Saturday, November 22, 2008

Little Friend of the Library

Time for a feel-good story, something we can really use amidst all the bad news that is so consistently being thrown at us twenty-four hours a day.

According to the Lake County News (California), one little girl wanted to make a difference at her local library so she raised enough money to buy eleven new children's books for Upper Lake's library:
Applying to Sunkist’s “Take a Stand” – its program to supply lemonade stands to community minded youth aged 7 to 12 – Miranda explained she wanted to give back to her community.

The lemonade stand arrived in late summer, after Miranda had begun her fourth grade year at Upper Lake Elementary School. Miranda asked for and received support for supplies from both Sentry Market and Hi-Way Grocery, who generously donated lemons, sugar and ice.

She also creatively handcrafted ribbon and bead bookmarks to supplement her sales and satisfy her non-thirsty patrons.

Miranda’s delicious, old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade was a satisfying surprise for those who stopped for refreshment on Sept. 13, a warm and sunny Saturday in front of the historic Upper Lake Library.

The proceeds of her effort netted $49.12 and in honor of her community spirit, the donation was matched by The Friends of the Lake County Library.

When questioned how she wanted her donation spent, Miranda emphatically responded, “More picture books and chapter books!”

This young lady’s efforts resulted in 11 new books for juvenile readers and to each book was affixed a special bookplate honoring its benefactor.
Just look at the proud smile on this little girl's face. If that doesn't make you feel good, nothing will.

Eight-year-old Miranda Huntley


  1. That's a wonderful story. Look at how proud she is! I wonder if she got to help pick the new titles?

  2. What a great story!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Oh, that made me all teary-eyed. Thanks for posting!

  4. I'm glad that y'all enjoyed the story as much as I did. I'm always a sucker for that kind of thing - and her smile was the icing on the cake.

  5. This is what I love about working with eight-year-olds! They are full of compassion, enthusiasm, and great ideas. Wonderful post!

  6. Aww, thanks. That is a wonderful story. What a great kid!

  7. Go, Miranda! That picture is practically the whole library. It's small.

  8. The size of the library makes her contribution that much more impressive. :-)

  9. Eight years old is one of the best ages ever, no doubt about it. :-)