Oak Bluffs Library hosts mini-golf tournament

— File photo by Steve Myrick

The Oak Bluffs Library wants to see a crowd of teed-off patrons on Friday evening, February 1, and again on Saturday morning, February 2.

It’s not an anger management seminar but at a “branding party,” featuring a 21-plus mini-golf course party inside the library. The event is designed to raise community awareness of the library’s re-branded website, brand mission, and logo.

On Friday and again Saturday morning, the library will be converted into a two-story, 18-hole mini-golf course. The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are the event sponsors.

Mini-golf in a library? What can they be thinking?

“Oh, it’s been done before. In fact, I got the idea from a library on the Cape,” Sondra Murphy, acting library director, said in an interview last week. “We’ve just completed a six-month process leading to development of a new brand and logo and a completely redesigned website, and we thought this would be a way to attract people who use the library as well as people who don’t normally visit us.” Ms. Murphy added that the event fits the library’s new mission statement: Supporting Community, Building Cultural Awareness, Providing Access.

“The golf course is designed by LibraryMiniGolf, a family company based in Trumbull, Conn. They design the course based on floor plan…The mini-golf event can be a huge fundraiser, but that’s not our primary goal. We just want people in the library,” Ms. Murphy explained.

The Friday event features catered food from Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches and Park Corner Bistro, beer, and wine. The Steamship Authority donated a round-trip ferry ticket for the grand prize.

Individual hole sponsorships are available for library supporters of the event, which includes food, drink, and door prizes.

“I think it’s something no one’s done here yet, so why not?” said Ms. Murphy. “We hope an event like this will change the popular concept of what a library is. It’s counter to the view that libraries are insular places. We are not just warehouses for books. Whatever you thought a library was, it’s going to be different.”

Ms. Murphy is a candidate for the permanent library director’s position, expected to be decided by selectmen at their meeting next week. She joined the library staff in 2010. She credited the help provided by new reference librarian, Miki Wolfe, on the mini-golf project. Ms. Wolfe joined the staff in November.

“Miki is a fresh thinker,” said Ms. Murphy. “She’s bringing new ideas and expertise to us. We’re a good team.”

21+ Mini Golf Party, Friday, Feb. 1, 5–8 pm, Oak Bluffs Library. $15; $25 per couple.

Family Mini Golf, Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 am–4 pm. Free.

Sponsorship options are available and range from $25 for a Fairway Sponsor to $1,000 for the Title Sponsor. More information is available under February events listings at oakbluffslibrary.org or by calling Sondra Murphy or Miki Wolfe at 508-693-9433.