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Teens who created Adopt A Book are looking for more passionate young readers to take over

Posted: 1:21 AM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 01:21:38-04

CINCINNATI — In 2011, a pair of 8-year-old twins put their heads together and created the nonprofit Adopt A Book. Hannah and Alex Laman have spent the years since collecting new and gently used children’s books to distribute in Cincinnati schools where children might not have access to home libraries.

In eight years, they’ve received and distributed over 160,000 books.

But they’re not children anymore. As Hannah and Alex prepare for college, they’re taking on more responsibilities that subtract time from their project.

“With all their school commitments and extracurricular activities, they’ve never said, ‘No, I can’t,’” their mother Angela Laman, said.

College might force them to finally take a step back. That’s why the pair are searching for a successor — a kid or a group of kids, like they were when they started the nonprofit.

Whoever it is should be passionate about reading, Alex said, and sincerely excited about where a free book can take a child.

The goal, as always, “is just to help others,” Hannah said.

Anyone interested in learning more about Adopt A Book, donating, volunteering or introducing the Lamans family to other passionate readers can visit the nonprofit online.