Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Couturier Kid Hits the Big Time

My library's Miss Catherine, whom I'm now calling the Couturier Kid, has hit the big time.  She served as a costumer in the movie Submerge: Echo 51 (2017), written and directed by Demetrius Witherspoon.  She made the front page of our local newspaper, as you can see here.  There's more to see below, if you click the photo (to bigify).

The Couturier Kid works on costuming during
shooting of the movie Submerge: Echo 51

There's a movie trailer that will give you a sneak peek.  You can also watch Red Carpet Interviews recorded at the premiere (June 26, 2017).

Submerge: Echo 51 TV Spot (2016)

Want to watch the movie?  Thanks to my library, you can checkout a copy, if you have an Evergreen Indiana library card.  The film has gotten high ratings (4.8 out of 5 stars) from reviewers.  Learn more about the movie and the creative folks behind it by visiting the DV Entertainment Pictures website and Facebook page.

That's a pretty fine gig, I'll venture.  It must have been plenty exciting to have worked in a motion picture production.  Maybe she will drop my name if any of her future cinema projects need to hire a cat to play a role (lead, I'm thinking).  Central casting, you know where to reach moi.

If any of Miss Catherine's upcoming movies need a music soundtrack, I know a composer who has a master's certificate in movie and television music soundtrack scoring from Berklee College of Music.  He composes original music for my library's YouTube videos.  He has his own website, and he's on Facebook, Reverbnation, and Soundcloud.  Some of his compositions have been performed publicly in the United States and Europe, and some have been recorded by various European musicians.  If you need music for your film or TV show, he's your dude.

Congratulations (or, as Summer would say, Concatulations) to the Couturier Kid for her success.  I see a great new career blossoming for her, and I'm never wrong.  (Mistakes are for minions.)  Once she's a famous Hollywood designer, I hope she remembers all the "little people" (and their felines) back at the library.  They can play extras, you know.  I see them standing around talking all the time (joke!).

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Not Such Bad Cats, I'll Venture

This week a charming new children's picture book arrived at my library.  I think that title's misleading, however.  Those seven cats were never so bad!  At least, not from their point of view.

Seven Bad Cats, by Moe Bonneau
(MPL Book Trailer #435)

The book's available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.  It is a wonderful readaloud that human kids (and cats) will enjoy.  The book is written in rhyme, so that's how we did the book trailer.

Remember, cats having fun are never bad.  That's our story, and we're sticking to it!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Crank Up That Juke Box and Dance!

The Decorinator and BizMeister were trying to think of some eye-catching decorations for the entrance to the library's youth services department that would dovetail nicely with the 2018 Summer Reading theme, "Libraries Rock!"  Queen Settler came up with a true winner:  If libraries rock, then why not display a jukebox?  So the Decorinator and BizMeister fashioned one out of cardboard, paper, plastic, and, well, you know, decorator stuff.

Click Photos to Bigify

That's a Cool Jukebox!

Which Band Made That Record?

Scowl-Face discovered a design flub, however.  He crashed his head into the big black note hanging over into the passageway into youth services.  So, watch out, tall patrons!  Duck!!!  Queen Settler demonstrates.


Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

For all you youngsters out there who don't know what a jukebox is, there's a video for that.

Click Video (Above) to Play

Obviously, since our jukebox is only a decoration, you can't actually play records on it, but you can crawl beneath it through the bottom passageway into (and out of) youth services.  But that's only for youngsters.  Adults don't get to have any fun.

Congrats to the Decorinator, BizMeister, and Queen Settler for this fantastic display!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  The intro to the TV show Happy Days (1974-1984) featured a jukebox.  Here's the Season One intro (1974).  Kids--ask your grandparents who Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, et al., are/were.

Lady RaDA Returns!

Boss Lady sent out an email to staff yesterday with great news!  Lady RaDA is returning to the library as the new Deputy Director.  I guess we'd better get her a badge.

That's kind of plain, minions.  Got anything more interesting?

That's pretty cool.  Got the mask and everything.  But maybe we should go with the complete costume.

Great for Halloween!

How about this?

Fits in with the whole Lone Ranger deputy thing.

What will Lady RaDA's new duties as Deputy Director be?  We assume she'll do everything she used to do, plus a bunch more administrative stuff.  That's what happens when you get a promotion.  Lucky for moi that feline roving reporter doesn't have any upward mobility.

Welcome back, Lady RaDA!  Now get to work.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's "I Shot the Sheriff," by Bob Marley and the Wailers, from the album Burnin' (1973).  But he did not shoot the deputy.  Close call, there, Lady RaDA.  “'I Shot The Sheriff’ is like I shot wickedness,” Bob Marley said in a 1975 interview. “That’s not really a sheriff, it’s the elements of wickedness. The elements of that song is people been judging you and you can’t stand it no more and you explode, you just explode.”

P.P.S.  Here's "Badge," by Cream, from the group's final album, Goodbye (1969).  The song was co-written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Summer Reading

Summer reading at the library starts June 1, 2018, with a whole bunch of terrific programs for patrons to enjoy.  This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"  Click the photos below to bigify.

There's something for everybody, I'll venture.  Want details?  We've got you covered.  Take a look at our digital programs brochure, or visit our online events calendar.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Okay, Fine

Remember my last blog posting, when I poked fun at my library colleagues for not having any training materials ready to assist patrons wanting to use our new credit card payment capability for library fines?  Well, now Scowl-Face and Queen Settler have made a promo trailer about it.  Okay, fine.  Here it is.

Paying Fines by Credit Card (Promo Trailer)
by Mooresville Public Library

Took you guys long enough.

Need more assistance?  Just ask our helpful staff.  I'd help you, but it's my dinner time.  Priorities, after all.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, May 14, 2018

Swipe Your Library Fines Away

T. Rex has installed a credit card payment machine at my library's self-checkout kiosk #2 (at the circulation desk), so patrons may now pay some library fines on credit.

All set to pay those fines?

Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg) (1902-1975)

Oops!  Wrong fine.

Let's see what this credit card swiperdoodle looks like.  Click the photos to bigify.

That's some of the screens that will appear on the self-checkout kiosk monitor (and credit card machine) while you're going through the paying process.  I'd explain the steps, but staff training hasn't happened yet, and there's no instructional handout or video yet.  Sounds like (... wait for it ...)

Yep.  Pretty much.

Now for the boilerplate.

"Pay your library fines by credit card at self-checkout kiosk #2 at the circulation desk. Payment of full fines (greater than $3.00) has been enabled; partial fines (or sums less than $3.00) must be paid to circulation staff."

So, give it a try, next time you want to pay down your library fines.  Or pay the old-fashioned way.  We'll gladly take your money.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a funny clip from a Three Stooges short, "Sing a Song of Six Pants" (1947), featuring Larry Fine.

P.P.S.  Want to see the entire short?  Here it is.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Where Large Print Went

If you're looking for large print books at my library, you won't find them where they used to be shelved (along the wall shared with the community room).  So where'd they go?  Take a peek at where the adult fiction books (A-C) used to be shelved.  (Click the photos to bigify.)

New Shelving Location For Large Print Books

Large print books are now shelved on the front shelves in the adult fiction area, starting at the north end (i.e., closest to the emergency exit onto the courtyard).  Large Print now occupies about two-and-one-half shelf ranges, as shown in the photos below.

Look for signs like these on the ends of the shelves.

So, where did all the adult fiction books go?  They start behind the newspaper & magazine shelves, run west (toward the community room shared wall), then run along that shared wall, then come back east (toward the grand hall) until they reach where large print are now shelved.  Easy, right?  Well, come take a look.  You'll see how it's arranged easily enough.

Adult Fiction K-M is along the back wall where Large Print used to be.  Deal with it.

Many thanks to Miss Kathleen (whom I'm now going to call CompTechGal as her Cauli nickname) and her team for shifting all those books around in really short order.  They were super-fast, so maybe I should call her The Flash.

Yep, Pretty Much

I'll stick with CompTechGal.  Trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits, I don't need.  (Teen Titan, notwithstanding.)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meet Teen Titan!

Somehow, Miss Megan, our teen outreach librarian, has worked at my library for awhile now without having received her Cauli nickname.  That's quickly remedied.

Meet Teen Titan, our teen librarian!

Our Teen Titan, Miss Megan

Okay, Miss Megan is not actually a teen, but she works with teens.  Plus, she is a titan of teen librarianship!  So the shoe fits, as they say.

Teen Titan is called an outreach librarian because she works at two places--Mooresville Public Library and Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation.  That's, like, two full-time jobs rolled into one!  So she's super busy.  But, fortunately, she has plenty of super-power to keep her going.  She handles all things young adult at the library, creating exciting new programs and activities, developing our teen collections, and doing lots of librarian/teacher stuff at the schools.  So she's like moi, roving around doing wonderful things to educate and motivate our young humans.

Now that she has a nickname, Teen Titan needs a superhero costume.  Maybe her Nerd Club teens can suggest some super ideas.  Every librarian should have a superhero costume.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

We Love Our Volunteers!

Although 2018 National Volunteer Week was last week, we had our annual library volunteer luncheon this past Tuesday in the MPL community room.  We even made a special video celebrating our wonderful volunteers, who make the library a much better place in which to serve our patrons.

National Volunteer Week 2018
by Mooresville Public Library

I'm not considered a real volunteer, since I'm paid in canned tuna-in-oil (a regular, in-kind salaried employee, that's moi), so that's why my photo is absent from the video.  Boss Lady has kindly included it in many displays and signs featuring our volunteers, however.

You, too, can make your life more meaningful (and perhaps get canned tuna-in-oil, like moi) by volunteering at your library.  To volunteer at MPL, call (317) 831-7323 and ask for CircMeister or BizMeister.  (Maybe you should use their actual human names--Miss Virginia or Miss Sharon.)  Teen volunteers should talk with Casey-at-the-Bat (Miss Casey) or Teen Titan (Miss Megan).  You may also learn more by visiting our website's volunteer page.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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.

Click Photos to Bigify

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