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Having distributed nearly 16 million quality books since 2009, Bernie’s Book Bank is working hard to hard to overcome Book Deserts in the Chicagoland area. The organization sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children,  giving those who qualify 12 books per year for 12 years. Founded by Brian Floriani as a tribute to his father, Bernie, who grew up without books, the nonprofit is dedicated to helping children from high-poverty communities gain knowledge through books and reading to enable a legitimate pursuit of happiness and the road to a better life.


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