With the Iditarod Sled Dog Race under way, the Talkeetna Library invites residents to step up to the Iditapage Challenge. The library has set a community-wide goal to read 330-thousand pages by the time the first Iditarod team arrives in Nome. To advance the library’s marker along the map of the Iditarod route, 15-thousand pages must be read for each race checkpoint. With almost 208-thousand pages read since January, the library’s marker has advanced as far as Kaltag, the 15th checkpoint of the race. Readers in Talkeetna have a little over a week to cover the remaining 7 checkpoints by reading 122-thousand pages before the first teams reach Nome.
According to Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey’s February report, the Talkeetna library hosted 2,594 patrons in the month of January. They had 402 computer log-ins, and 175 wireless users, and the librarians fielded 165 reference questions during the month.