Adopt A Book was founded as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation in 2011 by 14 year-old twins, Hannah and Alexander. The mission of their non-profit was based on their love of reading as well as awareness of hearing about kids in the Greater Cincinnati area who didn't own books of their own. We are an all-volunteer non-profit with the mission to increase family reading and literacy.
Over the past 5 years, Adopt A Book has:
distributed nearly 130,000 books to at-risk readers;
provided bookmarks, tote bags, reading buddies;
facilitated over 585+ book drives with local businesses, school groups and individuals;
presented at many community events encouraging literacy;
established a reading room and dozens of reading spaces to encourage reading in the Cincinnati area;
partnered with Ride for Reading's mission in promoting literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods for the past two years;
distributed books to the homeless and underprivileged families for the last four years at Give Back Cincinnati Fall Feast on Thanksgiving Day;
teamed up with the Cincinnati Police "Right to Read" campaign in providing books to the children served in this program.
Additionally, Adopt A Book has been able to help offset the costs to over 100 local programs such as Hamilton County Educational Services Center, Preschool Promise, Cincinnati Early Learning Center, YWCA HIPPY, Talbert House, ProKids serving children in need.
We believe children and adolescents need to read, as we believe literacy contributes to school and life success.The financial donations we receive goes to offset the costs associated with the purchase of new reading material requests especially in other languages; our storage unit that is used for storing the books when preparing for deliveries, print costs for bookmarks, website hosting and development of new marketing materials to encourage book drives. We have a need to increase our storage facility that would allow more volunteers to help sort/count/prepare the books for distribution within our city.
“It’s really important to give back to others, especially if it’s going towards a child’s education,” said Hannah Laman. “I love to read and couldn’t imagine what it would be like to not have access to books or even own a book of my own, “ said Alexander Laman.