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Monday, July 11, 2016

We ALL Scream for Ice Cream on July 16th

Just about everyone I know loves ice cream.  You don't have to ask me twice if I want any.  Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor.  So lucky for you the Roselle Public Library is having an Ice Cream Social this Saturday, July 16.  While the ice cream we serve probably will be vanilla, we'll have some great toppings to add to it.  I am getting such a taste for ice cream right now.

Ice cream has been a favorite of our United States Presidents as well.  During the summer of 1790, a merchant from New York kept records of President George Washington spending $200 for ice cream.  That was a pretty pricy treat back in those days.  After Washington's death, inventory records of Mount Vernon revealed "two pewter ice cream pots."  Now there was a man with a sweet tooth!  I wonder if that's why he had wooden teeth?

President Thomas Jefferson had a favorite 18-step recipe for a dessert that resembled a modern-day Baked Alaska.  Want to try his recipe?  Check it out here.  If you do try it, I'd love a sample!

Even in 1813, the wife of President James Madison, Dolley, served a magnificent strawberry ice cream creation at his second inaugural banquet at the White House.

During World War II, FDR made sure each branch of the military served their troops ice cream to keep up morale.  Each branch tried to outdo the others.  In 1945, the first "floating ice cream parlor" was built for sailors in the western Pacific.  When the war ended, America celebrated its victory with ice cream.  Over 20 quarts of ice cream was consumed by Americans in 1946.

While I don't think we'll consume that many quarts here at the library, you have to admit it would be fun trying.  So come in and celebrate summer and reading on Saturday, July 16 from 12-2 PM.  You'll get to create your own ice cream sundae masterpiece while you are here.  Plus there are fun games, face painting and prizes to be had.  Bring your sweet tooth!
How to Make Ice Cream for Kids
History of Ice Cream
Books about ice cream


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