JAY — Brothers Avery and Austin Cook took their mother’s suggestion to set up a lemonade-and-cookie stand to heart.

Avery, 6, and Austin, 4, decided to donate the $40 they earned during a yard sale at their grandfather Jeff Boivin’s house on Main Street to the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. 

They love the library. 

“Our favorite part of going to the library is getting books,” both Avery and Austin said. 

Austin helped his mother Randi Cook make chocolate chip cookies while Avery was at school. 

The stand was set up, the cookies made and regular and strawberry lemonades were ready to be poured. Austin was in charge of pouring the regular lemonade, he said. Avery poured the strawberry.


The boys said they had fun pouring and earning money for the library. The cookies and drinks were offered for donations only.

Sometimes people gave change, while others gave $10, Randi Cook said.

“I liked giving (the money) to the library,” Austin said.  “I like listening to mom read books.”

Avery is going into first grade and has begun to read. He and his brother love Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. In fact, the boys returned “My New Friend Is So Fun,” to the library Thursday.

“I was very proud that they wanted to donate the money to the library,” Randi Cook said. 

Not only do the boys like to look at and read books at the library, they also like to play with some of the toys, including dinosaurs and finger puppets.

While there on Thursday, a nest with three bird puppets caught Avery’s attention while Austin chose a stuffed animal that resembled a loon to look over.

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Austin Cook, 4, left, and his brother, Avery, 6, both of Jay, look through the pages of “My New Friend Is So Fun” by Mo Willems on Thursday at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. With the help of their mother, Randi Cook, the boys raised $40 for the library through donations at a yard sale.

Avery Cook, 6, left, and his brother, Austin Cook, 4, both of Jay, worked with their mother, Randi Cook, to set up a lemonade and cookie stand to benefit the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay. They raised $40 in donations.

Austin Cook, 4, left, and his brother, Avery, 6, both of Jay, raised $40 for the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay by offering lemonade and cooks at a yard sale. The boys look over “My New Friend Is So Fun,” one of the books in their favorite series, Elephant & Piggie, by Mo Willems. 

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