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Drive N’ Dine: Epic Deli

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...

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...

Sponsor A Book

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...

Drive N’ Dine: Pita Inn

Drive N’ Dine: Pita Inn

Pita Inn* of Skokie is a Bernie’s Book Bank driver staple. This family run Mediterranean Style food chain was crafted by Falah Tabahi and his wife with their flagship location rooted in Skokie. The combination of a menu that brims with delicious dishes and...

65 Honor Roll – Nominations Open

65 Honor Roll – Nominations Open

The Patrick Mannelly Award is presented to the most outstanding Long Snapper in Division I football. In its inaugural year, those at the Patrick Mannelly Award have selected Bernie's Book Bank as their official nonprofit beneficiary. Together, the Patrick...

2019 Astellas Changing Tomorrow Day

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...

Drive N’ Dine: Augustino’s

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...

The Processing Center: An Inside Look

The Processing Center: An Inside Look

Each volunteer session begins the same way. Volunteers, whether they be an energetic camp group screaming the lyrics to Sweet Caroline, corporate employees, or simply individuals looking to impactfully donate their time, all start their journey entering...

Drive N’ Dine: Algonquin Sub Shop

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...

Books For Buckets Returns

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...

8 Pieces of Advice from 8 Interns

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...

Back-to-School Book Donations

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...

Drive N’ Dine: Tony’s Subs

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...

Drive N’ Dine: Papa Marcos

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...

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...

Patrick Mannelly Award Watchlist

Patrick Mannelly Award Watchlist

Bernie's Book Bank and the Patrick Mannelly Award have partnered together to shine a spotlight on the long snapper position in college football. Bernie's Book Bank is the charity beneficiary of the Patrick Mannelly Award. In its inaugural year, this award...

Drive N’ Dine: Antioch Pizza Shop

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...

Drive N’ Dine: Luke’s of Lake Bluff

Drive N’ Dine: Luke’s of Lake Bluff

Luke’s of Lake Bluff* is a fellow Lake Bluff establishment. This family restaurant takes pride in its motto, “We don’t serve fast food, we serve good food fast,” and we can’t help but agree! As well as having one of the widest menu selections around, they...

Creating Community: Chapter 3

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...

A Note-Worthy Story: Bill Nixon

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...

Drive n’ Dine: Jay’s Beef

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...

Drive n’ Dine

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...

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...

Creating Community: Chapter 2

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...

Creating Community: Chapter 1

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...

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...

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...

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...

The story grows on at the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The story grows on at the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show

The book-themed adventure continued at the 2019 Chicago Flower & Garden Show titled, "FlowerTales: The Story Grows On.” Stunning gardens and creative floral displays turned Navy Pier into a springtime haven for Chicagoland. Bernie’s Book Bank had the...

Astronaut and Author to speak at 2019 Book Lovers’ Events

Astronaut and Author to speak at 2019 Book Lovers’ Events

Bernie’s Book Bank, the leading provider of books to at-risk Chicagoland children, will host its spring benefit on May 3rd, 2019. The Book Lovers’ Events, held at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, are two signature events featuring an award-winning...

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