Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

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.
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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?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our Peanuts Clubhouse

The Decorinator and BizMeister have been busy building the Peanuts® clubhouse around our elevator, using their characters from our Old Settlers parade float.  As always, click the photos to bigify.

 Looks Like a Tree House to Moi

 Peppermint Patty & Charlie Brown

 Snoopy Will Not Be Pleased

From Another Angle

Decorinator and BizMeister do such a fantastic job decorating the library.  What a happy place!

Stop by to see these new displays.  They are great family photo opps!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the official trailer for The Peanuts Movie (2015).

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Happiness Is a Library Visit

The Decorinator and BizMeister have re-purposed the Peanuts® characters from the library's 2015 Old Settlers parade float.  Now Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie welcome patrons to MPL by the main entrance (outside the Friends of the Library book sale room).

Great Photo Opp For Your Family 
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Happiness is indeed a visit to the library.  Drop by to get some.  Checkout some stuff.  Works for moi.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Donovan released "Happiness Runs" on his album Barabajagal (1969).

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Feline Grand Marshal?

At today's Old Settlers Parade, you may not have noticed that the Grand Marshal had a feline counterpart.

 Boss Lady as Grand Marshal
2015 Old Settlers Parade
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That's Moi riding shotgun
(in my pilot cap)

Boss Lady, as you may recall, was named 2014 Mooresvillian of the Year, and so was this year's Grand Marshal for the Old Settlers parade. Naturally, as the library's (retired) feline roving reporter, I was there to cover the festivities, but I also was unofficial feline grand marshal.  How cool is that? It's certainly an honor befitting my station, as I once mentioned in this blog post.  Of course, we should include another photo of moi as feline grand marshal.

Yep ... Pretty much

Scowl-Face took some photos of the library's parade float, which was fantastic.  Another great job, Decorinator, BizMeister, and team.  The float included characters from the Peanuts® comic strip, which was created and drawn by the late artist Charles M. Schulz. The float theme was an adaptation of Schulz's book, Happiness is a Warm Puppy (1962) (available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog). (Scowl-Face's mother gave him a copy of this book when he was a tiny dude.  He still has it.)

 MPL Banner
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 Check-out those nifty Charlie Brown shirts!

Isn't that OfficeMeister pulling the float?

 That's Snoopy & Woodstock on the slobberdog house

 Happiness is indeed a good book!

 Visit MPL to checkout some happiness

Watch out, kids collecting candy!  Floats coming through!

Another fine parade.  Now onto the Old Settlers Festival at Mooresville's Pioneer Park.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat