Friends’ mini golf fundraiser a hit with families at the library

Families played miniature golf in Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s children’s department, following an 18-hole-course that continued to the second floor, winding its way around the stacks.

The event was a fundraiser for Friends of the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, which pays for equipment and programs at the library.

Suzanne Kozlowski, of Stamford, brought her two sons, Tristan, 9, and Hueston, 7.  Hueston went first on a hole with a tall yellow windmill. It was sponsored by The Goddard School.

“It’s fun. I think it’s a great idea,” Kozlowski said of the fundraiser. “It gives the kids something to do and they can see what books to get next time.”

Friends President Lorraine Riedel volunteered in a room filled with gift baskets that were being raffled off.

“This is the first year we’ve done this,” Riedel said. “The money we make today will help the makerspace and to sponsor other programs we have. It was nice to see how many people sponsored holes.”

Newtown Savings Bank was the title sponsor and other community businesses and organizations sponsored holes.

“It’s been supported by our community,” said Pat Shea, vice chairwoman of Friends.

Other libraries in the area that have hosted min-golf were Stratford, Trumbull and Fairfield. Carnival was the company that provided everything for the indoor course and businesses and organizations decorated their holes.

The Monroe Historical Society had wooden cutouts of the buildings it owns along its green. Vida V. Stone, who is the town clerk and a member of the historical society, said people can buy them for $15 each at the Town Clerk’s Office or on the website.

“It looks like people are having a wonderful time,” said Lorna Rhyins, director of Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. “The course is terrific. It’s all over the library. Friends is running the fundraiser to support programming in our new makerspace area. We’re very thankful to all of our sponsors, who made this event possible.”

“The Friends supports the library in many ways,” she added. “We count on them for programming, for materials, for special additions to the library. We couldn’t function without them.”

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