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Kids scream for homemade ice cream

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Kids mixed vanilla extract with sugar and cream to start the ice-cream-making process. Photos by Daniel Curtin

Kids mixed vanilla extract with sugar and cream to start the ice-cream-making process. Photos by Daniel Curtin

By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Kids enjoyed a tasty, cold treat at the Dover Library on Wednesday afternoon as they learned how to make their own homemade ice cream.

Dozens of children flocked to the library and were shown the different steps it took to get from cream, sugar, vanilla and ice to a delicious dessert. They went from table to table, putting the different ingredients together before waiting for their creations to get cold enough to eat.

Betsy Loeffler, who was at the event with two of her kids, is a frequent visitor to the library. “The Dover Library does an awesome job in keeping things going all summer long, which is great, because there are a lot of us that do stay around for the summer,” she said. “We make this part of our summer routine.”

To speed up the freezing process, young kids with Ziploc bags full of ingredients and ice banged them on the table, filling the children’s section of the library with a cacophony of thuds and giggles.

One might not associate loud noises with libraries, but Head of Children’s Services Nancy Tegeler is used to the excited clamor of the kids.

“We just like to have a lot of interactive activities for the kids in the summer,” Tegeler said. “We’re are always loud and very active at the Dover Town Library. We love to see the kids be enthusiastic, and [they] love to come here.”

Children up to fifth grade can sign up for the summer reading program, and can earn special buttons when they complete summer reading challenges.

The library hosts many different events, and Betsy Loeffler knows her kids love the different activities available to them. “Every week they have something new,” Loeffler said. “[The kids] keep the schedule on the fridge, and every week, [they] want to come down and participate in whatever it is they’re offering.”

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