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Donations will cover Maplewood Book House's taxes

Donations will cover Maplewood Book House's taxes

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Oliver Manalang, 7, of St. Louis, reads in the children's section on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at The Book House independent Book Store in Maplewood. Due to community and customer dedication, many independent book stores thrive in the digital age. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

An Indigogo campaign and a lemonade stand will help The Book House pay $10,000 in taxes and expenses.

Owner Michelle Barron said this week that the response to her pleas has been phenomenal:

"We are so lucky to have so many customers and booklovers in Maplewood and the entire St. Louis area, we have also received donations from as far as Australia for our online campaign!! We are also talking with three potential 'partner/ investors' and have sold quite a few 'BOOK BONDS' to raise funds so we are golden. We have also negotiated a payment plan option with Mo. Dept. of Revenue and will probably have all our paperwork for our Merchant's License renewal this week."

Her emailed note came in respond to a question about the fundraising campaign. The Indiegogo campaign, which ends Saturday, has raised almost $7,000. 

She also said that she received about $1,700 from a lemonade stand fundraiser organized by students and additional funds from La Cosecha Coffee's "Share the Wealth" campaign.

The Book House moved from Rock Hill to Maplewood in 2013. Recently, two small struggling bookstores in the St. Louis area have announced they will close. Big Sleep Books' last day is to be June 30; STLBooks in Kirkwood says it will close July 4.

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