A handful Maplewood kids found out Thursday that they can really make a difference.
The Book House moved to Maplewood (7352 Manchester Road) about a year and a half ago, and is trying to pay off debts incurred in the buildout of their new space, which previously sat vacant for 20 years. They started a crowd sourcing campaign to raise $10,000, which they say will allow them to pay the debts, or they’ll be forced to close at the end of June.
Two Maplewood moms, Anne Cummings and Kristen Smelser, thought maybe their kids could hold a lemonade stand to help out. Smelser said her kids were pumped.
“Absolutely, instantly, they were like, we need a Book House,” she said.
Smelser said her goal this summer was to teach her kids to be a little selfless, so even if the sale made only $20 it was a success as far as she was concerned. It made much more than that. The two-hour sale of lemonade, baked goods and kid-made crafts pulled $1,704 to keep the Book House open.
Neighbor, Michelle Schiller-Baker, bought a few items.
“Last night on the news I saw these little kids. I said, my god—children who want to read and keep a book store open and they’re willing to make all these things—gotta show up,” she said. “They spent their own time and resources. This is a really wonderful story about what’s good in the St Louis area.”