Press Release

“Idita-Read” Program for kids at the Blue Hill Public Library

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Public Library is excited to announce that the Idita-Read, a reading incentive program for K-12 students, has started and will go through April 22nd. The Idita-Read mirrors Alaska’s famous sled dog race and occurs while the actual race is happening. Readers rely on reading minutes to “travel” the distance (1 minute= 1 mile) along the Iditarod trail from Anchorage to Nome, starting on March 2nd, when the actual Iditarod Race starts.

Participants can read anything they want and log their reading minutes on their Read-A-Route mileage worksheet. Youth Services Librarian Pat Horton will log the minutes on the team’s online record so that everyone can follow the team’s progress online. Reader’s progress will also be tracked on a trail map at the library. The goal for the team is to collectively read all 998 minutes (miles) of the Iditarod Trail. Special events will be scheduled at the library throughout the program, and at the end of the race, there will be a party to celebrate.

Thanks to the Downeast Dog Scout Troop 159 of Mount Desert Island, a chapter of Dog Scouts of America for their generous sponsorship of the Library’s team, The Blue Hill Extreme Readers. Participation is free but space on the team is limited so participants must register using the interactive calendar on the Library’s web site at or call Pat at 374-5515.