Spending the summer reading books is all well and good, but so is getting outside, using the imagination, and playing a little mini-golf.
Last Thursday afternoon, tweens and teens got to make their own mini-golf courses in the downstairs parking lot at the Elkin Public Library. Everybody was divided up into groups of two and three and were allowed to make courses using a wide range of materials, from old books and book-end markers to cardboard boxes, recyclable materials and even pool noodles.
Children got half an hour to design and build their courses, lining them up, putting in obstacles, and letting their imagination take over. Some worked hard to make their courses as authentic as possible while others went out of their way to make the most devious course to challenge their peers. After the designs were finished, every group received a golf club and a golf ball and were allowed to go around and try everyone’s courses. Few holes-in-ones were scored that day.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Ally Vestal. “We used one of the pool noodles to make an arch at the entrance of our course.”
“Cierra got a hole in one on course number three! Go Cierra!” said Samantha Martin. “I like seeing what everybody else made. I love reading, but this is pretty chill. It’s interesting and hands on.”
Some tweens and teens used everything they could get their hands on to build their courses.
“We used a lot of stuff to make our course,” said Emma Swaim, Elizabeth Church and Cassidy Madison. “We made a fairy tale course. We’ve had a lot of fun today.”
At the end of the day, everyone got to choose which course was their favorite and the golden team went to Colten Vestal, Isaiah Vangordan and Brennan Arnder.
This is the first time the library has done this mini-golf activity. The activity had a great turnout from tweens just beginning their sixth-grade year in middle school to teens in the last couple years of high school. In all, about 25 people showed up.
“Our theme this summer is ‘get in the game.’ We’ve been trying to develop game themed activities and we love what we have come up with so far,” said Library Assistant Kelly Snow. “I saw the idea on Pinterest.com and I thought that would be so neat. They’ll get to use books and bookends, but we have all of these other recycle materials and stuff too so they get to be creative and make it just how they want it. By the time they were done, they had about eight holes to play with. The pawn shop up the street actually donated our golf clubs for us to use.”
The summer activities are just getting started at the Elkin Public Library. On Thursday, the Ready, Set Splash! water-themed relay races will be held at the Elkin Municipal Park playing field behind the baseball fields from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and on July 14, illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon will do a magic workshop at 5:30 p.m. for tweens and teens.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.