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Library Adventures- Golf in the Library????

December 10th, 2010 by bsmith | Filed under Library Adventures.

Bridget at Golf Fore the Library, Carlsbad, Ca

Last month our family had the opportunity to do something completely out of the ordinary.  We played golf in the library!  Once a year the Dove Library in Carlsbad California is transformed into a minature golf course.  What is particularly clever about this transformation is every “hole” reflects local businesses and landmarks.  The fun setting, a challenging course including a  windmill, a spiral hole, and a hole that continues all the way down the steep library stairs makes this a unique mini-golf experience.  There is even a bonus hole, that for an additional donation could win you season passes to nearby Legoland.

Ken putts as a Carlsbad Public Library Volunteer Looks On

The event is a fundraiser for the Carlsbad Library Foundation and funds a the wide range of great kids and adult programs presented throughout the year.  It is staffed by a large group of kind and enthusiastic volunteers who keep patrons safe from flying balls and try not to laugh when your  ball shoots past the hole.

Jared Tackles the Spiral Hole, Carlsbad Public Library

The best part of the event is that it epitomizes family fun.  The boys, Ken and I participated together (Destiny was at a birthday party that day).  While Ken and eleven year old Justin engaged in serious competition,  five year old Jared and I were just happy to get the ball in the hole.  Jared wrapped up his library visit by heading out to the children’s garden where for an additional fee kids could get their faces painted, do crafts and get a personalized balloon animal.

Justin Putts Among the Stacks, Carlsbad Public Library

The price of this event is pretty affordable for a fundraiser.  Adults play for $10, kids for $5.  The children’s area, food, and LEGOLAND bonus hole are extra.  I would like to thank the Carlsbad Public library for hosting my family at this great fundraiser and give all the dedicated volunteers who made this event possible our special thanks.  Public Libraries and the programs they provide are a gift to all communities, but in Carlsbad we are especially lucky.  My kids are blessed to have the kind children’s library staff to help them discover the perfect book or patiently listen to their stories. (My son told the librarian that his mom is the best blogger ever, and she didn’t blink an eye ;) ).  The educational programs provide an affordable and educational way for families to spend time together.

If you live in Carlsbad be sure to check out what the library has to offer.  The Carlsbad Public  library has some great events coming up from exciting teen movies, to a visit from author Victor Villasenor, to a whale of a Science Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and tell them that Bridget sent you.

Happy Trails,


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