Library lovers target Ben & Jerry's
In an era of budget tightening at the Enoch Pratt and elsewhere, thousands of people hope to promote libraries through an unusual campaign: petitioning Ben & Jerry's to create a library-themed flavor. Eat ultra-fattening ice cream to help a library? Sign me up!
New Jersey librarian Andy Woodworth started his Facebook group in June and has more than 4,400 people supporters. Among the flavor suggestions: Gooey Decimal System (dark fudge alphabet letters with caramel swirls in hazelnut ice cream) and Sh-sh-sh-Sherbet! (key lime or a chocolate/vanilla combo. Woodworth's logic is flawless, as anyone who has taken a college philosophy course will recognize: (1) Libraries are awesome; (2) Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is tasty; therefore: (3) A library-themed Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream would be tasty awesome.
Ben & Jerry's has honored musicians (Cherry Garcia is a favorite of mine), movies (Pulp Addiction) and comedy groups (Vermonty Python), so why not libraries? My choice for a library flavor: Overdue Chew (stale brownies in pistachio ice cream). But why not broaden the options to include character themes such as Dumbledore S'Mores (bits of graham cracker and marshmallows in chocolate fudge) or authors Peppermint Stieg Larsson (candy cane bits in vanilla)?
Edited 5/5: Andy Woodworth tells how it all started, in a comment below.