The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The program is now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“The Little Library” that Hannah Laman helped establish is located along the Loveland Bike Trail in Historic Loveland. (File Photo)

The program judges recognized eight Ohio students as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Hannah Laman, 15, of Loveland, Ohio, a freshman at Loveland High School was one of them.

Laman co-founded a charity called “Adopt a Book” to benefit kids in need, and since 2011 has led initiatives that collected and distributed more than 130,000 new and gently-used children’s books to more than 100 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Hannah also established and now maintains a Little Free Library in her own community, and donated a number of bookshelves and “reading buddies” to help kids and child organizations create personal reading spaces.

(Read this Loveland Magazine story from 2013 about Layman’s Little Free Library in Loveland.)


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