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Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:56 p.m. CDT
Rick Ashton

What do avid readers and avid golfers have in common?

They’ll be at the Downers Grove Public Library on Sunday for a library mini golf adventure. For the bargain price of only $5 for adults and teens and $3 for kids under 12, everyone can enjoy the challenges of a full 18-hole putting course.  

Thanks to the 25 generous business, organizational and individual sponsors who make this Downers Grove Public Library Foundation event possible, golfers will wind their way through book stacks, hallways, reading rooms and stairwells. All that’s lacking is a water hazard (not such a great idea in a library).

After qualifying during the regular tee-off times between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., teens and kids will begin tournament play at 4:15 p.m. We expect some fierce putting competition.  Last year, Tony Maduzia, 14, was the big winner of a $50 gift card. He was one of 320 golfers who played a round at the 2012 event.

Meanwhile, the library will be open for business during its normal Sunday afternoon hours, 1 to 5 p.m. Although there will be some extra hubbub from the golfers and their fans, library staff will make every effort to provide the usual high level of service that our community expects.

Proceeds from Library Mini Golf will help the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation support the library. Supplementing the community’s tax support, the Foundation helps in the broad effort to provide abundant books and other material, special support for children’s reading, up-to-date technology and comfortable surroundings.

This year’s proceeds are likely to fund some special part of the library’s upcoming building renovation project.

No advance registration is necessary for this fun-filled family event. Each ticket purchased at the door entitles one person to a round of mini golf, a chance to qualify for the prize-winning tournament (for kids and teens), and a bag of Wells Street popcorn.

What a great deal: read a book about Tiger Woods or Michelle Wie and putt like a champion!

Rick Ashton is director of the Downers Grove Public Library.

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