aims to increase the number of books distributed that feature diverse characters and story lines. Educators will tell you that while all children need books that act as windows to new...

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2019 Astellas Changing Tomorrow Day

More than 100 Astellas employees stepped away from the office on Wednesday, September 18th to volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank as part of the 10th annual Changing Tomorrow Day. Changing Tomorrow Day is a series of volunteer events for Astellas employees to...

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Drive N’ Dine: Augustino’s

Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli and Grill of West Chicago offers a variety of awe inspiring meal options. A family owned deli operation dedicated to exceptional food and service set amidst rock and roll music and memorabilia, this establishment serves up...

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Drive N’ Dine: Algonquin Sub Shop

Algonquin Sub Shop* of Algonquin is one of the team’s top picks for a delectable sandwich. Algonquin Sub Shop, as seen on Chicago’s best with Brittney Payton, is home to one of the widest and unique sandwich collections the book squad has had the pleasure...

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Books For Buckets Returns

Rose Pest Solutions and Northwestern Athletics have teamed up again to support Bernie’s Book Bank as a part of the Books for Buckets program. Throughout 2018-19 season Rose Pest Solutions donated 12 children’s books for every three-point basket the...

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8 Pieces of Advice from 8 Interns

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to offer internships to qualified high school and university students who are interested in using their time and talent to support our mission of increasing book ownership among at-risk Chicagoland children. Internship positions...

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Back-to-School Book Donations

Back-to-school season is on the mind. Talk of how fast summer went and how people can’t believe it’s already the end of August is coupled with a lengthy list of all things to do before the school year is in full swing. As you start the process of clearing...

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Drive N’ Dine: Tony’s Subs

Tony’s Subs of Deerfield* is a Bernie’s Book Bank driver find that deserves a week in the spotlight. Proud to claim they have the best subs hot or cold in town, our drivers can’t help but think they just might be right. This local sub shop has been run by...

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Drive N’ Dine: Papa Marcos

Papa Marcos* is a family-owned gem of a Mediterranean style eatery located in downtown Waukegan. Their top-notch service delivers on their mission to provide an informal dining experience that makes people feel at home. Papa Marcos serves up everything...

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Volunteer Downtown at Macy’s

Bernie’s Book Bank is heading downtown August 26-30 for a unique volunteer opportunity at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Gather friends, family, and coworkers for this convenient opportunity to give back to Chicagoland children without the hassle of...

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Drive N’ Dine: Antioch Pizza Shop

Antioch Pizza Shop* of Antioch is yet another esteemed stop for the Bernie’s Book Bank team. With humble beginnings of a shared recipe by friends, this easygoing nearby pizza joint has grown into a local crave haven. Their top-notch pizza is dressed with...

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Creating Community: Chapter 3

"Everything happens for a reason." It's the type of phrase that a freshman in college gets tattooed on their ribs in flowing script, the type of phrase a grandparent optimistically proclaims when a child spills their freshly prepared ice cream all over the...

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A Note-Worthy Story: Bill Nixon

His name is Bill Nixon. If you have ever stepped foot into the processing center of Bernie's Book Bank, you have seen him. Alright, maybe you haven't seen him. But you have definitely heard him. It is the voice that many volunteers hear before, during and...

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Drive n’ Dine: Jay’s Beef

Jay’s Beef of Harwood Heights is one of a plethora of Italian Beef joints found in the Chicagoland area. However, this long-time family run restaurant’s mouthwatering array of hotdogs, sausage beef combos, cheese fries, poppers, cheese puffs and tamales...

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Drive n’ Dine

Collection and distribution, led by our team of drivers, are key components in executing Bernie’s Book Bank mission to increase book ownership among at-risk Chicagoland children. With 6 counties served, our humble team of 6 drivers log approximately 63,000...

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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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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