Bernie’s Book Bank in the News

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RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

Chicago Tribune – December 25, 2016: 7 Million Books and Counting: One Man’s Fight for Literacy Among City’s At-Risk Kids

WGN Around Town – October 18, 2016: Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff

Windy City Live – August 4, 2016: Brian Floriani, Founder of Bernie’s Book Bank Helps Chicago Kids Find Love for Reading

Lake Forester – January 12, 2016More books, more volunteers with Bernie’s Book Bank expansion

The Lake Forest Leader – December 29, 2015HP hockey team’s holiday book drive a success

Chicago Tribune – December 1, 2015Bernie’s Book Bank expanding

Chicago Tribune – November 25, 2015Book drives offer life-long gift of knowledge

Lake County Magazine – November 10, 2015: Putting You in Youth

Daily North Shore – November 20, 2015: Bernie’s Book Bank Drawings Featured

Daily North Shore – November 5, 2015Vote for Local Community Leaders!

Chicago Tribune – October 6, 2015
Over 100 tee off for Bernie’s Book Bank

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch – September 22, 2015: Bernie’s Book Bank to Move From Lake Forest to Lake Bluff

The Lake Forest Leader – September 15, 2015: Bernie’s Book Bank’s Lake Bluff location revealed

Sheridan Road: September 2015: Parting Words: Brian Floriani

The Lake Forest Leader – September 10, 2015: Bernie’s Book Bank has big ambitions

Chicago Tribune – August 17, 2015: Niles Township drive binds local kids with more than 15,000 books

Chicago Tribune – August 3, 2015: Community celebrates unity during 3-day celebration in North Chicago

The Lake Forest Leader – June 30, 2015
Real Estate Group Works Together

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch – June 4, 2015Real Estate Group Plans Book Drive

Daily North Shore – May 31. 2015Book Lovers’ Lunch A Bestseller

Chicago Tribune – May 15, 2105Book Lovers’ Lunch with Author Allison Pataki a Great Success

Make it Better – April 28, 2015Historical Fiction Comes to Life With Author Allison Pataki

Make It Better – April 8, 2015You Said It: Bernie’s Book Bank Distributes Books to Underprivileged Kids

Chicago Tribune – March 30, 2105Shout Out

Chicago Tribune – March 25, 2015Gabbin in the Grove

Chicago Parent – March 25, 2015
The First Ever Chicago Parent Playdate

Deerfield Review – March 5, 2015: Youth baseball and softball give back to hungry and homeless

Daily Herald – January 23, 2015: Group that gives books to at-risk kids gets big donation from Goddard School

ABC7 Eyewitness News – January 23, 2015: Goddard Students Collect, Donate Books for National Reading Day

Highland Park News – January 19, 2015: More than 1,200 heed King’s call to service

Suburban Life Magazine – January 2015: Learning By Giving (The Goddard School)

Kane County Chronicle – December 24, 2014: Lazarus House among 29 nonprofits awarded grants

Insurance Journal – December 17, 2014IICF Midwest Awards $545K in Grants to Local Non-Profits

Glenview Patch – December 11, 2014: North Shore Book Bank Needs Volunteers

Evanston Patch – December 11, 2014: North Shore Book Bank Needs Volunteers

Property Casualty 360 – December 8, 2014: Cover Story: Charity Works

mywebtimes.com – December 2, 2014: IVCC students learn literacy begins at home

The North Shore Weekend – November 8, 2014: Bernie’s success is one for the books

Daily North Shore – October 27, 2014: Music & Shopping For A Cause

Lake Forester – October 24, 2014: Deer path students make a difference

Northbrook Star – October 3, 2014: Spring Clean Your House This Fall…

Morris Daily Harold – September 29, 2014: Grundy County residents asked to donate used children books to benefit others

Lake County Sun News – August 27, 2014: Bernie’s Book Bank Charity Golf Outing

Evanston Review – July 9, 2014: Spend some summer time helping others

Creatively Caring – July 2, 2014
http://www.creativelycaring.org/ai1ec_event/bernies-book-bank-group-volunteerting/?instance_id=446

Miss Illinois – June 24, 2014
http://missillinois.org/being-crowned-was-magical/

Kane County Chronicle – June 18, 2014
http://www.kcchronicle.com/2014/06/10/st-charles-park-district-partners-with-bernies-book-bank/a9xxc9q/

teamworkenglewood.org – June 13, 2014
http://www.teamworkenglewood.org/news/7826

Make It Better Magazine  – June 2014
http://issuu.com/makeitbetter/docs/makeitbetter_june14/1

peppromotions.com – May 13, 2014
http://blog.peppromotions.com/post/85545536639/pep-chicago-volunteers-at-bernies-book-bank

The Daily Herald – May 13, 2014
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140513/submitted/140519366/

The North Shore Weekend  – May 3, 2014
http://issuu.com/jwcmedia/docs/tnsw82_east/12

patch.com – April 29, 2014
http://bolingbrook.patch.com/groups/giving/p/bolingbrook-school-collecting-childrens-books

Chicago Tribune – April 19, 2014
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_deerfield/profiles/ct-volunteer-profile-sam-piro-tl-20140418,0,4590548.story18, 2014

Chicago Tribune – April 1, 2o14
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/barrington_area/community/chi-ugc-article-hoffman-estates-jaycees-collecting-books-for-2014-04-01,0,5225142.story

Hoffman Estates Jaycees – March 26, 2014
http://www.hoffmanestatesjaycees.org/tag/bernies-book-bank/

Women’s Club Deerfield – March 12, 2014
http://womensclubdeerfield.com/2014/03/12/bernies-book-bank/

Lake Forester – March 7, 2014
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/2014/03/07/ash-wednesday-marks-start-of-book-drive-at-woodlands-academy-of-the-sacred-heart/

examiner.com – March 3, 2014
http://www.examiner.com/article/goddard-schools-raises-45-000-books-for-bernie-s-book-bank

The Goddard School – March 3, 2014
http://www.goddardschool.com/chicago/vernon-hills-townline-road-il/goddard-schools-raise-45000-books-for-bernies-book-bank

Make It Better Magazine – March 2014
http://issuu.com/makeitbetter/docs/marchdigital_14/36

The Northbrook Tower – February 24, 2014
http://www.northbrooktower.com/school/coin-collection-raises-2000-bernie%E2%80%99s-book-bank

Community Consolidated School District 15 – February 20, 2014
http://www.ccsd15.net/pages/CCSD15/News/2014-02-20_FCW_BerniesBookBank

Lincolnwood Review – February 18, 2014
http://lincolnwood.suntimes.com/news/schools/toddhall-LWR-02132014:article

The Hope Institute Learning Academy
http://hopeinstitutelearningacademy.org/bernies-book-bank/

Daily Herald – January 31, 2014
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140130/submitted/140139981/

Lake Forester – January 30, 2014
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/news/goddard-LCN-01252014:article

Lake County News Sun – January 24, 2014
http://newssun.suntimes.com/lifestyles/25154031-423/goddard-schools-donate-40000-books-to-bernies.html

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch – January 24, 2014
http://lakeforest.patch.com/groups/giving/p/bernies-book-bank-helps-kids-serve-read

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch – January 24, 2014

http://lakeforest.patch.com/groups/giving/p/schools-donate-44000-books-money-to-lake-forest-organization

Winnetka Talk – January 20, 2014
http://winnetka.suntimes.com/news/schools/bookdrive-WTK-01232014:article

examiner.com – January 17, 2014
http://www.examiner.com/article/goddard-school-aims-to-donate-30-000-children-s-books

Daily Herald – January 8, 2014
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140108/submitted/140109926/

Daily Herald – January 3, 2014
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140103/news/701039819/

Forest and Bluff Magazine – January 2014
http://forestbluffmagazine.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=1016

Gazebo News – December 17, 2013
http://gazebonews.com/2013/12/17/bernies-book-bank-reaches-two-million-mark/

Chicago Sun-Times – December 17, 2013
http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/24437282-452/bernies-book-bank-pairs-kids-with-books-will-hit-2-million.html

Chicago Tribune – November 27, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-book-charities-20131127,0,5730505.story

Highland Park News – November 21, 2013
http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/bernie-LFR-11212013:article

Lake County News-Sun – November 18, 2013
http://newssun.suntimes.com/lifestyles/23838354-423/bernies-book-bank-lauds-youngest-volunteers.html

College of Lake County – Pinterest Page – October 26, 2103
http://www.pinterest.com/clccps/make-a-difference-day-2013-bernies-book-bank/

Chicago Tribune – October 26, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/schaumburg_hoffman_estates/community/chi-ugc-article-nisp-social-ambassador-queen-hosts-book-drive-2-2013-10-26,0,81471.story

Kohl’s Children’s Museum – October 1, 2013
http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/visit/calendar/bernies-book-bank-drive

Kane County Chronicle – September 13, 2013
http://kcchronicle.com/articles/2013/09/12/292d8fa4924b4150b6e6bef838cee00e/index.xml

Northwest Herald – August 22, 2013
http://www.nwherald.com/2013/08/22/bernies-book-bank-provides-books-for-underprivileged-kids/ax49iy/

Chicago Tribune, Wheaton – July 23, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/wheaton/community/chi-ugc-article-wheaton-bank-trust-hosts-junior-savers-read-2013-07-23,0,5551484.story

Lake Forester – July 11, 2013
http://beta.lakeforest.suntimes.com/people/bfloriani-EVA-07112013:article

Evanston Review – July 9, 2013
http://evanston.suntimes.com/news/community/21229986-418/book-bank-boss-sets-sights-on-evanston.html

Gazebo News – July 7, 2013
ttp://gazebonews.com/2013/07/07/red-rocks-lake-bluff-benefit-planned-for-july-13/

Make it Better – July 2013
http://www.makeitbetter.net/make-a-difference/give-time-things-and-support/5401-quick-easy-bernie-s-book-bank

Chicago Sun Times – June 28, 2013
http://www.suntimes.com/video/index.html?freewheel=58285&sitesection=pioneerlocal&VID=24916472

Northwest Herald – June 22, 2013
http://www.nwherald.com/2013/06/20/crystal-lake-bank-trust-supports-bernies/aj6rk7q/

Barrington Patch – June 18, 2013
http://barrington-il.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/barrington-bank–trust-and-the-junior-savers-club-support-bernies-book-bank

Chicago Tribune – June 18, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/crystal_lake_cary/community/chi-ugc-article-crystal-lake-bank-trust-and-the-junior-save-2013-06-18,0,2480535.story

Wednesday Journal –  June 4, 2013
http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/6-4-2013/Keeping-Anne’s-spirit-alive/

Gazebo News – May 29, 2013
http://gazebonews.com/2013/05/29/radio-disney-to-party-at-bernies-book-bank-in-lake-forest/

Chicago Tribune Libertyville – May 21, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/libertyville/community/chi-ugc-article-book-queens-book-club-helps-sort-books-at-ber-2013-05-21,0,7421301.story

Deerfield Review – May 16, 2013
http://deerfield.suntimes.com/news/20095222-418/book-donation-meaningful-farewell-to-district-109-superintendent.html

Chicago Tribune Highland Park & Deerfield – May 14, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/highland_park_deerfield/ct-tl-lk-0516-d109-book-drive-20130514,0,5727039.story

River Forest Leaves – May 9, 2013
http://riverforest.suntimes.com/news/19835552-418/river-forest-book-drive-honors-slain-diplomat.html

Chicago Tribune Naperville -May 8, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/naperville_lisle/community/chi-ugc-article-students-from-saseds-deaf-and-hard-of-hearin-2013-05-08,0,3603789.story

Gazebo News – April 30, 2013
http://gazebonews.com/2013/04/30/book-lovers-lunch-to-feature-ny-times-bestselling-author-lisa-genova/

Foundation Beyond Belief – April 29, 2013
http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node/1760

The North Shore Weekend – April 27, 2013
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs127/1105614746072/archive/1113358567480.html

Lake County News Sun – April 25, 2013
http://newssun.suntimes.com/entertainment/19543578-421/here-now.html

Chicago Tribune – Oak Park and River Forest – April 22, 2013
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/oak_park_river_forest_forest_park/ct-tl-riverforest-books-for-anne–20130423,0,1629673.story

riverforest.com – April 22, 2013
http://www.riverforest.com/Community/Blogs/4-22-2013/Bernie%27s-Book-Bank-in-River-Forest-to-host-book-drive-dedicated-to-Anne-Smedinghoff/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS

Wednesday Journal – April 15, 2013
http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-15-2013/John-Kerry-visits-Smedinghoff-family/

Deerfield Patch – April 15, 2013
http://deerfield.patch.com/topics/Bernie%2527s+Book+Bank

Highland Park Patch – April 12, 2103
http://highlandpark.patch.com/articles/best-selling-author-to-appear-at-book-lovers-lunch

Foundation Beyond Belief – Q2 2013
http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/2013-Q2-education

Suburban Life Publications – April 3, 2013
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2013/04/03/community-causes-st-charles/akplsf9/

Aurora Beacon News – March 21, 2013
http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/18946524-423/valley-briefs-from-auditions-to-book-drives.html

Lake Forest Patch – March 18, 2013
http://lakeforest.patch.com/announcements/chicago-transom-partners-announces-service-contract-with-bernies-book-bank

Daily Herald – March 6, 2013
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130304/submitted/130309946/

Sheridan Road Magazine – Dec./Jan. 2013
http://www.sheridanroadmagazine.com/article.php/vol/6/issue/8/title/article-1355507440880

Northbrook Star – January 3, 2013
http://northbrook.suntimes.com/news/17232839-418/northbrook-scouts-collect-books-for-needy-kids.html

Chicago Bears – December 2012
http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bernies-Book-Bank-reaches-milestone/18e9520d-cd28-4846-969b-448313aabbf2

Lake Forester – November 15, 2012
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/news/16365507-418/bernies-donates-1-millionth-book.html

Lake County News-Sun – November 15, 2012
http://newssun.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/index.html?story=16357025

Gazebo News – November 15, 2012
http://gazebonews.com/2012/11/15/bernies-book-bank-distributes-one-millionth-book/

Lake Forester – November 13, 2012
http://lakeforest.suntimes.com/news/16365507-418/bernies-donates-1-millionth-book.html

Lake County News-Sun – November 13, 2012
http://newssun.suntimes.com/lifestyles/16357025-423/lake-forest-book-bank-hits-million-book-mark.html

Forest & Bluff Magazine – September 2012
http://forestbluffmagazine.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=590

Libertyville Review – September 24, 2012
http://libertyville.suntimes.com/news/14959494-418/lake-forest-book-bank-fuels-young-readers.html

Gazebo News – September 18, 2012
http://gazebonews.com/2012/09/24/bernies-book-bank-to-host-book-lovers-brunch/

WGN aired this great story on August 27, 2012!http://www.wgntv.com/news/morningnews/wgntv-bernies-book-bank-20120829,0,863564.htmlstory

WCIU “The U” Television in Chicago aired this segment about us on May 30, 2012!
http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&assets=videos&assetID=10008283

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