|Ice Cream Social Better than Last Year
Better even that last year's event, the 2012 Grove Hall Library Ice
Cream Social was excellent - well organized and very popular with the
Freshly scooped cones of vanilla or chocolate ice cream were quickly
melted into waiting mouths, very little of it lost to falling drops of
This year the serving area was moved further into the library and away
from the circulation desk, thus allowing library patrons to continue to
check out books without being surrounded by a crowd of youth.
The space from the circulation desk and in front of the entry doors
provided a great spot for service organizations to be set up including
More Than Wheels and Roxbury Community College (see below).
Live Jazz Group Upstairs
A new addition this year was live music providing a pleasant
ambiance for the ice cream social. BIlly James, singer, and Joe Reid,
keyboardist, have known each other in their musical careers for close
to a decade. Joe has been performing in Grove Hall for years.
They worked well together in the second floor room overlooking the library.
Downstairs, as if a jazz record were being played, you could
hear your friends, or the smooth sounds of keyboard and vocal, adding just
the right touch to the afternoon.
Branch Librarians, Copley Staff and Friends Made it all Happen
Branch library staff were well represented at the event.
From the Grove Hall library, Paul Edwards, Librarian, made sure the
event was running smoothly while several other librarians scooped and
served the ice cream including
Katrina Morse, Adult Services Generalist, Maija Meadows, Children's
Librarian and Laura Koenig, Young Adult Librarian.
Lending a hand from Copley was Jessi Snow, the BPL's Youth Services
Coordinator. And from Lower Mills, Angela Bonds, the Children/Young
Adult Librarian, had fun treating the kids to ice cream cones and
smiles. Ms. Patricia Carrington, President of the Friends of the
Grove Hall Library, stopped by as well.
In addition President Amy E. Ryan and Diana Preusser, Assistant Branch
Manager for Cluster One (which includes both Grove Hall and Uphams
Preusser found the event "very exciting. It's great for the
community and provides an opportunity for kids to make new friends and
to share an experience together. It's uplifting and fun," she
said, "to have this in the library." She added: "Remember,
books are JUST the beginning."
Ms. Amy Ryan said it was "a very special event that showed the best the
library had to offer the community." She was particularly pleased
with the fact that "it drew people of all ages," (everyone likes ice
cream) and that other community support services were present for the
event. "Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and especially
the ice cream."
Community Resource Groups
Randy Hauk represented More than Wheels
whch is an award-winning not-for-profit service that helps consumers
get the best deal on a reliable, fuel-efficient car. Their
counselors do the actual negotiating for get the consumer a low price
and a low interest rate. In other words, they provide expert car
buying services. For more information, visit www.MoreThanWheels.org.
Gloria Castro, Coordinator Multicultural Student Institute, represented Roxbury Community College,
a co-educational public institution of higher education offering
Associate Degrees and certificate programs. RCC's primary objective is
to provide residents of the Commonwealth, specifically those
individuals living in the greater Boston area, "optimum opportunity for
access to a college education consistent with their interests and
aptitudes and to reduce to a minimum economic, social, psychological
and academic barriers to educational opportunity." The college's goals
are the result of ideas generated by and from the college community and
reflect a response to the needs of the larger Roxbury community.
Contact Ms. Castro at email@example.com
More Than Wheels
Roxbury Community College
|Posted: August 24, 2012 Nancy J Conrad