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Taylor Kalloch

Its Library Lovers’ Month

Three reasons to be a library lover:


Libraries provide access to information, technology, resources, space, the internet, museums, the list goes on and on.

Past, present, and future are brought together

In addition to books and articles which provide an intellectual link between past and future, many libraries also provide physical connections to the past in the form of archival collections and spaces to create and reach for the future in the form of makerspaces.


Okay, so as a librarian/archivist myself, perhaps I am a little bias here. That being said, librarians are awesome! Librarians are one of the best resources available libraries, they are your guides to the multitude resources available.

Why are you a library lover?

Google Arts & Culture

Google Cultural Institute, founded in 2011, offers cultural heritage intuitions an opportunity to share their amazing collections with the world. In turn the user is given an opportunity to explore collections they might not be able to access otherwise; but also, to experience the collections in a way that is not better than seeing them in person, but different.

I encourage you to first check out this TED talk given by Amit Sood, director of Google’s Cultural Institute and Art Project. And then explore Google Arts & Culture yourself.

Ice Cream with a side of history

Mint-Cookie-ConeIce cream is a perfect summer food, or if you are ice cream obsessed like I am, ice cream is a perfect food anytime of the year or day.

My obsession with ice cream is not limited to eating it. I am also obsessed with the process of making ice cream, the history of the food, the history of various ice cream companies, you name it. If it is ice cream related I am interested.

As July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some of the fascinating ice cream facts and materials which combine my love of ice cream and history.

First how is it that July came to National Ice Cream Month?

Presidential Proclamation 5219 signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 after is was requested by The Congress via Senate Joint Resolution 298. The Presidential Proclamation designated July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984 as National Ice Cream Day. Although the Proclamation officially only referred to 1984 the tradition of July as National Ice Cream Month and the Third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day has stuck every since.

Read the proclamation here.

And get more information about Senate Joint Resolution here.

Ice cream before National Ice Cream Day:

"The Yukon Freezer" hand cranked ice cream machine

“The Yukon Freezer” hand cranked ice cream machine, c 1935. Click image for more information.


Thomas Jefferson's vanillla ice cream recipe handwritten on a long piece of paper

Thomas Jefferson’s own vanilla ice cream recipe. Click image for more information.

Looking to expand your own ice cream knowledge check out these e-books from our collection:

Cover of the book, Ice Cream, by H.Douglas Goff and Richard W. Hartel.  Features a closeup of chocolate ice cream being scooped and cell particles.

This is a little to technical to be considered light reading, but it has a wealth of information from history to how to. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.


Book cover of Edmonson's Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry's.  In the image are two cows with neckties looking at the audience.

Interested in learning more about how Ben & Jerry’s became the company we know today? Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.

Speaking of Ben & Jerry’s check out their blog post illustrating the evolution of the design of their pint containers over the years.

Cover of the book, Grow Your Own Ingredients Ice Cream!  A strawberry and a group of blueberries are propping up an ice cream cone with 3 scoops and a mint leaf.

Looking to make ice cream of your own? This gardening and cooking book will have you not only growing your own berries and mint but turning them into simple homemade ice cream. Click the image to view the catalog record and access the e-book.



Preservation Week: Save Your Stuff and Pass It On!


It’s Preservation Week!

But what is Preservation Week, you might ask?

Preservation Week is a week long event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with partners such as the Library of Congress, The Society of American Archivists, and The Institute of Library and Museum Services among others; to inspire preservation action and education throughout the country. What is particularly special about Preservation Week is that it not only targets the preservation of collections held by libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions, but also everyone’s personal and family collections of books, photographs, letters, etc.

Learn more and get tips for preserving your own collections:




* Saving your stuff:

Quick tips for caring for audio, books, film & home movies, data, textiles, documents & papers, slides, photographs, scrapbooks, oral histories, and artifacts.


* Dear Donia. . .

Ask Donia Conn, preservation specialist, your preservation questions and read her answers to question posed by others.


* Free Preservation Webinars

View free webinars on a number of preservation topics such as; preserving your digital memories, preserving your family photographs, and personal digital archiving.







To learn more check out the Preservation Week website.