Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Taking the Walking Tour

This Friday (May 3, 2013), North Madison Elementary School third graders will be taking the Library's walking tour of historic downtown Mooresville, Indiana.  However, if it rains as predicted, then they'll have to visit the Library instead and watch our "virtual" walking tour, like so:


Virtual Walking Tour of Downtown Mooresville, Indiana (long version) from Mooresville Public Library


We have a shorter version, too, for viewers on the go:

Wonder what the walking tour is all about?  We've got a promo trailer for that.


MPL Program Trailer #6
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Mooresville, Indiana

Take a walk on the wild side.  There's much interesting history to enjoy in our little town.  To learn more local history, visit the Library's website on these web pages:






Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  Thinking about history makes it fitting to include one of Woody Guthrie's "historical songs" as our musical closer.  "Oregon Trail" captured the spirit of the American settlers' westward migration during the mid-19th century.  The song was included on volume three of The Asch Recordings (2000).

Monday, April 29, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Kickoff Bigbash

Our summer reading kickoff bigbash will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013, in the MPL courtyard.  We have a graphic for that from The Bookmark, our latest edition of the library newsletter.

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Free popcorn!  I'm so there already!

Beside goodie bags for kids signing-up for summer reading, there will be lots of fun activities. We've got photos from last year's bigbash showing what fun you'll have if you drop by this year.

Maybe the weather will be warmer than it is right now by the end of May. I hope so!  This 20 degrees below normal stuff is strictly for the winged dinners.


Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  Let's close with a song about parties.  "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," by the Beatles, was included on the U.K. album release, Beatles For Sale (1964), as well as on the B-side to the single "Eight Days a Week" (Capitol Records, 1965) and on the U.S. album release, Beatles VI (1965).

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dots & Dashes, Right Back-Atcha

Dots and dashes, right back-atcha!  Today (April 27) is Morse Code Day, honoring the birth of Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872), an accomplished artist who developed the first commercially successful electromagnetic telegraph system.  He created Morse Code as a means of communicating letters of the alphabet in dots and dashes, which were sounds of varying lengths (assigned to each letter) that could be strung together as messages. The sounds were made by closing an electrical contact on a telegraph key, holding it down for different fractional lengths of time to make the sound shorter or longer.


The most famous Morse Code signal, known to most human children, is the distress call S.O.S. (save our ship), which, when written out, looks like this:  ... --- ... (three dots, three dashes, three dots).  It sounds like this.

International Morse Code Chart
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To celebrate, we're reprising one of our book trailers featuring a history of the telegraph system.

MPL Book Trailer #79
The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage

The book is available in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.  Currently, the book is on display with a QR code attached, so you may scan it and watch the book trailer above.  Or your could just watch it here.  It's your call.



Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat



P.S.  Telegraphs always remind moi of "Western Union" (1967), by the Five Americans, shown in this video clip performing their biggest hit tune on the Steve Allen Show.  The clip below is a fan video using the studio recording (1967).




Thursday, April 25, 2013

Choosing a Good Read Just Got Easier

Choosing a good read just got easier.  Take a look at our book display featuring titles with QR codes affixed to the front covers.

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If you use your smart phone or whatever gadget (with a QR app), you can scan the QR codes and watch our book trailers showcasing the books they're attached to!  How cool is that?

I'll include a few of the QR codes we used.  Scan them to see which book trailers play!



What'd you watch?  I don't have any fancy QR app'ed gizmos, so I haven't got a clue.  I'll have my minions post comments to reveal the answers, if any has smart phones or whatever.




Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  Songs that start with the letter Q are easy to find.  So we settled on this one:  "Quizz Kid," by Jethro Tull, from the LP Too Old to Rock 'n Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976).

Penguins Rule Today

Today (April 25) is World Penguin Day.  To celebrate, let's reprise one of our book trailers featuring this classic children's book about penguins.

MPL Book Trailer #108
Mister Popper's Penguins, by Richard & Florence Atwater




Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  "The Penguin Song" (2007), by Italian Indie-acoustic band A Boy With Glasses, is pretty cute.

An Irreplaceable Treasure

There has been much gnashing of teeth and wailing around my Library since Cataloger Queen announced on this past Tuesday that she will be departing our staff in the middle of May.

Cataloger Queen helps a patron find a book
(She's a wiz at Reference, too)

For 13 years or so, Cataloger Queen has been performing virtually every conceivable task for the MPL Youth Services Department.  She has been senior cataloger at the Library for many years; she has also simultaneously been a senior reference librarian.  (I use the word senior to denote her extensive, exhaustive knowledge of both cataloging and referencing, two polar opposites in librarianship.)  She has served on the cataloging committee for Evergreen Indiana, which sets cataloging policy for the entire consortium.  She has been an integral player in collection development and procurement, item processing, program scheduling and development, departmental planning and budgeting, grant administration, technology assistance, cross-departmental duties . . . .  Actually, I don't think I can list all of her skills here without unreasonably extending the length of this blog post.

Who knows how we will get along without her!  What is certain is that Cataloger Queen is an irreplaceable treasure.  The Library, of course, will soldier on, as needs must.  But the work will be heavier, and its flow more arduous, without the sure and steady hands (and mind) of Cataloger Queen to sort everything out.

Happy trails in your eastward travels, Cataloger Queen.  May the sun rise as brightly for you there as it has here.


Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  "So Long, Farewell" was a sweet song performed in the stage and movie versions of the musical  The Sound of Music (1965).  Naturally, it was included on the movie soundtrack album (1965).  Here's a music clip from the soundtrack, with the youthful troupe (portraying the von Trapp family) singing.  Did you know the movie director, Robert Wise, grew up in Winchester, Indiana?  True statement, as Broadway Gal (or Sammy the Toucan) would say.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

This being National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Programma Mama and Boss Lady, along with assembled staff (e.g., Bizmeister, Fancy Nancy [i.e., Hamburglar], CircMaster, Office Meister, Technigal), hosted our many talented volunteers at our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.

Although I was mentioned in the slideshow, there was no place setting for moi.  I suppose, being an outdoor freedom feline (and official MPL roving reporter), I was expected to cover the event for my blog rather than be fed.  Well, I've got my special exterior hangout for my chow.

 My minions snapped a few photos.


















It looked like a great meal.  Did anybody save moi a take-home bag?  Just asking.




Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  Three library volunteers composed the folk tune "Old Settlers" (2010) as the unofficial theme song for Mooresville, Indiana.  The music was composed by the library's composer, whom I call the Music Man; the lyrics were written by the Lady With the Red Hair and Scowl-Face, who also works at the library (having survived "firement," as Tober the Library Cat would say, by forgetting MY appreciation day a couple of months ago).

Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 Tri Kappa Art Show

Here are some photos of the 2013 Tri Kappa art show, which is on display through the end of this week (Saturday, April 27) at my Library.  If you can stop by, be sure to take a look at some great artwork from our area schools.







Your Roving Reporter On The Go,


Cauli Le Chat



P.S. The Music Man composed an entire album based upon Salvador Dali surrealist paintings. The album's called The Persistence of Memory (2011). The music CD and sheet music are available in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog. Here is one of the Library's book trailers that used a selection from this album as its soundtrack.

How Videos Promote Libraries

Hey, librarians out there!  Want to learn how videos can promote your libraries?  We have a slideshow for that.  You know where to click.

The slideshow is also available from our Slideshare website:





Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  This is one of the best promo trailers I've seen for academic libraries: "Who Will Help Me?" by the University of Alberta Libraries (2010).  I wish my Library could make videos this good.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Searching For An Ancestral Statue

My library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), which is available on our campus for patrons to use, either through our wireless network or on the library computers.  A patron wished to locate a statue purported to stand "somewhere in Maine" that commemorated one of his maternal ancestors, who was a "famous sea captain."  Nobody in the family knew his name, or the city in which he lived, or any further details.

After 15 minutes using ALE, tracing backwards along the patron's mother's family tree, my minions managed to narrow the search to three likely statue candidates, each of whom were captains/shipmasters who lived in Bangor, Maine.

We've yet to locate the statue, if it still exists (or ever existed, for that matter), but, thanks to the genealogical and historical databases at Ancestry.com, much progress was made.  It's pretty cool to identify who in the patron's family might have been immortalized in bronze (or in whatever metal the supposed statue was crafted) or stone.  This was simply family folklore for generations; now, perhaps, the statue will be found in fact.

I'm certain of this much:  It's not Bangor's most famous statues (Paul Bunyan and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's first vice president).  Bangor's a large city, so this "sea captain's" statue could be tucked away in some park or other public space, if, again, it still exists (or ever existed).  Perhaps it's not even in Bangor, but that's unlikely.  Our patron's 19th century seafaring ancestors had deep roots in that town.

If we find the statue, and if our patron grants permission, I'll post a blog identifying the details.



Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat
 
 
P.S.  "Delaney Talks to Statues," by Jimmy Buffett, was included on the album Fruitcakes (1994).
 

Self-Checkout Tutorial For DVDs & Old Barcodes

Hey, patrons!  Need help using our new self-checkout terminals to checkout DVDs and old barcoded items?  Can do.

Some items in my Library’s collections (e.g., DVDs, books, etc.) have not yet been equipped with new RFID (radio frequency identification) tags.  Other items, such as music CDs, only have barcodes.  Consequently, such items will not be automatically detected at the new self-checkout kiosks.  For these items, patrons will need to SCAN the OLD LIBRARY BARCODES, usually found (1) inside DVD cases; (2) on the inside or outside back covers of books; and (3) on the back covers of music CD cases.

The slideshow tutorial (below) explains how to open DVD cases and also how to scan library barcodes.


 
How to Self-Checkout DVDs & Barcoded Items from Mooresville Public Library



Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  RFID systems detect radio frequencies in programmed tags that are affixed to library collection items.  That segues nicely into "The Spirit of Radio," by Rush, from the LP Permanent Waves (1980).  Frequencies, of course, bring us to . . .


P.P.S.  "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by R.E.M., appeared on the CD Monster (1994).  Another great song for a topical musical closer.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Flat Five Shows How It's Done

"Flat" Cauli V (Flat Five for short) shows patrons how to use our new self-checkout kiosks in this promo trailer.

How to Use Our New Self-Checkout Kiosks,
by "Flat" Cauli Le Chat V
 (MPL Promo Trailer)

Quite user-friendly, I'd venture.  Anybody will be able to use these self-check stations.  They're quick and convenient!  They're so simple; even Scowl-Face can use them.  If that's not an endorsement for their ease-of-use, then I'm not a black feline.

Great job in the video, Flat Five!  Sorry, you can't have a raise.  Just saying.




Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat



P.S. Taylor Library at Western University created this funny promo trailer for the library's self-checkout stations. It's great! I love the zombies. Scowl-Face and Programma Mama wanted to do zombies for our promo trailer. Maybe someday.


P.P.S.  "Do It Yourself," by Dean Martin, appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Bells Are Ringing (1960), which was Judy Holliday's last film.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Not My Moose

The Lady With the Red Hair has just completed a new book trailer for the beautiful children's picture book, This Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers.  It's not MY moose--I would have said moi in the title--but the book is a wonderful readaloud, so I'm not bummed out about not having a moose of my own.


This Moose Belongs to Me, by Oliver Jeffers
(Book Trailer by Janet E. BuckleyHead of Technical Services,

Why can't WE make book trailers this good, Scowl-Face?  Just asking.

Kidding!  Actually, we have many nice book trailers.  See for yourself.



Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat


P.S.  Here is a cute music parody video (2012) featuring the hit children's song, "Moose on the Loose" (2012), by Ozomotli, from the album Ozomotli Presents Ozokidz (2012).  You need to remember The Blair Witch Project (1999) to get the setup for the opening jokes.