First Annual New Year’s Eve Fundraiser

When we were first approached by Blue Moon Ballroom and Casino owner Larry Black in November to host a New Year’s Eve fundraiser it seemed a little daunting. Larry promised we wouldn’t have to do a thing; all we had to do was sell the tickets and after the cost of food and labor the rest of the money raised would go the library. I remember thinking, can we pull this off? Do we know that many people who would come to an event like this?

Photo courtesy of Larry Black.
Photo courtesy of Larry Black.

However, when I walked into the building New Year’s Eve night; we had managed a packed house full of smiling friends and neighbors. The food was delicious, everyone seemed to love the mock casino, and, my favorite part, the countdown and champagne (sparkling grape juice for me) toast at midnight couldn’t have been more perfect.

Photo courtesy of Larry Black.
Photo courtesy of Larry Black.

The library wishes to thank the community for their support and generosity with this endeavor–without all of you this couldn’t be possible.

Secondly, the library wishes to thank Larry Black and all of his many polite and hardworking staff for their tireless efforts to make this as beautiful as it was.

Here’s to next year’s event, may it be bigger and better!

Once again thank you to all who purchased tickets, made donations or supported the first of many such events to come.

-Elizabeth, ACL Staff

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Read Before You Watch: An Updated List of Upcoming Movie Releases and Their Print Counterparts

For Adults:

Courtesy IMDB
Photo: IMDB

Snowden– Release: Christmas Day. Based on the non-fiction book “The Snowden Files, the Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding. The Snowden Files.

The story of CIA employee, Edward Snowden and he leaked thousands of confidential files to the press making him he world’s most wanted man. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises and Inception) and Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.)

Courtesy: IMDB.
Photo: IMDB.

The Revenant Release: Christmas Day. Based on the book by the same title, written by Michael Punke. To place a hold on this title click here: The Revenant.

Inspired by true events this is an epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the spirit of man. Legendary explorer, Hugh Glass, is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting party. Can he make it out of the vicious winter alive? Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road)

Photo courtesy IMDB.
Photo: IMDB.

The Choice- Release: February 5. Based on the novel by bestselling writer Nicholas Sparks. Place a hold on The Choice here: The Choice

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events. Starring:  Teresa Palmer (I am Number Four) and Benjamin Walker (In the Heart of the Sea)

For Kids and Teens:


The 5th Wave- Release: January 5th. Based on the YA novel by Rick Yancey. To place a hold on this title chick here: The 5th Wave

Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Can she find him in time before the 5th Wave hits and is the boy helping her one of them? Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz (If I Stay and Carrie) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) 


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Release: February 5th. Based on the YA novel by Seth Grahame-Smith/Jane Austen. To place a hold on this title click here: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies. Starring: Lily James (Downton Abbey, Cinderella),Lena Heady (300, Game of Thrones) and Douglas Booth (Noah, Jupiter Ascending) 

Little Prince

The Little Prince– Release: March 18. Based on the masterpiece by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. To place a hold on this children’s book click here: The Little Prince.

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to make sure she is prepared for it. Her neighbor The Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of The Little Prince. Starring: Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) Paul Rudd (Antman) and Jeff Bridges (The Giver, True Grit)

If you need assistance placing a hold on any of these titles or have questions about any of them please give me call!

-Elizabeth, ACL Staff