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It's 'not your traditional chicken dinner,' says the library's director about the fundraiser.

COURTESY: BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY - Last year, Loud in the Library welcomed attendees from near and far including residents of Beaverton, Portland, Atlanta and San Francisco.New Year's Eve presents a conundrum for suburb-dwellers: Do you brave traffic, heavy transportation fees and crowded clubs to ring in the new year in Portland's city center? Or do you stick close to home and miss out on the killer parties?

Fortunately, the Beaverton City Library is filling a need for a folks living west of Highway 217 with Loud in the Library, the second annual New Year's Eve party held at the library's main branch.

Loud in the Library is a fundraiser for the Beaverton Library Foundation, and will feature a DJ and dancing, games, and food and drink. The new tradition kicked off last year.

"They (the foundation) had done different fundraisers throughout the years, and they wanted to do something that was not your traditional chicken dinner," said Abigail Elder, the library's director. "We'd had conversations about wanting to attract a lot of different kinds of people, because the library is used by so many different people."

Elder had long joked that the grand staircase at the library was "built for a balloon drop," and Uptown Market provided beer and wine — "it took a lot of explaining to people that, yes, we're going to let you drink in the library," she said. The library expected about 200 attendees for the first year, but about 400 people ended up attending.

Elder attributes the event's early success to the fact that there aren't a lot of events like Loud in the Library in the area — and, with tickets costing $45 for an individual and $80 for a couple, the price wasn't prohibitive.

"It's a fundraiser, so it's a little pricey but it's not out of the range," she said. "There's not a lot to do in Beaverton on New Year's Eve. It's local, and it's pretty safe. It's not intended for little kids, but family and older teens can come. So it was a fun alternative to things you might do on New Year's Eve."

This year, Loud in the Library will bring back popular festivities from last year, including music from Doc Titus, a local DJ with a devoted following, and games like life-sized Jenga and cornhole. Attendees also will be able to play blackjack and ping pong this year.

Uptown Market will once again provide food and beverages.

"They are super excited this year," Elder said. "We did a tasting with them recently, and they are pulling out all the stops."

All proceeds will go directly to the Beaverton Library Foundation, which is the primary partner for the library's summer reading program. The program reaches about 7,500 kids and teens each year.

The library is selling 600 tickets this year, and Elder hopes that the combination of fun attractions and a good cause will help the event sell out.

"It's better than sitting at home and watching the ball drop, right?"

If you go

When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 31

Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 S.W. 5th St., Beaverton

Tickets: $45 for singles and $80 for couples at www.beavertonlibraryfoundation.org/NYE/ or 503-526-3705.


Blair Stenvick
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