Balloon Extravaganza: Dale Obrochta’s Seamless Family Festivities at Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library Anniversary

Case Study: Alsip—Merrionete Park Public Library — Anniversary


Amy Malysa, the Youth Librarian at Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library, aimed to infuse family-friendly festivities into the library’s Anniversary celebration. Focusing on balloon animals, Amy envisioned a seamless experience for the large crowd anticipated at the event. To ensure smooth operations, numbers, crowd control, and an organized ticket distribution system were implemented, allowing families to relax and enjoy the balloon magic.

The Execution:

With meticulous planning, the event unfolded flawlessly. To manage the crowd efficiently, a designated person handled numbers, controlled the flow, and announced who was next in line, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in the joy of balloon entertainment. Each child received a ticket, regulating the number of figures created per hour.

The Layout:

The room was thoughtfully arranged with chairs, providing families with a comfortable space to watch the balloon artistry unfold. When their ticket number was called, families interacted with Dale, receiving personalized balloon figures that added an extra layer of excitement to the Anniversary celebration.

The Success:

The program exceeded expectations, leaving kids elated, parents entertained, and nearly 100 patrons with unique balloon figures in hand within three hours. Remarkably, this event marked the smoothest experience the library had ever encountered with balloon artists. The strategic layout allowed Dale to expand his balloon repertoire, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of the audience.


Amy Malysa’s vision for a family-centric Anniversary celebration came to life with Dale Obrochta’s expert balloon artistry. This case study highlights the success of a well-executed plan, where organization, thoughtful layout, and engaging entertainment combined to create an unforgettable experience for Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library’s patrons.