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The Quest For One Million Books

The Quest For One Million Books

A typical Bernie’s Book Bank book drive lasts a couple of weeks and brings in a few thousand books. The Wilkov family book drive is anything but typical. They have collected 700,000 books for Bernie’s book Bank in the past nine years and they’re not finished yet. The...

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

16,000+ books collected at New Trier Township Book Drive

New Trier Township hosted their annual children’s book drive benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank on Friday, June 10th at Winnetka Presbyterian Church. While New Trier Township is no stranger to book drives, the event looked a bit different than in prior years. To ensure the...

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

One Day Book Drive At Big Hollow

On June 23rd, Bernie’s Book Bank tested a new type of children’s book drive at Big Hollow Primary School in Ingleside. The one day event and featured a convenient drive thru book drop. Book donors simply pulled up in front of the school and Bernie’s Book Bank team...

Literacy Is A Constitutional Right

Literacy Is A Constitutional Right

Bernie’s Book Bank was built upon the idea that owning quality books enables under-served children to read their way to a better life. In short, we believe in #fREADom for ALL children.For this reason, we are excited to share news of a landmark decision...

Where’s Bernie’s Book Bank?

Where’s Bernie’s Book Bank?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact lives, your support enables us to positively impact the lives of local under-served children. The map below illustrates how we continue to increase book ownership, as we have distributed 112,000 free...

Change Their Story Campaign Update

Change Their Story Campaign Update

Dear Bernie's Book Bank Supporter,First and foremost, THANK YOU! to all who have donated to the "Change Their Story" campaign. Your dollars are hard at work changing the story for under-served children across Chicagoland.In the two weeks since we launched...

Coffee?

Coffee?

Can you imagine being a child during this uncertain time who cannot attend school and has no books at home to read? As a father, and husband to a teacher, it is difficult to fathom. Nevertheless, I know this is the reality for so many children in our...

Change Their Story Campaign Launch

Change Their Story Campaign Launch

The children we serve have been disproportionately affected due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Books at home are needed more than ever, especially in the absence of e-learning in many low-income communities. Access to reading materials...

2020 Winter Volunteer-A-Thon

2020 Winter Volunteer-A-Thon

The snowy Chicagoland weather didn’t stop volunteers from making the trek to Bernie’s Book Bank on January 24 and 25 for Volunteer-A-Thon. Volunteers helped to sort, sticker and pack books for local under-served children. To keep energy high over the...

Inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award A Success

Inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award A Success

On Saturday, December 14th, Bernie’s Book Bank welcomed nearly 150 guests for the inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award presented by William Blair. This award, named after former Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly, is given to the best FBS senior Long...

Drive N’ Dine: Ricobene’s

Drive N’ Dine: Ricobene’s

Ricobene’s of Chicago ranks high in our list of the best lunches available in the Chicagoland area. I had heard rumblings of an amazing sandwich in my infancy as a book banker, but nothing could have prepared me for what USA Today calls “The Best Sandwich...

Drive N’ Dine: Wings Etc.

Drive N’ Dine: Wings Etc.

The Bernie’s Book Bank drive team takes their fried chicken and chicken wings very seriously. So, when we’re in Antioch and are craving the best wings around, we head over to Wings Etc.* Aside from the fact that they have phenomenal wings, both boneless...

Creating Community: Chapter 5

Creating Community: Chapter 5

Bill is an educator, lifelong learner and a proud Bernie’s Book Bank volunteer.His career in education spans more than 15 years including five years as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and 12 years at Lake Forest Academy. As a high school teacher...

Drive N’ Dine: Halsted Street Deli

Drive N’ Dine: Halsted Street Deli

Halsted Street Deli* in Vernon Hills utilizes several core principles to ensure customer satisfaction. They offer a wide variety of hefty sandwiches along with varied healthy options, coffee and desserts. The deli serves a selection of quality meats,...

Bernie’s Book Bank Wins Blue Hen Award

Bernie’s Book Bank Wins Blue Hen Award

Bernie’s Book Bank has been recognized as a Blue Hen 17&43 award winner. This prestigious award recognizes growing companies founded or led by University of Delaware alumni. Our very own Founder and Chief Advancement Officer, Brian Floriani graduated...

Creating Community: Chapter 4

Creating Community: Chapter 4

Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. all-star volunteer Dominique arrives at Bernie’s Book Bank with a bright smile, ready to volunteer. Dominique was first introduced to Bernie's Book Bank in 2014 when she joined an adult day program after graduating school. She and...

Drive N’ Dine: Zacatacos

Drive N’ Dine: Zacatacos

Zacatacos* of Chicago is one of many taco joints throughout the city, but for the drive team they are a cut above the rest. Maybe it’s because they only use USDA choice inner skirt for their famous steak tacos, or maybe it’s their unbeatable El Pastor...

2019 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

2019 Book Lovers’ City Lunch

More than 160 guests attended the 5th Annual Book Lovers’ City Lunch presented by KPMG and William Blair on Wednesday, October 23rd. Bernie’s Book Bank was honored to host best-selling author Marie Benedict and educator Vonyell Foster. Both...

Drive N’ Dine: Dickey’s BBQ Pit

Drive N’ Dine: Dickey’s BBQ Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit* in Gurnee is a mouthwatering experience the Bernie’s Book Bank team can’t pass up when fortunate enough to be in the area. This Texas native institution got its beginnings with Travis Dickey, a WWII veteran with a love of gab and...

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...

2019 Birdies & Books

2019 Birdies & Books

More than 200 players teed off on Monday, October 7th for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. It was a perfect fall day for 18 holes of competitive and meaningful golf at Shoreacres. 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Bernie's Book Bank....

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...

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