Irwin Herman, aka "The Bookman" receives a constant stream of thank you letters from grateful clients, as well as numerous awards from community groups. Having donated books to hundreds of organizations, Irwin and his crew have a wall full of accolades. Here are just a select few of the organizations that have dealt with The Bookman: ›
Distinguished Service Award from San Diego County Sheriff's Department for 25 years of service providing reading and learning materials to inmates.
2008 Global Awareness Award from the
San Diego Peace Corps Association
The Bookman keeps a map showing the countries he has
Hundreds of letters, posters, cards, awards, and
The Bookman's awards include:
May 2008 Global Awareness Award from San Diego Peace Corps Association
November 2007 George Washington Honor Medal from Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge
June 2007 Continuing Service Award from the California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students
February 2004 Award of Merit from the California Teachers of English
June 2003 Certificate of Appreciation from Mueller Charter School
June 2002 Certificate of Award from Hamilton Elementary School
June 2002 Certificate of Appreciation from San Diego County Office of Education
October 2001 Certificate of Appreciation for delivering over 1 milllion books for inmates in custody of the San Diego Sheriff's Department
August 2001 Certificate of Appreciation from the Men's Advisory Council
July 2000 Certificate of Appreciation from Lockheed Martin IMS
1999-2000 Citizen of the Year from the San Diego Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa
October 1999 Certificate of Appreciation from Choice Summit Schools
July 1999 Certificate of Appreciation from Homey's Youth Foundation of San Diego
1998 Outstanding Service Award from the Alpha Project
Invitation to run in the 1996 Olympic Torch relay
August 15, 1996 feature story in San Diego Reader
December 1995 Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Bureau of Prisons
June 1995 Volunteer Appreciation Certificate from the Federal Bureau of Prisons
1995 Leadership Award from San Diego Channel 10
1994 Literacy Awards
March 1993 nomination for White House Golden Rule Award
Featured in 4 columns by Peter Rowe of the San Diego Union-Tribune from 1997 through 2000
Numerous features on San Diego Channel 9's Rod Luck Show
The Bookman doesn't limit his efforts to San Diego. On the internet is a posting by a teacher at an English language school in Korea with the following statement: "I received a letter from him (Herman) that reads, in part, 'I can give you whatever you need in English books. Please advise your needs and arrange shipping. Books are free, a gift from the people of San Diego to you. The cost of shipping would be your expense.'"
Another accolade to the Bookman found on the internet,
from the Holy Trinity School
in El Cajon, states very well his zeal and importance to our society. It reads,
in part; "Holy Trinity School received a donation of
over 250 books÷ for classroom libraries.
"The afternoon Mr. Herman handed over a contribution to Holy Trinity School, he had just sent more than 5,000 books to the R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Examples of Mr. Herman's generosity include book donations to Social Advocates for Youth, San Diego City College youth outreach programs, the Drug Court Program of San Diego County, senior citizens, homeless shelters, schools, basically anyone who wants to read or learn. No one who meets Mr. Herman can miss his love of people, books and for his ministry. Also, no one leaves a visit with Mr. Herman without learning something - about people and places in San Diego, about his trip to Jerusalem, or about his experience carrying the Olympic torch. Like the books he gives away, Mr. Herman also will reveal a universal truth about life through sharing personal stories and also by his example of the joy of selfless giving."
The Bookman is a unique organization dedicated to providing free books to anyone who wants and needs them. For your next donation drive, consider collecting money or books for The Bookman. The Bookman is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, so gifts are tax-deductible.
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Last updated May 2014