Celebrate summer Saturday with ice cream social and book sale 

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Book lovers scanned hundreds of volumes for sale during a previous Ice Cream Social and Book Sale at the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library.

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT- The Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will hold its annual Ice Cream Social and Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on the library grounds.

The event is a fundraiser for the library.  More than 5,000 books will be offered for sale, including selections for adults, teens and children on a wide range of topics, as well as audio books, DVDs, and music CDs.

Founded in 1922, the library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To commemorate the centennial, ceramic mugs (created by potter Corey Shultz of Gettysburg) in a variety of glaze colors and featuring a library design will be offered for sale, along with limited edition T-shirts featuring a special 100th anniversary logo, plus sweatshirts. 

Early risers can join in the free 5K Fun Run. Registration is on site at Summit Plaza from 7:30–7:55 a.m. There are no entry fees, and the race start time is 8 a.m.  

Activities for kids include fire truck rides from the Fountaindale Fire Co., face painting by Making Faces with artist Sarah Berkey, and bubble fun with library board member and bubble-maker, Mary Ann Stanley. 

New this year is Jesse the Reptile Guy from Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, featuring interactive experiences for kids of all ages—with snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Kids can touch a sea turtle shell, a Nile crocodile, and shells, eggs, and skins from many exotic reptiles. The fun and educational program begins at 10:30 a.m. 

A variety of food is offered for sale, including hot dogs, BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, French fries, Rollin’ Pretzels food truck, drinks and baked goods.  

“Of course, this is an ice cream social, and this year our ice cream is provided by Sarah’s Creamery, featuring the famous Penn State Creamery ice cream,” said Paul Pinkerton, library board president. “A portion of their sales will be donated to the library.” 

Other vendors and exhibitors include Appalachian Trail Group, Blue Ridge Garden Club, Steve Burdette (artist), Franklin Co. Library System Bookmobile, Franklin Co. Visitors Bureau, Bill Hammann, scherenschnitte (paper cutting) art, Holmes Watercolors (artist), Dwight Karkan (author), Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum, Bob O’Connor (author), Specialty Granules Inc., Summit Stitchers (quilt raffle), and Writer’s Brigade (authors). 

Music and entertainment are scheduled throughout the day, and start off with the Wayne Band from 9–10 a.m. At noon, the Harvey Bridgers Award will be presented to a fifth- or sixth-grader for exemplary use of the library and its services. And at 12:30, singer-guitarist Rich Fehle performs.  

Fundraisers include a silent auction, featuring a variety of baskets with themed contents. Winners will be announced at the close of the event. 

In addition, the Summit Stitchers will sell raffle tickets for a handcrafted quilt. To commemorate the library’s 100th anniversary, the quilt theme is “A Library for All Seasons.” The quilt will be displayed during the event, and raffle proceeds will benefit the library. The winning ticket will be drawn at the library’s Yuletide Celebration on Sat., Dec.10. 

Event sponsors are Linda L. Barkdoll; Bilder & Sons Plumbing; Blue Ridge Dental Care; Brother’s Pizza; Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore Insurance Agency (Blue Ridge Risk Partners, LLC); Country Spirits; EdwardJones Investments; F&M Trust; Franklin Co. Visitors Bureau; Mainline Hobby Supply; Martz Plumbing, Heating & A/C; Monterey Country Club; PJ’s Roofing, Inc.; Ritchie Revival; Rocky’s Pizza; Small’s Home Improvements; Total Vac; Melissa Wetzel, CPA; and The Willard Group. 

Parking is available in the plaza lot across from the library, off Monterey Lane and in other adjacent lots.