Bonner library programs in the new year include Iditarod, Poet Laureate
A unique program about surviving extreme winter conditions will kick off the New Year at the Bonner Springs City Library.
On Jan. 7, the library will welcome Karen Land, a three-time participant in the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska. Lesley Lard, youth librarian, said the program would be of interest to both adults and children.
“She sent an email out a long time ago saying she was going to be in Kansas,” Lard said.
“I responded because how often are we going to have a chance to have somebody who has done this?”
Land will bring one of her dogs with her and discuss how she got involved in sled racing, first taking a job caring for Alaskan Huskies at a Montana kennel owned by a 21-time Iditarod musher.
Two years later, in 2001, Land finished three musher races ranging from 250 to 450 miles.
In March 2002, Land made her first appearance in the Iditarod, finishing in just under 14 days, and competed again in 2003 and 2004. The race is considered one of the most difficult in all of sports, beginning in Anchorage, crossing the Alaskan Range Mountains and following the Yujon River to the town of Nome on the Bering Sea.
Land’s program, which is set at 7 p.m., is one of several that library staff members hope patrons make note of on their calendars after the holiday.
Even before Land’s visit, the library will welcome current Kansas Poet Laureate Eric McHenry at 6 p.m. Jan. 5. McHenry is a professor at Washburn University who has published two books of poetry, Potscrubber Lullabies and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage.
Lard said other programs to look forward to early in the year will be a Kansas Day program, a Valentine’s Day party and a new monthly book discussion series for adults.