CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Community Library will kick off National Library Week, April 13-19, with its second annual mini golf event, “A Hole Lot of Fun,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12.
The library will be transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course for the day, set up throughout the first and second floors of the library and including refreshments, games and more.
Last year, this family event drew almost 1,500 people, with more than 250 golfers experiencing the library in a unique and entertaining way.
A Family Fun Zone in the library’s three meeting rooms will offer light refreshments, face painting, games and other activities available to players at no extra charge, said Laura Clemons, communications specialist and event chairperson.
“In addition, our community has really responded with great donations for our (ongoing) raffle. Currently, we have over 20 prizes, including tickets to White Sox and Cubs games, passes to the Museum of Science and Industry, an overnight package at the Radisson Hotel, spa treatments and more coming in weekly.”
Cost for a round of golf (putters, balls, scorecards provided) and admission to the Family Fun Zone is $5, or $20 for a group of five.
The library will be open for business during its normal Saturday hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Despite the extra activity, library staff will make every effort to provide the high level of service that the community expects. Patrons needing quiet time, however, are encouraged to visit the library on Sunday that weekend.
The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will provide Molley the Trolley as a free shuttle service to the library from the Col. Wheeler Middle School parking lot, 401 W. Joliet St.
“This year we have added a fun feature to our event," Clemons said. "Our Friends of the Library group is sponsoring a hole decorating contest open to the Crown Point schools, with three winners voted upon by the golfers.
"Each winning school will receive a cash prize to purchase books for their school library - first place is $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100.
"The month of April is also recognized as School Library Month and we felt this was a perfect opportunity to engage the community to support both the local library and its school libraries, especially in times of tightening budgets,” Clemons said.
The five participating schools are Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Solon Robinson and Timothy Ball elementary schools and St. Mary Catholic Community School.
For sponsorship information, contact Clemons at (219) 306-4599 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.crownpointlibrary.org.