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This is one of those columns that makes the higher-ups at the newspaper happy, and may appear to the rest of you as a case of blatantly sucking up to the place that gives me a paycheck.

But my favorite event that has the Quad-City Times’ name connected with it is today.

It’s the (deep breath now) “Quad-City Times Reading Adventures, Presented by Alcoa,” from noon to 5 p.m. today at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

It’s meant for families, and has got plenty of the usual things that draw kids in like magnets to the fridge: Inflatables, a petting zoo, crafts and a ride. (This year, it’s a hayrack ride, to fit with the Wild West theme. But it’s always some sort of ride that warrants a long line.)

There’s music and performances throughout the afternoon that’s always light, breezy and bouncy.

But there’s an underlying theme in all of it

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