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A Huge Thank-You!

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Reading Road Trip! 15,192 of you showed up to libraries across the state!


Today, I performed my swan song at the Des Moines Public Library! Yes, that’s right, the 2015 Reading Road Trip is now over!


15,192 people attended my 71 story times this summer!


Thanks to all the kids, moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandpas, grandmas, and babysitters who showed up for the fun. Oh, and I can’t forget all the day cares and summer camps that also attended!


Most of all, though, I’m thankful for all the librarians who let me stand tall next to them for another year!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Kick-ball is much easier on your body than a sport like kick-anvil.

Robot Karaoke!

Even after 70 stops, the excitement and energy at the last few story times are feeling as fresh as ever.


Today, the librarians at the Iowa City Public Library were there in full force to support superhero reading!


After story time I enjoyed a spot of tea with Iowa’s biggest Wild Kratts fan.


I also was able to spend a little time singing Karaoke with a couple of my favorite robots!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: 50-gallon barrels of lard are generally a lemonade stand’s least most popular item.

Pirate Ship Mishap!

All my friends at the Coralville Public Library are aware that reading gives you superpowers!


Some of my favorite superpowers include the ability to turn invisible!


Being able to transfer into a flying pig is also a very impressive power in my book!


But, my absolute most prized superpower of them all is to share a good laugh with a crowd of rascals!


My second story time of the day was brought to you by the letters A and L. Add a P in the middle and you have the initials for the Anamosa Public Library!


The crowd was wound up and ready to be taken on an adventure full of excitement!


On the way out of town a pirate ran right into my vehicle with her pirate ship. She didn’t have insurance and wasn’t too happy about it!


Luckily, the deputy sheriff helped un-krunch my car and I was quickly on my way!


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Frozen hot dogs do not have the same aerodynamic abilities as boomerangs. They simply will not come back if you throw one.

Unruly Space Blobs!

This morning’s rain tried to wash away the story time crowds at the Johnston Public Library!


Luckily, things like snow, sleet, wind, and torrential downpours never stop the townsfolk from showing up for fun and adventure!


Some unruly space blobs attempted to crash our party!


Fortunately, a few kids who were strong in body and mind were able to chase off the invaders.


Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: A spatula used by a ninja is much more dangerous than a spatula being used by a teddy bear.