This week’s column was submitted by Lynne Rubio, readers’ services supervisor at the .
With all the stress and responsibilities of adulthood, it can be easy to lose track of the slower, sweeter rhythms of life. That is where nostalgia comes in. Nostalgia, defined in Merriam-Webster as “a sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations,” helps us to remember to slow down and enjoy the moment we are in.
Right about now, in the days before the new school year begins I crave the special summer rituals of my childhood. Ice cream cones, summer reading at the library, rehearsals for the church musical and crowded swimming pools filled my hot August days with fun. So the library’s upcoming Ice Cream Social taps into nearly every “sentimental longing” I have.
There won’t be a swimming pool, but there will be plenty of music, reading, and ice cream.
With the generous support of the Friends of the Library, we are celebrating the end of the 2012 Adult Summer Reading Club with an Ice Cream Social in Library Plaza (or in the Friends meeting rooms inside if it rains). The Chordmasters Barbershop Quartet will be strolling on the plaza performing favorite melodies from the turn of the century to the Beatles, and the first 300 people to join us will get an ice cream cone hand-scooped by a member of the library staff.
So bring your family and friends to Library Plaza on Friday, August 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for a cold treat and some sweet music. And share a passage from your favorite book, too! We invite you to step up to the microphone at about 6:30 pm to read a short piece (up to 3 minutes) from your favorite book or poem.
All summer long, here at the library, patrons have been stepping up to the reading challenges we’ve thrown their way. Now let’s take some time to celebrate, slow down, and savor the nostalgia of a good old-fashioned ice cream social!
Here are the details again:
Ice Cream Social in Library Plaza
Friday, August 24 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood Des Plaines, IL 60018
Dessert is on us!