Trisha Macon enjoys bringing her preteens to the library. She plans to keep her kids excited about education through reading.

“Since they were young, we’ve had weekly trips up here, and we pick up topics every week that they want to look up,” she said.

But Saturday, the Macons experienced a sweet change in their favorite spot Saturday as the Stewart C. Meyer Library hosted its first Ice Cream Social.

More than 50 patrons of all ages gathered for ice cream and frozen yogurt with assorted toppings such as almonds, berries, and whipped cream.

The patrons got another treat as the band One Drum played African, Afro-Cuban and Native American tunes in the lobby.

Local resident Gary Spencer enjoyed himself among the other adult patrons.

“This is my first time coming to the (Heights) library,” he said. “You don’t see a mix of live music with food, especially in a library.”

Reference librarian Lisa Reyes was excited about the turnout.

“We usually brainstorm about what exciting events we do next when we all came up with this one,” she said. “We were thrilled with the outcome.”

Library Director Lisa Youngblood said One Drum was the “topping on the cake” for the ice cream social.

“While the parents were enjoying the music and ice cream here in the lobby, we had a Pokemon tournament in the back for the kids and also a reading session in the main room,” she said.

The librarians said no plans were underway to make the ice cream social an annual event.

“I don’t know what the future holds for the ice cream social, but we were all glad of the outcome and positive receiving of this,” Youngblood said. “This is what we like to do - try new things and see what comes from it.”

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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