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The Curtain Falls!

And so, the 2014 Reading Road Trip came to a close today in a packed conference room at the Iowa City Public Library.

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This summer, we taught kids across the state to turn their televisions off, to go outside and play, to use their imaginations, and to read good books!

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Of course, we also taught them to eat healthy foods!

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My favorite part of the summer? There were robots waiting around every corner!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Pin the tail on the death adder is not a game that should be played at a birthday party.

Tick Tock Goes The Clock!

As we approach the end of the 2014 Reading Road Trip, it’s time to start thanking everybody who has taken a “leap of faith” by attending story time!

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All of the librarians, including the ones from today’s stop at the Robert W. Barlow Memorial Library in Iowa Falls, have been as sweet as honey to me.

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With this summer’s “Fizz! Boom! Read!” theme, kids everywhere have developed a new appreciation for science and learning at the library!

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Tomorrow, my travels around the state come to a close with a visit to Iowa City. After that, I might just take the Reading Road Trip to the next level and begin performing story times at cultural landmarks across the globe.

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: If you go to a garage sale looking to buy a garage, you will probably be disappointed.

The Sad Bodiless Robot!

Today, I was greeted into the Coralville Public Library by the most patriotic librarian you ever did see.

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As usual, the crowds were full of energy and excitement!

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I noticed that there was a sad bodiless robot in the crowd, so, afterwards I spent a few minutes to help him create a new exoskeleton.

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Somehow, in the process of forging new robot parts, I accidentally altered the gravity in the room!

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My next visit of the day was to the brand-new Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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Someone mentioned to me if I followed the unicorn’s directions, I could actually venture up to the roof.

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I made it almost to the top when I ran into a crabby ankylosaurus who would only let me pass if I gave him a kiss!

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It was worth it though as it was indeed a brilliant view from the top of a beautiful library.

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Holding on to a garbage bag filled with butterflies will not allow you to soar over the moon.

Bad Cake! Very Bad Cake!

I kicked off my final week of the Reading Road Trip with a visit to the Fort Dodge Public Library. Every week there is a summer reading secret password and I was honored to discover that today it was IPTV!

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Coming up with a weekly password is such a difficult task that three of the finest lab rats from Password University are on retainer to help.

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After story time, Doctor Sam Schnauzer, renowned canine professor, was available to give a short presentation on the microscopic bacteria that are responsible for doggy breath.

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Before leaving town, I had to pop in to see the brand new International Robot Museum. As you would suspect, I was in robot heaven.

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When I arrived at the Rockwell City Public Library, I discovered a couple of the robots from Fort Dodge had followed me. Oh well, the more the merrier!

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My new electronic friends fit in perfectly with the human families during story time.

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To celebrate my final week, the librarians baked me a special cake! However, with today’s humid heat, it spoiled pretty quickly.

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On the way out of the town I encountered a few “supermen” who were working on some landscaping. Isn’t it appropriate that a big rock is exactly what a town named Rockwell City needs!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: If you play volleyball versus a sore-loser squid, you’d better be prepared to be inked if you win!

Mister and Miss Squirt!

It appeared this morning would be just another normal visit to the Waterloo Public Library.

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However, I noticed a few of the kids seemed to be infected with some kind of aggressive brain fungus.

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After a quick search, I located the source of the infection. The librarians had not cleaned their fish tank in a long time, and mutated slime was growing out of it.

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No one needed to panic because I had a plan! A few well-placed bags of flaming destruction eradicated the bio-hazard for good.

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As I pulled into the Nashua Public Library, I was greeted by none other than Mister and Miss Squirt.

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As you can imagine, with such royalty in attendance, everyone was being screened before entering the library. Apparently, I was such a security risk that I had to be double arm-banded.

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Just like in Great Britain, any time the royal family shows up to an event, so do the crowds.

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Afterwards, to celebrate the final Friday of the Reading Road Trip, I broke down and accepted a “sometimes snack.” Ice cream never tasted so good!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Always make sure you are licensed, bonded, and insured before attempting to jump your motorcycle through a burning ring of doom!

College Savings Iowa 529 Plan

Funding for the 2014 Reading Road Trip
has been provided by the
College Savings Iowa 529 Plan.