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Thank you!

Bernie’s Book Bank volunteers continually go above and beyond to serve at-risk children throughout Chicagoland and we are more grateful than ever. February’s Volunteer-A-Thon was a huge success and March’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show is quickly approaching. Please join us at Evening in Bloom and Chicago Flower & Garden Show!

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: FLOWERTALES
Have you purchased tickets yet? Don’t miss this exciting show! Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to partner with the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. The 2018 show, “FlowerTales: Every Garden Has A Story To Tell,” runs from March 14-18, 2018. Purchase tickets now  and use promo code “Bernies18” for a discount.
Food, Fashion & Fun! Join Bernie’s Book Bank Founder Brian Floriani at “Evening in Bloom”  on Tuesday, March 13th. This VIP event benefiting Bernie’s Book Bank offers a show preview and ” Hort Couture,” a high energy floral fashion show featuring garments made with plants and flowers.
Planning your show visit? The Bernie’s Book Bank garden, generously built by Rosborough Partners, is a highlight of the 2018 show. We are also hosting several volunteer sessions onsite at the show. Contact Casey Barbknecht, Volunteer Services Specialist, to learn more.
On behalf of the 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children we serve, THANK YOU to all of our Volunter-A-Thon participants!  Your hard work made our 2nd annual Volunteer-A-Thon a HUGE success.
2018 Volunteer-A-Thon by the numbers
  • 1,100+ volunteer hours completed by 350+ dedicated volunteers!
  • 175+ first time volunteers
  • 50+ people volunteered at multiple shifts
  • 30+ volunteers attended both days
  • 7 volunteers served all 12 hours!
  • 100,000+ books processed
  • 78,000 quality books packed for 13,000 at-risk Chicagoland children
  • 20,000 books sorted
Special thanks to Catering by Michaels and Sauced Pizza for the delicious food. Susan Ryan Kalina Photography captured the event perfectly and Sincerely Yours by Tracy created the fun photo frames – thank you!
Didn’t make it to Volunteer-A-Thon? We need volunteers to sort, sticker and pack books six days a week. Sign-up online for a time that works best for you.
Take advantage of the nice weather to do a little spring cleaning! Bernie’s Book Bank relies on the generosity of book donors like you to inspire and empower the at-risk children we serve. Your donations help keep our bags of books interesting and varied for children of all ages. Please clean off your bookshelves to donate.
We are especially in need of:
  • 2nd/3rd grade chapter books
  • Picture books
  • Non-fiction books (fun facts, history, etc)
With 140+ drop-off locations, it is easier than ever to donate children’s books to Bernie’s Book Bank. We accept new and gently used books for ages birth-6th grade; please no textbooks, religious or reference books.


Book Lovers’ Lunch is scheduled for May 4th, 2018- save the date!

We are thrilled to announce our featured speaker

Mary is the bestselling author

of The Good Girl, Don’t You Cry, Pretty Baby and Every

Last Lie.
Stay tuned for more details about our 2018 Book Lovers’  Lunch.
Interns are a critical part of the Bernie’s Book Bank organization every summer. We welcome college students to learn more about our organization and gain hands-on experience in Finance, Marketing, Logistics and more! Contact Caryn Adolph for more information or to express interest in a 2018 summer internship.
We know you like us, but we want you to “like” us…and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. See pictures of children enjoying new books, view volunteer hours, provide feedback, sneak a peek at fabulous events hosted in our Think Tank and Flex Space and more.