The Quest For One Million Books

The Quest For One Million Books

A typical Bernie’s Book Bank book drive lasts a couple of weeks and brings in a few thousand books. The Wilkov family book drive is anything but typical. They have collected 700,000 books for Bernie’s book Bank in the past nine years and they’re not finished yet. The unique book drive started in 2011 when […]

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

New Trier Township hosted their annual children’s book drive benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, June 10th at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. While New Trier Township is no stranger to book drives, the event looked a bit different than in prior years. To ensure the safety of our team members and donors the book drive moved […]

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

On June 23rd, Bernie’s Book Bank tested a new type of children’s book drive at Big Hollow Primary School in Ingleside. The one day event and featured a convenient drive thru book drop. Book donors simply pulled up in front of the school and Bernie’s Book Bank team members, equipped with masks and gloves, unloaded […]

Bernie’s Book Bank Supports Joliet Families at Pop-Up Event

Bernie’s Book Bank Supports Joliet Families at Pop-Up Event

On Saturday, May 30th, Bernie’s Book Bank teamed up with the Northern Illinois Food Bank for their Pop-Up Market in Joliet. As families drove through the parking lot at Joliet Junior College to pick up fresh groceries, Bernie’s Book Bank distributed Family Packs of books. Each Family Pack contained six books ranging from picture books […]

Bernie’s Book Bank Announces Special COVID-19 Partnerships

Bernie’s Book Bank Announces Special COVID-19 Partnerships

Bernie’s Book Bank, the non-profit organization dedicated to increasing book ownership among under-served infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland, announced strategic partnerships with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Northern Illinois Food Bank in response to COVID-19 needs and response efforts. The organization will continue to distribute […]

Literacy Is A Constitutional Right

Literacy Is A Constitutional Right

Bernie’s Book Bank was built upon the idea that owning quality books enables under-served children to read their way to a better life. In short, we believe in #fREADom for ALL children.For this reason, we are excited to share news of a landmark decision that is a victory for students and literacy champions everywhere.   A […]

2019 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

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 years. Starting June 10, more than 1,000 volunteers took over our processing center to […]

Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award partners with Bernie’s Book Bank

Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award partners with Bernie’s Book Bank

Today the Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award announced a formal partnership with Bernie’s Book Bank, the leading provider of quality books to at-risk Chicagoland children.This Long Snapper award is named after Patrick Mannelly, widely known as the best long snapper in the NFL. He was a four-year starter at long snapper and two-year starter at […]

2018 AbbVie Week of Possibilities

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 donned their team t-shirts and filled the processing center each day ready to serve.  In fact, they […]