Libraries Celebrates Dads Weekend with Mini Golf

Most students are accustomed to spending their time at Alden Library catching up on reading or writing a paper, not playing a round of golf. On Nov. 5, they will be able to do just that, and many will be able to experience it with their families.

Alden Library will be transformed into a miniature golf course for the fourth Alden Open during Dads Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course winds through bookshelves and study spaces, as well as obstacles such as spinning houses and giant pancakes and pepperoni.

“The course is set up on the third, fourth and fifth floors. It will change this year because of our renovations,” said Barbara Fiocchi, coordinator of Libraries events and community outreach and engagement. “Last year, one of the favorite holes went down the stairs from the fourth to the third.”

Golfers at the 2015 Alden Open play a hole that ran from the fourth floor to the third floor in Alden Library. (John Michael Simpson/Ohio University Libraries)
Golfers at the 2015 Alden Open play a hole that ran from the fourth floor to the third floor in Alden Library. (John Michael Simpson/Ohio University Libraries)
Don Santiago-Meyers watches his daughter, Marissa Santiago-Meyers, take a shot at the 2015 Alden Open. (John Michael Simpson/Ohio University Libraries)
Don Santiago-Meyers watches his daughter, Marissa Santiago-Meyers, take a shot at the 2015 Alden Open. (John Michael Simpson/Ohio University Libraries)

Players can pay $5 for a nine-hole game or $10 for an 18-hole game on the course. Proceeds will support the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, where students present posters, exhibits, performances and other displays to showcase their work.

Fiocchi said the Alden Open gives students the opportunity to show their families a part of their life at OHIO.

“It’s nice for students to bring their families into the Library and show them where they study,” Fiocchi said. “Parents get an idea of the resources we have available, and sometimes students get an idea of the resources we have, too.”

Sally Linder, owner of LCR Realty in Athens and an event sponsor, attended the Alden Open last year and said the event also serves as an opportunity for the community to explore Alden Library.

“[The Alden Open] is very creative and fun. People there were having a great time,” she said. “It’s a great way for people to get inside and see the Library, which is one of the jewels of the University.”

Linder’s main reason for sponsorship, however, is that funds go towards the Expo.

“The quality of the student-body research and creative activity at Ohio University is phenomenal, and they deserve support. It’s clear why this University is so well-known for research,” she said.

The event is also a way for students to spend quality time with their families. One father who attended last year’s Alden Open said he enjoyed continuing the mini golf tradition from his daughter’s childhood, according to “Bobcats, their dads hit the links at Alden Library,” by Blair Morton.

“I remember teaching my daughter how to play mini golf when she was a child,” Vince DiRiddo said. “We would visit this local indoor course where each hole was modeled after a moment in United States history. The course attempted to teach kids about history. I believe that golf is very educational. It teaches you life lessons.”

Snacks, including pizza, donuts, cider and popcorn will be available for golfers in the 1951 Lounge on the fourth floor.

This family-friendly event is open to the community, and students are welcome to bring their parents and siblings for a fun day of quality time. For families who want to plan out their weekend ahead of time, registration for the Alden Open, along with other Dads Weekend events, is available online.

If you have any questions or want more information, contact Barbara Fiocchi at (740) 593-2906 or fiocchib@ohio.edu.