BERNARDSVILLE, NJ _ For the second year in a row, the staff and volunteers at the Bernardsville Public Library shelved their books, and instead turned the building into a mini-golf center.
Mini-golf at the Library - A Hole Lot of Fun was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library, which supports the library by offering six concerts each year and almost all of the childrens' programming.
The event on Saturday, which had attracted hundreds of people the previous year, was divided into a Family Day for all ages from late morning through the afternoon, with Adult Night to follow from 7 to 10 p.m.
Nancy Verdun, president of the Friends group, said that the adult event was extended by an hour this year so patrons could have time to enjoy food provided by local restaurants, up to three drinks of beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and _ of course _ mini-golf.
The cost for a ticket to the nighttime fundraiser was $35 per person, while it was $5 per player during the day.
This year, the event managed to attract sponsors for all 18 holes that were laid out throughout the library, Verdun said.
"We get a lot of grandparents _ a lot of families," she said. The timing of the event, which she said the library is hoping to hold in future years, is the week following the Super Bowl to give football fans and their families something to do.
She said the library's director, Alexandra Arnold, picked up the idea because she recognized it would be a good fundraiser and great community event.
Hole sponsors included Diamond Dream Jewelry and Apparel, the Basking Ridge Country Club, Bridgewater Camp Bow Wow, Richard and Susan Diegnan, the Golf Range Branchburg, Regent Atlantic, Nancy and Craig Verdun on behalf of the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library, Affinity Federal Credit Union, M.J. Neill, Inc., Ludlow Heating and Cooling, Heimerl Law Firm, J. Walker Salon, Somerset Veterinary Group, The Bernards Inn, Gerry and Seos O'Donovan, Elite Taxi and Limousine of Bernardsville, and Gerald A. York, optician. Some of those also sponsored baskets, according to the program.
Part of the layout of the holes was provided by Library Mini-golf, based in Connecticut, which assists libraries, museums and schools to set up mini-golf fundraisers at their facilities.
The mini-golf holes showed a great deal of creativity. This year, The Bernards Inn set up a romantic table, complete with cookies that golfers could help themselves to, and "Last year, they brought a bed," Verdun said.
The Diegnan's designed a Candyland hole, and J. Walker Salon set up arches made of interwoven combs through which mini-golfers had to take aim.