Cotuit Library IditaWalk/Read 2017

Combine physical fitness with literacy goals

Join the second Cotuit Library IditaWalk/Read this winter and let us challenge you to keep those New Year’s resolutions! You’ll be helping to support the Library while enjoying thematic programming, a kick-off party and a Mushers’ Banquet at journey’s end. Participants will register to walk or read a set number of miles or books from January 4th to March 18th: 100 miles (1/10th of the actual Iditarod Race distance) and/or 25 books for adults; 50 miles and/or 50 books for kids. The Iditarod is following the southern route this year, which is slightly longer (hence the additional miles and books!). Registered participants earn a raffle ticket for each program they attend for a prize to be drawn at the Banquet. The librarians will mark walkers’ and readers’ progress on our Iditarod route map with individual pins as participants update their status. You can even have friends and relatives participate remotely through the event website and Facebook Live posts.

Former Director, Jennie Wiley, and Board President, Kathy Spirtes, came up with the idea last year. The goal was to raise funds for the Library while challenging patrons to accomplish physical fitness and literacy goals during the cold winter months. As incentive, the Library also provided many opportunities for patrons to learn more about the demanding Iditarod race, Alaskan culture and dog training. This year, we have different programs, and we’re adding a couple book discussions to the lineup. Although the Iditarod itself doesn’t start until March 4th, the Library wants to give participants enough time to walk or read a substantial amount as well as attend the programs.

The program schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 4 @4 p.m.: Kick-off Party
  • Saturday, January 14 @2 p.m.: Veterinarian on the Trail
  • Wednesday, January 18 @6:30 p.m.: Matthew White, Master Dog Trainer  
  • Saturday, January 28 @2 p.m.: Family Movie (8 Below)
  • Wednesday, February 1 @3 p.m.: Iditaread Book Discussion (Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis)
  • Saturday, February 11 @2 p.m.: Documentary Viewing (The Great Alone)
  • Wednesday, February 16 @6:30 p.m.: Reporter on the Iditarod Trail
  • Wednesday, February 22 @4:00 p.m.: Read to the Dogs Story Time and Sled Dog Craft
  • Wednesday, March 1 @3 p.m.: Iditaread Book Discussion (book TBA)
  • Saturday, March 11 @2 p.m.: Living in Alaska
  • Saturday, March 18 @4 p.m.: Musher’s Banquet, Raffle Drawing & Prize Giving

Registration is $20 for adults (18+) and $10 for children (each additional child in a family is only $5). Registration packets with logs, maps, thematic reading suggestions and more are available at the Library. Patrons who do not wish to participate themselves are invited to donate funds to sponsor another walker/reader. For more information, call the Library at 508-428-8141 or visit our event web site at

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