I can’t believe it took seven weeks, but today I finally had the opportunity to sign my first cast of the summer.

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I wasn’t too surprised it happened, though. I had a hunch that, after doing enough story times, my lucky number would finally come up!

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The Waterloo Public Library does a fantastic job turning their building into a summer reading paradise, complete with giant vine pillars.

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And, if you are lucky, you can even help decorate by drawing on the walls. Just make sure you draw on the right walls!

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This afternoon, I hopped on a mine cart and rode the rails to the Hiawatha Public Library.

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I’m always amazed at how they pack so many people into such a small room.

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I’m also amazed that the grown-ups have as much fun as the kids!

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And who should make a surprise visit today? That’s right, my babysitter from when I was a kid! Of course, I had to have her read me a story!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Unless you are a small mammal with a bushy tail and buck teeth, the value of an acorn is mostly useless.