Dan Bye prides himself on getting into character when reading books. Each Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, he leads storytime at the Cedar Falls Public Library.
Dan Bye describes the half hour sessions as enthusiastically chaotic. Bye said he's not afraid to be silly.
"I have little pride when it comes to reading. I'm more than glad to make myself look like a total fool, and I'm foolish quite often," said Dan Bye.
Parents said Dan Bye has a great ability to keep their children engaged. Four-year-old Clayton Lauritsen enjoys himself.
"That person who reads to me might pick out funny books."
Youth Services Librarian Kelly Stern said she hears lots of positive feedback about Dan.
"The thing I hear the most is he's just wonderful," said Kelly Stern.
But besides simply being good at his job, Stern said Bye is also an important role model.
"I also appreciate he provides for our kids a reading role model of a man, which I think is important," said Stern.
You can tell Dan Bye enjoys his job, and many children take time to thank him for his efforts.
"I did have one child who made a special handmade book for me. My favorite page told me I'm awesome, but it's hard not to love a book that tells you your awesome," said Dan Bye.
Dan Bye's goal is to help the children develop a passion for reading that will last a lifetime.
Storytime is every day except Sunday at the Cedar Falls Public Library. On the first Friday of the month, Bye also helps lead a puppet show. In addition, he leads the third and fourth grade book clubs.
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