August 2014 Newsletter
                        2,793,762 books distributed since December 2009!


We had a great summer with our interns, Elizabeth Blasko and Eric Decker. They did an amazing job and have taken our internship program to a whole new standard.  


Unfortunately for us, it's time for them to return to school. We will miss them but they will always be part of the Bernie's Book Bank family!


So,that means that

we have 2 internships open for the Fall semester!  We're looking for a go-getter interested in Non-profit Management or Communications & Marketing.


You'll gain valuable professional experience and have fun! Both positions are eligible for college credit.




There are just 2 sponsorship spots remaining for the 2014 BIRDIES & BOOKS CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC.  We're very excited to be hosting this year's event at the historic Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest on Monday, September 8.
Many local and national corporate sponsors are participating in this event including AON, GE Capital, Coyote Logistics, Coldwell Banker, William Blair, Liberty Health Supply, RCP Advisors, PWC, Albert Whitman Publishing, Multimetal, Russell Logistics and more! 

Since its inception, Birdies & Books has provided its participants with a unique and meaningful golf experience that brings them much closer to the mission and work of Bernie's Book Bank.

Interested in being a sponsor for this event? CLICK HERE TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  But hurry, there are just 2 spots remaining!
In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
Fall Internships Available
Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic
Thank You to Family 5,000 Club
Schedule a Fall 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 2.7 MILLION books since December 2009 and now serve more than 90,000 at-risk children annually.

Our Goal
To collect, process and distribute 4 MILLION books per year, serving all estimated 300,000 at-risk children in the Chicagoland area with 12 quality books per year by 2016.
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We are so grateful to all of the families that joined the FAMILY 5,000 CLUB to

and set a family goal of collecting 5,000 books!  They reached out to neighbors, friends and family, got creative and worked hard!  Meet two of the families who reached their goal!


The Stein Family of Volo

"Yeah we did it!...5,336 books with 57 generous donors! What an amazing experience this was for our family! It was like Christmas when we would return home and find a box or bag of books on our door step. We are so very thankful that our family, friends and neighbors were so generous with their donations so we could help get books in the hands of those children who otherwise would not have them!"
Mady at the first pick up.
Mady & Daddy counting books in piles of 10s.
Mady with her goal chart.

The McLean Family of Libertyville

"My family (my mom, Irene Karnazes, my 3 daughters, (Emily, Maddy and Ally) along with myself and my husband Dave) all wanted to help get more books into kids hands.
The McLean Family of Libertyville
(Irene not pictured).

So, what better way than to collect 5,000 books for Bernie's Book Bank!  We had amazing connections and the people who helped us out were so wonderful in achieving our goal this summer!  A huge thank you to the head librarian, Tanya Surdick at Butterfield School, The lovely people at Libertyville Covenant Church, and our friends and family for all of their donations as well! 


It takes a community to come together to help out thesechildren and that is just what the people of Libertyville did! What a great experience for such a terrific and worthwhile cause! We should really be thanking YOU for all we gained."

Inspired by the success of the FAMILY 5,000 CLUB families?  Then schedule a fall book drive!  It's a fun and meaningful project for your children's school, church or synagogue, business or civic group.  Get your sports team or book group on board! 

Our Book Collections Manager, Dawn Watrous, will give you everything you need for a successful drive including:
  • posters
  • flyers (print and email)
  • bookmarks
  • collection bins
  • pick up of all books collected

Email Dawn: [email protected]

A Message from Brian

Dear Fellow Berniacs,


It's always amazing how summer comes...and summer goes.

We have had a wonderful summer at Bernie's Book Bank and very proud of our record summer; from book collections, to volunteer hours, to books distributed and children served.


We are so grateful for the continued confidence and support of all of our volunteers, ambassadors, champions, funders, book donors, event committee members and Board of Directors who make it all possible.


But this month, I'd like to celebrate our STAFF!

We have an unbelievable team of highly skilled and dedicated staff and interns who continue to work hard every day to not only serve more children but become a better organization.


I appreciate their love for the mission, sacrifice, unity, compromise, professionalism, humor, collaboration, care, dedication to excellence, willingness to grow, grace, belief, patience and most of all, GRIT.


At Bernie's Book Bank we subscribe to some age-old sage advice when a challenge arises, "rub some dirt on it"!


I must say that I am proud and honored to "rub some dirt on it" with our family of staff, THANK YOU!



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Founder & Executive Director
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