Mush! The Race is On!  will be on Monday, February 17th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.   Racer Nancy Stark will bring her six-dog sled team to the Library. Come visit with Nancy and her dogs, learn how sled dog races are run, take a try at helping to harness up a sled.  Ask Nancy about the famous Iditarod race from Anchorage to Nome Alaska, a race that lasts between 9 and 17 days.  Program will be outdoors and indoors.

     Also on Monday, author Hope Marston will chat with visitors about the children’s book, “Eye on the Iditarod”,  that she wrote with Aisling Sheperd.   Aisling was just eleven years old when she began training to run her dog team in the Iditarod.  Hope will have photos and talk about Aisiling’s real life story that began when she started racing at the age of five.

     Author Marcus Mastin and illustrator Jamie Peck will also chat with visitors about their latest children’s book, A Mouse Named Newton, the pre-quel to “Oscar Potter and his Late Night Visitor.  The latest book was co-authored by Marcus’ young daughter, Alana Mastin. The pre-quel goes back to the time long before Oscar Potter had his late-night visitor, when there was a mouse named Newton.  Join Newton as he takes you inside his home and introduces you to his friends...the Potter family.  All authors will have books available for sale and signing. 

     Wednesday, February 19th, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lego Building Challenge returns!  Bring your own Legos or use our limited supply to build your own Lego creations.  Build a creation from the themes of Movies, Animals, Transportation or Freestyle- wherever your imagination takes you, or try them all!  We’ll have Lego books to spark you imagination.  Get ready to have your photo with your Lego creation posted on our Library Facebook page.

     On Thursday, February 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon,  it’s Craft Day. Young people of all ages can try their hand at making toad houses, grapevine wreaths, duct tape art and straw painting with glitter.  Call the Library at 493-2620 for more information on these programs.

     Carthage Free Library is open from noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, from 10:00 a. m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.