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Gargantuan Googly Eye!

A stormy Monday morning is the perfect time to READ at the Cedar Rapids Public Library!

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I kept the audience calm as nasty weather passed through the area. I even taught the group a few surfboarding moves just in case the rainwater got a little too high!

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The new library is filled with the finest technology and architecture known to mankind, but, what impressed me even more was this industrial-sized googly eye!

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Good fortune found me as I was able to catch a ride with an elephant caravan that was heading toward my next location!

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The Garrison Public Library also is enjoying the benefits of a new library, although, their’s isn’t quite finished yet!

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Luckily, they have a skilled band of superhero volunteers waiting to help at a moment’s notice!

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The swords and shields had to come out for a bit during story time when a supervillian surprised us with a visit!

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With a little teamwork we took care of the problem, and even got the bad guy some quality reading material for his ambulance ride!

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Finally, my escapades took me to the Hawkins Memorial Library in La Porte City!

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The critics there are tough, and only gave me a two-star rating for my performance!

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Afterwards, the Brainy-Specs Club taught me a new way to display their Superhero Cards!

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Not to be outdone, the Sticky-Forehead Club proved you don’t need glasses to perform a parlor trick!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: If you are going to wear a white suit or dress, please do not order the chili cheesedog for lunch!

The Catwoman Gang!

I’ve been telling kids all summer that every hero has a story, but, we also need to remember every hero needs a library card!

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Library cards come with great responsibility at the Mason City Public Library! If your books get returned late, the librarians have been known to extend their claws!

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I was appreciative that so many excited families showed up to the library on such a beautiful day!

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Even a superhero grandpa attended the show with his “Never Fear, Grandpa is Here” t-shirt!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Never fly a kite too close to a black hole!

Just a Little Bit Taller…

Today, the Incredible Hulk made a surprise visit to my morning story time at the Madrid Public Library! He sure is big!

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I may never grow tall enough to match the big green guy’s height, but if I stand on my tippytoes, I’m almost as tall as Captain America!

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For a second, I thought I was seeing double when I met not one, but two, Batmen! The only way to tell them apart was by the teddy bear!

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During story time, Spider-man learned that even though he wore a costume, he still needed to raise his hand before I would call on him!

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Later, I brought learning and laughter to the Gilbert Public Library!

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One of the droids in the audience didn’t think I was a very good entertainer, so, we ended up agreeing to disagree!

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I was not surprised to discover that some Wild Kratts fans were checking out a book about rescuing endangered species!

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Finally, the librarians helped me answer that age-old question, “How do superheroes get their capes to be all those wonderful colors!”

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: A pineapple is a very ineffective tool to use when changing a carburetor.

Superpooch to the Rescue!

I always run on the treadmill for eight miles every day before story time!

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It’s the only way to keep my strength and stamina up for the summer’s trip.

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During my morning visit to the Griswold Public Library, they allowed me to enter their top-secret reading cave!

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While there, I met an amazing superpooch named Hope. Talk about a true four-legged hero!

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I was only a hot-air balloon ride away from the Red Oak Public Library. The flying elephant we encountered only slowed us down by a few minutes!

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We had to do a little re-arranging to make room for the crowd. Luckily, we had some strong helpers.

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As story time began, I realized that my tale might be a little too intense for a certain someone in the back.

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Afterwards, it was up, up, and away. Tomorrow we do it all again!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Monkeys and jetpacks are only a good combination if you are trying to destroy a city!

A Royal Wedding!

It’s been a few years, but today we finally returned to the Bedford Public Library!

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I had to clear out of the room immediately after story time. A royal bear wedding was taking place later in the day.

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Rumor had it the Queen Mother might even show up for the ceremony.

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While the bear family took a limousine off to their fancy honeymoon, I was stuck with a cab. And, as always, I had to sit in the back seat to leave room for the REAL superheroes!

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The Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library in Creston made me feel pretty special by putting my name up on the big billboard!

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The kids in town take protecting their librarian very seriously!

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With such excellent superhero protection, I could perform my story time with peace of mind.

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Although, I’ve got to be honest and admit I’m jealous that the castle they have in the library is much bigger than the castle I use in my story time!

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Dan’s Wise Advice of the Day: Macaroni and cheese is always a healthier choice than macaroni and yard rakes.