Mini Golf in the Library! Minigolf en la Biblioteca
Mini Golf is a FUN community event and fundraiser for the Holyoke Public Library.
Our first Mini Golf event (April 2016) was a big success: people of all ages enjoyed playing 18 holes of miniature golf inside the library, and the event raised over $6K. This wonderful community event has now become an Annual FUN raiser and Fundraiser. See Sandy Ward's PHOTO albums for 2016; 2017; 2018, and 2019.
See also photographer Steven Nanton's 35 photos on MassLive, April 6, 2019.
Major funding comes from local businesses and donors that sponsor "holes" on the golf course or choose other ways to underwrite the event. Funds raised through ticket sales and sponsorships (and an evening party and auction) help enhance library programming and services, especially for teens and children.
For 2020 we had planned to add an outdoor Foosball tournament; we expanded the event title to "Mini Golf & Games at the Library!" Unfortunately, COVID-19 disrupted our plans. We postponed from April to September, but eventually had to cancel. For 2021, we are hopeful that a summer event will become possible.
Meanwhile, you can read here about the intended events, and see our graphics (as revised for September 2020):
Note the date change, now delayed til 2021.
Saturday ..., 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Mini Golf and Games at the Library! ¡Minigolf y juegos en la Biblioteca!
Family-friendly. $5 to play. All ages welcome.
Discount rate for youth ($3 for ages 5-12; under 5 free).
Face painting by Mask Makers Face Painting included.
A Tournament of Human FOOSBALL in the Library Park, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Teams of 6 competing for prizes, $30 per team.
Please pre-register. Contact Naroby Rosa-Soriano (text 413-409-2004).
Food Trucks 10am - 3pm: Fritura Latina and Holyoke Hummus Company
Saturday ... 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Special evening party for 21+
$20 ticket for "Margaritas and Mini Golf" includes 1 Margarita and
Appetizers by On The Border,
plus unlimited Mini Golf.
"Lucky Ticket" Auction and Cash Bar
Do you wish to be a SPONSOR this year? Please contact Nancy Kocsmiersky, nancy [at] holyokelibrary.org or 413-420-8109. Thank you!
VOLUNTEERS are welcome! We need many volunteers each year. Please visit SignUpGenious to see what jobs and shifts are available, and to volunteer. Or, you may email friendsofthehpl [at] gmail.com or contact Nancy Kocsmiersky at the Library.
The 18-hole course: The first four tees and putting greens are on the top floor (Level 4) in and around the Non-fiction stacks and Reference stacks. Play continues down the stairs and throughout the Children's Room on Level 2, then down to the Fiction Stacks, Level 1, and the Teen Room on the ground level.
Holyoke Public Library services remain OPEN during the usual Saturday hours (8:30 am-4 pm). Certain areas (for instance, the Computer Room) are undisturbed by the golf course.
We thank the SPONSORS of Mini Golf in the Library!
Event Sponsors and Hole Sponsors make this wonderful event possible.
Would you like to become a Sponsor for the next Mini Golf event? Please contact Nancy Kocsmiersky, HPL Development Office, 413-420-8109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the Sponsorship form and official letter about the 2020 fundraiser.
We thank these sponsors who already paid sponsorships for 2020:
- Walmart - Chicopee: A Grant for programming
- Ross, Webber & Grinnell: Event Sponsor at the GOLD Level
- Open Square: HOLE Sponsor
- Martin J. Clayton Insurance Agency: Event Sponsor at the BRONZE Level
- Michael Baron: Sponsoring a HOLE in Memory of Tom Schwab
- Marcotte Ford: Sponsoring 50 Student Golfers
- Holyoke Property Management: Sponsoring 50 Student Golfers
- WayFinders: HOLE Sponsor
- bankESB (Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation): Event Sponsor at the GOLD Level
- Too Sketchy Dudes: HOLE Sponsor
- Witman Properties: HOLE Sponsor
We also appreciate early pledges of support from several banks and organizations. We will add their names when their pledges are paid.
Last year, we very much appreciated these sponsorship contributions for the April 2019 mini golf fundraiser:
- Open Square, HOLE Sponsor
- Marcotte Ford, HOLE Sponsor
- Mount Holyoke College, EVENT Sponsor at the Bronze Level
- Witman Properties, HOLE Sponsor
- Michael Baron, HOLE Sponsor in honor of Terry Plum
- WayFinders, HOLE Sponsor
- CHI Insurance Agency, HOLE Sponsor
- Martin J. Clayton Insurance Agency, Event Sponsor at the Bronze Level
- Ross, Webber, & Grinnell Insurance, Premium HOLE Sponsor
- PeoplesBank, Event Sponsor at the Silver Level
- Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation, Inc., Event Sponsor at the GOLD Level
- State Representative Aaron Vega, HOLE Sponsor
- Holyoke Gas and Electric, Event Sponsor at the GOLD Level
- MassHire Holyoke Career Center, Event Sponsor at the Silver Level
- Kestral Land Trust, HOLE decorations, sponsored by anonymous donor
- Racing Mart Fuels, 330 Main St, Event Sponsor at the Bronze Level
- Brad Matthew Jewelers, Event Sponsor at the Bronze Level
- Holyoke Mall, Event Sponsor at the Bronze Level
- Homewood Suites by Hilton, HOLE Sponsor
- Mass. Surgical Supply, HOLE Sponsor
We also thank our DONORS, who contribute auction items, in-kind services, and prizes for the April 2019 event.
- Mask Makers Face Painting by Emma Rose Huse – free face painting
- The Muse Custom Framing – two wine glasses etched with golfers
- Homewood Suites by Hilton – complimentary lodging for Mr. Bolton of Library Mini Golf, who brings us the equipment and supervises set-up of the 18-hole course.
- Tower Square Hotel – a gift certificate valued at $200.
- Children's Museum at Holyoke – 4 entry passes
- Holyoke Y – 3-month adult membership
- Wycoff Country Club Golf Course – green fee for two
- Holyoke High School, Upward Bound – team of students to set up 18-hole ourse
- La Mesa Food Truck – providing food truck service during day of event
- Sherwin Williams – supplies and t-shirts for a painting job
- Holyoke Fire Dept – a ride on a Fire Truck!
- Holyoke Codes – design and building of robotic animations
- Applebee's – gift card
- Cinemark movie theater, West Spfld – tickets
- Conklin Office Furniture – two (2) task chairs
- Crooked Stick Pops – a gift bag
- Hadley Printing – printing of the mini golf scorecards
- Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom – membership or admission passes
- Pioneer VR (Virtual Reality) - gift certificates
- Red Robin – gift basket
- Spradley Deluxe Coffee – gift basket
- 413 Family Fitness – gift certificate and Yoga mat
- Brennan's of Holyoke – gift certificates
- Jay's Bed & Breakfast - tickets for brunch