February 2014 Newsletter
                        2,176,362 books distributed since December 2009!

Thank You From A Child

Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank You to The Goddard School
Thank you to all the families, teachers, staff and owners of the 18 Goddard School locations that helped make their book drive such a success. They originally set a goal to collect 25,000 but collected more than 44,000 books for the children we serve! 
The owners of all 18 locations in Chicagoland came to our processing center to donate a giant check!  
They stayed to enjoy lunch and hold their monthly meeting in our processing center, inspired by seeing our mission in action!
Students from Round Lake, Third Lake and Vernon Hills Goddard Schools volunteered in our processing center to sticker books. 
Thank you to Wendy Petera for photos! 
Volunteer Spotlight        
Meet Suzanne Mahoney of Lake Forest.  She first learned about Bernie's Book Bank by donating books to District 67's annual book drive and Barnes & Noble's Book Drive. She also attended the 2013 Book Lovers' Lunch with author Lisa Genova.   
Suzanne & Claire
She says she volunteers with us because, "I think reading is the most vital part of learning for a child.  It is an honor to be part of the process in making it possible for children to have their very own personal library."  And when asked what makes Bernie's Book Bank special, she said, "The ENTIRE team--staff and volunteers and the work we accomplish together!  It is also rewarding to volunteer for an organization where you can be part of the process from beginning to end:  donate books, sort/sticker/bag, go on a distribution!" 

Suzanne is active in other organizations, such as PEO (a Philanthropic Educational Organization), her church, Junior League of Chicago, and her sorority alumnae association as well as committees for golf, tennis and paddle tennis.  She loves to read, work out, play paddle and regular tennis, golf and cook.  She says, "Those two help balance each other out!" 

Suzanne and her daughter, Claire, graciously volunteered to distribute books at an event for "Dreams for Kids", just before Christmas.  Over 1,500 children were able to select a library of 12 books to take home for their personal library.  She said, "The opportunity to assist these kids in choosing their books and watching them make their book selections was extremely gratifying.  Their excitement was astounding!"  
Thanks for everything, Suzanne & Claire!

In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
Thank You to the Goddard School
Volunteer Spotlight
We're on the Mural Building!
Join Team Bernie
Host A Book Drive
A Message From Brian
Our Mission

Bernie's Book Bank collects, processes, and distributes quality new and gently used children's books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school age children throughout Chicagoland.


We have distributed more than 2 MILLION books since December 2009 and now serve more than 80,000 at-risk children annually.

Our Goal
To collect, process and distribute 4 MILLION books per year, serving all 300,000 at-risk children in the Chicagoland area with 12 quality books per year by 2016.

Grow, Serve and Connect to our mission, to the children we serve and to our team! 
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In Memory of Bernie

We're on the Mural Building!
What's super-awesome, filled with books and wraps around 3 sides of the iconic "mural building" off of I-90?  That's right, a mural with a giant Bernie's Book Bank logo on it!  Executive Director, Brian Floriani, said "I used to drive past the mural building on our early book distributions and think, "Wouldn't it be cool to be on the mural?"  It's amazing to see our logo up there."

Next time you're headed into Chicago, look for the "mural building" between exits 48A & 48B !
Thanks to Wintrust Banks for their incredible support of Bernie's Book Bank and for literally helping make us part of the Chicago landscape!
P.S.  If you think this is as cool as we do, stay tuned for a special way to share our excitement!  Look for it your email box soon!
Join Team Bernie            
Whether you run, walk, bike, swim, ski or 
snowshoe -

Grow, Serve and Connect by joining Team Bernie!
For just $50 a year, you'll GROW personally while helping our mission and the children we serve GROW!

You'll enjoy special opportunities to SERVE others with Team Bernie members, including volunteering in our processing center, at summer distributions, and at race events.

You'll be helping to CONNECT at-risk children to high quality books, CONNECT new volunteers and supporters to our mission and CONNECT with other Team Bernie members as we GROW and
SERVE together!

Plus, you'll get a special, free Team Bernie t-shirt!


Join us for our 1st opportunity to Grow, Serve & Connect in 2014.

Sat., March 1st 1:00-3:00 pm at Bernie's Book Bank


RSVP to Amy Kappele at [email protected] 

We get asked all the time, "When is the best time of year to host a book drive?"  The answer is...ANYTIME!  

You can help us increase the number of children we serve by hosting a book drive at your school, church, synagogue, office or civic group.  We make it easy, simple and FUN!  
Just a few of the benefits:
  • Pick up of all books collected
  • Posters & Easel signage, professionally produced
  • Promotional flyers to be sent home and/or in emails
  • Collection bins 
  • Bookmarks for your group
Contact Brian at [email protected] to get started!

Dear Fellow Berniacs:


In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I have some valentines I'd like to send on behalf of the children we serve!


Dear donors of TIME, TALENT & TREASURE-We continue to be in awe of your selfless giving & continued belief in us as children, thank you so very much.


Dear Board of Directors-We are so thankful for your service and willingness to continue to guide Bernie's Book Bank towards a bright future for us, our pursuit of happiness improves every day because of you!


Dear Staff-We love you!  Your dedication & hard work WILL pay off!


And from me personally to all of YOU...Happy Valentine's Day-WE LOVE YOU for believing in us!


Much love,


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