2021 Storybook Festival

2021 Storybook Festival

Bernie’s Book Bank welcomed children and families to the inaugural Storybook Festival on May 22nd. This new event celebrates the fun and magic of storybooks in support of our mission to increase book ownership among under-served children throughout Chicagoland. It was a sunny Saturday in Lake Bluff, perfect for an outdoor gathering filled with whimsical […]

Patrick Mannelly Award Names 2020 Winner

Patrick Mannelly Award Names 2020 Winner

On Saturday, January 9th, the 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony was livestreamed from Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff. The Patrick Mannelly Award, presented by William Blair, is named after former Chicago Bears Long Snapper Patrick Mannelly. Mannelly is widely regarded as the best […]

Inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award A Success

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 Snapper based on snap speed, accuracy, consistency, mental approach, athleticism, size and coverage skills. The […]

2019 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

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 women shared stories of how books impacted their lives. Marie sharing her journey in becoming an author, […]

Spooktacular Volunteering Returns

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 costume contest (open to the young, and the young at heart). The best […]

2019 Birdies & Books

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. In his remarks, Founder and Chief Advancement Officer Brian Floriani reflected […]

Volunteer Downtown at Macy’s

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 leaving the city. There are 3 volunteer sessions scheduled daily to accommodate your busy schedule. Session […]

10th Anniversary Celebration

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 serve. During lunchtime guests enjoyed a well-deserved break from volunteering. Burgers and hot dogs were served fresh from […]

2019 Printers Row Lit Fest

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 in the Midwest, granting book lovers nationwide the opportunity to further explore and […]

2019 Book Lovers’ Events

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 children throughout Chicagoland. NASA Astronaut and author Clayton “Astro Clay” Anderson headlined both […]