Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Testing, 1-2-3

In mid-September (2015), T. Rex and Scowl-Face tested the wireless communications interface from the library to our new outdoor LED sign. The electronic messages looked like this (click images to bigify):

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

We Learned Stuff & Everything

Yesterday the library was closed for staff training.  My minions learned stuff and everything.

 MPL Staff (October 12, 2015)
(With Scott Klinger, CPR Instructor,
First Row, Wearing Hat)

MPL Staff (October 12, 2015)
(Click Images to Bigify)

Great in-service training day, minions.  Now get back to work.  Canned tuna-in-oil doesn't serve itself to moi.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Sign Up Here

Why is everybody standing in a line at my library?  Somebody just told moi that they're waiting to sign-up for something.  Oh, I see!  They're confused about the title of this blog post.

Not That Kind of Sign-up, Patrons!

No, I meant that the library's new outdoor LED sign is here.  It's almost finished but isn't running yet.  Here are some photos from August and September (2015) showing construction progress.  As always, click the images to bigify.

 Excavation Begins

 Sign Here Soon

 Sign Stand Ready & Waiting

 T. Rex Supervises Sign Placement

 "Who Put That Tree There?"

 Packing Some Power Into the Sign

 "Red to Black, Power Lack;
Black to Gray, Power Stays"
(Something Like That)

 Make With the Messages Already, Minions!

Building a Strong Foundation

 "That One Brick Goes Sideways"

 "How'd You Know My Name is Mason Bricque?"

Such Nice, Neat Rows

 Just Need Drip Guards and Capping Stone

Pretty Much Done

Compare our new sign with the old one.

Old Outdoor LED Sign (March 2012)

New Sign Looks Much Better, I'll Venture (December 2014)

I'll post some photos of our new sign's test messages later.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Exploring the 19th Century Maine Wilderness

Explore the Maine wilderness of over 150 years ago with Henry David Thoreau in his classic travelogue, The Maine Woods.  Our book trailer elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #226
The Maine Woods, by Henry David Thoreau

It should come as no surprise that one of my ancestors was a roving reporter who hung around Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.  He even wrote about my relative:

"The very dogs and cats incline to affection in their relation to man.  It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.  What bond is it relates us to any animal we keep in the house but the bond of affection?  In a degree we grow to love one another."  (Thoreau, Henry David.  Journal, April 29, 1851.)

"Even the cat which lies on a rug all day commences to prowl about the fields at night, resumes her ancient forest habits.  The most tenderly bred grimalkin steals forth at night, -- watches some bird on its perch for an hour in the furrow, [....]  Caressed by children and cherished with a saucer of milk.  Even she can erect her back and expand her tail and spit at her enemies like the wild cat of the woods.  Sweet Sylvia!"  (Thoreau, Henry David.  Journal, April 30, 1851.)

Did I mention that my ancestor's name was Sylvia?  We don't have any sketches or daguerreotypes of her, but we have a modern rendering of what she may have looked like:

Yep.  Pretty Much.
(Click Photos to Bigify)

Seriously, we have a photo of one of Sylvia's descendants:

Champion Max (ca. 1895)
Maine Coon Cat
Boston, MA
Human:  Mrs. C. F. Taylor

We have a daguerreotype of Thoreau:

Henry David Thoreau (1856)
(Photography by Benjamin D. Maxham)

If I could time travel, I'd accompany Thoreau during his adventures in the Maine Wilderness in 1846, 1853, and 1857.  But reading his lively account of his journeys is practically the same thing.  Thoreau reports his experiences and observations in a straightforward, journalistic manner, only occasionally philosophizing (he was, after all, a philosopher).  Wry wit and poignant insights appear throughout.  It is as close as modern humans can come to having seen this largely uninhabited wilderness before the American Civil War.

The Maine Woods is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.  If you love walking in the backwoods, you will thoroughly enjoy this wonderful historical treasure.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Coincidentally, the movie adaptation (2015) of the book, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson (1998), is set for release this Labor Day weekend.  Here's the official movie trailer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Jetsons, We're Not

The library's latest book trailer is about flying cars.  The Jetsons, we're not, but this children's nonfiction book is quite interesting.  Click below to watch.

MPL Book Trailer #225
Flying Cars:  The True Story, by Andrew Glass

The book is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  This is how future technology appeared on The Jetsons TV series (1962-1963, 1985-1987).  Recognize anything we now have today?