Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults to celebrate the end of 2014 Roaring Twenties style with an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem, December 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.
Participants of “Murder, Molls and Mobsters: A Caper at Ella’s Jazz Club,” written and presented by local author EA Cunningham, will join Ella McBride at her Chicago night club on New Year’s Eve, 1928 for an evening of fun, but someone at the party won’t be around to usher in 1929.
“Murder, Molls and Mobsters” tells the story of McBride, who started her club with little more than her own gumption and a small settlement from her divorce. She has a reputation as a fair and honest businesswoman with a good ear for music and an eye for talent. When prohibition hit, Ella was determined to succeed and obey the law. At first it seemed like she’d be alright, but as more clubs in the area became speakeasies, her clientele started drifting away.
Ella found herself in need of cash, and fast. Banks didn’t want to loan to her, so she turned to Daytona Dailey, a well-known bookie and loan shark, for help. She loaned Ella the money she needed and insisted on becoming part owner of the club as well. Ella agreed, under the condition she would get back full ownership when the loan was repaid. She was having trouble making the payments, but after this New Year’s Eve bash she should have enough money to pay off the loan. After all, Ella would just die if the club ended up in someone else’s hands.
This program is free and open to the public. Twenties-era costumes are encouraged but not required.
To register or for more information, contact Young Adult Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.