City of St. Charles Seeks 1,500 Children’s Books for August Book Drive

City of St. Charles Seeks 1,500 Children’s Books for August Book Drive

The city of St. Charles is collecting children’s books in August for donation to Bernie’s Book Bank, the leading non-profit provider of quality books to at-risk children in the Chicagoland area.

The city’s ambitious goal is1,500 books. Collection bins are in the lobbies of the St. Charles Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St., and Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave.

New and gently used children’s books for ages birth through sixth grade are welcome. The city asks people NOT to donate workbooks, textbooks, coloring books, reference books or teacher’s guides.

Bernie’s Book Bank provides books to schools and social service organizations throughout the area, including those in St. Charles, Wasco, Elgin, West Chicago, and Carpentersville.

These organizations then distribute the books to at-risk children. Each child receives 12 books. More information is at

If you do not have any books but still want to participate, you can donate online at (type in “St. Charles” as the book drive name) or drop off your donation at the City Reception Desk. Just $8 provides 12 books to a child for a year.

If you have questions about the Book Drive, contact the City’s Human Resources Department at 630-377-4446.

SOURCE: city of St. Charles news release

About the City of St. Charles

Friendly neighborhoods, unique architecture, beautiful parks, cultural amenities and innovative schools have earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox.

Located in both DuPage and Kane counties, the city of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago, and has a population of approximately 33,000. More than 2,100 businesses, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants and manufacturing facilities, employ more than 18,000 people.

The city of St. Charles was named the #1 City for Families by Family Circle® magazine in 2011; one of the “150 Great Places in Illinois,” by the AIA Illinois; and one of the “Top 10 Towns To Live In” by West Suburban Living magazine.