Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Summer Reading

Summer reading at the library starts June 1, 2018, with a whole bunch of terrific programs for patrons to enjoy.  This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"  Click the photos below to bigify.

There's something for everybody, I'll venture.  Want details?  We've got you covered.  Take a look at our digital programs brochure, or visit our online events calendar.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Okay, Fine

Remember my last blog posting, when I poked fun at my library colleagues for not having any training materials ready to assist patrons wanting to use our new credit card payment capability for library fines?  Well, now Scowl-Face and Queen Settler have made a promo trailer about it.  Okay, fine.  Here it is.

Paying Fines by Credit Card (Promo Trailer)
by Mooresville Public Library

Took you guys long enough.

Need more assistance?  Just ask our helpful staff.  I'd help you, but it's my dinner time.  Priorities, after all.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, May 14, 2018

Swipe Your Library Fines Away

T. Rex has installed a credit card payment machine at my library's self-checkout kiosk #2 (at the circulation desk), so patrons may now pay some library fines on credit.

All set to pay those fines?

Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg) (1902-1975)

Oops!  Wrong fine.

Let's see what this credit card swiperdoodle looks like.  Click the photos to bigify.

That's some of the screens that will appear on the self-checkout kiosk monitor (and credit card machine) while you're going through the paying process.  I'd explain the steps, but staff training hasn't happened yet, and there's no instructional handout or video yet.  Sounds like (... wait for it ...)

Yep.  Pretty much.

Now for the boilerplate.

"Pay your library fines by credit card at self-checkout kiosk #2 at the circulation desk. Payment of full fines (greater than $3.00) has been enabled; partial fines (or sums less than $3.00) must be paid to circulation staff."

So, give it a try, next time you want to pay down your library fines.  Or pay the old-fashioned way.  We'll gladly take your money.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a funny clip from a Three Stooges short, "Sing a Song of Six Pants" (1947), featuring Larry Fine.

P.P.S.  Want to see the entire short?  Here it is.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Where Large Print Went

If you're looking for large print books at my library, you won't find them where they used to be shelved (along the wall shared with the community room).  So where'd they go?  Take a peek at where the adult fiction books (A-C) used to be shelved.  (Click the photos to bigify.)

New Shelving Location For Large Print Books

Large print books are now shelved on the front shelves in the adult fiction area, starting at the north end (i.e., closest to the emergency exit onto the courtyard).  Large Print now occupies about two-and-one-half shelf ranges, as shown in the photos below.

Look for signs like these on the ends of the shelves.

So, where did all the adult fiction books go?  They start behind the newspaper & magazine shelves, run west (toward the community room shared wall), then run along that shared wall, then come back east (toward the grand hall) until they reach where large print are now shelved.  Easy, right?  Well, come take a look.  You'll see how it's arranged easily enough.

Adult Fiction K-M is along the back wall where Large Print used to be.  Deal with it.

Many thanks to Miss Kathleen (whom I'm now going to call CompTechGal as her Cauli nickname) and her team for shifting all those books around in really short order.  They were super-fast, so maybe I should call her The Flash.

Yep, Pretty Much

I'll stick with CompTechGal.  Trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits, I don't need.  (Teen Titan, notwithstanding.)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meet Teen Titan!

Somehow, Miss Megan, our teen outreach librarian, has worked at my library for awhile now without having received her Cauli nickname.  That's quickly remedied.

Meet Teen Titan, our teen librarian!

Our Teen Titan, Miss Megan

Okay, Miss Megan is not actually a teen, but she works with teens.  Plus, she is a titan of teen librarianship!  So the shoe fits, as they say.

Teen Titan is called an outreach librarian because she works at two places--Mooresville Public Library and Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation.  That's, like, two full-time jobs rolled into one!  So she's super busy.  But, fortunately, she has plenty of super-power to keep her going.  She handles all things young adult at the library, creating exciting new programs and activities, developing our teen collections, and doing lots of librarian/teacher stuff at the schools.  So she's like moi, roving around doing wonderful things to educate and motivate our young humans.

Now that she has a nickname, Teen Titan needs a superhero costume.  Maybe her Nerd Club teens can suggest some super ideas.  Every librarian should have a superhero costume.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat