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Wilmette’s Happy Helpers (left to right, back row) Sam Swain, Will Swain, Jasmine Kelso, Sophia Burnell, Lilly Lipford; (front row) Jackson Burnell, Spencer Burnell, Katie Kelly, Kate Swain, Teagan Carleton, Natalie Burnell, Charlotte Yager-Madden, meet up at Vattmann Park. Alexa Burnell/22nd Century Media
Alexa Burnell, Freelance Reporter
5:14 am CDT August 28, 2019

New Trier Township reported that a record-breaking 9,000 books were collected during its fourth annual Bernie’s Book Bank Drive, which ran from July 9 through Aug. 9. 

Jack Macholl, township communications director and brainchild behind the initiative, said the 2019 drive was the most successful ever, crediting the community for their generosity.