ROXBURY, NJ – Golf and libraries tend to be quiet things. Roxbury Public Library Director Radwa Ali wants none of that when the two come together next month.
Ali is busy planning for the April 14 “Mini Golf in the Library” fundraising event and she wants the library to be bursting with happy noises that day.
“What I’m hoping for is the library to be anything but quiet,” she said.
Her main goal right now is to convince people to sign-up early, noting that doing so will help the event’s organizers in a number of ways.
“We can get a rough idea how many people are coming so we can arrange events and volunteers,” Ali said. “It’s just about logistics so we are prepared for whatever is coming.”
Ali expects it will take a good 20-minutes for players to make their way through the 9-hole miniature golf course being set up throughout the library.
“If I know people are coming, I can actually contact them and try to work out in advance (when they will get to play,” Ali said. “Hopefully, those people won’t have to wait while the people who sign-up the day of the event might be waiting a little bit.”
To make it better for those who have to wait, the library will be offering some other activities, such as crafts, said the director.
As an incentive, the library is offering a free raffle ticket to those who do sign-up in advance. Ali said there will be “a bunch of things” raffled off including some outdoor rocking chairs and pizza parlor gift certificates.
Ticket sales have been “so far pretty good,” Ali said, noting that many people are signing-up online. “That makes life a lot easier for me,” she noted.
Tickets, available here, are $10 per adult, $5 per child or $25 per family.
Ali said the library’s board of trustees and its "Friends" group are “100 percent on board and has been helping” with the event planning. She said she’s been “pulling volunteers” from the Roxbury High School Interact Club and other high school and middle school organizations. “There will be a huge volunteer presence as well as myself and the staff,” said Ali.
The course will have many of the usual features found at mini-golf places, such as windmills and houses. The features are being rented from a party rental company.
The goal of the event is to raise money to buy new audio-visual equipment for computer classes at the library.
TAPinto Roxbury is a media sponsor of the event, providing free advertising.
The event’s platinum sponsors are:
Blue Diamond Disposal
Fullerton Ground Maintenance
The event’s silver sponsors:
Mills & DeFilippis CPA, LLP
R.P. Smith & Son, Inc
The bronze sponsors:
Hassing & Defilippis, LLP
RE/MAX Heritage Properties: Linda M. Smith
Roxbury Public Library Trustees
Roxbury Township Council
The Polite Plumber
Cornerstone Financial Group, Inc
Bob & Kathy DeFillippo