Ice Cream! We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It’s one of our favorite times of the year here at the library.  July has been declared to be National Ice Cream Month!!  Typically, summer is a time of celebrations and fun and what better way to celebrate than to have a big, heaping scoop of ice cream.  We are sharing with you ways that you can celebrate this wonderful treat in this post including —

  • Recipe collections from all over the Internet from websites and wonderful bloggers.
  • Ice cream themed craft projects
  • Books in our very own collections

So sit back and get your own favorite flavor and enjoy and we hope you find some new way to enjoy one of the world’s favorite desserts.



45+ Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Do you like to make your own ice cream?  Are you looking for a new twist?  How about sweet corn flavored ice cream?  Country Living magazine shares 45 different fabulous recipes for you to make at home from a variety of ingredients, including a classic vanilla recipe to a more exotic Earl Grey lavender flavored ice cream.


21 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes We Can’t Get Enough Of

If you are looking for a few more exotic ideas, try out this link from Food & Wine magazine.  They share recipes for a cool dairy-free ice cream treat that you can make at home as well as the more adult Guinness flavor.


30 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes Made for Hot Summer Days

Southern Living gives us some great recipes here from the simple Cookies & Cream recipe to the super easy Strawberry ice cream in a bag that is a great treat for kids to try making on their own.


31 Summer-Ready Ice Cream Recipes You Can Make at Home

The Spruce Eats folks give us some great recipes at their blog including a Lavender Honey ice cream as well as a recipe for a FABULOUS Dole Whip.


36 Egg-Free Ice Cream Recipes + 17 Toppings!

Are you allergic to eggs and still love ice cream?  The Traditional Cooking School shares 36 fabulous recipes that don’t need eggs.  Recipes include the basics, such as chocolate and strawberry and move on to more exotic concoctions such as an ice cream taco and grape sherbert.



5 Great Blogs With Ice Cream Related Crafts to Try

8 Super Cute Ice Cream Crafts

The Spruce Crafts shares a great list of crafts you can do at home with your kiddos from a variety of items.  One of the crafts highlighted here is a giant ice cream come that you make with paper plates and pom-poms.


Edible Ice Cream Flavored Goo

The Teach Me Mommy Blog shares a great idea.   This sounds gross but kids will absolutely love it.


Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone Craft For Kids

This is a great idea from Crafty Morning on how to make puffy paint using shaving cream and Elmer’s Glue.  Caution:  Don’t let kids eat this paint!  It’s not edible.


Build An Ice Cream Activity

This post from Kindergarten Connection shares a great kit that you can create for your young children to build an ice cream cone and teach patterns and other skills.


12 of the Sweetest Ice Cream Crafts Ever

The Hello, Wonderful blog shares another wonderful list of crafts related to ice cream.  Check out the ideas here for everything from t-shirts to ice cream dough.



Some Great Books in Our Collections

Kid’s Books

Vanilla Ice Cream

Bob Graham


A wild sparrow’s journey sets in motion a toddler’s new experience in Bob Graham’s tale of life’s surprising little turns — and unlikely connections.

Following some food, a curious young sparrow stows away in the back of a truck and takes an unusual voyage south — through the lush rice paddies of India, across the rough sea, and all the way into a bright new day. As the sun rises high over the city, he finds little Edie at a café with her grandma and granddad, and for a fleeting instant, his world meets up with hers and changes her life in the most delightful way. From the masterful Bob Graham comes an invitation to notice the smallest of moments as they unfold around us, full of unexpected promise.  —

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Scream for Ice Cream

Carolyn Keene


How can a contest this sweet turn so sticky?

Nancy and her friends think there is nothing more fun than ice cream in the summer. So when they find out that the owners of the local ice-cream factory are hosting a contest, the Clue Crew can’t wait to enter! Contestants must come up with brand-new flavors. And they can use whatever ingredients they want! Nancy is sure that her entry — Clue Berry — will win!

But when a friend’s secret recipe goes missing, Nancy suspects that someone not-so-sweet is up to no good. —

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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwhich

Ibi Zoboi


In the summer of 1984, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet makes the trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem, where she’ll spend a few weeks with her father while her mother deals with some trouble that’s arisen for Ebony-Grace’s beloved grandfather, Jeremiah. Jeremiah Norfleet is a bit of a celebrity in Huntsville, where he was one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA two decades earlier. And ever since his granddaughter came to live with him when she was little, he’s nurtured her love of all things outer space and science fiction–especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she’s watched dozens of time on Grandaddady’s Betamax machine. So even as Ebony-Grace struggled to make friends among her peers, she could always rely on her grandfather and the imaginary worlds they created together. In Harlem, however, she faces a whole new challenge. Harlem in 1984 is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and her first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer’s end, Ebony-Grace discovers that gritty and graffitied Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.

Zoboi’s middle-grade debut sets an utterly captivating character in a meticulously researched 1980s Harlem for a novel that will delight and inspire.  —

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Books for Adults

The Perfect Scoop:  Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

David Lebovitz


Ripe seasonal fruits. Fragrant vanilla, toasted nuts, and spices. Heavy cream and bright liqueurs. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Every luscious flavor imaginable is grist for the chill in The Perfect Scoop, pastry chef David Lebovitz’s gorgeous guide to the pleasures of homemade ice creams, sorbets, granitas, and more.

With an emphasis on intense and sophisticated flavors and a bountiful helping of the author’s expert techniques, this collection of frozen treats ranges from classic (Chocolate Sorbet) to comforting (Tin Roof Ice Cream), contemporary (Mojito Granita) to cutting edge (Pear-Pecorino Ice Cream), and features an arsenal of sauces, toppings, mix-ins, and accompaniments (such as Lemon Caramel Sauce, Peanut Brittle, and Profiteroles) capable of turning simple ice cream into perfect scoops of pure delight.  —

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Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream

Diane Kelly


Fired. Tara Holloway can’t believe it. After all she’s done for the IRS, a few too many shots fired from her weapon and suddenly she’s public enemy number one. To add insult to injury, another agent has replaced her, and a ten-million-dollar assault case is hanging over her head. So much for traveling to Tokyo with Special Agent Nick Pratt, former partner and current boyfriend. Tara’s stuck in Texas, and using green tea ice cream to soothe her disappointment, as well as the terrifying prospect of a life behind bars.

Tara’s former boss, Lu “the Lobo” Lobozinski, has a plan—to stick Tara in auditing, where she can’t possibly get into trouble. But between bumping into a college frenemy whose family business is under audit, Tara’s stubborn determination to keep an eye on Nick behind the scenes, and her new long-range rifle, she’s about to get a taste of just how dangerous her life can be, in Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream from Diane Kelly…

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We hope this gives you some great ideas to satisfy your palate, whether eating some delicious ice cream or reading about it.  There are several other great titles not listed here as well in both print and e-book formats.  Check the Evergreen Indiana catalog and search for “ice cream” and you’ll get a whole list of suggestions.   If you have other suggestions to recommend, don’t hestitate to leave us a comment below.


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