Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Our "History Buff"alo

Look who paid my library a visit this week.  That's a real HISTORY BUFFalo, I'd venture.

 Click Photos to Bigify

That's the official Indiana bicentennial bison for Morgan County grazing in our grand hall.  Ordinarily, I don't like other animals stomping around my turf, but when they're as big as this dude, I try to be more broadminded and less territorial.  The library has plenty of space for everyone.

The bison will be hanging out here until the end of August; then it's back to the migratory tour to places far and wide.  Here are some more photos taken by Scowl-Face, one of my trusty minions.  Some are close-ups, so you can see the bison's unique historical markings. That's tons of Morgan County history on the hoof, for sure.

When you visit the library to see our bison, remember NOT to touch!  He bites.  Unless it's a she.  I bet she bites, too.  So just touch with your eyes, okay?  'Nuff said.

August 23, 2016 Update:  His name's Brutus.  Really.  They held a contest and everything.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Naturally, our musical closer comes from the Buffalo Springfield. Here's Neil Young's "Mr. Soul," on the LP Buffalo Springfield Again (1967).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Thorntown's Second Chance

Last November, we lost a wonderful library spokescritter at Thorntown (Indiana) Public Library (TPL).  We all loved Tober and were crushed by his sudden passing.  He was a truly grand library cat.

But life is all about second chances, as Tober well knew.  His life significantly improved when TPL adopted him, and he made the lives of TPL's staff and patrons (as well as all of us who followed his blog) immeasurably happier.  He would be glad to see another street feline have such a wonderful forever home.

A couple of months ago, TPL adopted another friendly feline to be their resident library cat. His name is Chance, and, given the tough life he's had before his new job at TPL, he has been given a second chance at life.

We've borrowed a few photos of Chance from TPL's Facebook page, where you may see additional pictures and learn more about this handsome boy.  As always, click the images to bigify (as Tober used to say).

Chance, TPL Resident Cat

Chance will be writing to Tober's blog, so be sure to take a peek.

Looks like TPL has a superb new library greeter and PR man.  You've got big paws to fill, Chance, but you'll be fine, I can tell.  Welcome!  Now tell your minions to get to work.  Treats and belly scratches don't do themselves, you know.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

True Feline Literati

Anyone who knows anything about library cats surely must have heard about Baker and Taylor, who lived during the 1980s until the mid-1990s at the Douglas County Public Library branch in Minden, Nevada.  They became famous, of course, when they were named the official mascots of Baker & Taylor, the gigantic library resource supplier.

In the early 1980s, librarians Yvonne Saddler (1927-2014; DCPL director/county librarian, 1967-1989) and Jan Louch (born 1931); DCPL assistant county librarian/reference, 1978-1997), discovered that their brand new library building had a rattermeece problem (humans call them mice).  In 1983 they decided to hire a feline to control the unwelcome visitors, who were known to damage books by chewing paper and glue bindings.  (From the condition of some of the books that are returned to my library, I wonder if some of our human patrons are following suit.)  The rattermeeces quickly disappeared, but the kitty (called Baker) was kept on the staff to serve the public in different ways (e.g., official greeter, bossing colleagues, assisting patrons, supervising acquisitions and cataloging, etc.) Louch and Saddler intended to have two cats on staff (to keep one another company), and they planned to call the second Taylor, to go with Baker, after the huge library resource supplier, Baker & Taylor.  Thanks to B & T, Taylor soon joined Baker and the crew.  Subsequently, the kitties became the official spokescritters of B & T.  That's when they became world famous.

Jan Louch and Lisa Rogak have written a biography of Baker and Taylor that is now available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog to checkout. Naturally, we have a book trailer.

MPL Book Trailer #277
The True Tails of Baker & Taylor:  The Library Cats
Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town ... And the World,
by Jan Louch (with Lisa Rogak)

Taylor and Baker with Jan Louch
(photo courtesy of Jan Louch)

 Baker and Taylor gracing their namesakes' book bag
(photo courtesy of Baker & Taylor, LLC)

 Baker & Taylor mascots at a library conference (2005)
(photo courtesy of Genie Alisa)

The second Baker & Taylor poster
(photo courtesy of Baker & Taylor, LLC)

One of the nice features of Louch's book is that it includes vignettes featuring modern library cats, including the late Tober, former boss kitty (2008-2015) at Thorntown (Indiana) Public Library; and Elsie (of St. Helena [California] Public Library fame).  (Since I don't actually live inside my library, I wasn't mentioned, but that's okay.)  These stories demonstrate that library cats continue to serve as invaluable resources, just as Baker and Taylor did so long ago.

I've enjoyed reading the book (or, rather, having my minions read it aloud to moi).  It's one of the aspects of my retirement that is most pleasant.  I think you'll like the book, too.  Check it out from your local library (or buy a copy from, Barnes & Noble, or some other bookseller).

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, May 2, 2016

MPL Readaloud (New Video Series)

Once again, I'm called away from my retirement to blog about something new at my Library.  This had better be worth it--I had to get up from my comfortable bed and everything.

Scowl-Face is launching a new video series at my Library called MPL Readaloud.  We have one of our staff (or volunteers) read aloud from a children's picture book.  As you may recall, Crafty Gal did this a few years back.

For our debut readaloud video, we're featuring a book about--what else?--a cat.

Goyangi Means Cat, by Christine McDonnell
(Pictures by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher)
(MPL Readaloud #1, by Miss Janet)

The Lady With the Red Hair did the aloud reading.  She was superb!  (That compliment will cost three cans of tuna-in-oil, by the way.)

We also did a book trailer awhile back about this book.

MPL Book Trailer #202
Goyangi Means Cat, by Christine McDonnell
(Pictures by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher)

Great job, L.W.T.R.H.  Now get moi that snack, pronto.  I'm heading back to my nap.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cauliette in the Press Box

Once again, I've come out of retirement to report on a library program featuring moi.  Well, to be precise, Cauliette, my puppet self that BizMeister created.  Click the photos to bigify.

 Backdrop for library program about Amos Rusie,
"The Hoosier Thunderbolt"

Cauliette reporting from the press box
(note the notepad and press pass)

Mooresville native Amos Rusie (1871-1942) played for the New York Giants and was considered the fastest major league baseball pitcher of his time.

The Decorinator and BizMeister created this wonderful backdrop for this program and suggested that I cover it for my blog.  Since I'm retired, it was a perfect job for Cauliette, who still works in the MPL Indiana Roving Reporter Room.

My minions took some photos before the program began, which showcased homemade snacks (created by BizMeister), including "crackerjack" caramel corn and baseball cookies, as well as hot dogs. Our local McDonalds graciously donated juice containers.

BizMeister also served as ticket-taker (well, since the program was free, she actually gave out tickets for a raffle prize).

BizMeister & the Decorinator
joking around before the program

The program was presented by Indianapolis author and baseball expert Pete Cava.  If you missed the program, Scowl-Face video-recorded it, including a Q & A session.

Amos Rusie:  The Hoosier Thunderbolt
by Pete Cava
(click image to play video)

Question-and-answer session for Amos Rusie program,
by Pete Cava & David Reddick
(click image to play video)

Before the program began, our own Miss Teresa, whom I'm now nicknaming Keyboard Queen, played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Miss Teresa plays "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
(Amos Rusie program intro)
(click image to play video)

I guess I should include some images of Amos Rusie himself.

 Amos Rusie 1889 baseball card
from the Indianapolis Hoosiers
(major league baseball team)

 Amos Rusie baseball card
early 1890s, New York Giants

 Amos Rusie in the windup
(He was the fastest pitcher of his era)

 Amos Rusie baseball card (mid-1890s)
New York Giants

Amos Rusie PowerPoint slideshow
played at the beginning of our program

Amos Rusie Baseball Hall of Fame plaque (1977)

Several Rusie family members attended the program and added some interesting stories during the Q & A session.  There was a good turnout. Luckily, we didn't have to call the game because of rain, but it was really windy.  That's why we didn't play a wiffle ball pickup game in the library courtyard outside after the presentation.

As always, everyone did a wonderful job.  It was a most enlightening program.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat