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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. In its inaugural year, this award will be presented to the highest performing long snapper in Division I...

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: 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: 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...

2019 Volunteer-A-Thon

2019 Volunteer-A-Thon

The 2019 Volunteer-A-Thon was a success! For 12 hours on February 1 and 2, volunteers of all ages and abilities sorted, stickered and packed books for the at-risk Chicagoland children we serve. New for this year’s event, volunteers had the chance to...

2018 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

2018 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

Book lovers from across Chicagoland united in support of Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, November 16 for the 4th Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch. As the leading provider of quality books to at-risk children throughout Chicagoland, Bernie's Book Bank was proud...

Race car drivers clock laps for Bernie’s Book Bank

Race car drivers clock laps for Bernie’s Book Bank

What do race cars and Bernie’s Book Bank have in common? While there is a possibility that some of the 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children we serve may receive a book about racecars in their bag, all of the children benefit from the incredible “Laps for...

Spooktacular Volunteering

Spooktacular Volunteering

Join Bernie's Book Bank for a spooktacular volunteer session! Jam along to the Monster Mash as you prepare BOOks for the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie's Book Bank serves. Come dressed in your best costume for a Halloween costume contest (open to the...

Books for Buckets benefits Bernie’s Book Bank

Books for Buckets benefits Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of “Books For Buckets,” an initiative to promote book ownership in the local community by Rose Pest Solutions and Northwestern Athletics. Rose Pest Solutions, as part of the Books for Buckets program, will...

Hank Phillippi Ryan to speak at 2018 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

Hank Phillippi Ryan to speak at 2018 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

You’re invited! Join Bernie’s Book Bank for Book Lovers’ City Lunch on November 16th at the Aon Center. The event, generously hosted by KPMG, will benefit the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie’s Book Bank serves. This year’s featured speaker is...

2018 Birdies & Books

2018 Birdies & Books

A total of 220 players took to the green on Monday, August 27 for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. It was a beautiful (and hot) day at Onwentsia Club and proved to be a competitive day on the course. Founder and Chief Advancement...

Bernie’s Book Bank breaks Guinness World Record

Bernie’s Book Bank breaks Guinness World Record

History has been made! Bernie’s Book Bank and International Keynote Speaker, Ryan Avery, broke the Guinness World Record for the largest book pyramid on Friday, July 27, 2018. The colorful structure towers over the processing center at Bernie’s Book Bank...

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...

Bernie’s Book Bank partners with Ravinia Festival

Bernie’s Book Bank partners with Ravinia Festival

Bernie's Book Bank is partnering with Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, to collect children's books for the 300,000 at-risk children we serve. During all Kids Concerts this summer, bring your gently used children's books to the Bernie's Book...

Summer 2018 Book Distributions

Summer 2018 Book Distributions

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes, and distributes quality children’s books to at-risk Chicagoland children. Each child receives 12 books throughout the school year, but our mission does not stop when the school year ends. Bernie’s Book Bank works...

2018 Appreciation Night

2018 Appreciation Night

Yesterday evening, we welcomed Bernie’s Book Bank supporters to be our guests for an evening of appreciation. Donors, sponsors, board members, associate board members and 50 Hour Club members gathered for sweet treats and Terlato Wine in celebration of...

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