Families who felt the need to putter around Sunday afternoon got their wish, thanks to the first Friends of the Fairfield Public Library's Classic Mini Golf Extravaganza.

"Greens" for the mini-links sprouted at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library for the event, which attracted more than 400 people to raise money for the library support group.

"We raise money for projects that the library needs," said Khorshed Randeria, secretary for the board of the Friends group. "We ask the librarians what they need. Needs come up and we support them."

Eighteen holes of miniature golf were set up throughout the branch library using plastic tubes and barriers. Businesses and individuals contributed money to sponsor individual holes, including Jennifer Callanan, of Fairfield, who runs a personal assistance service called Errand Hopper.

"Over the years, my children have just been part of the library and their services," she said. "We spend a lot of time here, hanging out and reading. ... And I just wanted to give back."

"It's tough to keep up with," said Allen Skott, of Fairfield, a volunteer who was handing out putters and balls to the crowd. "I almost ran out of clubs at one point."

"We've seen the whole town here," said Neal Fink, of Fairfield, who enjoyed a round with his son, Max.

Marc Patten, a member of the Representative Town Meeting, said "This is awesome. We should have done something like this before. The kids are having a blast.

"Not every giant event in this town gets crowds like this. It's just a testament to the people who put this together."

Patten also said that the condition of the branch library's leaking roof highlighted the need for additional funding for the Fairfield Woods Branch.

"This roof should have been done years ago," Patten said. "The water came through the ceiling."

He said because of money, "things get put off and put off," but hoped the problem will be remedied before long.

"I think this is incredible," Gail Lacugna, of Fairfield, said of the mini-golf. "They should do stuff like this more often. It gives you a great way to experience the library."

"This is an event that was brought to us by our head librarian, Karen Ronald," said Erica Green, who was co-chairwoman of the event. "She did this event when she was in Trumbull."

In fact, the Trumbull Public Library event, which raises money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, prompted Rich Bolton to start a business called Library Mini-Golf LLC. Since that time, he's done more than 70 events in 17 states, he said.

"The very first one was done in 2006," he said.

Ronald said she hopes the mini golf fundraiser becomes an annual event.

"The idea was to have a family event that was kind of unusual," she said. "It sort of tweaks your imagination, your curiosity."