The Story Laboratory, located in the Washington Free Public Library, is always a perfect place to start your morning.

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The entrance to the lab is protected by a fierce knight and his trusty steed!

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It also has an elite force of seven superheroes as backup protection in case the knight falls in battle!

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And, if both the brave knight and the strong superheroes are unable to keep evil out of the Story Laboratory? Well, that’s why the library has all those explosives!

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To get to my afternoon stop at the Musser Public Library in Muscatine, I sailed up the Mississippi River on a giant pirate ship.

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It was a lot of fun, except for the ticking alligator that kept following us!

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There was a small army of masked volunteers waiting at the doors for my arrival!

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With their help, two great crowds enjoyed the excitement and adventure of story time!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Naming your daycare Bulldozer Buddies is a great idea. Naming your daycare Bulldozer Buddies and actually letting the four-year-olds operate real bulldozers is an even better idea!