December 2013 Newsletter

2,000,776 books distributed to date!

Thank You From A Child


We celebrated the distribution of our 2 MILLIONth book on Thursday, December 19th at The Academy of Global Citizenship on Chicago's south side.  Supporters, members of our Board, sponsors and staff were on hand to help us mark this major milestone.  Here are some of the highlights. Special thanks to Tom Olk from United Services for capturing the memories!


Students were treated to a story by Master Storyteller Tom Clark.
The Grinch made a surprise visit to help deliver the 2 MILLIONth book, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, with Mrs. Cathy Floriani, wife of the late Bernie Floriani.  Cody was selected as an exemplary student by the principal to receive this special honor.
Each student received 6 books each to keep, read, love and trade, plus a special Grinch bookmark. 
This classroom asked their teacher if they could come back and have their picture taken with the Grinch.
Bernie's Book Bank Staff with stacks of books for Grades 2 & 3. 
In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
We Did It! 2 MILLION Books!
The Goddard School Book Drive
Volunteer Drop In Hours
What Will You Do in the New Year?
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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Every $100 donated to Bernie's Book Bank provides 12 age-appropriate books a piece to more than 30 children.
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We were honored that so many of our supporters took time out of their days and 
braved Chicago traffic to help us celebrate.

There was plenty of Bernie's Book Bank love to go around - even for the Grinch
2016, here we come...
4 MILLION books per year, serving every at-risk Chicagoland child from birth thru 6 grade!
The Goddard School Book Drive

We are excited to announce that The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development is hosting book drives at 18 of their Chicagoland locations, January 2-18, 2014.  They will be hosting an open house at a location near you on Saturday, January 18th to celebrate literacy, including storytellers and fun family activities.


The Goddard School's comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit 

NEW Volunteer Drop In Hours

Drop by our processing center and volunteer to sort, sticker and bag books for the children we serve.  We welcome all ages and abilities. 

Beginning in January, we will have new volunteer drop in hours:
Tuesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thursdays: evening hours have been cancelled

Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Have a group of 4 or more that want to volunteer together? Get your book group, team, department, family and friends and have some fun while helping others!  Email our Processing Manager, Joe Hidalgo and he can schedule a group time for you: [email protected] 

What Will You Do in the New Year?               
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to give back?

We've got lots of ways for you to become involved!   

  • Tell your friends and family about us.
  • Share our Facebook posts.
  • Donate your children's outgrown books.
  • Host a book drive in your neighborhood, your children's school, your place of worship or your workplace.
  • Volunteer with your friends, family or a group (see above!)
  • Invest in the children we serve.
Have your own idea for how to help grow the mission of Bernie's Book Bank? Stop by our processing center or send us an email: [email protected] - We'd love to hear more! 

A Message From Brian

Dear Fellow Berniacs:


On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors and the tens of thousands of children we serve, we wish you Happy Holidays and an incredible 2014!


We are so grateful for the gifts you continue to give to our organization and mission.

I am continually awestruck by your generosity of TIME, TALENT & TREASURE, thank you.


We are committed to continue to be effective and efficient stewards of your investments in us!


Here's to 2 MILLION quality books collected, processed and distributed in just 4 years-you ARE Bernie's Book Bank.


Thank you so very much, 



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