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Summer readers celebrate with ice cream social

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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Even with the first day of school just days away, the sun made sure to give a hot reminder that it was still summer.

Luckily, the Dover Town Library had the perfect solution already set up to compliment the hot afternoon and to celebrate the end of the summer reading program. That solution: an ice cream social, hosted by the Dover Town Library on August 23.

Dover Town Library visitors create ice cream sundaes to wrap up the summer reading program.

Dover Town Library visitors create ice cream sundaes to wrap up the summer reading program.

Once members of the library staff finished setting up the ice cream stations on the patio outside of the Children’s Library, visitors were welcome to grab a bowl of vanilla ice cream and add toppings to create the ultimate sundae. With toppings like sprinkles, M&Ms, marshmallows, chocolate chips, Oreos, caramel and chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and cherries, children loaded up their sundaes and spent their sugar high in the grassy areas at the Dover Town Library before heading inside to find new books and participate in fun activities.

Visitors at the ice cream social, hosted by the Dover Town Library, choose toppings for their sweet treat.

Visitors at the ice cream social, hosted by the Dover Town Library, choose toppings for their sweet treat.

The Dover Town Library staff can certainly call the event, its first ice cream social to celebrate the end of summer, a success; the library served frozen treats to almost 100 visitors in the first hour alone.

While the success of the social was most certainly not an exaggeration, one girl estimated, as she enjoyed her ice cream sundae, that she must have read five million books over the summer. Surely, there are still a few books the Dover librarians can recommend to her - and of course, a wealth of activities offered by the library that attracts families from all over the area.

Dover’s summer reading program received overwhelmingly positive reception this year, and the ice cream social proved to a wonderful way to congratulate all of the participants on their achievements.

Dover Town Library’s Lauren Berghman scoops a spoonful of toppings for young bookworms.

Dover Town Library’s Lauren Berghman scoops a spoonful of toppings for young bookworms.

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