Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Decorinator & BizMeister Get Spooky

The Decorinator and BizMeister get spooky with their new decorations at the library's youth services entrance.

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That bat looks like Batman's batarang.  Just saying.

Surely, I don't look like that

Be safe on Halloween, little humans (and felines)

One of the many ghosts that haunt my library

There's another one!

With a special crawl-through place for our kiddy patrons

While you're at the library, be sure to take a peek at our other Halloween-related decorations and displays.  We have loads of scary books to read!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, September 14, 2018

Recommended Spooky Reading

Is it too early to recommend some spooky reading?  Halloween is just around the corner.  Well, some corner, somewhere.  It might be forty blocks away, but the weather is fine, and the walking will do you good.

Take a peek at our early scary book displays at the library.  Minions, make with the digital snaps.

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What's in that glass-topped table?

The book covers include the items' call numbers and shelving locations, so finding these should be easy.  Ask our staff to help.  They could use the exercise.

We have lots of other spooky reads available to checkout.  Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.  Scowl-Face, too.  Well, probably.  You may always browse our book trailer playlists that feature horror/supernatural fiction or paranormal nonfiction.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Watch Where You're Standing

My library has a new display, even though October is still a couple of weeks away.

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Paranormal phenomena have occurred throughout the library, as our website and our online brochure explain.

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Of course, we have a video about it.

MPL Promo Trailer (2017)
Is the Library Haunted?
by Mooresville Public Library

During your next visit to the library, see if you can find all the haunted spots shown in the brochure.  Maybe something out of the ordinary will happen to you.  Only watch where you stand.  There may be a disembodied spirit taking up that space.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Help Reunite the NYPL Lions

The New York Public Library lions, Patience and Fortitude, have been greeting patrons since 1911.  When Patience disappears, Fortitude must search the library high and low before sunrise, when they both must return to their pedestals.  Can you help them be reunited?

MPL Book Trailer #464
Lost in the Library:  A Story of Patience & Fortitude
by Josh Funk (illustrated by Stevie Lewis)

This delightful children's picture book will entertain young readers while they help Fortitude search for his lost friend, learning about the New York Public Library along the way.

If you ever have a chance to meet the lions in person, you should.  They are quite an impressive pair!  I met them at the end of 2011, as I previously blogged.  Buffalo Gal took my picture and everything.

Moi with Patience (or is it Fortitude?)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Power of Love Makes True Feline Heroes

In 1996, a mother cat gave birth to a litter of five kittens in an abandoned Brooklyn building.  (That's Brooklyn, New York, not Brooklyn, Indiana, which is just a few miles south of my hometown, Mooresville.)  While out foraging, Mama returned to find the building engulfed in flames.  As firefighters battled the blaze, Mama entered the smoke-filled, burning structure and retrieved her kittens and carried them to safety.  She was severely burned and injured but survived, as did her entire family (although one kitten later succumbed to an illness).

Called Scarlett by workers as the North Shore Animal League, she was adopted by Karen Wellen, and two other families adopted her surviving kittens, as this video below explains.

"Scarlett the Cat" (2013) by Khai Darulnaim

Several books were published about Scarlett and her heroism, including Hero Cat (2006), a children's picture book written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen.  Our book trailer gives a brief summary.

MPL Book Trailer #462
Hero Cat, by Eileen Spinelli
(illustrated by Jo Elen McAllister Stammen)

Scarlett passed in 2008 from natural causes.  She represented the finest feline qualities, demonstrating that the power of motherly love can overcome any obstacle.  I never had the privilege of meeting her or her kittens, but her example shines as a reminder that there is a hero kitty inside us all, to be called upon in our times of crisis.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Learn How to Make Your Very Own Movie!

Have you ever wanted to make your very own movie but don't know where to start?  Then we've got an upcoming program that you certainly won't want to miss.

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On Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the library's community room, film director and screenwriter Demetrius Witherspoon will be sharing his experiences (and secrets) in making and financing motion pictures.  Mr. Witherspoon is CEO of DV Entertainment Pictures, which has produced the Submerge movie series.  For those playing along at home, that's these:

  • Submerge:  The Chronicles of Ni're
  • Submerge:  Ni're Reborn
  • Submerge:  Echo 51
  • Submerge:  Galaxy of Subversion (currently in development)

My library has DVD copies of Submerge:  Echo 51 and Submerge:  Ni're Reborn, as well as the novelization of Submerge:  Echo 51, available to checkout with your Evergreen Indiana library card.

We've got a nice display across from our circulation desk.  On the mannequin is the official "behind-the-scenes" movie crew t-shirt and one of the actual props used by characters in the film.  We even have a movie poster signed by Mr. Witherspoon!  The library's own Miss Catherine, whom I call The Couturier Kid, worked on costuming for Submerge:  Echo 51 (see our previous blog post for details).  The Decorinator and BizMeister created the display topper.  That's a galaxy.  It's pretty cool.  (Thanks, Couturier Kid, for letting us borrow the mannequin, t-shirt, and prop.)

Minions, make with the photos.

We look forward to seeing you at the program!

Psssssst!  Mr. Witherspoon.  If you ever need a composer to score any of your projects, we have one you might like (see him on Facebook, Reverbnation, website, and free music scores).  He has composed the soundtracks to almost all of the library's over 850 videos on the MPL YouTube channel.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the official international teaser trailer for Submerge:  Echo 51.
Submerge: Echo 51 OFFICIAL International Teaser Trailer from DV Entertainment Pictures on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

It Clearly Worked For Moi

Back in 1964, waaaaaay before my current life, a wise feline typed a manuscript that fell into the hands of writer Paul Gallico, who quickly recognized that it had been typed by a cat, because of the strange combinations of letters and symbols that Paul realized resulted from the size of the cat's paws operating the keys of a human typewriter.  Once translated into English (from the feline), the book was a "how-to" manual instructing kittens, strays, and homeless cats how to find and take-over suitable homes and train the human residents to serve their feline masters.  Our book trailer elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #461
The Silent Miaow:
A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats
Translated from the feline by Paul Gallico
Picture story by Suzanne Szasz

I first read this book when I was just a kitten.  It clearly worked for moi.  I've managed to take-over at least four homes in my current lifetime.

The manual contains practical advice for every feline.  It instructs how to use our vocalizations to compel satisfactory behavioral responses from people.  It advises how to establish our property rights and territorial interests.  It suggests the most effective strategies to regularly obtain the most desired foods.  In short, it provides any cat with the essential information to ruling a home and making minions of any human residents.  Plus, it's really funny.  Humor always gets my vote of approval.

My minions have suggested that cat-loving people, too, would greatly enjoy reading this book.  The author's feline insights and philosophies would certainly educate most humans and make them better servants.  That's a solid, positive outcome for the feline audience.

Gallico wrote loads of books, including several cat-oriented novels, such as The Abandoned (1950), in which a little boy turns into a cat (a definite improvement, I'll venture).  Minions, make with the book trailer.

MPL Book Trailer #460
The Abandoned, by Paul Gallico

Most libraries classify this novel as a children's chapter book, but we think it might be a bit too challenging for human readers under age eleven.  Anyone older, however, should find it exciting and compelling.  But, hey, you younger readers should have a go, too.  You can always read it when you're older if it's too hard now.

My library has many of Paul Gallico's books available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I Can Certainly Relate

I can certainly relate to the feline main characters in Paul Gallico's classic children's chapter novel, The Abandoned (1950).  Minions, make with the book trailer.

MPL Book Trailer #460
The Abandoned, by Paul Gallico

Human readers may find it far-fetched that the little boy Peter turns into a white cat after being accidentally struck by a coal lorry (in American English, that's a truck).  The change is definitely an improvement, as far as I'm concerned.  Peter is only cat on the outside, however; inside, he's still a little boy, and that makes him a lousy street-roaming kitty.  Luckily, he quickly meets Jennie, a street-wise feline who is willing to teach Peter the ropes and watch out that his human qualities don't get him into too much trouble.

It's truly a hard life for strays--I know, for I've lived it--but with good friends to take care of one another, the duo sets sail from London to Glasgow in search of Jennie's family.  Although Jennie is a heart-hardened cat--her experience with humans has been filled with betrayal and sadness--Peter's humanity shines through at times, teaching his protector that not all two-leggeds are irretrievably bad.

Can the little boy trapped inside a furry feline body find his way home?  You'll have to read the novel to find out.  Can he change back to being a kid-person again?  More to the point, why would he want to?  Being a cat is such an improvement over being human.

Although this novel is classified as a children's chapter book, it would be a difficult read for any people under age eleven.  I think it would be better suited for older 'Tweens and young adults (traditional teens) (i.e., ages 11-18), and even adult readers should thoroughly enjoy Peter and Jennie's adventures.  So, in short, ages 11 and older would be my recommendation.

The author, Paul Gallico (1897-1976), was clearly a cat lover who wrote several novels (and nonfiction books) devoted to feline characters.  Goodreads has an excellent bibliography of Gallico's books, of which my library has three available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog (search all Evergreen libraries to find additional Gallico works).

On a personal note, I was once a street-wandering kitty.  Having a loving family and a forever home is much better.  Thank you, kindly couple, for "rescuing" moi.  That said, I still enjoy venturing out now and again, so let's leave that kitty door open, shall we?  'Nuff said.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Today's Word is Moi

Indiana librarians keep up with the latest developments in the Hoosier library world by reading the Indiana State Library's digital newsletter, Wednesday Word.  Guess who's featured in today's edition?


It's a very nice article celebrating our over half a million blog views.  Click here, then scroll down, to read it.

It's not commonly known, but the Lady With the Red Hair, one of my minions, wrote for Wednesday Word back in the late 1990s and early 2000s when she was head of the Indiana State Library Catalog Division.

There are many fine spokescritters (several felines, but also bunnies, birds, fish, and other friendly faces) in Hoosier libraries across the state.  We are highly effective public relations officers who can really draw in the crowds.  Here are just a few famous friends:
To find further library spokescritters around the country, take a peek at this blog post.

If your library doesn't have a spokescritter, we highly recommend adopting one.  Somebody's got to keep all those humans in line.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, August 20, 2018

Beyond Books

Lady RaDA has created a cool "beyond books" display featuring lots of fun items you may checkout with your Evergreen Indiana library card.  The display is across from the library circulation desk, next to the Paul Hadley paintings.

Minions, make with the photos (click them to bigify):

The only item missing that would make the perfect display would be some canned tuna-in-oil.  I'd check that out, pronto.  Well, I'd have my minions check it out for moi.  I'm not sure how I'd return it to the library, however.

If you have any questions about checking out these items, just ask our circulation staff or Lady RaDA herself.  I'd explain it all, but my department is cuteness, which actually explains itself.  Just look at my photos, and it's self-explanatory.

Yep.  Pretty Much.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat