How can you support Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission to increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland?
- Volunteer: Volunteers needed! Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to volunteer and experience how good helping others feels. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Drop-in during our scheduled volunteer hours or we can organize a convenient time for your religious, civic, corporate or social group to help sort, sticker and pack quality books for at-risk children.
- Donate Books: Give your children’s books a second life! We collect all new and gently used children’s books for birth through 6th grade readers. Drop off your extras or host a book drive and we will pick them up. Contact Rob for more details [email protected]
- Host an Event: Celebrate your next milestone, mitzvah, wedding or corporate meeting in our event space! Host 20-300 guests while supporting Bernie’s Book Bank’s mission to increase book ownership. Learn more
See Bernie’s Book Bank in action
Bernie’s Book Bank Reaches Goal to Distribute 1 Million+ Books this Summer to Chicago Area Children
William Blair Donation Makes Book Ownership a Reality for Over 100,000 Chicago Children
Bernie’s Book Bank, the leading provider of new and gently used books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area, continued to reach children in the summer months via three summer programs. Thanks to support from William Blair, this summer kicked off a commitment to provide 12 age-appropriate books to every child who registers for Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge. Additionally, Bernie’s Book Bank will distribute books to children in need via the Greater Chicago Food Depository Lunch Bus and the Northern Illinois Food Bank Summer Feeding program. Fall remains an active time, as Bernie’s Book Bank resumes its book distributions in nearly 400 Chicago-area schools. The hope is that by the end of the year, Bernie’s Book Bank will be positioned to collect, process and distribute 4 million quality books a year so that all at-risk children throughout Chicagoland will receive 12 quality books each year.
Rahm’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge is an award-winning 10 week summer drop-in program at the Chicago Public Libraries for children of all ages and their caregivers. Thanks to a substantial donation from William Blair, a global investment banking & wealth management firm, Bernie’s Book Bank will be distributing 12 books to every child who registers for Rahm’s Readers’ Summer Learning Challenge. Children can register for the program and pick up the free bags of age-appropriate books at all 80 Chicago Public Library branches. On designated Community Days, Bernie’s Book Bank and volunteers from William Blair will set up large bins separated by grade level where children can choose the 12 books that interest them most.
Bernie’s Book Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 27-0914453)