Iditarod School Talks

What a great time we had on our last Iditarod Public Library and School Talk Tour of 2019 and THE DECADE! Thank you to Grand County Public Library (Moab, Utah), Montrose Regional Library (Montrose, Colorado), Mesa County Libraries (two presentations at the Grand Junction, CO central branch and one at the Fruita branch), Bemis Public Library (Littleton, Colorado), Erie Middle School (Erie, Colorado), Erie Community Library, and Eaton Public Library (Eaton, Colorado).

TO CELEBRATE MY 20th YEAR OF IDITAROD DOG MUSHING TALKS, we’re planning a MEGA ROAD TRIP around the United States for 2020! There’s a good chance we’ll be IN YOUR AREA! For more information, email Karen at mymusher at gmail.com … or… mymusher at yahoo.com.

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Great Bend Public Library, Great Bend, KS. Photo by Susan Thatcher.

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Kansas Reading Roundup, Garden City, Kansas.

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Kansas Reading Roundup, Hugoton, KS.

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Basehor Community Library, Basehor, KS.

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Jefferson County Library, Windsor Branch, Barnhart, MO.

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Lemmon Public Library, Lemmon, SD.

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Jefferson County Library, Windsor Branch, Barnhart, MO.

Chloe, Noggin, and I have been on the road for almost three weeks now. So far we’ve given 16 talks in Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Lots of driving, sharing stories, dog-petting, and laughing!

Libraries are awesome in any season, but SUMMER READING is always special! We are honored to be a part of so many exciting and creative summer reading programs. Thank you, librarians!

 

 

 

 

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Noggin and I really enjoyed our afternoon at the Nassau BOCES in Westbury, NY. Thanks to Donna Rosenblum for inviting us. Because of their expert technology staff and the videoconferencing studio, we were able to connect with classrooms all over the state of New York! Plus, we had an informal meet-and-greet in the conference room and had a nice turn-out. It was fun meeting everyone and talking trail… and Noggin was pleased to be able to wander the room on her own, flopping over on her side in front of those she knew were just dying to rub her belly.

Noggin was in no hurry to leave, but we had to head east to be in place for tomorrow’s talk at the Hampton Library at 1 pm. See you there!

Chloe, the team navigator, is looking forward to our next stops…

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Saturday, March 30th at 1 pm—Swansea Free Public Library, Swansea, MA

Monday, April 1st at 6:30 pm—John Curtis Free Library, Hanover, MA

Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm—Melrose Public Library, Melrose, MA

Thursday, April 4th at 6 pm—Thayer Memorial Library, Lancaster, MA

Sunday, April 7th at 3 pm—West Hempstead Public Library, West Hempstead, NY

*Please check out library websites for seating availability

**We will also be giving school talks in CT and NY this coming week. Interested in a last minute school talk? Email me at mymusher@yahoo.com with IDITAROD in the subject line. I’ll get back with you ASAP!

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THANK YOU to SHELLY HENSS, our longtime friend and the best dog groomer east of the Divide!

Noggin, Chloe, and I are heading out on an East Coast talk tour. It’s great to begin the trip looking and feeling like a million bucks. Now if I can just keep Chloe from rolling… she’s part pig but 100% adorable.

Need grooming? Check out Shelly’s new shop, the Butl’RRR’ Bark in Indy. Head to 4149 Boulevard Place for a tour or call her at 463-209-1972 to set up an appointment. Tell her Noggin and Chloe sent you.

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LOVE! Lennox perfectly sums up the “why?” of our sport. Mushers LOVE dogs. Period. There’s nothing better than exploring wild places with our best friends and family—the dogs. Yes, it’s love!

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MUSH! I adore all of the thank you cards and drawings I received in the mail from the students of Anchorage Public School, Anchorage, Kentucky. It’s wonderful to see how students transform my stories into art. Their accuracy and creativity is amazing!

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HOLD ON TIGHT!  This dog team is about to head down a VERY steep mountain. This drawing’s perspective is awesome! The artist portrays what it looks and feels like standing on the sled runners behind a very long string of sled dogs.