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Oliver: Putt a round at library’s Mini-Links Golf Outing

For those who play golf, no doubt this warm winter has been one long tease. Happily, the wait appears to be over.

I’m not a golfer, but I, too, enjoy the signs of spring.

For the past four years, one of my favorites has been the annual Mini-Links Golf Outing at the Woodstock Public Library.

Golfers and non-golfers alike can enjoy 18 holes of putting fun throughout the library during the Friends of the Woodstock Library fundraiser.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library, 414 W. Judd St., Woodstock.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 8 and younger.

All of the proceeds help the Friends support the library’s efforts.

“They help us do some of the things that keep us going,” Library Director Mary Petro said.

For example, the Friends maintain the saltwater fish tank. They also have bought large-print books to accommodate a growing senior population, and they paid for the software used to sign up for programs.

If you’ve been to past Mini-Links events, you know the course is fun as well as challenging.

Among the returning features will be a hole where you can win a (model) car if you make a hole in one. Maybe this will be my year.

Golfers again will be able to putt into the elevator. And the engineers from Baxter and Woodman are returning, so count on another “water hazard.”

Also returning will be the 19th Hole, where golfers can enjoy Rosati’s Pizza and Jaci’s Cookies. Even if you don’t play, you can grab a bite to eat.

New this year will be a hole designed by four golf pros, who also will be on hand to play the course. Golfers will want to try to beat their scores.

Of course, they will be trying to beat each other. Event co-chairman Gayle Hoch tells me that it gets quite competitive among them.

“It just makes me laugh,” Hoch said. “It’s a guy thing.”

The event also will feature a raffle of donated items, including a Tower of Games, golf accessories and a Page for a Day for state Rep. Jack Franks. Raffle tickets cost $1 each, or six for $5.

In a silent auction will be a picture frame inset with mother of pearl shamrocks, wine from a local experimental vineyard and three original Tom Trausch prints.

The event doesn’t take long, so families can stop in, play a round and have a snack before getting on with the rest of the day.

For the uninitiated, it’s also a good way to become acquainted with the library.

“We want to introduce the library to as many people as we can,” Hoch said. “We’re more than just books.”

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Confidential to the third-graders at James C. Bush Elementary School in Johnsburg: Thanks for inviting me to be a Mystery Reader. I enjoyed meeting you. You asked to be in the newspaper, so here you go. Reading is a key to unlocking your bright futures. Make me proud!

• Joan Oliver is a community editor for the Northwest Herald. She can be reached at 815-526-4552 or by email at joliver@shawmedia.com.

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