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Batcave Found!

It pays to know the librarians at the Clive Public Library. They have some pretty impressive superhero connections!

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In fact, the library staff were on a first-name basis with almost every superhero you could think of!

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The only downside to having so many ties to the superhero world is when siblings fight over which hero is the strongest!

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When disagreements like that break out, I like to keep my head down and stay out of it by signing autographs!

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As I entered the Ericson Public Library in Boone, I encountered a mysterious crime fighter that I had never met before!

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I followed him through a secret tunnel and found something I’ve been searching for all my life. It was the entrance to the Batcave!

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However, it turns out it wasn’t actually Batman’s secret hideout. But, it did contain some pretty cool bat-memorabilia!

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Fortunately, after all that excitement, I still was able to perform story time in front of all the Boone families!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Chewing nine gumballs at the same time will only hurt your chances of blowing the world’s biggest bubble!

Backpack Safety!

Backpacks are great for carrying books, lunch, school supplies, and even toys. But remember, you need to wear your backpack the correct way to be healthy and safe!

Truth, Justice, and the American Way!

This morning I entertained a couple of enthusiastic crowds at the Decorah Public Library!

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The many breathtaking views of the city skyline always make for a great visit.

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The librarians are constantly making sure the prize box is filled to the brim with goodies.

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And, it’s always a mystery as to what you might win for completing summer reading!

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My final story time of the week was at one of my favorite places on the planet.

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The Maynard Public Library and all of its patrons will forever hold a special place in my heart!

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Going to school in Maynard allowed me to pursue a life of truth, justice, and the American way.

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I’ve driven the Danmobile there for all nine years of the Reading Road Trip. Hopefully, next year we will celebrate visit number ten.

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: A stroll down yonder, near the ole’ alligator pit, is not a wise place to take your puppy for a walk.

Ninja Strike!

Over 450 people showed up to my story times this morning at the Waverly Public Library!

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Thanks to a little advice I read in a book, I was even able to keep the babies entertained!

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A few patrons thought by buddying up to me, they might have a better chance at winning the summer reading bikes!

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However, when Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman are on call, you know the reading raffle will be fair and just.

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Later, I had no problem finding the West Union Public Library! I spotted their librarians from a mile away!

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I couldn’t quite place my finger on it, but someone in the audience seemed a little out of place.

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It wasn’t until after story time that I finally realized that Darth Vader was in the crowd. By then it was too late! He used his Dark Jedi mind powers to “convince” me to let him drive my vehicle around town for a bit!

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To make matters worse, I just can’t shake this feeling that I’m being watched!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never stand in front of a horse named Licky, and never stand behind a horse named Kicky!

Karen Meet Sharon!

I always enjoy my visit to the Hampton Public Library. It truly is a land of chirping birds, playful animals, and fluttering butterflies…

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And then, there are these two guys. They’re known as Crusher and Smasher, the town bodyguards!

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With such amazing protection, I could easily deliver an incredible experience for the whole family to share!

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I’m fully aware that sometimes I talk so fast during story time, that only the quickest of the quick can keep up!

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Coincidentally, the Winthrop Public Library has butterflies, too! However, these butterflies are robotic humanoid versions!

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You would be surprised at how many kids we can fit into their library!

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As always, I made sure my story time was not only fun, but also thought-provoking!

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To commemorate my visit, the librarians even brought out their historic puppet protectors!

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My last stop of the day was a quick visit to the Waucoma Public Library. It also served as a high school and college reunion, as some former classmates stopped by to surprise me! Karen meet Sharon. Sharon meet Karen.

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Fortunately, I was able to finish my story in time for all the kids to get to their Little League games!

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However, none of the young athletes asked me to join them in their sporting events. I don’t know why. I’d make a great coach, and could certainly get in the referee’s faces if I needed to!

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The 2015 Reading Road Trip is now officially half over. Some have suggested that such an ambitious trip might give me a few gray hairs, but I doubt it!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Skipping rocks across a stream can result in a joyous afternoon of merriment and delight. Skipping rocks across a river of lava can result in a torturous afternoon of discontent and terror.