PITTSTON — The Pittston Memorial Library was transformed into an 18-hold miniature golf course on April 28, complete with greens, fairways, obstacles and opportunities to win prizes for a hole in one.
But to the Fox family, of West Pittston, it was a chance to make memories and take a few photos for their scrapbook.
“Who knew that libraries could be so fun?” Kelly Fox said. “We often follow up an activity with a book.”
Gwynie, 7, and Bobby Fox, 2, seemed to share their parents’ enthusiasm as they made their way, golf clubs in hand, through the books stacks attempting to hit colorful balls into holes, amidst stuffed zebras and giraffes, tiny ceramic turtles, bowling pins and other colorful event décor.
“We love exposing them to books and activities, all year round,” said Bob Fox. “They’re growing up so fast. This is a good thing.”
Russ Bolton, whose company Library Mini-Golf put on the event and was originally founded to raise funds for libraries recovering from Hurricane Katrina, said the setup of libraries lends many to miniature golf.
“Libraries are set up so that we can easily place 18 holes,” he said. “And we make sure that each hole has a special theme — we provide decorations so that the children can really enjoy their experience.”
Justin and Jessica Verry, of Avoca, were thoroughly enjoying making their way through the 18 holes in the library they said they have come to love and appreciate.
Scarlett Verry, at 9 months, seemed very “at home” at the library, smiling and giggling as her family made its way through the course.
“She just started coming to ‘Babies and Books’ with me,” said Jessica Verry. “It’s a great afternoon program.”
Brother Lincoln Verry, 4, enjoyed playing, determined to get the ball in the hole.
“He loves miniature golf and he loves the library,” said his mother. “Perfect fit.”
Kristen Boettger, Children’s Librarian, brought her children Caden, 10, and Abigail, 7, for an afternoon of fun.
Boettger said her children love the library and loved books from before she became a librarian.
Formerly a teacher, Boettger said the library lends itself to learning, both through books and special activities and programs.
Gavin Wardecki, 9, very happy that he hit a hole in one, said he loved playing miniature golf, but that wasn’t his favorite part of the day.
“I liked playing with my friends,” he said, smiling.
The library also offered adult mini golf on Friday which was a hit with the older set.
“It was set up perfectly and we just had a great time,” said library employee Carol Coolbaugh. “It was a great time for the adults and today for the kids.”
Library director Patricia Joyce said the event, just like the library, welcomed those of all ages.
“Eighteen holes for those from 18 months to 118 years,” she said. “We’re here for everyone.”
The event was a fundraiser with a nominal admission charge and each hole sponsored by an area business.
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