Bernie’s Book Bank will deliver 2,200 free books to Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 students on Monday.
Last spring, the district became a partner of Bernie’s Book Bank, a Lake Bluff-based nonprofit.
The organization calls itself the “leading provider of quality books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area.”
The organization, founded in 2009, has delivered more than 12 million books to children across the region, according to a statement sent to the Northwest Herald.
Students from District 47’s Title I schools – Canterbury Elementary, Coventry Elementary and North Elementary, along with students from Hannah Beardsley Middle School and the Wehde Early Childhood Center – are eligible to receive free books through the program.
There will be two deliveries on Monday.
A truck will deliver books at 9:15 a.m. to Hannah Beardsley, before heading for Coventry, Canterbury and Wehde.
Another truck will head to North Elementary at 9:15 a.m.
A Bernie’s Book Bank distribution consists of one bag of six books for every child.
Book drops typically are done twice a year in the fall and spring. The books are categorized by grade level and sorted for quality and age appropriateness.
According to the organization, children’s book ownership, starting at a very young age, is imperative to gaining an appreciation for books and fostering a life of literacy and critical thinking.