Everyday Games collects over 1,200 books for local schools

Amara Cole sorts books for Adopt a Book.
Village of Batavia business owner, Summer Tyler, was able to collect over 1,100 books for local nonprofit, Adopt a Book.

Adopt a Book is dedicated to providing at-risk kids with books of their own. The nonprofit serves to foster literacy and a love of reading by distributing new and gently used books to disadvantaged children. To date, 90,000 books have been distributed to children, schools and other nonprofit agencies, in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Tyler, CEO of Everyday Games, an educational board game manufacturer, is a former Executive Director of both an adult literacy and a family literacy program. Her familiarity with the struggles of people who cannot read fluently is one of the reasons she started her game company, and the reason she supports the mission of Adopt a Book.

Tyler operates Everyday Games with her nine-year old granddaughter, Amara Cole. Cole, a Mt. Washington resident, is the daughter of Reagan Cole. She is a fourth grade student at Locust Corner Elementary School in New Richmond. Cole helped sort the boxes of books Tyler had collected, over 1,100 in all. The two spent over three hours examining each book to determining if the books were gently used and suitable for donating to children.

“It was obvious that some of the books were really treasured and read over and over,” said Tyler

Tyler previously tutored students in reading at Mt Orab Elementary in Brown County, and she was happy to deliver a portion of the collected books to the school. In Clermont County, she delivered over 150 books earmarked for the children of residents at the James Sauls Homeless Shelter. The balance of the books were donated to UpSpring, in Northern Kentucky, the region’s only non-profit exclusively serving the educational needs of homeless children and youth.

“My favorite part about sorting was seeing the gorgeous illustration and titles of the books,” said Cole. “It really makes me happy that Adopt a Book can help kids finally read at home, and be able to keep the book instead of giving it back.”

Cole, who came up with the game business idea at age five, likes that Adopt a Book was started by 13 year-old twins, Hannah and Alexander Laman, in November of 2011. The children, who love to read, were inspired to act, after they heard about children in Cincinnati who didn’t own books. Their mother, Angela Laman, acts as the Executive Director of Adopt a Book.

“March was an amazing and busy month for us and we could not have done it without the support and involvement of so many volunteers, such as Summer Tyler and Amara Cole, who helped sort, count, pick up and deliver books,” said Laman. “In March alone, we collected over 7,556 books. We are off to a great start in 2016.”

Adopt A Book accepts monetary donations and new and gently used books. Books are donated a few at a time or by boxes. To make a donation of books or to hold organize a book drive, contact Angela Laman at info@adoptabookohio.org.

Monetary donations can be made payable to: Adopt a Book, and mailed to: 11918 Foxgate Way, Loveland, Ohio 45140. For more information about Adopt a Book and its mission, go to www.adoptabook.org or www.facebook.com/Adoptabookohio or call 513-335-5014.