When summer reading ended at Fisher Library, kids celebrated with 15 holes of mini-golf — in the library.
For our Summer Reading Club end party this year we wanted to include physical literacy elements that got the kids moving and shaking as well as reading and listening. So in addition to our usual storytime/pizza party with cake (and healthy veggies!), we also created an outdoor fun zone of giant board games in the parking lot (blocked off to cars of course by orange pylons).
We had a "color walk," too (a scavenger hunt where they had to track down items of different colors all over the library). And a teen-reading challenge with books awards to all the participants and a chance to win a bursary to a local university. Miss Woodstock even stopped by to play with our patrons! We were so lucky that our local Dairy Queen donated ice cream cakes and our local Greco donated pizzas. To round out the day I taught a Family Yoga class to stretch out those muscles and burn off those calories.
Using a floor plan of the library, Mariah created a map for families to follow. She built the courses out of a eclectic mix of props we had sitting around, such as yoga mats, blocks, books, puzzles, hula hoops, seating cushions, bottles of paint, etc. The holes were constructed out of plastic cups or plastic rings from the dollar store. We bought 20 plastic clubs and balls, as well; people had to wait their turn when we ran out. We weren't expecting such an overwhelming crowd of mini-golfers through the door at 10 a.m.!