December 2014                                        3,275,969 books distributed since December 2009!


We are SO close to reaching our goal to collect, process and distribute 1.3 MILLION quality books to the children we serve in 2014 - but we need your help to get there!

We have added & extended volunteer sessions in the next week and we welcome you to bring a friend or your family and come on in!  We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.  

Volunteer Appreciation Month is going on now, so don't miss your chance to enter our raffles, especially our raffle for a SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 4 NOOK 7.0 - valued at $199!

If you can attend all or part of one of these sessions, please R.S.V.P. here.

Thursday, Dec. 11

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 16

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Month is going on now!
Don't miss your chance to win a SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 4 NOOK 7.0
Valued at $199


In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
Special Volunteer Sessions
Volunteer Appreciation Month
Barnes & Noble Holiday Drive
Welcome Our New Distribution Specialist
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
3.2 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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$50 gift card generously 
donated by one of our many supporters

You could win a $50 Target gift card just by giving us the names of 2 groups that you think would enjoy volunteering in our processing center!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do - and we will need more volunteers to reach our goal of serving all of the estimated 300,000 at-risk children in Chicagoland.

So please click the link below and give us 2 group referrals - we'll enter you into a drawing to win a $50 Target gift card to be held on January 5, 2015!  

Got more than 2 groups to share?  Fill out the form twice and double your chances to win!

Remember, we welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities!  Volunteering in our processing center is a great way team building experience!  Think scout troops, sports teams, religious groups, book clubs, school clubs, corporate groups, small businesses, service groups, family reunions and more!

We had a great fall with our Marketing Intern, Maggie Hays. She did a great job for us as we continue to grow our internship program.  Unfortunately for us, her internship program is finished. We will miss Maggie but she'll always be part of the Bernie's Book Bank family!


So that means we have 2 internships open for the Winter/Spring semester!  We're looking for go-getters interested in Non-profit Management and/or Communications & Marketing.  You'll gain valuable professional experience and have fun! Both positions are eligible for college credit.


Please welcome our newest Distribution Specialist, Andy Donovan!  He will be working with our growing Collections & Distribution team to collect, process and distribute quality books to the children we serve!

Andy heard about Bernie's Book Bank through a family member who teaches at a school that is served by the organization and who also volunteers.  He was drawn in by our "efficiency, focus, and reach." 


A recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a degree in Community Health Education, Andy is eager to establish a career in outreach.  He has a passion for strategies which empower youth with the tools to gain ownership of their education and their future.  He brings a background in grant writing, public health, and university research. 

He is looking forward to establishing positive relationships with the schools, WIC Centers and the children served by Bernie's Book Bank.  Andy says he's optimistic about the future and "proud to be a part of the organization that will continue to have such profound impact in the Chicago area."



Dear Fellow Berniacs,


For me, December always means reflecting on the past 12 months but also looking forward to the year ahead.


We, YOU and us,  have accomplished so much over the past year.  We have a lot to celebrate.


What is most important is that by year's end, we will have reached our goal for the year to collect, process and distribute more than 1.3 MILLION quality children's books to more than 100,000 at-risk children all over the Chicagoland.

In addition, we have laid a solid foundation for tremendous growth in 2015 as we march forward to serve every at-risk child in Chicagoland with 12 books a year from birth thru 6th grade.


2015 is shaping up to be a monumental year in the history of Bernie's Book Bank, so put on your seatbelts...the next 12 months will be an awesome ride!


On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children we serve, our team and our Board of Directors, have the happiest of holidays and thank you for all you do to help us provide Books for a Better Life for so many children that need them.


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Brian Floriani

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