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Thank you to The Goddard School, who donated 25,000 new and gently used books to Bernie’s Book Bank on National Reading Day!

Kindergartners from the Round Lake Goddard School were on hand to put stickers on books as they spent the morning volunteering. The Round Lake school collected more than 2,000 books.

“They are here volunteering to see first hand where their books went and to gain personal knowledge of how important service is,” said Jill Rosenberg, director of communications for Bernie’s Book Bank.

The 18 Chicago-area Goddard schools held book drives during the last two years with the intent of donating them to Bernie’s Book Bank.

“Book collections like this and drives are the lifeblood of our source for books,” Rosenberg said.

Since 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has distributed 3.3 million books to at-risk children across the Chicago region.

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Bernie’s Book Bank could not function how we do without your help. Thank you to everyone who has donated books, time, or financial contributions. We appreciate all that you do!