Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Casey at the Bat

UPDATE:  In October, 2012, Casey at the Bat was hired as our new boss lady of the MPL Youth Services Department.  I blogged about it here.

You may have read the poem "Casey at the Bat: a Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888," by Ernest Thayer.  (If you haven't, you should, if for no other reason than to get a picture of American baseball in the latter 19th century, when it was truly the American pastime.)  My Library has its own "star player" working as an intern this summer.

Meet Casey O'Leary, graduate student in the IUPUI School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) in Indianapolis.  Casey is working on her S605 internship course in the MPL Youth Services Department.  So far this summer, she has overseen eight youth programs with 155 attendees.  That alone would keep anyone busy, but she has also undertaken outreach programs at the local YMCA day camps and the Pioneer Park aquatic center.  The pool program is called "Little Tykes," and, as the name indicates, it caters to tiny human patrons who are a pawful, to be sure.  Along with all of these duties, Casey also answers reference questions at the MPL Youth Services Desk,  prepares PowerPoint slideshows of upcoming youth programs and events, and handles some of the acquisitions processing for children's collections.  That's a plateful of chores!

Broadway Gal, who, you will recall, is boss lady in the MPL Youth Services Department, says that Casey has been a super-great intern, and libraries will be clamoring for her services (if they're smart) as soon as she secures her M.L.S. degree.  Earning that degree is no cakewalk, either.  Just ask Broadway Gal, Boss Lady, Manga/Anime Gal, The Lady With the Red Hair, or Scowl-Face.  (The gals have obtained their M.L.S. degrees, while Scowly is still a work-in-progress.  He insists, however, that I mention his doctorate.  That'll cost him a case of canned tuna-in-oil.)

Congratulations to Casey for a terrific internship.  We appreciate her invaluable contributions to Mooresville Public Library.  Unlike the title character in the famous poem, our Casey has hit a home run and won the game.  That, my friends, is how happy endings should be written.

Casey Deserves Some Special Treats, Broadway Gal,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Internship News Beat

P.S.  Poetry is best enjoyed when read aloud, especially when the narrator lends a tremendous voice, such as actor James Earl Jones, who reads "Casey at the Bat," as seen on The Centered Librarian.


  1. Garrison Keillor's parody, "Casey at the Bat (Road Game)," retells Thayer's poem from the opposing team's standpoint. It has some language that is not kid-friendly, but for grown-up types, it is truly hilarious. Take a gander at


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