The Alliance Public Library is sponsoring a winter reading contest for students in preschool through twelfth grade. The contest is based on the Iditarod dog sled race and will run from January 2nd through March 1st. To qualify, all books must be checked out from the Alliance Public Library between January 2nd and March 1st and returned by 6:00 p.m. on March 1st , in order to be eligible for the contest. All participants who complete their logs on time, will be invited to an IditaREAD party on Friday, March 2nd from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the Community Rooms at the Alliance Learning Center. Students may register at the circulation desk located in the Alliance Library.

Two racing routes are available that correspond to the participants reading level. Each route has 5 checkpoints that must be completed, after which a prize will be awarded.

The Southern Route is for picture books and the reader must complete five picture books (1 listed challenge book and 4 books of your choice) for the checkpoint to be completed. Checkpoint challenges are as follows:

  • Anchorage: Read a book about snow, cold or winter + 4 books of your choice
  • Rainy Pass: Read a book about sled dogs, Alaska, or the Iditarod + 4 books of your choice
  • Iditarod: Read a book about a famous person + 4 books of your choice
  • Unalekeet: Read a book about dogs + 4 books of your choice
  • Nome: Read a book about a different state or country + 4 books of your choice

The Northern Route is chapter books or longer nonfiction titles and requires one book per checkpoint. Checkpoint challenges are as follows:

  • Anchorage: Read a nonfiction book on how to do something
  • Galena: Read a book from our Winter or Iditarod displays
  • Koyukuk: Read a mystery
  • Elim: Read a graphic novel
  • Nome: Read a classic book

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