Come to The Bean (at the corner of Second Avenue and East Third Street) in NYC’s scenic East Village tomorrow from 9am to 5pm to buy some lemonade and support the Neighborhood School Library! As you may know, a perfect storm of budget issues (federal and local) means the school lost funding for both its library and its art program. Thanks to a lot of folks’ generosity and hard work, library and art are both safe for 2012-13. But we’re trying to use the momentum we have now to protect these programs for longer than one year. The Bean generously offered to host a fundraiser for us (they’ll match what we earn up to $1000); the kids will be selling art and bracelets they’ve made, as well as fabulous kid-designed notecards and travel mugs (which the Bean will provide a week of free coffee refills for) and of course, there’s lemonade: Chef Marcus Samuelsson donated a special ginger-mint limeade recipe (and time permitting, he’ll come by to sample it himself) and the kids are making their favorite traditional lemonade. If you can’t come by, please donate online!

Behold, some of the marvelous products you can purchase!

a scary dinosaur-attack tote bag!

an astonishingly marvelous owl-adorned travel mug!

delectably heavy kid-designed notecards!

a fashion-forward flowery boot-stamped tote bag!

tiny one-of-a-kind artworks!

whimsical dandelion tote bag!

Plus bracelets I have not seen yet, designed by Grace Chang’s third graders, and artisanal fancypants limeade created by a handsome man!

Look into my eyes. I am handsome. Buy some lemonade.

UPDATE: There are still some owl mugs and dandelion totes available. (Everything else sold out, yay.) Convo me. Wait, this isn’t Etsy. Or Regretsy. Just email me or send pigeon if you wanna buy something. And make a reservation for dinner at scenester spot Beauty & Essex on the LES on June 27 and mention TNS and Chef Chris Santos will donate $10 to the TNS art program for every person in your party, whoo.

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