The scoop on Ice Cream:
• The first appearance of ice cream in America was found in a letter by Maryland Governor William Bladen in 1744.
• In 1790, George Washington spent approximately $200 for ice cream.
• The hand crank ice cream maker was patented by Nancy Johnson in 1843.
• The first ice cream factory was built in 1851 by Jacob Fussell.
• Ice cream soda was invented in 1874.
• 1984, Ronald Reagan made July National Ice Cream Month.
• The resolution by Ronald Reagan only specified a month and year but the tradition has held on through the years.
• Vanilla is the most popular flavor.
• California produces the most ice cream in the United States.
• It takes roughly 50 licks to finish a small ice cream cone.
• In 1904, during the St. Louis world fair, a vendor ran out of cups to serve ice cream. A neighboring vendor helped him out by providing rolled-up waffles to serve as makeshift cones. Voila, the ice cream cone was born.
• The world’s tallest ice cream cone was over 9 feet!
• It takes 3 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
• Brain freeze occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.
We all know the saying…”I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!” Now that the hot months are upon us, what a great way to beat the heat by eating one of America’s favorite frozen treats, Ice Cream! What kind of Ice Cream is your favorite? The library has many different books about Ice Cream. Click here to find your next read.
For July, the Adult Take-It Make-It project is hand-dyed silk scarves! These pretty scarves can be tucked around your collar, tied around a pony-tail, or used to decorate a handbag.
Note: This project is messy and uses some potentially hazardous chemicals, so should NOT be done by children without adult supervision.
Pick up the materials and instructions to make your own scarf by calling 479-621-1152 during curbside pickup hours, or stopping by the kiosk in the center of the hallway this month. You can also pick up past kits by asking for them at the circulation desk (as supplies last).
Remember, you can use this or any of our other Adult Take-It Make-It kits to complete a “mission” in the Adult Summer Reading Program.