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Schools may be closing for the summer, but we are wide open!
Summer is a great time to volunteer with your family, friends, social group, or company to help us pack bags for the fall.
• Looking for a fun project? Host a book drive!
• There are plenty of other ways to get involved at Bernie’s Book Bank this summer.
-Join us as we try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest book pyramid July 26-28th
-Don’t miss Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic August 27th
• Please note changes to the June volunteer schedule below
• Bernie’s Book Bank is hiring! View our openings

Since 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has sourced, processed and distributed more than 12.5 MILLION books. We could not serve over 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children without support from YOU! Thank you for your generosity- we hope to see you soon!


Save the date! On July 26-28th we will attempt to break the WORLD RECORD for the largest book pyramid! Our book pyramid will utilize 144,000 quality children’s books to represent the library of 144 quality books Bernie’s Book Bank provides to every at-risk child we serve from birth through sixth grade. Volunteer to count books or help us build the pyramid.

Learn more about how you can make history with us!


Put your golf swing to the test at the 2018 Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic on Monday, August 27th at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL.

This year, the classic will have two waves of golfers. The first wave will tee off 8 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Prior to playing 18 holes on the green, golfers will enjoy a delicious meal.

The event will conclude with appetizers, drinks and celebration. Don’t miss this unique and meaningful golf experience that will support the at-risk Chicagoland children Bernie’ Book Bank serves. A limited number of sponsorships are available. Visit our website for more information about Birdies & Books.


This summer Bernie’s Book Bank will partner 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 Bank tent. Each book donated will earn you a raffle entry to win concert and swag packages including tickets to Jason Mraz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sugarland, O.A.R., The Gipsy Kings, and more; every donor will also receive 10% off Ravinia’s Festival Shop.


We need YOU! This summer, beat the heat and join us for a volunteer session in our air-conditioned facility. We are especially in need of volunteers for weekday afternoon and evening shifts. However, there are select Saturdays with space available.

Bernie’s Book Bank is fortunate to have so many incredible partners. This month AbbVie, CNA, KPMG and several other organizations chose Bernie’s Book Bank as the site for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs- thank you!

In order to ensure a meaningful experience for these groups and all volunteers, we have closed several shifts in June.


Week of June 11th: All sessions except 4 p.m. daily

Week of June 18th: All sessions closed

Thank you for understanding; Bernie’s Book Bank will still be open during regular business hours for book donations and Bernie’s Bazaar shopping.

Interested in bringing your company to volunteer? Contact Casey today!

View open sessions and sign-up to volunteer using our online calendar.


Are you looking for a rewarding career? Apply for a position at Bernie’s Book Bank:

Accounting Manager
Visitor Services Specialist
Processing Center Specialist (Full-time)
Processing Center Specialist (Part-time)

Are you a student interested in gaining valuable experience this summer? Apply for one of our unpaid internship positions:
Processing Center- General Intern
Marketing – General Intern
Data Intern

Visit our website for more information about careers and internships at Bernie’s Book Bank!