Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Friday, April 20, 2018

You Don't Even Have to Leave the Room

Kids and their caregivers may now self-checkout items while they're in my library's youth services department.  They don't even have to leave the room.  All they need are their Evergreen Indiana library cards.  Well, that, and stuff to checkout.  Duh.

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Ready to Go!

This self-checkout kiosk used to be located at our circulation desk, but, as you can see, it's now situated in front of the passageway leading to the restrooms in our youth services department.  It's where the glass case used to be, just to the right of our youth services reference desk.  (If you hit the water fountain, that would probably hurt!  So step back a few paces.)

Thanks to TV's Amanda for taking some great photos for my minions to post on the library's website and social media.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our Patron & Staff Stories for 2018 National Library Week

Last week patrons and staff shared some of their stories for 2018 National Library Week, which we assembled into a couple of videos.

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Thanks, everyone, for participating!

The winner of our NLW raffle is (drum roll, if you please . . .)

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Congratulations to Gary Shelton, who won our Friends of the Library (FOL) sales room romp, in which he may select up to $10 in free merchandise.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It Must Have Been Hysterical

Really careful readers of this blog may remember a digression I made in a posting long ago about Scowl-Face's goose encounter.   It happened ten years ago this month, so it's time for some serious "decade ago" reminiscing.

To reprise my previous posting (2011):

Now let me digress and reveal a really funny story about Scowl-Face and ganders.  Back in April, 2008, Scowl-Face was sneaking off to have lunch by himself at Smokey Bones, without bringing anything back for moi (although, admittedly, I didn't know him then; but Stumpy did).  There was a goose sitting upon eggs in a nest outside the restaurant, and her gander (mate) was chasing employees and customers around the parking lot to protect his family.  Scowl-Face dashed toward the entrance, but the Gander took flight and commenced a strafing run.  Papa Goose landed on Scowl-Face's shoulders, biting and pulling his hair.  According to press reports, Scowl-Face ran around in circles, "squealing like a little girl," according to several witnesses.  Having made his point, the Gander launched himself from his quarry's shoulders and flew at a waitress holding a broom, who also quickly fled.  Ganders, then, are not to be trifled with.  Let that be a lesson to us predators.  Large flying feasts are best left to lions, tigers, and bears, oh, my!

Giving Geese a Goodly Distance Since 1994,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Wide Berth News Bureau

Not sure why I signed my tag-line "since 1994," since I wasn't even alive way back then. I blame my minion editors.

It must have been a hysterical sight. Too bad we don't have any video. It would have gone viral, and Scowl-Face would now be nearly as famous as moi. Fortunately, there are lots of similar videos of such encounters on YouTube, which will give us an approximation of what happened.

Man vs. Goose, by Seth Brannon (2013)

Maybe Scowl-Face should have watched the following video (below) before his encounter.

Geese Attack: How to Protect Yourself, by UPS Launch (2015)

These geese are just acting naturally to protect their mates and young.  You'd do the same if some goofy human came stumbling toward your nest.  So cut these dudes some major slack.  Steer clear, peeps.  Word to the wise, I'll venture.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, April 9, 2018

Share Your Stories for 2018 National Library Week

This is National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018).  In keeping with this year's theme, "Libraries lead!," we're asking patrons (and staff) to share their stories about where the library has led them, as our two promo trailers (videos) below explain.

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If you happen to visit the library this week, please fill-out one of our sharing forms at the display table just inside our front entrance (across from our circulation desk).

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Return these forms to our circulation desk and receive your raffle ticket for our prize, $10 of merchandise from our Friends of the Library (FOL) book sale room.  If you permit us to use your photo in our next video, you'll receive two raffle tickets!  Double your chances to win!  (Library staff are ineligible for prizes.  Sorry.)

Want to complete our sharing form via the Internet?  We've got you covered.

We look forward to hearing about your stories.  I hope one of them has the library leading moi to some canned tuna-in-oil.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, March 30, 2018

Libraries Lead! (National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018)

Do you know where you're going?  The library can lead you there.  The journey begins April 8th.

This year's theme is "Libraries Lead!"  Share your story with us and become eligible to win prizes!  (We're working on lining-up prizes as my minions type this.)  Click the image (below), or click here, then download, print, and complete the form and return it to our circulation desk during National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018).

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Casey at the Bat and Scowl-Face would like to make some videos of patrons and staff reading their "libraries lead" stories for the camera.  Your big chance for fortune and fame!  Well, you get to sit in a comfy chair while they're filming you.  If you're interested in participating in our videos, just add a postscript to your form with your phone number or email address, and we'll be in touch.  We're planning to record the videos during National Library Week, so keep your calendar free!  (Actually, we'll work around your schedule.)  It'll be totally fun!

Questions?  Use our online form (please indicate to the attention of "Casey at the Bat" or "Scowl-Face" in your message).

I'm hoping that my library can lead moi to a full supper dish.  Minions, take the lead.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

For When You Need A Really BIG Book Cart

My library has these little handheld metal baskets patrons may pickup and carry around to hold all the stuff they want to checkout.  They're perfectly adequate for ordinary needs, but what if you want to checkout LOADS of books, movies, audiobooks, kits, music CDs, or whatever?  You'll need a REALLY BIG book cart for that.  Fortunately, we've got you covered.

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Key Words:  Inside and Return Here

Obviously (Duh!)

These grocery carts are kept next to the Hold Shelves by the elevator.  Patrons may use these carts throughout the inside of the library.  Don't take them outside, or else we'll unleash our finely-trained crew of feline enforcers--like this dude.

You've Been Warned

After gathering together everything you wish to checkout, and our helpful circulation staff (or our self-checkout kiosks) have checked the items out to you, then you should return the cart to where you found it.  If not, then, once again, it's attack cat city.  Nobody wants that.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

April Library Displays

It's practically April--it has been raining for the past two days--so it's time for my library to put up some Spring-themed displays.  As always, click the photos below to bigify.

CatPro, our relatively new (she's been here a couple months) technical services coordinator, created this display for National Garden Month (April).  Checkout these (and other, similarly topical) books (and other stuff) using your Evergreen Indiana library card.

The Decorinator added this John Deere toy display to the glass cabinet next to the library's front entrance.  You can't get more Spring than farming in Indiana.

Drop by to see these (and other) displays.  It makes sense to come into the library.  It's raining outside.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Our Go-To Go-Tabs

So, you're visiting my library, and you need to access the Internet, but you've forgotten your mobile device or laptop or whatever.  You could use our computer lab, but that cramps your style (I'm only guessing here, but let's just say for fun).  You'd really like to be able to checkout a portable tablet with Internet access that you could use while you're inside the library, taking it to one of our many quiet areas with tables by the windows.  Guess what?  We've got you covered.

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to checkout our portable Internet tablets available at the circulation desk.

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Need instructions?  We've got a video for that.

Portable Tablet Checkout (How-To Video)
by Mooresville Public Library

You'll need your Evergreen Indiana password (i.e., PIN) to checkout the tablets.  If you've forgotten your password, our circulation staff can reset it for you.

These tablets only function inside the library, so don't try to take them outside.  If you do, we've got a highly trained squad of attack kitties standing by.

Okay, Maybe Not

The tablets should automatically connect to our WiFi network after you check them out.  There are instructions on each tablet to help you.

When you're done, just return the tablet to the Hub at the circulation desk, insert it into a vacant slot, and it automatically checks-in.  It's as simple as that.

Try out our tabs on the go.  (We need a catchier name.)  Go-Tabs?  I like the sound of that.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

There's Snow Telling About Hoosier Weather

When it comes to Indiana weather, there's snow telling what's next.  I've checked my calendar, and it's definitely Spring.  So, what's all this, then?

Honestly, the Videos Aren't Really Blurry
(Click to Play)

It's not much snow--certainly nothing like what they've been getting lately in New England--but it's still a bummer.

My supper dish is completely covered!  Minions, make with the snow shoveling!

Snow, shmow.  My library's open anyway.  Drop by where it's warm and dry.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Johnny D's Furry Felon

There are a surprising number of famous folks from my hometown.  The most notorious is John Dillinger, bank robber during the early 1930s, whose family moved to Mooresville when he was a child (technically, just north of town, on a farm along Old State Road 67).  The Dillingers were well-liked.  John was a friendly fellow.  The Dillingers shopped at the West End Grocery, owned by Frank Morgan, at 135 West High Street in town.  It was probably quite a shock when Johnny and a friend, Ed Singleton, attempted to rob Mr. Morgan on Saturday, September 6, 1924, just a block from my library.  Scowl-Face made a local history video about it.

John Dillinger's Hometown Holdup
(Mooresville Moments #7)
by Mooresville Public Library

You can read Scowl-Face's blog post (if you can stand it) for more details.  For moi, I was curious if the Dillinger gang had any felines.  Apparently so, but that wasn't the biggest surprise.  One of my distant relatives worked for the F.B.I. as an undercover feline on the Dillinger case.

Special Feline Agent Sylvester Rhodes
F.B.I. (Furry Bureau of Investigation)

In 1933, Sylvester Rhodes, who lived near Camby, Indiana, became a special feline agent for the F.B.I. (Furry Bureau of Investigation).  Sylvester's director, Jedgar Whover, assigned Sylvester to the Mooresville area to monitor the movements of any cats that John Dillinger might bring along during visits home.  Along with two human F.B.I. agents, Sylvester was stationed on the Hensley farm to observe the Dillinger farm across the road to see if they could catch Dillinger (and his cat).  But nothing came of this stakeout.

Later, Sylvester was with the law enforcement team that arrested Dillinger (and his gang's cat) in Tucson, Arizona (January 25, 1934).  Sylvester took furry felon "Kitty Face" Nelson into custody without incident.

"Kitty Face" Nelson incarcerated
(Officer McRuff guarding jail cell)

In 1937 Sylvester retired from the Furry Bureau of Investigation will full pension (canned tuna-in-oil for life) and honors.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Half Mill

Earlier today, my blog reached half a million views.

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If that doesn't deserve some canned tuna-in-oil, I don't know what would.  Minions, make with the can openers.

That's What I'm Talking About

Thanks so much to all my loyal readers for helping us reach a half mill.  That's quite a milestone for a small township public library like mine.  If you missed the recent article about it in my hometown newspaper, take a peek here.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz . . .

Today (Monday, March 12, 2018) is National Napping Day.  It's celebrated on the first Monday following the start of daylight savings time in the Spring.  I think we all know where this is headed.

Yep.  Pretty Much.

Humans are always so behind the wave.  We felines have been celebrating National Napping Day on a daily basis forever.  If there's one thing cats know how to do, it's celebrate sleeping.

My advice is simple:  Embrace your inner ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzs.  You'll be glad you did.

Disturbing My Sleep, But a Headscratch is Kinda Nice

Having trouble napping?  Maybe you're a parent whose little human is having trouble catching those Zs.  We've got several sleep-help books available to checkout.  Naturally, we have book trailers, too (click below to play videos).

The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight, by Kim West
(MPL Book Trailer #21)

Nighty-Night, Sleep Tight, by Jennifer Berne & David Walker
(MPL Book Trailer #169)

Of course, you could always listen to Scowl-Face talking about whatever.  That should put anyone to sleep straight away.

Here's 23 Minutes of Ol' Scowlly Droning On and On

Just to be clear, the video's about Samuel Moore, founder of my hometown, Mooresville, Indiana.  Scowl-Face is narrating.  That's the soporific component working, there, so you have to keep the sound turned on.  You've been fairly warned.

Here, you'll definitely need this later, when you're trying to stay awake.

Reuse as Needed

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat