Rose Pest Solutions excitedly teams up with Northwestern Athletics and Bernie’s Book Bank to create Books for Buckets, a book donation program through local community sports. To date, Rose has donated 5,780 books to at-risk children throughout Chicagoland through Bernie’s Book Bank and the Chicago Wolves’ Score for Charity program. We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together this basketball season! Read on for more details on the program, book drop-off locations, and a look inside Bernie’s Book Bank. Plus, we have an awesome reward for those that donate!


Team Up with Rose to Encourage Literacy!

As part of the Books for Buckets campaign, Rose Pest Solutions will donate a set of 12 books through Bernie’s Book Bank for every three-point basket the Northwestern Men’s Basketball team makes throughout the 2018-2019 season. Fans are encouraged to exchange their gently used children’s books for tickets to see our Wildcats in action. For every 6 books donated, participants will be awarded 1 ticket to a non-conference Northwestern Men’s Basketball Game and will be entered into a contest to win an exclusive Northwestern Basketball VIP experience.


Bernie’s Book Bank

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Bernie’s believes that increased book ownership will help grow literacy and greatly impact a child’s ability to gain access to tools that can help them throughout their endeavors into adulthood.

Every child should be able to read their way to a better life.

Recently, several Rose staff visited Bernie’s Book Bank to see what the day-to-day processing looks like as books enter the center, pass inspection, get categorized, and are bagged up to be sent to a child in need. Scroll to the bottom for some more photos from our visit. 


Rose Pest Solutions staff meets up with Bernie’s Book Bank to plan the Books for Buckets campaign
From left: Rosie Boeing, Erin Anthony, Howard Sipe, Curtis Rand, Brian Floriani, Janelle Iaccino, Darrin Utynek 

Types of Books to Donate

In order to help our program reach it’s highest level of success we are asking our communities to help us encourage literacy by donating gently used books. We ask that the books are in good condition (i.e. proper binding, no holes or ripped pages), and are age- appropriate for children birth-6th grade. Bernie’s Book Bank asks: Please, no books pertaining to holidays and religion, no text books. 

How to Donate

Rose Pest Solutions and Northwestern will be hosting a book donation drive at the football game on October 27th at Ryan Field as the Wildcats take on the Badgers. Fans are able to make drop-offs as early as 3 hours prior to kick-off! 

If you are unable to attend the game, books can be dropped off directly to Bernie’s Book Bank between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday between November 1st and December 1st. While donating, make sure to mention you are donating for the Books for Buckets donation drive to receive your basketball ticket.

Bernie’s Book Bank
917 N Shore Dr. Lake Bluff, IL 60044

Rose Pest Solutions will also be hosting multiple book donation drop-offs within our own facilities to make donating from within your neighborhood even more accessible. 

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414 Frontage Rd
Northfield, IL 60093

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1809 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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271 Larkin STE A
Wheeling, IL 60090

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Lombard, IL 60148



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