February 2013 Newsletter

1,169,709 books distributed to date!

A Collage of Thank Yous from the Heart
In Honor of Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we're celebrating the achievements &contributions of African-Americans throughout U.S. history with a curated list of great books to share.



For Ages 4-8:

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles.
This is the powerful, humbling story of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans School. With moving illustrations, this story will inspire with its lessons of courage and strength.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson.
Clara, an ingenious slave seamstress in the Big House (master's quarters), creates a quilt map to guide fellow slaves to freedom. This book will introduce children to the history of the Underground Railroad.

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David Adler

This lap book, by David Adler, tells of Rosa Parks who was thrust into the role of civil rights activist simply by refusing to give up her seat on a bus. This child-level retelling is a perfect read-aloud young kids.


For Ages 9-12

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Pinkney

This book just won the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Award. It tells the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, from slavery to the modern day. Also included is a Civil Rights Era timeline.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Meet 10-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Momma and Dad decide its time for a visit to Grandma the Watsons head south to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

It's 1964 and tempers are flaring over the segregated public pool in a Mississippi town. Augusta Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy.





Volunteer Spotlight
Meet Bunny Polovin, a new Volunteer Captain and a Wednesday All-Star volunteer.

As a retired kindergarten teacher, she is very passionate about children's literacy.  She says, "When I walked into Bernie's Book Bank, I knew I found the place for me."  She loves to read, walk, work in the garden and play with her granchildren.  She also volunteers with J.D.R.F.
We asked her what her favorite children's book is and she replied "Anyone who knows me knows that is impossible!  When I am sorting preschool-kindergarten books, I must say 100 times, 'Oh this is my favorite book.'  I love The Hungry Caterpillar, Miss Bindergarten books, Owl Babies."

When asked what makes Bernie's Book Bank special, she replied, "The people are wonderful - they make the volunteers feel a part of the Bernie's family." We love you, too, Bunny!
In This Issue
Thank Yous from the Heart
Black History Month
Volunteer Spotlight
Book Drop Network Partner
Valentine's Gift Idea
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 have distributed more than 1 MILLION books since 2009.

We will distribute 1 MILLION more quality books in 2013.




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Are you stressed out about what to get your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Make a gift to Bernie's Book Bank in honor of your loved one.  We'll send them a personalized letter telling them the impact your love made in the life of an at-risk child!  Email [email protected] and we'll email your customized gift in time for Valentine's Day!

A Message from Brian

Dear Fellow Berniacs,


February?  Already?  Boy how time flies!

For me, Black History Month always makes me think about the amazing sacrifice so many have made for humankind and civil rights. 

It's inspiring to think about the so many people who pressed on in the face of adversity, against all odds, just for the simple and equal opportunity to pursue happiness.

At Bernie's Book Bank, we are so grateful to have the opportunity to play a small role in helping at-risk children pursue happiness; and, we salute all of our donors of time, books and money for your continued sacrifice to make it all possible!


Brian Floriani
Executive Director
Bernie's Book Bank
847-780 READ (7323)