Submitted by Bernie’s Book Bank
On Thursday, Dec. 19, Bernie’s Book Bank will distribute its 2 MILLIONth book at The Academy for Global Citzenship in Chicago. The distribution is scheduled for 10 a.m., when every child in the school will receive a bag of six books from Bernie’s Book Bank. A surprise holiday guest will be on hand to help celebrate as well distinguished board members, corporate sponsors and supporters.
“Reading is the single most important skill a child needs to learn,” says Bernie’s Book Bank Founder Brian Floriani, “but more than 60 percent of at-risk children have no age-appropriate books in their homes.* By pouring books into their homes, we can provide them with the basic tools that every child needs to succeed…books.”
Since its founding in December 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank has collected, processed and distributed 2 MILLION quality books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area. Today, the organization serves more than 75,000 children ANNUALLY in communities from Zion to the south side of Chicago.
Bernie’s Book Bank collects quality new and gently used books through schools, businesses, publishers, distributors and its growing Book Drop Network; processes books into age-appropriate, distribution-ready collections; and creates distribution partnerships with schools and other organizations that serve large populations of at-risk children. Each child served receives at least two bags of books per year from Bernie’s Book Bank until they complete 6th grade. The books are free and theirs to keep forever.
BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE – The Mission of Bernie’s Book Bank
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 living throughout Chicagoland.
The new goal of Bernie’s Book Bank is to be distributing 4 MILLION books per year by 2016. Bernie’s Book Bank is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill. For more information about Bernie’s Book Bank, visit www.berniesbookbank.org.
*(source: Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996).