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Dan Wardell Recognition Day!

This morning, we cancelled my story times at the Fort Dodge Public Library and held an awards ceremony instead. As always, it was the billionaire inventor who took home all the trophies.


But, just when I thought I would walk away empty-handed, the librarians and the mayor presented me with a special proclamation!


I now have a day named after me in Fort Dodge! Life is good.


And, you won’t believe how many superheroes asked me to go with them to the after party. You know, now that I have my very own day, I’m kind of a big deal!


Later, when I arrived at the Zearing Public Library, a very serious guard would not let me in, even though my picture was on the poster hanging on the door.


However, he did change his mind after I told him I would promise to include him in the story.


Afterwards, I realized the reason for the extra security was because of all the royalty that were in attendance!


We are now almost two-thirds done with the Reading Road Trip. In a few weeks this summer’s superhero theme will only be a memory, just like all the summer reading themes that have gone before.


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Discovering a skunk in your tuba can result in a very long and unpleasant parade.

Batcave Found!

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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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