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The Forbidden Basketballs!

This morning was a beautifully sunny way to start the day’s triple-header!


300 people came out to celebrate fun and adventure at the Sioux Center Public Library!


Three of those three hundred included a local mad scientist and her two lab assistants!


I wish I could have stayed longer to learn a new wacky experiment or two, but I had to set sail for my next location!


The Akron Public Library was my second stop of the day. The town is home to Dr. Manufacto R. Creatinski. The R stands for ROBOTOSAURUS!


In addition to giant robots, he is the inventor of the incredibly useful paper-eating robot!


And, few know this, but Dr. Creatinski is also credited with inventing bowling with fruits and vegetables!


I got so wrapped up in a few games of bowling that I was going to be late for my last stop of the day. Luckily, the librarians let me borrow their fastest jet pack, and I was off!


My final destination was the Alta Community Library. We held story time in the high school gym, but unfortunately they had the basketballs locked up so I couldn’t shoot any hoops.


I think the balls were in lock-down so they wouldn’t accidentally bounce off these spiky heads and pop.


However, the hula hoops were freely available, and we hula hooped until just seconds before story time.


Once 4:00 hit, it was time to put the toys away, and to weave one final story time full of magic and wonder for the day!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Unfortunately, a tuning fork will not help a walrus sing opera!

Undesirable Number Four!

Over the years, I’ve seen some unusual things at the Sibley Public Library. However, I’ve never seen a WANTED poster!


After doing some research with one of the town’s most brilliant literary geniuses, we discovered an Undesirable had somehow taken up residence in the library.


We searched high and low for any sign of this super-villain!


Rumor has it she had infiltrated the ranks of the librarians themselves, but as far as I could tell, all the staff looked normal to me!


It was a journey from one mystery to the next as the librarian from the Ocheyedan Public Library gave me a white rock when I arrived.


The gift might have been because we held story time at the Ocheyedan Mound instead of the library.


It is tradition that people hike up the massive mound and construct words out of rocks. Look, there’s an IPTV formed from little white stones.


Actually, the little white stones weren’t so little, and, it was a long way up the hill!


Fortunately, after all that hiking, the librarians at the George Public Library had some cool refreshing water to share with me. Well, I think it was water…


The only mystery in their library was the surprise of what was contained in the summer reading gift bags!


Story time was held later than usual, and most of the audience fell asleep because of missing their afternoon naps!


Luckily, not everyone dozed off!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never attempt to use an elephant’s trunk to inflate a flat tire unless you plan on tipping him well.

Lulu’s Pizza!

I showed up for story time at the Carroll Public Library this morning only to discover the event had been moved to the city recreation center. Some cycling enthusiasts let me hitch a ride to the new location!


When I got there, almost 450 people were waiting comfortably for me in their fancy stadium seating!


Afterwards, I decided to explore their facility from top to bottom!


Imagine my delight when I discovered that their swimming pool was available for a cool dip!


Next, it was a visit to the Graettinger Public Library. Judging by the bike in the flower pot, things had gotten pretty crazy at Lulu’s Pizza the night before!


I’m sure the kind chauffeurs at the Graettinger Business Club made sure the biker got home safely.


All the rascals in town were waiting with exhilaration for story time to begin.


One mom even had to hold her son down because he was so excited to see me!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never wear fish cologne around an otter unless you want to see just how bitey it can get!

Road Construction? Noooooooo!

When I woke up this morning, I looked out the window and was fully expecting to see boats and submarines floating by. After yesterday’s weather, anything was possible!


But, no! The sun had finally returned and it was time to celebrate!


And, wowza, the crowds at the Ottumwa Public Library were a good reason for celebrating as well!


But, the best reason for a celebration on this day? There was a girl who was commemorating her birthday by coming to story time. She even asked me to join her for ice cream afterwards!


Then, things went south, as we tried to travel south. Yes, we hit some major road construction on our way to the Humeston Public Library!


We had to take a few off-roads in a nontraditional vehicle to make it to the library on time!


Luckily, the “librarian in the yellow hat” helped guide us to our destination with her sonar helmet of fabulousness!


You can imagine the excitement the kids felt when I rolled up in a tank!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never ask the infamous Marshmallow Beast of Marshmallowopolis IV if he would like a s’more!

The Girl’s Bathroom?

Today seemed as if it was going to be just another ordinary day! The girls at the Marshalltown Public Library were excited that I was going to tell them a princess story. The boys, of course, were mad!


And then when the gentlemen found out there were also superheroes in my story, they got pretty excited too!


As always, in addition to great crowds and fantastic kids, I encountered peculiar mysteries that peaked my curiosity.


However, on my way out, I noticed the librarians were constructing a huge bridge to keep them dry from some kind of oncoming storm.


I had no idea what weather they were worried about. In fact, story time at the Bondurant Public Library went on just as we had planned.


And then, it hit.


We turned on the TV where Frank Weatherbritches, central Iowa’s most famous meteorologist, was predicting the end of the universe. People say he looks like me, but I don’t see the resemblance.


The wind and rain got so bad that we had to take shelter. I even got to see the inside of the girl’s bathroom.


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never wear a hat made out of cheese on a ninety-degree day.

College Savings Iowa 529 Plan

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