If you’re going to make one New Year’s resolution it should be to attend Beaverton Public Library‘s Loud in the Library New Year’s Eve Party in 2018. The mission of Beaverton City Library is to foster community and enrich the lives of individuals through learning, engagement and connect. It didn’t matter where you were in the library waiting for 2017 to end and 2018 to begin this mission was in motion all around. The Beaverton Library Foundation serves as the primary sponsor of the annual Summer Reading program and the proceeds from the evening will go towards this continued support of literacy. Beaverton Public Library Director, Abigail Elder, was spotted taking photos of attendee and showing the spirit of not only the library but of librarians across the state. She is an incredible innovator and it shows with this one-of-a-kind event.
I was greeted by warm and excited faces and given tickets to be used for food, drinks, and activities. As a librarian and a lover of books it was truly breathtaking to walk into the library in such a different atmosphere. Doc Titus from the Party Doctor provided a soundtrack of classic rock and a number of memorable costume changes. Families and couples of all ages participated in cornhole, oversized Jenga and Connect 4 as well as other board games like Boggle and Apples to Apples. Other gamers chose to play ping pong and mini golf.
In addition, there was karaoke set up in the teen room, massages, and delicious food, beer, and wine from locally owned Uptown Market. I wandered through the stacks with a drink in hand I couldn’t help but find one of my favorite books and read a few lines while sipping wine. A few minutes before midnight party goers made there way to the bottom of the staircase and a sing-along of “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey commenced. Kisses and embraces were exchanged as balloons dropped on us and the popping of balloons could be heard all over the library.
Mini cupcakes were offered and resolutions were written and left on the Resolution Table. Resolutions include enjoy family, be a better human, run a half-marathon, love every day like it’s your last, finish a novel, and come back to next year to the Beaverton Public Library’s New Year’s Eve Party. That’s definitely on my list now too! Before leaving I made my way to the reference department after midnight and took a moment to appreciate how incredible libraries truly are. Librarians and library enthusiasts need to continue to educate others of how important libraries are and that there is so much more than books inside the walls of a library. Connections are built every day and it’s a home away from home for so many.
Until next year….