Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banned Books Meet the Domino Effect

Since 2010, my Library has been making promo trailers to celebrate your freedom to choose what to read during (and before and after, actually) the American Library Association's Banned Books Week.  This year's video is no exception.

MPL Promo Trailer
2014 ALA Banned Books Week
(Sept. 21-27, 2014)

Here's our "banned book" video playlist if you'd like to watch our older promo trailers or book trailers for several banned or challenged books.

A banned book begins a domino effect.  Don't let others decide which books will fall from your selection possibilities.  Exercise your freedom to read what you want at your favorite library or bookstore.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cat-to-Cat Advice From the Late, Great Sparkle

When Sparkle the Designer Cat passed last month, we remembered that we had not yet gotten around to making that book trailer showcasing two of Sparkle's popular cat-to-cat advice books.  So we made one yesterday.  I wish we had made it much sooner.

MPL Book Trailer #209
Dear Sparkle (Two Books)

These are wonderfully funny and insightful guides.  My Library has both books available to check-out for Evergreen Indiana cardholders. Others should purchase copies from  Visit the store on Sparkle's website (now featuring Summer) for other fun items to purchase.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

A Castaway Mystery Adventure

Human castaways on deserted Pacific islands (or in other oceans, for that matter) have always been a staple of 18th and 19th century adventure literature.  Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Johann David Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson, among many others, must have influenced Jules Verne to attempt his own version in The Mysterious Island.  Although Verne characterized this as his "geographical novel," it is more than survivalist fiction.  It is a mystery, filled with suspense and excitement.  Our book trailer elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #208
The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne

It's a massive tome--over 600 pages in my Library's copy--so it's not a casual evening read. It is filled with scientific detail typical of Verne's "science adventure" novels (he was, if not the originator of the genre, one of its earliest masters).  It is, more or less, a sequel to Verne's wildly popular Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, although, admittedly, there are several plot and character inconsistencies.  Still, for Verne fans, it should be loads of fun.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gedrocht Performs Library's Composer

Danny Buckley, the composer who writes soundtracks for our library videos, whom I call the Music Man, has his original musical scores performed around the world.  One latest recording comes from Gedrocht (Danny van Straten), a pianist from Utrecht, the Netherlands.  It is Buckley's "Moonlight Funeral (Diana's Final Breath)," from Touch of Winter: 10 Journeys Through White Magick (2010), which is available (music CD and scores) to check-out from our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.

For a review of this recording, click here.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  We used "Moonlight Funeral" as the soundtrack to our book trailer for The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

T. Rex Joins Our Staff

Boss Lady has just hired T. Rex as the library's system network administrator.

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Actually, T. Rex is only my nickname for him--he's not an actual dinosaur--but he's king of the computersaurs, for sure, so T. Rex is a fitting moniker.

T. Rex will be in charge of all things computerized, networkized, and technologized at my Library.  He's on our staff web page, and everything.

Big welcome to T. Rex!  I'll pony up a can of tuna-in-oil from my stockpile as a welcoming present.  Okay, maybe just a picture of a can.  It's the thought that counts.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "Get It On," by T. Rex (the British band, not our new staffer), was a huge chart-topping hit single (1971) but was retitled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" in the U.S. to avoid confusion with a similarly titled song by the band Chase.  "Get It On" appeared on T. Rex's album Electric Warrior (1971).