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Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Library Rewards Follow-up

Last month I blogged about our new program, My Library Rewards.  We've got a new promo trailer about it.

My Library Rewards Promo Trailer #2, by MPL

Thanks to T. Rex, we now have a dedicated computer at the circulation desk at which patrons may register their Evergreen Indiana library card numbers to earn library rewards from area businesses with each item checked-out from MPL.  We've got brochures, handouts, signs, and other helpful materials scattered all around the Library explaining the benefits you'll enjoy and providing step-by-step instructions to sign-up.

Click Logo (Above) to Register

Want to see some of the rewards you could be earning?  Visit the My Library Rewards website and type 46158 into the "Rewards Near" line.

Boss Lady said that MPL is the first Library in the United States (maybe even the whole world) that is piloting the My Library Rewards program.  They must have selected us because of moi.  Some things are just obvious.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Those Books Just Won't Sit Still

I recently blogged about our new Wowbrary email newsletter.  If you sign-up, you'll know about our latest books, movies, and music before most other folks.  That means you can place holds on them (the items, not the folks) early, so you'll be able to check-out stuff sooner.  After all, those books (and other materials) won't just sit quietly on the shelves waiting for you to meander into the stacks.  Our promo trailer elaborates.

Wowbrary Promo Trailer, by MPL

See what I mean?  Better sign-up for Wowbrary newsletters (click the logo below) and then grab those books before they waltz right out of here.

So Click It Already!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's some of our latest items to check-out.  Click the book covers (below) to jump to our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Forma Dat Esse

Form gives being, so says the Latin legal maxim (forma dat esse).  (You can look it up [see my postscript].)  That's true, for example, when a statute requires a contract to be in a particular form to be enforceable [District of Columbia v. Bailey, 171 U.S. 161 (1898)]. There's a reason lawyers are such sticklers for particular language in legal documents. Poorly phrased legal instruments may end up worth less than the paper they used to be printed upon.

This is why you should always consult attorneys when you have a legal quandary involving any significant sums of money.  Of course, that can be expensive.  What about finding your own legal forms online?  Most websites charge a bundle to download them.  But, now, finally, my Library lends a paw to help folks who need free downloadable, editable legal forms.

Gale Indiana Legal Forms Database

Use your MPL-issued Evergreen Indiana library card number to log-in, and then browse the hundreds of Indiana-specific legal forms available to download and fill-in.  The database covers many areas of the law--powers of attorney, wills, trusts, contracts, divorce, bankruptcy, real estate, incorporation, name change, landlord/tenant, affidavits--you name it, there's probably a legal form here somewhere.  Plus, there are many sample letters you can adapt to your own purposes.  This is the best legal forms database available at my Library.  Okay, it's the only one available, but, still.  Hey, free is good.

Scowl-Face says you should still consult an attorney concerning your legal matters.  He has to say that.  He says I do, too.  Also, that I'm not providing legal advice in this blog.  Just saying.

Take a peek at these legal forms.  The right words make all the difference in court.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Blacks Law Dictionary 586 (West 5th ed., 1979); District of Columbia v. Bailey, 171 U.S. 161 (1898).

What's All the Hoopla?

What's all the hoopla about this new database subscription my Library has undertaken?


'Nuff said.  Pretty much.

Seriously, what does this Hoopla do, exactly?  There's a video for that.

"Librarian's Life: A Day With Hoopla," by Hoopla Digital

Now, that's how to make a good promo trailer.  Scowl-Face, take note.

Simply log-in using your MPL-issued Evergreen Indiana library card number and start streaming or downloading movies, TV shows, music albums, and more.  When does the fun begin?  Our subscription starts in March, 2015.  So does Spring. Coincidence?  Read the book.

All jokes aside, Hoopla promises to be a wonderful database for our patrons.  I can't wait to use it!  Well, have my minions use it for moi.  Same thing, really.

Stay tuned to our website for further developments.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Starship released its album Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985), from which the hit single, "We Built This City," was taken.  Eighties glam-rock.  Grab a synthesizer and join-in.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Our 2014 Cauli-cott Medal Winner

Congratulations (or, should I say, concatulations) to local writer/illustrator Jeff Terry, recipient of the 2014 Cauli-cott Medal for best illustrated children’s work by a Morgan County, Indiana author/artist.  Jeff's children’s picture book, Reef Cuttlefish, the first title in the author’s Predators Underwater series, earned him this coveted honor.

Reef Cuttlefish and several other delightful books by Jeff are available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.  It's also available to purchase from

Click Images to Bigify

Now Available to Checkout From

Jeff's on a roll.  He also received our 2013 Cauli-cott Award, as we discussed in a previous blog post.

Great job, Jeff!  Your books are wonderfully illustrated and are engaging reading (or reading aloud to youngsters).  Reef Cuttlefish is a welcome addition to our juvenile nonfiction collection.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Sparkle the Designer Cat (2002-2014) coined the term concatulations, as used, for example, in this blog post by Summer Samba.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Fans of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) (1988-1999) will immediately recognize this movie quote:  "Wowie-wow-wow!"  (Apologies to Arch Hall, Jr.).  Need a further hint?

Yep.  Pretty Much.

The dialogue ("Watch out for snakes!" and "Wowie-wow-wow!") comes from MST3K episode #506, Eegah! (1962), a "monster movie" in which teen rocker Tom Nelson (played by Arch Hall, Jr.) reacts to his well-dressed girlfriend, Roxy Miller (played by Marilyn Manning) by speaking the "Wowie" line.  The film revolves around a prehistoric giant (played by Richard Kiel).  For the uninitiated, MST3K riffed bad movies like this (i.e., made jokes while the movie was playing).

Anyway, I mention the line because my Library now has Wowbrary.  (All together now.) Wowie-wow-wow!  See, it's fun to say and hear.  Well, maybe not so much.

Click to Visit Our Wowbrary Web Page

Wowbrary is an email newsletter to which our patrons may subscribe to keep abreast of all the latest books, movies, and music my Library has available to checkout.  Patrons click the book/DVD/CD covers shown in the email (or in "widgets" on our website and social media), and they will jump to our Evergreen Indiana (E.I.) online catalog, where they may place holds upon desired items or see which E.I. libraries have available copies.

Want to see what the Wowbrary email newsletter looks like?  Sure you do.

Here's what the "widget" looks like on our website and social media:

Click the Book Covers (Above) to Jump to

Click the marquee below to sign-up for our Wowbrary email newsletters.

Click Marquee to Sign-Up

Now you will know all the great new books, movies, and music that we add to our catalog each week.  I think Arch Hall, Jr. would approve.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the famous "watch out for snakes!" line from Eegah! (1962), as riffed by the MST3K gang.  (Visit the official MST3K YouTube Channel for more fun film riffing.)

P.P.S.  Here's Arch Hall, Jr. (playing the character Tom Nelson) in the movie Eegah! (1962), singing to Marilyn Manning (playing his girlfriend, Roxy Miller).  It's heavily riffed in the MST3K version, but this clip was taken from the original.  It's kinda sweet, in a teenager-kind of way.  Teen audiences who saw this film over 50 years ago could relate.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Five years ago today, my Library launched our YouTube channel.

Five years later, our videos have been viewed over half a million times.  What's our current viewership total?  Glad you asked.

Click Image to Bigify

We currently have 520 videos uploaded.  Want to see our first?

MPL Book Trailer #1 (uploaded Jan. 9, 2010)
True Ghost Stories, by the Marchioness Townshend
of Raynham & Maude ffoulkes

Here's a promo trailer we uploaded on Christmas Day a couple of weeks ago (featuring "Flat" Cauli V).

My Library Rewards Promo Trailer, by MPL

We probably wouldn't have made any of these videos had it not been for Broadway Gal, who, a few days before we set-up our YouTube channel, asked Scowl-Face to create a book trailer (our first one, above) to go along with one of her book trailers she was showing during a guest lecture at (as it used to be called) the Indiana University School of Library & Information Science in Indianapolis.  Let's reprise our tribute video to Broadway Gal, who was formerly our youth services director (2007-2012).

Our Tribute to Miss Suzanne, by MPL (Oct. 5, 2012)

Broadway Gal, who is now the Professional Development Office (PDO) Supervisor at the Indiana State Library, is returning (with her parrot pal, Sammy the Toucan) to videos at ISL. Here's an exclusive interview.  To see some of Sammy & Broadway Gal's videos when they worked at MPL, here's their playlist.

Miss Suzanne & Sammy the Toucan Video Playlist, by MPL

Thanks to all our video viewers over the past half-decade.  We hope you've enjoyed them.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat