Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bookworms Redefined

In the 2013 Old Settlers Parade, my Library once again has a float designed by the Decorinator and her crack assembly team.  This year's float theme is MPL Bookworms Redefined.  Want a sneak preview?

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Pretty Cute

Cool Hat

 High-Tech Sidelights

 Still Working on These

 Oh, Yuk!  You Can See His Innards!

As you can tell, our construction team is still working on portions of the float.  If you live around Mooresville, Indiana, you should attend the Old Settlers Parade to see our float in action!  The parade begins at Mooresville High School at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, and runs through downtown on its way to Pioneer Park.

I hope wormy gets connected by then.  A biology lesson I don't need.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch (2000-2004) sang fun songs about reading and other stuff.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sky Wrangling

Last Saturday's Great Cow Drop at Greenwood Public Library (GPL) was a glorious success, mostly because I now have one of those skydiving bovines.  Actually, the event raised money for GPL, which is the main thing.

Thanks to GPL's Boss Lady, Miss Cheryl, there are many fantastic photos that I'm borrowing from the GPL Facebook Page.  Click images to bigify.
 Helicopter Arrives With Skydiving Cows

 Sky Wrangler!

 How Now, Flying Cow

The Lady With the Red Hair sold her homemade baskets to raise money for GPL.  Scowl-Face "helped" (eye-roll), mostly by staying out of the way.

There were lots of fun and games, too.  Check out all the photos on GPL's Facebook Page.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  At the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl, parachuting bovines dropped from the skies.  Well, from the dome ceiling, actually.  Who was firing the flak at them, I'd like to know!  Oh--that was just fireworks before the big event.  Want to know who won the football game?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We All Scream For Ice Cream

This evening in the MPL community room, Crafty Gal had her end-of-summer-reading ice cream social for her early literacy kiddies and their caregivers.  Everybody screamed for ice cream!  Well, it's no surprise that youngsters got pretty excited.  Who doesn't love ice cream?

Crafty Gal was really busy running the show, and Boss Lady was also assisting with serving, crafts and coordinating the fun. Scowl-Face slipped in to snap some photos.  As always, click the images to bigify.

The party was a HUGE hit!  What a great way to celebrate a successful summer reading program.

Any ice cream left for moi, Crafty Gal?  Just asking.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "The Ice Cream Song" is what it's called, I suppose.  That's what the maker of this video called it, anyway.  "We all scream for ice cream!"  Pretty much.

Skydiving Bovines @ GPL

Here's something you don't often see in a public library.

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Skydiving moo-cows are landing in the lobby (by the patron services desk) at Greenwood Public Library (GPL).  No, it's not a bovine invasion; it's a preview of the parachuting Chick-fil-A mascots that I blogged about last week.

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, to raise funds for GPL, these cows will be jumping out of a helicopter hovering over Greenwood Middle School football field next to GPL.  For a $10 donation to the Library, you are entitled to one of the skydiving bovine, which you may redeem for a free meal at a local Chick-fil-A (more details at the event).  Plus, your donation gives you a chance to win prizes.  There are lots of great prizes available.

Join GPL this Saturday at 10 a.m. for food, crafts, games, and flying cows!  But watch out!  Those critters look mighty cute, but cows are heavy dudes.  Well, not these little guys, but, still.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a promo trailer for the Great Cow Drop from a recent installment of the video series, GPL Buzz, on the GPL YouTube Channel.  This is one of the best public library promotional video series on the Internet.  Subscribe to keep up with their latest news.

Local History Out of Thin Air (Almost)

Watch local history unfold before your very eyes!  It's a neat trick, if one can pull it off.

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Who Erased That Letter?  Just Asking

The slideshow continuously runs on our monitor, which I call MPLTV

Take a gander (or goose--your call) at the monitor next to our adult information desk (in the Library's grand hall).  You can't miss it.  Just look for the group of patrons looking up, like in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), directed by Steven Spielberg.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a clip from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) when all the earth scientists and technicians look up at the alien spacecraft as they begin communicating using a tonal vocabulary.  This is one of my favorite sci-fi movies.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sisterhood of the Travelling Dress

Broadway Gal's Caldecott Button Dress is now on display at my Library, which is the first stop (naturally) on a hopefully statewide public library tour.  You could call it the sisterhood of the travelling dress.  Of course, Sammy the Toucan was a big part of the action.  As always, click the images to bigify.

Want to read those posters?  Click here and here and here to get up close and personal.

The dress looks really cool, but, frankly, it looks a whole lot better with Broadway Gal wearing it.  Just saying.

The buttons go all around the front and back of the dress.  Too bad we couldn't get a photo of the back, but the bookshelves were too close for Scowl-Face to squeeze in.

Our Caldecott award-winning books are on the shelves immediately behind the dress.  They're ready to check-out, if you have an Evergreen Indiana library card.

Drop by to see the dress!  Maybe Broadway Gal will visit so she can model it for everybody.  Floor show!  Floor show!  Floor Show!  We could sell tickets.  Proceeds would help the Library buy more canned tuna-in-oil for moi--I mean, fund programs.  How about it, Broadway Gal?

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  You had to expect that I'd close with "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress," by the Hollies, which was a huge hit single (1972) from the LP Distant Light (1971, U.K.; 1972, U.S.).

Friday, July 19, 2013

Say It Isn't So, Boss Lady!

Say it isn't so, Boss Lady!  That can't be our new library director!

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Morris the Gnome?  As MPL Director?!
In What Imaginary Universe?

Okay, I don't mean to be harsh, but if Morris is my new boss, then I'm SOOOO outta here!

False alarm!  Crafty Gal has given moi the inside story.  Apparently, Morris is simply reading in our directors' gallery.  I guess all the reading tables were already taken.  Being a gnome (and, presumably, magical), he can levitate himself up there.  Or it's transparent tape.  Either way, Morris will be hanging out all next week as part of Crafty Gal's ongoing program for her early literacy kiddies to find.  Clever hiding spot, really.  The best place to hide is sometimes right out in the open.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Lucky for us here at MPL, Morris the Gnome will NOT be our new boss.  But it got moi thinking about "Boss Man," by Gordon Lightfoot, from his LP Did She Mention My Name? (1968).

Old Settlers Approacheth

My minions were slow about photographing my readers' advisory book display, but it had been up for over a week.  Things move fast at my Library.  Mooresville's Old Settlers picnic, festival, and parade are fast approaching, and so Scowl-Face has created his own book display from the Indiana Roving Reporter Room collections.

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When does the celebration begin?  The sign says August 4-5-6, but I'd check another source, just to be sure.

There are loads of great books about local history (Mooresville and Morgan County, as well as Hendricks County, which is literally on the north edge of town, and some general Hoosier historical texts).  Check them out using your Evergreen Indiana library card.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat
P.S.  About this time each year, I reprise our video recounting the history of the Old Settlers picnic.  Here it is again, like clockwork, I'd venture.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

No Registration Required

Many of the library's programs do NOT require advance registration. Some, however, do. How can you tell which?  Check our online events calendar.  Click the program of interest and see if registration is required. It's as simple as that.  You may register online, call (317) 831-7323, or email us.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Speaking of signing-up for something, "Sign on the Dotted Line," by Gerry Rafferty, appeared on his first solo LP, Can I Have My Money Back? (1971).  Rafferty co-composed the tune with his Stealers Wheel bandmate, Joe Egan.

Broadway Gal Hits the Red Carpet

At the recent American Library Association (ALA)/Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Caldecott 75th anniversary banquet, Broadway Gal, former head of MPL youth services, appeared on the Kidlit Red Carpet wearing her button dress.  Want to see the video?  Naturally.

Broadway Gal Interview on the Kidlit Red Carpet

That wonderful dress will soon be on display at my Library!  Not with Broadway Gal inside, however.  After all, she has work to do at the Indiana State Library. 

Sammy the Toucan, our former early literacy spokescritter, was uncharacteristically quiet in the video, I noticed.  Camera shy?  Hard to imagine, knowing Sammy.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  "Buttons and Bows" (1947), composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, appeared in the movie The Paleface (1948), starring Jane Russell and Bob Hope.  The tune won the Academy Award for best original song.  Dinah Shore's cover (1947) topped Billboard's pop charts in 1948.

Crafty Gal Cleans Up

In her final week of summer early literacy programs, Crafty Gal really cleans up.  No, I mean literally.

Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham
(Read Along With Me, Featuring Miss Michelle @ MPL)

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, by Audrey & Don Wood
(Read Along With Me, Featuring Miss Michelle @ MPL)

Programs are all set for next week!  Visit our online events calendar for details.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's take one of "Splish Splash" (1958), by Bobby Darin.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Almost Henny Penny

"The cows are falling!  The cows are falling!"  Well, it's nearly Henny Penny, if you've read the Chicken Little folktale.

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(Or Click Here--It's Your Call) 

Our friends at Greenwood Public Library will be having the Great Cow Drop fundraiser on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  You know you want a parachuting cow!  They are SO cute and cuddly!  Your $10 donation to GPL entitles you to one of these skydiving dudes, as well as a chance to win some great prizes!  Want to see a prize listMoi, too.

The Lady With the Red Hair will be there selling baskets to raise money for GPL.  I'd go moiself, but it's too far to walk to Greenwood, and I don't have a motor vehicle, although I am an excellent driver.

Your Tenner Helps GPL

C'mon, already!  Pony-up an Alexander H. and grab a skydiving bovine.  Good luck!  I hope you win something cool.  As for moi, I'd settle for some Chick-fil-A carryout.  Just saying, minions.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a promo trailer for the Great Cow Drop from a recent installment of the video series, GPL Buzz, on the GPL YouTube Channel.  This is one of the best public library promotional video series on the Internet.  Subscribe to keep up with their latest news.

P.P.S.  Check out this great promo trailer for a Chick-fil-A franchise.  No cow tipping!  I'm down with that.