Library mini-golf suits adults, kids to a tee

Apr 22, 2023

MIDDLEBORO – Middleboro Public Library always has something lively going on, but the offerings Friday night and Saturday were above par.

Mini-golf holes snaked around book shelves and computer desks as the library hosted two mini-golfing activities, one for adults only on Friday night and the other for families on Saturdays, both hosted by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library.

The Friday night event, dubbed “A Hole Lot of Fun’’ was open to the age 21-plus crowd and featured a tasting table, beer and wine from Harper Lane Brewery and raffles from Freitas Liquors.

The next day, “Fore the Family’’ invited families to try their luck at the game, including a kiddie course for those who might be challenged by the standard size. Holes were decorated to reflect their sponsors and could be found throughout the library, including in the downstairs children’s library, where popcorn was served.

All proceeds benefited the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library, which funds library programming throughout the year.

Both events were successes, said Paula Fay of the Friends of the Library, including what she described as a “fantastic’’ time Friday night. At least 50 people attended the Friday night festivities, Friends of the Library President Colleen Evers said, and the organization hopes to repeat them in the future.

The daytime events also featured hole-to-hole action.

“This is so cute,’’ said Sheri Gallagher, who brought her daughter Decyln Medeiros, 9, and son Brayden Gallagher, 3. Declyn helped her brother improve his stance as his stood with his club over the ball. “She’s a great big sister,’’ her mother said.

Katie Bradley’s family did their best to avoid the obstacles placed on the course enroute to the hole. “This was something fun to do to finish up school vacation week,’’ she said.

While some people arrived “bright and early’’ Saturday to play, others came in later in the morning after soccer, dance and other weekend morning commitments ended, Friends of the Library President Colleen Evers said.

Whenever they played, the goal transcended reaching the final hole.

“It’s all about the library,’’ she said. Friends sponsor programs that are beyond what the town budget can allocate.

The library, Evers said, plays an important role in the community. “It’s such a great place.’’