IDITAROD 2020! Damon Ramaker-Our Local Musher!

Damon at our Summer Reading Program 2019

Last summer we had local musher Damon Ramaker visit our library as part of our Summer Reading Program. He brought two sled dogs to the library as well as his lovely family and spent over an hour with our young and adult patrons explaining how he works with his dogs and the training that he was doing to prepare for this years Iditarod. Damon’s journey to the Iditarod hits a bit closer to home here at the Spring Valley Public Library because he is the nephew of our Library Assistant, Jeanette, and cousin of one of our other library assistants, Chelsey. Many of their family members, immediate and extended, are going up to Alaska to help with the race, cheer, and support Damon as he takes off on this exciting adventure. Here at the library we are honoring his journey by putting up a display with books about dog-sledding and the Iditarod. We also have a wonderful binder of information, facts and pictures about the race and Damon and his dogs. If this is something you are interested in following or finding out more about please stop in and spend some time looking through our display. We will be trying to stay on top of Damon’s progress as he races to Nome, Alaska! He will leave Anchorage this Sunday, March 8th! Best wishes to Damon and his team!

For more information about the Iditarod, all of the mushers, and so much more visit

For information specific to Damon Ramaker and timely updates and biographies on the team (human and canine) please visit They can also be found on Facebook at