|The Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library held its
first annual Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 26, 2011. With
over 100 people in attendance, the affair was deemed successful, popular and
fun. Here's how it came about.
"What can we do to say thanks?"
That was a recent topic of conversation between Paul Edwards, Branch
librarian and Maija Meadows, Children's librarian. In fact their
feelings represented all the staff at the Grove Hall Branch who love
their library and its place in the community - the builiding, the Grove
Hall neighborhood, the youth and youngun's, the parents and all the library patrons.
"What can we do to celebrate? How can we let everyone know how grateful we are?"
What about a cookout? Wouldn't that be great? Hamburgers, hot dogs,
relish, ketchup, buns, the smell of meat cooking on the grill. Oh, but
you would have to leave the library to do that. Probably not a good
What can we do inside the library - especially on a hot end-of-August
dog day - that everyone would enjoy? Yes! Let's invite the community
into the library to celebrate, but what will guarantee an enjoyable and
It didn't take long to get the right answer. Ice cream! Everyone
likes ice cream. How about an ice cream social? And this in a
building where it says: "Absolutely no food allowed!" Well, there are
exceptions to every rule especially when it comes to ice cream.
So the Grove Hall librarians reached out to the community to advertise the event, and
they invited their community partners to set up information tables.
Amy Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library, agreed to come. The
scoopers? Who else but two important political celebraties serving up
the ice cream: Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz.
At the count of 2:30 on Friday, August 26, 2011 Paul Edwards climbed the
magnificent stairs to the half-way mark and with the youth looking down
from the second floor and looking up from the first floor, he thanked
everyone for coming and invited us all to get in line for our favorite
flavor - chocolate, vanilla or a little of both.
Let you in on a secret: Between photos, guess what this reporter did. DELICIOUS!