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Bernie's Book Bank to attempt world record for largest book pyramid


Bernie's Book Bank and International Keynote Speaker, Ryan Avery, are
teaming up to attempt a new Guinness World Record for the largest book
pyramid on July 27, 2018 at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Bluff, Ill.

The current world record for the largest book pyramid stands at 70,247
books. Bernie's Book Bank and Ryan Avery plan to more than double the
current record, using 144,000 quality children's books. The number
144,000 represents the 144 quality books Bernie's Book Bank provides to
every child it serves from birth through 6th grade.

"Our goal with the Breaking History movement is to bring attention to
big issues affecting our local communities," Avery said. "The team at
Bernie's Book Bank has spent countless hours preparing to break this
world record to spotlight the at-risk children they serve and we look
forward to seeing the pyramid stand tall when the final 144,000th
book is added on July 27th."

Bernie's Book Bank CEO, Darrin Utynek, highlighted the importance of the
world record attempt to the organization's mission.

"Breaking the world record for the largest book pyramid is a unique way
to raise awareness for the work Bernie's Book Bank is doing to solve the
literacy crisis," Utynek said. "Once the pyramid is built, the 144,000
books will be distributed to the at-risk children Bernie's Book Bank

The brand-new books for the pyramid have been generously donated by a
variety of publishers. Presenting sponsor, ABDO Publishing, based in
Minneapolis, Minnesota donated more than 100,000 books for the
record-breaking pyramid.

Additional books for the pyramid were donated by American Book Company,
Better World Books, Book Depot, Capstone Publishing, Children's Plus,
Inc., Cottage Door Press, Flowerpot Press, Follett, Hachette Book Group,
Independent Publishers Group, Kane Press, Lerner Publishing Group,
Mascot Books, Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House,
ReaderLink Distribution Services, LLC., Simon & Schuster, Time Inc.
Books and U.S. Media Partners.

To make the pyramid a reality, Bernie's Book Bank needs community
volunteers July 25-27. Visit
for more information.

A Guinness World Record representative plans to be onsite to declare the
official status of the pyramid. Following the pyramid completion,
Bernie's Book Bank will host a celebration to commemorate the
record-breaking event. Volunteers and supporters are welcome to enjoy
refreshments beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The celebration is
generously supported by Catering by Michaels and Terlato Wine Group.
Ongoing support provided by AbbVie, KPMG, William Blair, Wintrust and
Zebra enable Bernie's Book Bank to empower 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland
children to read their way to a better life.

About Bernie's Book Bank:

Founded as a 501(c)(3) in September of 2009, Bernie's Book Bank sources,
processes and distributes children's books to significantly increase
book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children
throughout Chicagoland. Bernie's Book Bank delivers 12 quality books per
year to at-risk children; book ownership enables and empowers them in
their pursuit of a brighter future and a better life through reading.
For more information about Bernie's Book Bank, visit

About Ryan Avery and Breaking History:

Ryan Avery is the youngest world champion of public speaking in history
and Breaking History is the movement where people come together to break
world records around BIG issues affecting our local communities.

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