April 2015
3,784,501 books distributed since December 2009!

Looking for a free and meaningful activity to do with your family over Spring Break?
Volunteer in our processing center to sort, sticker and bag books.  
We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Mondays: 3:30 -5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Don't miss your chance to meet the lovely, funny, and engaging Allison Pataki.  She is the bestselling author of
The Accidental Empress and The Traitor's Wife and our featured guest for the upcoming Book Lovers' Lunch on Friday, May 1st.

Here's what she had to say after her recent visit to our processing center:
"Thank you for a great evening Bernie's Book Bank! I was blown 
away by my meeting with founder Brian Floriani and deeply moved to see the work happening in that warehouse. Volunteers & passionate full-time workers coming together to put MILLIONS of books in the hands of children who would otherwise never have the opportunity to own a book! I am so looking forward to the Bernie's Book Bank Book Lovers Lunch, and will be honored to give the keynote address. Perhaps even more so, I am so looking forward to getting back to that warehouse and getting my hands into those book piles as a volunteer!"
In This Issue
Thank You From A Child
Spring Break Volunteering
Bestselling Author Allison Pataki
Exciting Raffle Prizes
Chicago Parent Playdate
Big Thank You to Half Price Books
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 over 
3.7 MILLION books since December 2009 and now serve more than 100,000 at-risk children annually.

Our Goal
To collect, process and distribute 4 MILLION books per year, serving all estimated 400,000 at-risk children in the Chicagoland area with 12 quality books per year by 2016.
Get Involved
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Check out these exciting raffle prizes!  Drawings will be held at the Book Lovers' Lunch on May 1, but you need not be present to win!

1. Allison Pataki Personal Appearance
2. Exquisite One-of-a-Kind Necklace
3. Golf Lessons with Executive Director Brian Floriani
4. Hors d'oeuvres from Longitud315 for 25
5. CTX Speed Virtual Racing Experience for 6
6. High Tea at The Drake Hotel for 4
7. Cubs Home Game Tickets for 4

You choose which raffle to enter. One winning ticket will be drawn for each prize offered.

Tickets: 1 for $25 or 5 for $100
100% of ticket sales support Bernie's Book Bank's mission!
Mark your calendar for family fun!
The Chicago Parent Playdate will be held at The Accelerated Center in Northbrook from 
10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 26, 2015. 

Packed with lots of opportunities for engaging hands-on fun and top-notch local entertainment, the Chicago Parent 

Playdate will feature activities such as:
Speed Pitch with the Schaumburg Boomers, Pop-A-Shot with the Chicago Sky, sports games, train rides, bounce houses, face painting and a bungee run like no other.The Playdate will have an entertainment stage supported by media partner 101.9 FM WTMX The Mix with kids' performers Istvan & His Imaginary Band, Miss Jamie's Farm, Rita Rose, Storytown Improv, Tunes & Balloons by Great Scott, Mary Macaroni, The Storybook Mom, Light Opera Works, and Fairytale Theater by Golden Feather Productions. 

A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Bernie's Book Bank! 
Families who donate five used books for Bernie's Book Bank will receive a special Chicago Parent backpack.

Visit ChicagoParent.com/Playdate for advance tickets.

We are so grateful for the support of local Half Price Books stores!  They have donated 85,000
books in the last year for the children we serve.
Visit their locations in and tell them we sent you!
  • Algonquin
  • Bloomingdale
  • Highland Park
  • Naperville
  • Niles
  • Palatine
  • Schaumburg

Dear Fellow Berniacs,


Spring IS here so let Bernie's Book Bank help you spring out of the cold winter and into the warmth of action!


Bernie's Book Bank offers many diverse, fun and easy ways to plug in and support our mission.


This spring, please consider the following:

  • attend the 2015 Book Lovers' Lunch, bring a friend.  We guarantee you will enjoy featured author Allison Pataki
  • clean off your children's bookshelves and share the love of books with a child in need
  • get a group together (book club, church, synagogue, work, neighborhood friends) and schedule a volunteer session; it's simple easy and fun
  • send this month's newsletter to your email list
  • like us on Facebook and share our exciting news with friends

Thank you in advance-we are so grateful for your belief in us!

Brian's signature 

Brian Floriani

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