Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

MPL2GO, Featuring Moi

T. Rex said that the Library's new mobile app, mpl2go, is now available to download, but that's not the most exciting news.  The app features moi, which was sufficient reason for moi to briefly come out of retirement and make this huge announcement.

 The New MPL Mobile App (mpl2go),
Featuring Yours Truly "Running"
(Click Images to Bigify)

Close-up of Moi Running

Wait--you can't see moi running in these still photos.  Make with the video, minions!

Our New Mobile App (mpl2go) Featuring Cauli Le Chat
(MPL Promo Trailer)

This is truly exciting! Click the links below to download this tremendous new mobile app. Our website has never looked so good.  (Just saying, Scowl-Face.)


Click Buttons (Above) to Download Our Mobile App

Here's another promo trailer that explains how you may download the library's mobile app, MPL2GO.  Of course, I just explained that, so it's probably redundant.  There's some funny stuff in the video, though.

MPL2GO Mobile App Promo Trailer
by Mooresville Public Library

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, March 3, 2016

My Retirement Travels, Part Quatre

My retirement travelogue continues with my visit to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Hitching a ride with one of my big cousins
(click images to bigify)

Originally established in 1961, Masai Mara is one of Africa's most popular nature reserves. Rather than reinvent the wheel, here's a website that provides a good description of its wonderful scenery and ecosystems.

I had a famous distant relative from Kenya called Macska (Hungarian for cat), who lived with Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962), who, under the pen name Isak Dinesen, wrote the book Out of Africa (1937), a memoir of her times in Kenya.

Karen Blixen & Macska
(undated photo)

After Africa, I ventured to many other places around the world.  Here, in no particular order, are some of those destinations.

 Hanging five at Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

 "Nice Suits!" I told this pair of Flipperwaddlers
(Humans call the penguins)

 "Looks green to moi," I told these tourists as we floated down
the Danube River in the Wachau Valley in Austria.

 Hiking near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

 "Make with the giddyap, Icelandic horseys!"

 More hiking in New Zealand

Himalayan adventures in Nepal and Tibet

Some wise guy said I'd been "photoshopped" into these pictures, but I was really at all these places.  Can I help it if I take a flat photo?  Sort of like "Flat" Cauli, only she's supposed to be that way.

Anyway, it was fun travelling yonder and back.  Retirement certainly has its rewards.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat