Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sharing Our Superpowers Since 1912

Librarians are super-heroes.  I know they look like mild-mannered alter egos, such as Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon and Clark (Superman) Kent, who was originally a newspaper reporter way back in the day, but he was pretty mild-mannered, to be sure.  Barbara Gordon was a librarian, though.

Anyway, our super library staffers, such as Casey at the Bat, Crafty Gal, and, to a lesser extent, Scowl-Face, have donned their super-hero garb to present a workshop at this year's Indiana Library Federation (ILF) annual conference bigbash.

Our Terrific Trio's workshop is entitled "Share Your Superpowers With the World!" and is slated for Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 5:00-5:50 p.m.  That's the dinner time slot, so they'll really need to show some superpowers to draw a big crowd.  That should be pretty easy for Casey at the Bat and Crafty Gal.

What are their secret identities, you may well wonder?  Let's have a look.

 The Streak and the Youthinator
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Crafty Gal (alias The Streak) and Casey at the Bat (alias the Youthinator) are true super-heroines.  Casey isn't totally sold yet on her superhero name, so that may change before the conference.  But The Streak sounds like it'll stick.

What are these ladies' superpowers?  Well, they can simultaneously conduct several youth programs while corralling hundreds (hey, maybe thousands) of stampeding youngsters and their caregivers.  They can locate obscure, microscopically thin children's books faster than a speeding bullet.  They can educate and entertain their charges with almost super-hypnotic concentration.  And that's just a partial list.

Then there's Scowl-Face's alter ego.  Brace yourselves.

Captain Video
Nice Boots, C.V. (Eye-Roll)
Scowl-Face is secretly Captain Video because (this is a gimme) he makes all those videos for my Library.  His superpower is talking the ears off evil-doers and boring them into confessing their crimes and voluntarily going to prison, just to get out of earshot.

Librarians should flock in enormous quantities to see this workshop at the ILF bigbash.  They will learn about making videos (and hosting programs) that will draw loyal audiences to their libraries' youth services departments.  I'd tell you more about it, but that's all I actually know moiself.  Watch for a future posting, if Casey at the Bat gives me her Google Presentation.

We're no strangers to superheroes at my Library, as you may recall from this blog posting.

Hey, Casey at the Bat, Crafty Gal, and Scowl-Face!  Are you going to wear costumes like the MARCinator?  Just asking.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "The Adventures of Super Librarian" (2006) is a hoot.

P.P.S.  Scowl-Face's superhero is not to be confused with Captain Video (and His Video Rangers) (1949-1955), one of the earliest American science fiction television series.  The show appeared on the DuMont Television Network until the network's demise in 1956.  Some of the top sci-fi writers of the day, including Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Damon Knight, Jack Vance, and many others, scripted the program.  Amazingly, here's a kinescope clip from the show.

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