8.1 MILLION BOOKS DISTRIBUTED TO AT-RISK CHILDREN SINCE 2009
Friends,

Bernie's Book Bank is fortunate to have so many incredible partners. This month we are excited to share three special offers for Bernie's Book Bank supporters. Enjoy a discount at an upcoming Chicago Wolves game and a discount to this month's Chicago Flower & Garden Show; both ticket purchases benefit Bernie's Book Bank! Stop by our Welcome Center this Friday & Saturday to shop for treasures from Forest & Found, a long-time donor to Bernie's Book Bank. Also, enjoy a video from AbbVie's talented StoryLab team in celebration of Reading Awareness Month in March. Our sponsors make it possible to distribute quality books to at-risk children. Thank you for supporting them- and us! 
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Our supporters can enjoy discounted tickets to this year's amazing Flower & Garden Show PLUS a portion of the proceeds benefit Bernie's Book Bank. Enter the promo code BBB2017 to purchase discounted tickets to the incredible show featuring activities for the entire family. 

Wolves
On Sunday April 9th at 4pm, the Chicago Wolves, with support from Rose Pest Control, will host a Bernie's Book Bank Fundraiser, donating $5 from every ticket to support our mission.  Please use offer code BERNIES. 



We are thrilled to announce the 2017 Book Lovers' Lunch speaker: Melanie Benjamin!  Co-chaired by Jacqueline Babb and Caroline Ceisel, the 6th annual Book Lovers' Lunch will be May 12, 2017. 

Melanie Benjamin is the best-selling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator's Wife, The Autobiog raphy of Mrs. Tom Thumb and others. 

 
Interested in attending? Purchase a ticket today! 
8 MILLION QUALITY BOOKS

In February, Bernie's Book Bank distributed its 8 MILLIONTH book since 2009. Your generosity- of time, dollars, books and more- is the reason we continue to meet and exceed our goal to increase book ownership among at-risk children throughout Chicagoland. Thank you! Together we hope to work towards our goal of serving 333,000 children annually and empower them to read their way to a better life. 

Looking for an easy way to support Bernie's Book Bank? Designate us as your AmazonSmile beneficiary! There is no extra cost to you, and when you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates to Bernie's Book Bank. Today only, Amazon has increased their donation amount to 5%! Check out Melanie Benjamin's bestsellers and feel great about supporting Bernie's Book Bank at every purchase. Shop now!
March is Reading Awareness Month 


In celebration of Reading Awareness, our generous sponsor AbbVie created a video featuring the children we serve.





Thank you to the AbbV AbbVieie StoryLab team! 

Shop this Friday & Saturday
Bernie's Book Bank is hosting its first ever pop-up shop with Forest & Found!  Forest & Found promotes conscious shopping and creative
reuse while raising funds for local charities- including Bernie's Book Bank!
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A Note From Brian:

I'd like to dedicate this newsletter to our team member, John Marshall, who we recently lost at the age of 39.
 
To quote my brother Bernie Floriani, Jr., "NOW, means everything."
 
Everyday, we are reminded what a GIFT life really is to all of us.
The ups, the downs, the successes, the failures, the struggles, the triumphs.......it's all part of the GIFT!
 
Thank YOU for all your support, for being a GIFT to the Bernie's Book Bank family and all the children we serve.
 
Worry less, forgive sooner, hug longer, laugh harder, rejoice more.




Brian Floriani
Executive Director/Founder
Bernie's Book Bank
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