October 2014 Newsletter
                 3,035,537 books distributed since December 2009!


If you are reading this, YOU are a SUPERHERO! 
You helped us reach a major milestone this week - more than 3 MILLION quality children's books collected, processed and distributed to at-risk children all over Chicagoland since December 2009! 
But we've only just begun! Our goal is to be collecting, processing and distributing 
4 MILLION BOOKS PER YEAR by 2016. So stick around - we need you now more than ever!
  • Donate Books
  • Volunteer
  • Invest in the children we serve
  • Share our mission
This Saturday, October 25th is Make a Difference Day! 
You can help by donating items to over 18 different non-profit organizations, including Bernie's Book Bank!
Just drive through and drop off 
items from the list from 9 am to 12 pm at the Winnetka Indian Hill Train Station.

You will be provided a tax donation receipt!
In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
Make A Difference Day
Book Lovers' Lunch Chicago Success
Welcome New Staff
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
3 MILLION books since December 2009 and now serve more than 95,000 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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The 1st Annual Book Lover's Lunch Chicago, held on Wednesday, October 15th, at the Union League Club of Chicago, was a great success. Over 130 guests attended the event in support of the children we serve.

The Book Lovers' Lunch featured a keynote presentation from Jamie Ford, award-winning author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost. In his presentation, Ford touched on the power of books and the impact they can have on children. Ford told a story of how he could have been one of the children Bernie's Book Bank serves. Growing up without books in his home, Jamie would collect bottles on the side of the road for money to buy books. He mentioned how the first time he saw New York City was in a Spiderman comic book.
Author Ford addresses guests
Guests enjoyed storytime, milk and cookies

Co-chairs with Brian Floriani & Jamie Ford.

Following the presentation was an earnest message from Bernie's Book Bank Founder and Executive Director, Brian Floriani. "I was so encouraged by the turn out of our first Book Lovers' Lunch Chicago," said Floriani.  "Jamie Ford was absolutely spectacular and we are so grateful for his endorsement of the work we are doing throughout Chicagoland.  The support this event garnished means a lot to us as an organization and will play a tremendous role in our continued growth!"

Thanks to our lovely guests, generous sponsors, hardworking staff and volunteers, and amazing event co-chairs: Jacqueline Babb of Glencoe, Jennifer Edgcomb of Chicago and Suzanne Mahoney of Lake Forest.

Meet Maggie Hays, our Fall Communications & Marketing Intern

Maggie first learned of Bernie's Book Bank through her mother, who had read about it in Make It Better magazine. Reading was a huge part of Maggie's childhood, and she knows how important book ownership is for a child's reading development and literacy skills. Maggie is a senior communication studies major at Northwestern University and she plans on learning all she can during her time as the fall semester Communication and Marketing Intern at Bernie's Book Bank. She knows she'll enjoy working here with such an incredibly friendly and talented staff and meeting all the wonderful volunteers at the processing center.

Meet Nick DeMarco, Distribution Specialist

Nick, one of our newest Distribution Specialists, has spent most of his professional career working with children of all ages.  He is a certified teacher and taught middle school science for four years. Nick also spent nearly 10 years assisting special needs children as an aid for his local park district.

Bernie's Book Bank has given Nick a chance to get back to making children's lives better again.  He believes nothing is more important to a child's education than reading, and book ownership is the key to growing the skill of reading.  Nick also tutors high school students in preparation for the ACT.

A father of two, Nick understands the impact Bernie's Book Bank has on families that can't give their children books.  Books have been an integral part of his life and his children's lives, and he is proud to be a part of something so vital for Chicagoland children's education and well-being. 


Dear Fellow Berniacs,

3 MILLION books collected, processed & distributed in just 5 years? 

That's amazing, considering just 5 years ago we were working out of a garage and distributing books with borrowed vans.

It's a testament to the dedication & hard work of literally thousands of folks who believe in providing at-risk children a sustainable source of quality Books for a Better Life.

YOU, have been a huge part of this success, thank you!

I want to also take this opportunity to welcome our newest team member Nick & intern Maggie.  We are SO grateful you are here!

I'd also like to personally thank our Book Lovers' Lunch Chicago committee Jennifer Edgcomb, Jacqueline Babb & Suzanne Mahoney as well as our staff and volunteers for an unbelievable first event in the city.

You continue to elevate your games and it is inspiring!  Thank you for your commitment to our mission.

Onward and upward.


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