One of Brian Floriani’s favorite letters is the handwritten missive from a Chicago Public Schools fourth grader named Makaila addressed to “Mr. Bernie,” thanking him for a bag of books. Writing that she “just wants to hug you tight,” because she is so excited to read the books she has received, she adds that she already read one of the books in the car during her ride home from school.

“But I was wondering,” Makaila asks, “do you have like a room filled with books?”

Picture Source: Photo courtesy of Bernie’s Book Bank

SOURCE ( Claire Kirch /