Hole-in-one at the West Chester library

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Victoria Dow and Joanne Peskoff were the forces behind bring miniature golf to the West Chester Public Library. (Candice Monhollan)

It’s not every day someone gets to putt in a library.

But that’s just what the West Chester Public Library is allowing the public to do April 24 and 25 as they hold Miniature Golf Between the Stacks.

“It’s a fundraiser for the library,” said Victoria Dow, director of the library. “It is actually an 18-hole, mini-golf course laid out in the library between the stacks.”

As unusual as it sounds, this isn’t the first time such an event has happened among books as other libraries in the area have taken part.

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“There were a couple local libraries who have done this, including Easttown and Radnor, and a number of other ones across the state,” said Joanne Peskoff, development director of the library.

In fact, there is actually a company whose sole job is to layout golf courses in library buildings.

And that’s exactly who the West Chester Public Library got a hold of. The company has designed a course specifically for the library’s unique layout on multiple floors and they will come in Friday to help set it up.

But just because the company has been doing all the planning doesn’t mean the library staff has had nothing to do.

“Our job is to find sponsors and make it a fundraising event,” Peskoff said. “We decided to make it a two-day fundraiser. Friday night is our adult evening event, which is how we raised the majority of our money, through corporate sponsorships. We have somewhere around 35 local companies that have sponsored this event.”

Friday night’s event, dubbed “The Masters,” is for adults only at a cost of $75 per person.

The night will feature miniature golf, as well as beer and wine and hors d’oeuvres. The festivities will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, however, is open to everyone as part of “The Family Fun Round” and is just $5 per person from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We have a magician and he will do balloon animals,” Peskoff said. “I have some volunteers doing a children’s craft table. We wanted to make it more of a family fun event.”

Though the event is still a day away, the anticipation has been building among the staff, especially after seeing how the public’s interest has been piqued.

“One of the ways we publicized it was we had a jar of tees on the children’s level to guess how many tees were in there,” Peskoff said. “We gave away tickets for guesses that we close during the two weeks leading up to it. We had a lot of people guessing and given away about 20 tickets by now. People seem to be really interested in the event.”

Sponsorships for Friday night have also been completely sold out, though walk-ons are anticipated — and welcome — to come out.

“We’ve been fortunate to get a lot of very generous individuals and companies locally who have stepped up,” Dow said. “We’re very grateful to them.”

All the money raised from ticket and sponsorship sales will go back to the library.

“This is to help fund the materials purchases, both print and digital, and also our programs for children, tweens, teens and adults and everybody in between,” Dow said.

Though this is the first the West Chester Public Library is holding the event, after hearing about successes at other libraries, there is a lot of hope that it will be as big of a hit among the West Chester community.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Dow said. “We’ve never done anything like this. Everybody we’ve talked to looks at us like, ‘What? Mini-golf in the library?’ This is definitely something different and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We hope people come out and enjoy it and enjoy their library.”

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