Organize A Book Drive

Hosting a book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank is fun, meaningful and easy to do!

Individuals, schools, religious groups, corporations, sports teams, book clubs, and civic organizations have hosted successful book drives to collect quality books for at-risk children throughout Chicagoland. Bernie’s Book Bank provides all the necessary tools and materials, get started today!

Helpful hints for a successful book drive:

  • Pick your dates: We recommend two weeks, including two weekends, which keeps it simple. For a large community effort, a longer drive might be more successful.
  • Pick a place: Please make sure to get permission from your designated location before leaving collection bins there.
    • School
    • Religious Organization/Place of Worship
    • Place of Business/Your Workplace
    • Community Service Organization
  • Set a goal: Make it meaningful and reach for the highest number you can!
  • Start strong: Tell everyone you know about your book drive and why you are hosting a book drive. Your personal story behind hosting a drive may encourage more people to give.
  • Spread the word:
    • Pass out the flyers and hang the posters we provide
    • Post on social media or send an email
    • Ask for announcements to be made at meetings or by your teachers
    • If you are associated with a school, company, civic or religious organization, put details in your newsletter or on your group’s website
  • Drive donations by communicating your goal and your progress.
  • Consider a competition – the person or group who brings in the most books get free lunch or extra recess or a gift card.
  • Count the books and call for pick-up! Although it is not required, counting books is extremely helpful to us.  If students were involved in your book drive, they are usually excited to discover how many books were collected.
  • Take pictures and tell us your story: Share photos of your book drive and tell us about the people that helped you be a success!

New Trier Township collects books for Bernie’s Book Bank.