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“Choose Love…and Lemonade”

While thousands of people marched on Boston Common last Saturday, outside the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library, two third graders set up a lemonade stand with a twist.

“Lemonade for Peace” was the brainchild of Declan Haley (right) with the help of his friend James Selvitella, assisted by their awesome moms Elizabeth and Julie, respectively. With the Beatles playing in the background, Declan and James poured refreshing drinks for library patrons and passersby — $1/cup, with proceeds donated to Black Lives Matter Cambridge and the New England Holocaust Memorial.

Customers were also encouraged to decorate paper hearts and hang them in a nearby tree to create a community art installation (one memorable message: “When fascists give you lemons, make lemonade”).

The stand was a huge success, bringing in close to $250 before the kids ran out of product. Community building, activism, peaceful protest…and what better backdrop than a public library?

Here are some books about young people making a difference. For more from The Horn Book on social justice and activism, visit our Making a Difference landing page. Read Cambridge Day’s article about the lemonade stand.


Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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