September 2012 Newsletter

886,871 books distributed to date!

Making a Difference for 55,000 Children Every Year!
100 books thank you
Books Beat Recess at Roy School!
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A few weeks ago, we arrived a little early for a distribution at Roy Elementary School in North Lake, so the principal asked us to pull around back and wait until recess was over. You may remember hearing about Roy School -- we distributed our 500,000th book here just six months ago. This would be our 4th time distributing books at Roy over the past two years.

As soon as kids on the playground saw the Bernie's Book Bank truck, they dropped the basketballs, jump ropes and kickballs and came running over to the fence. "It was amazing," said Executive Director Brian Floriani. "To see the excitement on their faces about getting books, you'd think we were handing out ice cream." 

Don't doubt for a second that these kids don't LOVE the books we're giving them. They do. And please know that your support is allowing us to serve them and thousands of other children just like them. 
Bernie's Book Bank
Featured on WGN's Morning Show!

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Larry Potash and his team at the WGN Morning Show ran a great story about Bernie's Book Bank on August 28. The phone's been ringing off the hook ever since! In case you missed it,
click here or on the image above.
In This Issue
A Child's Thanks
Books Beat Recess
WGN News Features Bernie's Book Bank
Still Time to RSVP
Welcome New Staff
A Message from Brian
Our Mission  


Bernie's Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school age children living throughout Chicagoland.


We plan to be distributing 1 MILLION books per year by 2013.

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Bernie's Book Bank Welcomes Two New Staff Members
Moira Morris

Moira Morris joins us as Director of Business Administration. Moira first learned of Bernie's Book Bank through a book collection hosted by her health club in Libertyville, and joined our staff in August. 
With a background in sales, marketing and administration, Moira leads various business operations and processes at Bernie's Book Bank to improve reach of its services, reduce expenses, and enhance the volunteer experience. As Director of Business Administration, Moira combines a business-minded focus with her heart for service which will help position and establish our mission in new communities while sustaining our vision beyond Chicagoland.


Jill Rosenberg

Jill Rosenberg joins us as Director of

Communications and Marketing. Jill first became involved with Bernie's Book Bank after reading an article about the organization's work in a local magazine. She organized a book drive through the service club of her children's school and was amazed to see how excited the students were to participate.


As Director of Communications and Marketing, Jill will continue to increase awareness and expand the mission of Bernie's Book Bank, resulting in more books donated, more volunteers engaged and more money raised. Jill brings 20+ years of community service and marketing experience to Bernie's Book Bank, having worked in consumer travel, publishing and affinity marketing industries. 


We're thrilled to have Jill and Moira on the Bernie's Book Bank team, helping us continue to grow to serve every at-risk child in Chicago and beyond!

Dear Friends,


The future couldn't be brighter!  We are so blessed that you have jumped on board to support our mission and continue to ride.... It is only just beginning and we need your continued support to become bigger and better every day.


I want to welcome Moira and Jill to our team and know they will help propel us forward as we continue to work towards our goal of collecting, processing and redistributing more than 1 MILLION books in 2013. I look forward to gelling as a team and continuing our focus of becoming more effective and more efficient.


I also want to publicly thank our wonderful Book Lovers Brunch and Birdies & Books committee members for their hard work and dedication. AND, we hope you will consider joining us this Friday, September 21st at Lake Bluff Golf Club for one or both of these events.These events are guaranteed to please!!


See you soon, forever grateful,



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Brian Floriani
Executive Director
Bernie's Book Bank
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