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This summer was one for the books! Bernie’s Book Bank broke the WORLD RECORD for the largest book pyramid using 144,000 books.

Later this month, golfers will tee off for Birdie’s & Books in support of our mission to increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland.

As students head back to school, we need your support to serve 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children. Join us for a volunteer session to help sort, sticker and pack books. You can also clean off your book shelves and donate new and gently used children’s books at your nearest book drop location.

Looking for a meaningful career? Check out our open positions to learn more about joining our team.

Thank you for supporting our mission!


It’s in the (Guinness World Record) books! On Friday, July 27th Bernie’s Book Bank and International Keynote Speaker, Ryan Avery, broke the Guinness World Record for the largest book pyramid. The pyramid measured 10.6 feet tall and weighed 72,000 pounds. A total of 144,000 books were used to create the colorful structure. The number 144,000 represents the 144 quality children’s books Bernie’s Book bank provides to every child it serves.

Thank you to the more than 100 volunteers who helped build the record-breaking pyramid. Many thanks to the book pyramid sponsors below, including Presenting Sponsor ABDO, for donating over 100,000 of the books needed to build the pyramid. All of the books used for the pyramid will be distributed to the 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie’s Book Bank serves. Also, special thanks to Catering by Michaels and Terlato Wine Group for sponsoring the book pyramid celebration.


The holidays may seem far away, but event space for the holiday season at Bernie’s Book Bank is quickly booking up! Reserve space now for your upcoming event.

Bernie’s Book Bank is a top event destination on the North Shore and offers event services for groups of 25-300 people. Space rental includes tables and chairs as well as extras including a state-of-the-art A/V system and Wi-Fi.

Bernie’s Book Bank is also the perfect venue for corporate events, weddings, mitzvahs, family reunions, birthday parties and any other milestone. Hosting your event at Bernie’s Book Bank supports our mission to increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland.

Complete the inquiry form for more information about booking your event or email Bernie’s Book Bank Event Manager, Christina Holt.

The 2018 Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic is less than one month away. Join us on Monday, August 27th at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL for 18 holes of competitive play (play your own ball) on this historic course.

Proceeds from this event support the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie’s Book Bank serves. A limited number of foursomes and sponsorships are available. Visit our website for more information about Birdies & Books.


Are you looking for a rewarding career? We’re searching for energetic, hardworking team players!

Apply for one of our paid positions:

Visit our website for more info about careers at Bernie’s Book Bank!


It’s almost back to school time and Bernie’s Book Bank is gearing up for fall book distributions. In order to serve 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children, annually, we need volunteers to sort, sticker and pack books. Sign up today to join us for one of our 18 weekly volunteer sessions.

Is your group looking for a fun and easy way to volunteer together? Bernie’s Book Bank accommodates groups of all types and sizes. Gather your civic, religious, social or other group and join us for a memorable volunteer experience. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Sign up to volunteer today!


You can support Bernie’s Book Bank while you shop and eat!

  • Visit iconic jewelry store Kendra Scott at Old Orchard mall in Skokie on Thursday, August 16th from 6-8 p.m. to shop for jewelry along with the home and candles collection. 20% of your purchase will benefit our mission.
  • Enjoy dinner at Grill House in Northbrook on Tuesday, August 21st from 4-9 p.m. 20% of your purchase will benefit our mission and every book donor will receive a free cookie!

Do you have a favorite store or restaurant that would like to support Bernie’s Book Bank? Let us know how we can partner to serve more at-risk Chicagoland children with 12 quality books each year.