October 2013 Newsletter

1,849,876 books distributed to date!

A Different Type of Thank You
Every week, we receive dozens of thank you letters from children that have received books from us.  We also receive letters from children that are part of book drives and collections saying thank you for what they learned from their experience.  We know that Book Drives teach kids goal setting, teamwork, leadership and communication - but it makes us so very happy when they realize it themselves!
Make a Difference Day-Saturday, October 26th
Make a Difference Day, "A National Day of Doing Good" is coming up on Saturday, October 26th!

The Volunteer Center of Winnetka will be supporting 18 community non-profits with in-kind donations from 9 am-12 pm at the Indian Hill Train Station in Winnetka.  A

ll children's books collected will be donated to us!



The College of Lake County is also collecting books for Make a Difference Day.  They will be hosting a book drive and volunteers will be sorting and stickering books at our processing center on Saturday, October 26th.


Make a Difference Day is sponsored nationally by USA Today and Points of Light.  www.makeadifferenceday.com


Why not extend YOUR "doing good" and host a book drive with us?  Partner with your child's school, team, scout troop, your local community group or your church or synagogue.

We provide you everything you need - including collection receptacles and pick up of all books.  Best of all, it's FREE, EASY and FUN and you can make a big IMPACT for the at-risk children we serve.

Contact Jessie at 224-603-BANK (2265) or
Free Child's Admission at Kohl Children's Museum

Kohl's Children Museum in Glenview is collecting books for us until October 31st.  You get a FREE child's admission when you bring 5 or more children's books to be donated to us!


nullIf you have never visited the museum or it has been awhile, we encourage you to visit during the month of October.  Check out the Bernie's Book Bank display, watch our slide show, bring some outgrown books - and spread the word!!

Thank you to Kohl Children's Museum for being such a wonderful partner!
Lake Forest Private Estate Tour

We were honored to have the opportunity to meet new friends and share the mission of Bernie's Book Bank at a very special evening hosted by the Marsh family at their private estate in Lake Forest.  Dozens of fine art and antique lovers enjoyed an evening of fine food and drink and a tour of the gardens as well as art and antique collections at this beautiful estate. 


Thank you to DPR Art Rescue and Chartwell Insurance Services for hosting this event on our behalf.


Click on their logos below to find out more about protecting your own art collection:


In This Issue
Thank You from a Child
Make a Difference Day
Free Admission to Kohl Children's Museum
Private Estate Tour
Volunteer Spotlight
Thanks to Team Bernie
Education Lecture
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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We always need volunteers, so mark your calendars to drop in and help out!  Here's our weekly  schedule:  


Have a group of 4 or more? Contact Joe at [email protected] or 847-231-2447 to schedule.

Visit www.berniesbookbank.org/volunteer for more details.


Stay tuned for details about Volunteer Appreciation Weeks, starting November 18th!

Thanks Team Bernie!

Thanks to Team Bernie members for volunteering again at this year's Chicago Marathon, held on Sunday, October 13th.  Not only did Team Bernie members have a great time working the finish line, but they helped to spread awareness of Bernie's Book Bank to many of the 40,230 runners! 

Volunteers supported r unners from all over the world as they achieved their goals - and that's what Team Bernie is all about!


Congratulations to Team Bernie Members Sarah Porretta and Rae Goodman for running AND FINISHING the 2013 Chicago Marathon!


State of Education Lecture

We wanted to share a great opportunity to "Continue the Discussion of Education in America and the State of Education in Illinois." Guest speakers Gery Chico, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education and Robin Steans, Executive Director of Advance Illinois will be the highlight of what is sure to be an informative and engaging evening. 
Hosted by the Gorter Family Foundation.

7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Rhoades Auditorium at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
3333 Green Bay Rd., North Chicago, IL 60064
Seating is Open, please RSVP to Gay Mitchell at 847-582-1356 or [email protected]

A Message From Brian

Dear Fellow Berniacs,


"I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." - J. K. Rowling


With Halloween fast approaching, let's celebrate the magic of books.

Thank you for your continued support in helping provide this magic to the 75,000 children we are now serving!


Have a safe and fun Halloween.


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Brian Floriani
Founder & Executive Director
847-780-READ (7323)