Fun fact from our Anne T. Kent California Room: on July 29, 1954, the first family to move into Terra Linda was presented with 50 gallons of gas, groceries, furniture, cleaning supplies, a savings account, and a month’s supply of Borden’s milk and ice cream.
Thirty years later, President Reagan signed a bill declaring July 1984 National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of that month National Ice Cream= Day. Although originally intended only for that one year, the tradition continues to this day!
We do not offer ice cream in our libraries, but we can serve you some recommended items to help celebrate this special month and day (which falls on July 19 this year).
You can find many books featuring ice cream recipes and tips on how to make your own ice cream in our online catalog. A few notable titles:
Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories by Fany Gerson
The Salt and Straw Ice Cream Cookbook by Tyler Malek
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, and Moreby Bruce Weinstein
Our streaming video service Kanopy* features the acclaimed documentary Sweet Dreams, which tells the story of a group of Rwandan women who open the first ice cream shop in Rwanda in 2010, bringing together people from both sides of the Rwandan genocide.
The idea originated from playwright Odile “Kiki” Katese, who also founded Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe. Katese recruits Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen, co-owners of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, to help open the shop.
On the Web
- International Dairy Foods Association’s Ice Cream Facts & Figures
- PBS Food Kitchen: Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream
- How to Ease Brain Freeze from Johns Hopkins Medicine
See our previous blog post Accessing Consumer Reports Online for detailed instructions on searching Consumer Reports in the EBSCO database.
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