Fore! Jones Library to hold mini-golf classic


Staff Writer
Published: 1/10/2019 12:04:22 AM

AMHERST — Stacks, reading areas and other parts of the Jones Library will be transformed into a miniature golf course as part of a day-long fundraiser next month.

The Friends of the Jones Library is organizing the all-ages event to be held Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 43 Amity St. building.

Lucy McMurrer, co-president of the Friends group, said the hope is that people will be putting on the greens during the Friends of the Jones Library Mini Golf Classic.

The $5 per-person admission fee will be used to support programming and materials for the library and the North Amherst and Munson branch libraries.

In addition to raising money through admission, each hole will feature an advertisement for a local business, with the UMassFive College Federal Credit Union the lead sponsor.

McMurrer said the Friends group is working with a Connecticut company, Library Mini Golf, that provides the supplies, including the putting greens, the tee markers and obstacles. The greens are created, in part, by the contours of the library stacks, as well as additional bumpers, tubes and deflectors, so the golf ball stays on the course as it is putted toward the hole.

“We've sent them the Jones Library plans so they know what our space looks like and they're in the process of laying out the 18 holes right now,” McMurrer said.

Representatives from the company, which has done more than 400 events in 25 states since 2006, and community volunteers will get the course set up the previous evening, with assistance provided by members of the golf teams at Amherst Regional High School. 

Although the greens will take up some areas of the building, McMurrer said the library will remain open to patrons who want to get books and DVDs, read newspapers and use the computers, though she said the library could be louder than normal.

While this is the first time miniature golf is coming to Amherst’s library, the Holyoke Public Library staged its third fundraising event with mini golf in April, and the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield held its seventh “Links for Literacy” last February.

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