News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 09/12/2008
Subject :

Come for the Ice Cream, Stay for the Fun!
Contact : Melinda Wing, Supervising Librarian    650-463-4961

Palo Alto, CA -- The Palo Alto City Library and the Mitchell Park Community Center have come together to host the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Ice Cream Social on Sunday, September 28, from 1-5 p.m. Drop in for free Rick’s Ice Cream, games, entertainment and activities for all ages.

The Mitchell Park Library was built in 1958 as the result of the passage of a $700,000 bond measure. It is the most frequently visited library branch in Palo Alto with 367,508 visitors in fiscal year (FY) 2006/07, which is from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007. In FY 2006-07, the library branch checked out 604,894 items and answered 49,062 reference questions. The Mitchell Park Community Center was built in 1967 and is the destination for teen programs and events. The entire building is 10,400 square feet and contains a main hall, kitchen, patio, game room, classrooms and offices. There are daily adult exercise classes, senior ping pong, art classes for all ages, after school teen center and youth leadership groups.

The scheduled activities include:

1:15 p.m. - Break dancing Showcase

2 p.m. - Jazz musician Betsy Stern

3 p.m. - Storytime for all ages

3:45 p.m. - Magician Brian Scott    

This event will give attendees an opportunity to learn what the Library and Community Center have to offer. For more information, visit the library’s web site at