Students build libraries with free books

More than 2,000 books given to local children

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.

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