Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Friday, May 31, 2013

Uh-Oh . . .

This can't be good.

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Today is our annual Summer Reading Kickoff bigbash, which begins at 5 p.m. this afternoon.  It is now 1:48 p.m. (synchronize your watches, minions).  Look at that pouring rain!

But wait!  Casey at the Bat and Crafty Gal have a backup plan!  We can still do lots of fun stuff inside the Library, even if it's raining felines and slobberdogs outside.

 Crafty Gal gets the fun going (or getting ready, anyway)
in the MPL Community Room

Casey at the Bat reviews her strategies in case of inclement weather

So there's absolutely no reason why you should miss our bigbash this evening.  Come on over to the Library if you live 'round these parts.  (If not, we'll have pictures later posted to Crafty Gal's blog.)  No amount of rain could dampen the great times we'll be having.

But just in case . . .

Better Safe Than Sorry, I'll Venture

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Want to read my blog post about cat umbrellas and rain gear?  Sure you do.  I've also got one about slobberdogs.

P.P.S.  All this rain reminded moi of "Here Comes the Rain Again," by Eurythmics, from the LP Touch (1983).  It was also released as a single (1984).  Here's the group's music video.

P.P.P.S.  Naturally, this weather we're having posed the obvious question, "Who'll Stop the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, from the LP Cosmo's Factory (1970).

P.P.P.P.S.  Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three Bob Dylan songs that have rain in the title, but none is actually about the weather, if I remember rightly.  Check out the official Bob Dylan website for great stuff about this legendary folk singer-songwriter.

P.P.P.P.P.S.  It's now 2:10 p.m., and the SUN IS PEEKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS!  We'll beat this rain yet!

P.P.P.P.P.P.S.  Let's all sing George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun," by the Beatles, from the album Abbey Road (1969).  Was this George's only Beatles "double-A side" single release (b/w "Something")?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Will Travel 4 Bookmobile (Viaggerà Per Libro Veicolo)

Lots of libraries have shared this photo on Facebook, but I saw it courtesy of Browser, the Pine River (Minnesota) Public Library Cat.  Thanks, Browser!

Library Bookmobile in Ferrandina, Italy
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We need one of these, Boss Lady.  Why not have the Library Board of Trustees (or the Friends of the Library) pay for moi and a couple of minions to travel over to Ferrandina, Italy to see if we could purchase this one?

It couldn't cost all that much for a feline roving reporter to fly first-class to Italy.  Minions could ride with the baggage.

So where is Ferrandina, anyway?

What's it look like around there?

Ferrandina, Italy

I might need to stay awhile to scope out the bookmobile and negotiate a sweet deal.  Six months, at least.  Probably a year.  Or two.  Maybe I could get a job (minions, too) working at the local library.  I could even drive the bookmobile!  I'm an excellent driver, as I've previously shown.

Setting the Pace at the Indianapolis 500

Definitely Not on Mondays

I'm not sure about my Italian translation for the title of this posting, however.  I used one of those free online translators.  I hope it doesn't say something bad.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Speaking of Italy, here's a music video of Lucio Dalla (1943-2012) singing "Caruso" (2003), which he composed in 1986, and which has been covered by a gazillion musicians and performers.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Groundbreaking Reads & Programs? Pretty Much

In my last blog post, I linked to handouts describing our Summer 2013 youth services library programs.  What about our adult patrons?  We've got them covered, too.

Click Logo to See Handout

In keeping with our "dig into reading" theme for summer reading, adults will discover "groundbreaking reads," along with "groundbreaking programs."  How about earth-shattering reads?  We've got a few:

MPL Book Trailer #93
Animated Earth, by Daniel Statnekov

MPL Book Trailer #22
Path of the Pole, by Charles Hapgood

MPL Book Trailer #117
Catastrophe, by David Keys

Do we have any programs that will make the ground move beneath you?  Yep.

Outdoor Walking Program at Mooresville Public Library
MPL Program Trailer #23

Search our online Evergreen Indiana catalog, or visit the Library to browse our shelves, to find fun summer reading.  Visit our online calendar to see what programs are upcoming.  What you will find could amaze you.  The ground might even break open and swallow you.  Well, probably not, but it would be a cool special effect.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Breaking Ground is an alternative Christian rock/acoustic band.  Here's a video of the group performing live (how else would they perform?) in Raleigh, North Carolina (October 20, 2012).  Visit the Breaking Ground website or YouTube channel for more information about the band and music.

2013 MPL Summer Youth Programs

Want our nifty handouts showcasing the Library's youth programs for Summer 2013?  Click the logos below, and you're good to go!

Summer Reading 2013 pre-k logo_425w
Summer Programs 2013 for Babies & Preschoolers

Summer Reading 2013 k-6 logo_425w
Summer Programs 2013 for Grades K-6

Summer Reading 2013 teen logo_425w
Summer Programs 2013 for Grades 7-12

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Since our summer reading themes include "digging into reading," I immediately thought of "Miner's Song," by Woody Guthrie, which tells the tale of the tired toilers who dig their lives away, as the refrain lyrics lament.  The song was included on disc three of The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4 CD box set (1999).

P.P.S. Another "digging" song (about miners) is "Boss Man," by Gordon Lightfoot, which relates the resentment a miner feels about having to work so hard to make somebody else rich while his pay is presumably low and his life is at risk daily. The song was included on the LP Did She Mention My Name? (1968).

Monday, May 27, 2013

175 Large

I'm not much with the hip lingo of today's young folks, but I just noticed that my blog viewings have reached 175,000.  Is that 175 large? Whatever.

Thanks to my loyal readers for following my postings.  Just in case Boss Lady or our Library Board start handing out canned tuna-in-oil for top achievers, I'll mention in passing that my blog has the largest readership of any at my Library.  Our most popular social media, however, is our YouTube Channel, which just topped 300,000 viewings.

How should we celebrate? Extra portions of din-dins and naps spring immediately to mind. But perhaps my Library should erect some sort of display honoring my achievement. I'm available to pose for a bronze statue anytime. It could be placed where the water volcano now sits. It isn't erupting water anymore, so why not replace it with a statue of moi? Just asking.

Now-Dormant Water Volcano in the MPL Courtyard
(Blurry Photo From 2011)

Steady-cam, Scowl-Face.  You really need to use that tripod when you're snapping pix with the Library's digital camera.

A Considerable Improvement, I'd Wager

There must be some reputable sculptors around here, Boss Lady.  I'd look better in solid gold, but bronze would be fine.  Copper turns green, so we'll pass on that.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S. Hüsker Dü, a "hardcore punk" band from St. Paul, Minnesota, released "Statues" as a bonus track on the CD re-release of the album Everything Falls Apart (1983).

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Triumphant Re-Voicing

My Library's composer has re-voiced (I think that's the correct term) the first movement of one of his best symphonies.  He has uploaded it as a "music video" to his YouTube channel, using one of his photographs as a background "still" image for the soundtrack.

"Sick Doctors Treating Healthy Patients"
First movement from Music Therapy for the Deranged
(2013 Orchestral Remix)
by Daniel E. Buckley

Music Therapy for the Deranged (2010) is one of my favorite symphonies (using the original instrumentation), but the new orchestral voicing (2013) gives the compositions extra texture and subtle new impressions.  The updated version will delight and amaze.  It is a triumph that has been favorably compared with the musical scoring of famous film composer Bernard Herrmann.

Evergreen Indiana cardholders may check-out the original CD or sheet music (2010), and the complete updated symphony (due sometime later this year or early next year) will be added to the MPL Indiana Roving Reporter Room collection as soon as it becomes available.

We used a portion of the first movement as the musical soundtrack to one of our recent book trailers.

The Clocks, by Agatha Christie
(MPL Book Trailer #172)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  To hear the original (2010) version of Music Therapy for the Deranged, you could reprise my blog posting or visit the MPL composer's website, if you don't have an Evergreen Indiana library card to check-out the music CD.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A "Damsel in Distress" Children's Read-Aloud

The Lady With the Red Hair has made another book trailer featuring a fine children's picture book.

Book Trailer for
That is NOT a Good Idea!, by Mo Willems

The book cover suggests that the chicks are watching the story unfold as a silent movie.  That's a safe perspective for young readers, who will enjoy the tale without worrying that any characters get hurt ("It's only make-believe," an adult might comfortingly say).  As a read-aloud, caregivers can infuse the necessary drama into the recitation so that little listeners (and early readers) can thrill in the excitement created by the apparent danger fox, the villain, poses for goose, the "damsel in distress."  Children will love the repeated refrain warning the story's participants, and it will enable readers/listeners to join the action as it unfolds.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In writing That is NOT a Good Idea!, Mo Willems was influenced by "damsel in distress" silent movies, in which a villain places the lady in danger, only to be rescued at the last second by the hero.  In this silent movie clip, the damsel signals her faithful slobberdog who charges-in to save the day.  It would have been better if the hero had been a feline.  Just saying. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Three Hundred is Grand

The MPL YouTube Channel has just surpassed 300,000 video viewings.

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How should we celebrate?

Not What I Had in Mind

I was thinking a nice little snack and a quick nap, moiself.

Thanks for watching our videos.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In bowling, 300 is a perfect game (all strikes).  Never happened to moi, but Wild Thang's family has bowled a few.  Here's a video of some famous professional bowlers who have rolled perfect games.

Penny For Your Luck

Today (May 23) is Lucky Penny Day.  I'd say "A penny for your thoughts," but maybe it should read "a penny for your luck" today.  Why is finding pennies good luck?  Rather than re-mint the coin (to paraphrase a cliche about redundancy), visit this website for some explanations.

Ouch!  Hey, That's Honest Abe's Face, For Crying Out Loud!

Isn't it a federal crime to deface currency? Just asking.  Scowl-Face says that Title 18, section 331 of the United States Code prohibits the fraudulent defacing, mutilation, alteration, or falsification of any U.S. coins, and this crime is punishable by fines and/or up to five years imprisonment (18 U.S.C. § 331).  Unless somebody is attempting to defraud someone else by defacing U.S. coinage, it appears not to be a federal offense.

How can you find your lucky penny?  Just glance around on the ground while you're walking, or check beneath your sofa or chair cushions.  People don't bother to pick-up pennies on sidewalks or other public floor space, so you should be able to gather several today.

Why is the poor penny unappreciated?  Well, it could be its actual monetary value.  What can you buy with a penny these days?  According to the U.S. Mint, in 2011 it cost 2.41 cents to mint a single Lincoln penny, so one wonders about the economic law of diminishing returns.  I'm not certain if that rule applies to this situation, because I never took economics in school (I'm a cat, after all).  I'd ask Scowl-Face, who completed two semesters of economics in college, but that was before coins were invented.

Special 2009 Penny Backs For Lincoln's 200th Birthday
and the 100th Anniversary of the Lincoln Penny

I'm fond of Abraham Lincoln, naturally (he loved cats, which all by itself makes him one of the greatest American presidents), but I really like so-called Indian Head pennies.

I've Got One Nearly This Old

Because they're more expensive to mint than they're worth at face value, lots of folks want to abolish penny production in the U.S.  That would be a shame, because folks in the over-50 crowd who remember how much you could buy with a penny in their youth want a visual point of reference.  (According to my minions, way back in the day, you could purchase a cart full of groceries, a small automobile, and a round-trip train ticket to San Antonio for a penny.  Frankly, I'm skeptical.)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "Penny Lane" (1967), by the Beatles, was the group's first single (after they started topping the charts in 1963-1964 with every single release) not to reach number one on the British pop charts (when it was first released), although it topped the American and Canadian charts.  The song was the other "A" side on the single that also featured "Strawberry Fields Forever" (1967).

P.P.S.  Speaking to trains to San Antonio, the Monkees recorded "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" for the LP Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (1967) and, of course, for their television series (NBC, 1966-1968).

P.P.P.S.  Anybody Scowl-Face's age remembers the character Penny Robinson from the television series Lost in Space (CBS, 1965-1968), portrayed by actress Angela Cartwright.   Lots of young dudes fell in love with her (ol' Scowlly included) while watching that show, which was pretty cheesy even by Irwin Allen's production standards.  Hey, Allen made a gazillion dollars making youth-friendly popular TV programs, so I'll cut him some slack.  Here's a fan's tribute video to Ms. Cartwright's famous space chick.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Read Along With Moi, I'd Say

Crafty Gal has a new early literacy video series, Read Along With Me.  Want to see the first episode?  I knew you would.

I'm Dirty, by Kate & Jim McMullan
(Read Along With Me, Featuring Miss Michelle @ MPL)

This is a great series for young readers and their caregivers to watch and read along with.  (Sorry, all you grammarians out there for ending that sentence with a preposition.  Actually, it's perfectly grammatical to end sentences with certain prepositions.  Grammar Girl says so.  So there.)

I had a point to make somewhere back there.  Oh, yes.  Watching and reading along with Crafty Gal as she reads a book aloud to viewers is an excellent reinforcement for young reading skills.  Evergreen Indiana cardholders may check-out the books she reads from any E.I. library.  Then they may read along to read-aloud.  (Hey, that's not a bad series title!  Read Along to Read-Aloud.  I'd better trademark that.  Minions, make it so.)

There will be many more videos in this series, so check Crafty Gal's blog or stay tuned here.

Just one suggestion, Crafty Gal.  You should change the first person pronoun in your title to moi.  Sounds more high-class.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Library read-alouds are nothing new, but having them on video is rather cutting-edge (well, around my Library, anyway).  Anne Barreca, a librarian at New York Public Library, made one for World Read Aloud Day.  Anne is superb, but she's no Crafty Gal.  Just saying.  Working at the mighty NYPL, Anne certainly hangs with the crème de la crème in the library world, so her talent is manifest.  We could only dream of such a gig.  Still, Crafty Gal is just as engaging in her early literacy programs.  But it's not really a contest.  We just like to watch librarians helping kids enjoy reading.

P.P.S.  Speaking of personal pronouns, "I Me Mine," by the Beatles, appeared on the LP Let It Be (1970).  It was (still is, come to think of it) another superlative George Harrison contribution to the Fab Four's catalog of fantastic tunes.  That was also the title to George's collection of reminiscences and song lyrics, which is available in our online Evergreen Indiana catalog.