Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Friday, June 28, 2013

Opening a Copper Tin Full of Local History

Mooresville High School has announced a date on which the 1959 time capsule will be opened. The ceremony will take place at the regularly scheduled school board meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at the Mooresville Schools Education Center, 11 West Carlisle Street, in Mooresville.

Mooresville High School Time Capsule (1959)
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What do you think will be found inside the time capsule? Make your best guesses in our comments section.

Want to know what I'm hoping is inside?  Glad you asked.
  • Canned tuna-in-oil.
  • Photos of moi from one of my previous nine lives.
  • More canned tuna-in-oil.
  • Some of those furry meeces that we felines hide everywhere.
It will probably be all manner of interesting historical stuff, which isn't really my department, so I'll probably send Scowl-Face over to report on the action.

If you're an MHS alumnus, or if you are interested in local history, you should try to attend the school board meeting.  Time capsules are amazing things.  Maybe they'll find Al Capone's treasure, or whatever it was that Geraldo didn't find on that televised opening of that vault in Chicago way back whenever.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In this video, Geraldo Rivera recalls opening Al Capone's vault in Chicago on live television in 1986.

What's Your Pleasure?

The first week of July is apparently designated as pleasure week.  I don't make this stuff up.  You can look it up, as I did, in, among other places, an old newspaper article (June 27, 1988) in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sun Sentinel.

PSA message coming in (make that arrow sound hitting an archery target): Don't abuse drugs.  That's a supreme downer, as these great anti-drug songs attest.

"Artificial Energy," by the Byrds
from the LP The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

"Kicks," by Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
As covered by Paul Revere and the Raiders
Released as a single (1966)

"Co'dine," by Buffy Sainte-Marie (1963)
As covered by Donovan (1964)
Released on the album Sixty Four (2004)

"The Needle and the Damage Done," by Neil Young
Included on the LP Harvest (1972)
(Shown here in a live performance)

"The Pusher," by Hoyt Axton
As covered by Steppenwolf
Released as a single & on the LP Steppenwolf (1968)

Point made, I trust.

So, what's your pleasure?  For us felines, it's pretty basic:

  • Nice sun-patch on a comfortable, dry sleeping surface.
  • Plenty of n'yum n'yums on demand.
  • Running water to keep us hydrated.
  • "Bird TV," as Sparkle the Designer Cat calls it.  Other critter watching works, too.  Clean windows, if you please!  We want to see everything.
  • Lots of interesting kitty toys.  This includes whatever we find fascinating; whether or not humans think they're toys is irrelevant.
  • For those of us who enjoy them, lots of back-, tummy-, and cheek-rubs.  Head-butts, too.
  • Quiet time whenever we need it.
  • Safe space around which we may romp at will.
That's not an exhaustive list, but it will cover the highlights.

What about you?  What do you enjoy doing?  As long as it doesn't injure yourself (or others), damage the environment, or unreasonably disturb anyone (animals and plants included), then it sounds okay.  I say, go for it! Don't expect moi to pick-up the tab, however.  Money, I don't have or need.  That's what minions are for.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  For pleasure week, there's no better song than "Fun, Fun, Fun," by the Beach Boys, which was a hit single and appeared on the LP Shut Down Volume 2 (1964).

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Looking Cool in PJs

There's still time to sign-up for tonight's Teddy Bear Sleepover at the Library.  Crafty Gal said there are a few spots still open.  All you early readers (preschoolers) won't want to miss the festivities.  Everything's more fun wearing PJs.  It's a cool look for young humans.  Not so much for us felines, though.

Well, Kinda Cute, Maybe

Want to see some of our photos from one of our previous sleepovers?  We've got images from 2011 and 2012--take your pick (pun intended).  I also have some of my previous blog posts about the event.  Want to read them again?  Sure you do. 

 The Decorinator & Wild Thang Made These
Super-Cute Beds & Sleeping Bags

Preschoolers, have your caregivers sign-up online.  Then all you'll need to do is come to the program this evening in the Bonita Marley Community Room.  You'll have a terrific time!  Crafty Gal guarantees it.  You can take that to the bank!  But they won't deposit it into your account.  Sorry.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear," by Elvis Presley, was a hit single (weren't they all for Elvis?) and was included on the LP Loving You (1957).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Your Blood, Not Mine

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 2-4 p.m., the Indiana Blood Center (IBC) bloodmobile will be accepting donations at the Library.  To sign-up, please visit the IBC DonorPoint website.

You can't miss the Bloodmobile.  (Click images to bigify).  It looks truly ginormous when you're standing next to it.

Donating blood saves many people's lives.  That's a good thing for my human readers to do.  We felines, however, can't give our blood, but I'm down with that.  I like my kitty blood right where it is.

Skilled technicians (called phlebotomists) will painlessly draw your donation.  You will probably get something tasty to eat or drink afterwards, which is reason enough for moi, if I were human, that is.

 Chris Mendoza enters data into the IBC database

All Smiles

Save a life.  Get a snack.  It's all good.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat
 P.S.  Neil Sedaka, with the help of Elton John singing backing vocals, had a huge hit with "Bad Blood" (1975), which topped Billboard's hot 100 pop singles charts.  The song was included on the LP Overnight Success (1975).  This video looks like it was recorded from a television performance from around that time.  Sedaka was best known for his pop tunes from the late 1950s and early 1960s, but his career was re-energized in the mid-1970s with this and several other hits.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It's All a Masquerade

Cue Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.

"Charade" (instrumental version)
by Henry Mancini (music) & Johnny Mercer (lyrics)
from the motion picture Charade (1963)
Starring Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant

Everybody was disguised at the Library last night, as Programma Mama and, in a surprise return, Savvy (who flew all the way from Florida) hosted a Masquerade Ball in our Bonita Marley Community Room.  There was a HUGE turnout--there were more masks than you'd see at a caped crusader convention--and, of course, we have some photos, courtesy of our own dynamic duo.  As always, click the images to bigify.  (We've got more pictures on the MPL Flickr photostream, so you'll want to take a gander.  Or a goose.  Gender isn't critical here.)

 "Wait--Is it cheese or Cleese that we're supposed to say?"

 Must be John Cleese that we say

Basil Fawlty imitations?  Just asking

It sounded as if everyone was having a grand ol' time.  I could hear the music from my digs several blocks away!  Seriously, it was a truly top-notch party--a wonderful success.  Big congrats to Programma Mama and Savvy.  They deserve a raise, Boss Lady.  Oh, wait, Savvy doesn't work here anymore.  Still, she deserves something for all her hard work yesterday.  I'll pony-up three cans of tuna-in-oil for her.  There's a limit to generosity, after all.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a video interview with My Yellow Rickshaw (2010).

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dinosaur Diggin' With Crafty Gal

In this week's early literacy programs at the Library, we're diggin' dinosaurs with Crafty Gal.  That means more storytime read-aloud videos. I'm plenty excited!  You can tell because I used an exclamation mark.

Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones, by Byron Barton
(Read Along With Me, Featuring Miss Michelle @ MPL)

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, by Don Shea
(Read Along With Me, Featuring Miss Michelle @ MPL)

Crafty Gal is having her early literacy charges digging for dinosaur bones in our excavation site near our outdoor Kinder Garden youth activity area, which is also my favorite hangout at the Library.

MPL Kinder Garden Outdoor Youth Activity Area

Boss Lady took some snapshots that appear on Crafty Gal's blog.  What dinosaurs were discovered?  I don't know, but I'm sure of one thing:  I didn't use the sand piles for a litter box.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "Tim the Dinosaur," by the Ziggens, a self-described "cowpunksurfabilly" band from Orange County, California, appeared on the CD Pit Stop (1995).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Kind of Town

Casey at the Bat and Programma Mama will be attending the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference and exhibition in Chicago (June 27-July 2, 2013), which is THE bigbash of the year for librarians.  Just how big?  There's a special website devoted exclusively to this event.

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There are loads of library-related workshops to attend, so they'll be kept pretty busy.  Still, there should be some sightseeing time available.  There's so much to do in the Windy City!

My Kind of Town

My favorite place is the Shedd Aquarium.  Love to watch those swimming dinners!

Shedd Aquarium (White Building, Near Left)

Can You Ride Those Sea Horsies?  Just Asking

When will it be MY turn to attend an ALA bigbash, Boss Lady?  As the official MPL feline roving reporter, I should be there to cover breaking news.  Plus there are lots of vendors giving away free stuff.  If it's food, I'd pick-up extra bags.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Frank Sinatra released his version of "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" as a single (1964), and, of course, it was a huge hit.  Sinatra appeared on a television program (1969) singing the tune, of which we found this video clip on YouTube.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Help MPL at Zydeco's "Friend-Raiser"

It's never too early to plan my din-dins.  Minions, take note.

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What is this Zydeco's, you might query?  If you live around Mooresville, Indiana, you probably already know.  If not, visit the Zydeco website for more information about the restaurant.  Or you could read one of my previous blog postings.

11 East Main Street, Mooresville, Indiana

This year's event is being advertised as a "friend-raiser," which is a cute play-on-words.  Twenty percent (20%, for those who prefer numerals) of all proceeds benefit MPL.

Help the Library while you're having a terrific meal.  No downside, really.

Four words, Programma Mama and Boss Lady:  Carry-out Bag for moi.  (Maybe that's five words.)  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Guy Fieri of the Food Network's television series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visited Zydeco's in October and December, 2010 (original air date: Oct. 3, 2011).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Go To The CYPD

Hey, library youth staff!  There's no need to be unhappy.  You can go to the CYPD.  Broadway Gal explains.

2013 CYPD Conference Promo Trailer

Here's the promo in the video's description:

"Can you find the misspelling in our video?

"Come to the Children's and Young People's Division of the Indiana Library Federation's 2013 Annual Conference! August 25-26, 2013 -

"Produced by Suzanne Walker / Starring the CYPD Board and Suzanne's Legos with Sammy the Toucan.

"Video Committee:
  • Karen Bower
  • Lauren McPike
  • Will Smither
  • Staci Terrell
  • Suzanne Walker

"CYPD 2013 - Leading the Charge"

What prize do I get for finding the typo, Broadway Gal?  Just asking.

The CYPD conference is action-packed, fun-filled, and plenty informative for all you Hoosier youth librarians out there.  It is definitely the to-be place this August.  I'd go, but I'm just my Library's feline roving reporter, and, besides, Crafty Gal and Casey at the Bat could take along Aggie McPooch and Queenie.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  This is the original music video for "YMCA," by the Village People.  It was the only single released from the LP Cruisin' (1978).

The Mysterious Forest, Revisited

The MPL composer, whom I call the Music Man, has uploaded a new music video featuring all five movements of his flute quartet, The Mysterious Forest (2012), which we have used extensively as the soundtrack for several library videos.

The Mysterious Forest (2012)
Five Movements--Flute Quartet

This new video features one of the Music Man's own photographs, which would make a terrific CD cover.  We've previously blogged about two recorded versions of this composition:
The original recording (2012), as well as the music scores (2012), are available to check-out in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog, if you have an E.I. library card.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat


P.S.   Here are a couple of the Library's book trailers featuring movements from The Mysterious Forest.  The first includes portions of two of the original flute compositions; the second showcases part of one of the strings arrangements.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Give Wild Thang a $100,000 Bar Already

One of Wild Thang's early literacy music videos is about to top 100,000 viewings on the MPL YouTube Channel.  Give her a $100,000 candy bar, already, Boss Lady!

Animal Alphabet Song, by Miss Jaymi ("Wild Thang")
(former MPL early literacy specialist)

$100,000 candy bar wrapper (1980s)

That's the Library's most-watched video, by a two-to-one margin. Congratulations, Wild Thang (if you still read my blog)!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a classic television commercial (1979) for the $100,000 candy bar.

Digging Dinners, Mostly

Crafty Gal has another read-aloud summer storytime video!  This one's about digging dinners, mostly.  (Well, that's what I call them.  You may call them something else.)

Read Along With Me, by Miss Michelle @ MPL
Dig Hole, Soft Mole, by Carolyn Lesser

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground" is a traditional American folk song, which Bascom Lamar Lunsford recorded for Brunswick Records (1928).  Lunsford said he learned the tune from Fred Moody, his North Carolina neighbor, in 1901.  Here's a music video (2007) featuring folk singer Tom Smith.

P.P.S.  Here's a "music video" (2009) featuring Bascom Lamar Lunsford singing "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground" (1928).