Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Five Whole Years

Five years ago today (December 19), I started this blog.  (Here's my first post.)  It's been fun, and we've helped folks keep up with what's happening at Mooresville Public Library.  I've written 1,301 blog posts--thanks, minions, for your assistance--but now is a good time to wrap things up.

Officially, I retired last March as the official MPL feline roving reporter, but I've continued to post the occasional article to this blog.  As I review all these postings, I'm amazed at where the journey has taken moi.  I hope you've enjoyed it, too.

I'll leave all my posts up so you can read (or re-read) anything interesting.

To learn more about goings-on at MPL, please visit our online events calendarwebsite, Facebook page, Twitter feed, or YouTube channel.

Five whole years!  It's hard to imagine.

Goodbye, everybody.  Thanks for reading!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, December 14, 2015

I Can See Clearly Now, Pretty Much

On our new outdoor LED sign, the protective white screen cover has been removed, so you may now see our messages more clearly.  Here's a sampling.

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Hoopla is a pretty cool free service

 One of our popular adult programs

Do you remember Max Headroom?  Our T. Rex does

The repaired letter E has been added to "Mooresville" on the sign, too, so now everything's spelled as it should be.

Now all you have to do is watch our outdoor sign to keep up with what's happening at the Library.  You could also visit our website or social media.  Why not do it all?  We have many ways to keep you informed.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a clip from the July 17, 1986 episode of Late Night With David Letterman, in which Dave interviewed Max Headroom.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Dinosaurs Dark-Matter Doom

Did dark matter doom the dinosaurs?  I can't say for sure, since I wasn't around 66 million years ago, but Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University, makes an intriguing argument. That's what my reference librarian minions tell moi.  For a feline, it's frankly beyond my ordinary kitty concerns, but regular humans should find it a stimulating read.  Even Scowl-Face can understand it, so it must be explained really clearly.

Randall's latest science book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe, explores the possibilities. Our book trailer below elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #236
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs:  The Astounding
Interconnectedness of the Universe,
by Lisa Randall

The book is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Since this sort of scenario could happen again, it's probably a good idea to learn what we can about when it happened before.  It probably won't be repeated before suppertime, however, so minions may proceed with getting mine pronto.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

"The Andromeda Cometh," from Andromeda,
by Daniel E. Buckley

"Neon Genesis," from Andromeda,
by Daniel E. Buckley

"Cosmic Liturgy (Doctrine of a New Beginning),"
from Andromeda, by Daniel E. Buckley

P.S.  The Library's composer, whom I call the Music Man, wrote Andromeda, which describes (musically) a collision between the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies.  The music CD and scores are available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Behind the Tricks of the Eyes

Want to learn the secrets to many optical illusions?  (Sure you do.) Discover what's behind the tricks of the eyes?  Well, human eyes, anyway. We felines have better things to do.  Like eat supper. That's your cue, minions.  Canned tuna-in-oil, if you please.  Now would be better.

All you peeps out there probably want to know more about the book to which I was alluding. We've got a book trailer for that.

MPL Book Trailer #235
The New Book of Optical Illusions,
by Georg Rüschemeyer

This wonderfully illustrated book has the story behind many amazing optical illusions.  It's simply mind-boggling how the human brain can interpret ambiguous visual data.  For us kitties, we don't let our minds run amok like that.  When we see strange visual stimuli, we either run and hide, or we curl-up for a nap.  Cognitive dissonance solved.

The book is available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog. Give it a look-see. Don't be surprised if it looks right back at'cha.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  The Music Man, who composes original music for our videos, has written a percussion ensemble with female choir called The Optical Illusion (2014), which is available on music CD (and sheet music) to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.  You heard the first movement (partially) in our book trailer above.  You might enjoy listening to the other two movements, too.  It does for your ears what optical illusions do for your eyes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Not E-xactly, But Clos

It's not E-xactly right, but it's clos.

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Who's That Strange Feline?  Just Asking

Our new outdoor LED sign has been running for a month now, but we just had the lettering installed last Friday.  During installation, the final letter E broke, so "Mooresville" is temporarily misspelled.  (Our librarians know how to spell; we're not idiots.  Well, except Scowl-Face.)

So please bear with us while we await the replacement letter E.  E's are overrated, I'll venture.  Why do we need them?  Put another way:  Why do w* n**d th*m?  Okay, I guess we do.

Meanwhile, you may watch all the important messages sliding across the sign about our upcoming programs, events, and services.  That's the critical part, truly.  But what I really want to know is:  Who is that cat with the glasses?  This library already has a roving reporter.  'Nuff said.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Our Winter Reading Program

Our Winter Reading Program has begun at MPL.  While you're cooped up inside because of the cold weather, you might as well enjoy yourselves and do something useful.  Note to my minions, however:  feed moi first, then read on your own time.  Just saying.

Click Snowperson to See Our Winter Reading Flyer

The program runs from December 1 through January 31.

Questions?  We have librarians for that.  I'm more of a "big-picture" feline boss.

Ask our youth services librarians:
  • Casey at the Bat (i.e., Miss Casey);
  • The Jessinator (i.e., Miss Jess); or
  • The Catbrarian (i.e., Miss Teresa).
or our adult program coordinator:
You may reach any of them at:

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, December 5, 2015

An Elkenfroster Plays a Dulcimer

It would have been really something to have seen a real elkenfroster (what humans call a reindeer) playing a dulcimer at the Library's portion of Mooresville's Victorian Christmas celebration today (December 5).  But real life isn't a Disney cartoon, so we had to have separate events.

Silly Safaris (with Candy Cane Chris) brought the elkenfroster for a meet & greet photo op with our patrons.  Click the photos to bigify.

While that was happening, the Central Indiana Folk Music & Mountain Dulcimer Society performed music in the Library's Grand Hall.

There was a lively turnout, as always for these programs.  If you weren't able to attend this time, there's always next year.  Or you could build a time machine and travel to the past to see previous celebrations.  Or you could just look at some photos I've posted from past events.  It's your call.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Our Slobberdog Christmas Display

The Decorinator has brought out her slobberdog Christmas display.  As always, click the photos to bigify.

That slobberdog knows a comfy spot to nap--right next to the faux fireplace.  I'd lie there moiself, but I'm not allowed in the public areas of the library (actually, I'm not even supposed to come inside, but sometimes I do, even so).  Anyway, it's faux fire, so there's no actual warmth (but there is psychological warmth).  Not that our slobberdog would notice the difference.

This is probably my favorite display of the Decorinator's.  "Flat" Cauli, however, is scared of it.  Here's why.

Today (December 5) is Mooresville's Victorian Christmas celebration, so this would be a nice day to visit.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the complete version of Christmas Time is Here Again!, by the Beatles (1967).