Two events at the Tacoma Public Library main branch this Saturday are great for young kids wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a reasonable hour. They’re First Night events but are free and don’t need the $10 button. And like other First Night shows, they’re arts-related.
At 11 a.m. kids can party in a Happy Noon Year with a concert, making festive party hats, drinking toasts and watching the ball drop at 12 noon.
At 3 p.m. the library will screen 1917 silent classic “A Little Princess,” starring the angelic Mary Pickford, with a brand-new music score composed and played live by Vashon harpist Leslie McMichael. McMichael, who performed her score to “Peter Pan” at the library a few years ago, was commissioned to write the new score featuring concert, Celtic and electric harps by the Northwest Film Forum for its recent children’s film festival.
“This is a wonderful way the entire family can mark the end of one year and the beginning of a new one,” explained David Domkoski, the library’s community relations officer. “Last year, we screened the 1924 silent film “Peter Pan,” which also featured an original score written and performed by Ms. McMichael, and the audience response was overwhelming. We are delighted to once again offer this unique experience to our community.”
“A Little Princess” stars the iconic silent film star Mary Pickford and features a screenplay by Frances Marion, marking the beginning of a long collaboration between the two Hollywood women pioneers. It was directed by Marshall Neilan. Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of “The Secret Garden,” “A Little Princess” puts Pickford in the role of Sara Crewe, a wealthy but kind young girl who is demoted to scullery maid at her posh private London school when her father dies impoverished.
Party 11 a.m., film 3 p.m. Dec. 31. Free (no First Night button required). Olympic Room, Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org