Since 2010, Cauli Le Chat, feline roving reporter for Mooresville Public Library (Mooresville, Indiana), has reported all things interesting to cats (and humans) happening at the library. Related stories from across the state (and beyond) are also included.
There are a few inside jokes here. Bob Prime jots questions on note cards when he needs to consult colleagues or patrons. He also distributes Smarties candies to our younger patrons visiting the circulation desk. So Bobs two and three do the same. It's like that thing where like electrical charges will converge upon the least resistant conductive pathways. (Actually, I just made that up. Or is it an actual thing? Or not? How would I know? I'm no electrical engineer.)
A tasty treat, for sure
Since we now have three Bobs, there are some natural comparisons that come to mind.
Oliver, Boss Cat at the Clinton (Indiana) Public Library (CPL), recommended a wonderful children's board book called Mouse's First Halloween, by Lauren Thompson (illustrated by Buket Erdogan). Ashley Wolfe read the book aloud in an episode of CPL's award-winning Story Time Anytime! video series, available to watch below (and on CPL's YouTube channel).
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This video was awarded (just now, as you're reading this) the coveted Cauli Le Chat statuette of feline excellence given in the category of best library educational video production. There's a cute trophy and everything. Well, there's a picture of a trophy. Close enough for moi.
My minions and I are definitely looking forward to watching more installments of Story Time Anytime! We enjoy readalouds, as you can see from our YouTube channel (click here and here).
Great job, Oliver and company! Say, if you need any free music for your video soundtracks, we have our own composer who's willing to share. Just saying.
Is it too early to recommend some spooky reading? Halloween is just around the corner. Well, some corner, somewhere. It might be forty blocks away, but the weather is fine, and the walking will do you good.
Take a peek at our early scary book displays at the library. Minions, make with the digital snaps.
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What's in that glass-topped table?
The book covers include the items' call numbers and shelving locations, so finding these should be easy. Ask our staff to help. They could use the exercise.
We have lots of other spooky reads available to checkout. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. Scowl-Face, too. Well, probably. You may always browse our book trailer playlists that feature horror/supernatural fiction or paranormal nonfiction.
During your next visit to the library, see if you can find all the haunted spots shown in the brochure. Maybe something out of the ordinary will happen to you. Only watch where you stand. There may be a disembodied spirit taking up that space.
The New York Public Library lions, Patience and Fortitude, have been greeting patrons since 1911. When Patience disappears, Fortitude must search the library high and low before sunrise, when they both must return to their pedestals. Can you help them be reunited?
MPL Book Trailer #464
Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude
by Josh Funk (illustrated by Stevie Lewis)
This delightful children's picture book will entertain young readers while they help Fortitude search for his lost friend, learning about the New York Public Library along the way.
If you ever have a chance to meet the lions in person, you should. They are quite an impressive pair! I met them at the end of 2011, as I previously blogged. Buffalo Gal took my picture and everything.
In 1996, a mother cat gave birth to a litter of five kittens in an abandoned Brooklyn building. (That's Brooklyn, New York, not Brooklyn, Indiana, which is just a few miles south of my hometown, Mooresville.) While out foraging, Mama returned to find the building engulfed in flames. As firefighters battled the blaze, Mama entered the smoke-filled, burning structure and retrieved her kittens and carried them to safety. She was severely burned and injured but survived, as did her entire family (although one kitten later succumbed to an illness).
Called Scarlett by workers as the North Shore Animal League, she was adopted by Karen Wellen, and two other families adopted her surviving kittens, as this video below explains.
"Scarlett the Cat" (2013) by Khai Darulnaim
Several books were published about Scarlett and her heroism, including Hero Cat (2006), a children's picture book written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen. Our book trailer gives a brief summary.
MPL Book Trailer #462
Hero Cat, by Eileen Spinelli
(illustrated by Jo Elen McAllister Stammen)
Scarlett passed in 2008 from natural causes. She represented the finest feline qualities, demonstrating that the power of motherly love can overcome any obstacle. I never had the privilege of meeting her or her kittens, but her example shines as a reminder that there is a hero kitty inside us all, to be called upon in our times of crisis.
Have you ever wanted to make your very own movie but don't know where to start? Then we've got an upcoming program that you certainly won't want to miss.
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On Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the library's community room, film director and screenwriter Demetrius Witherspoon will be sharing his experiences (and secrets) in making and financing motion pictures. Mr. Witherspoon is CEO of DV Entertainment Pictures, which has produced the Submerge movie series. For those playing along at home, that's these:
Submerge: The Chronicles of Ni're
Submerge: Ni're Reborn
Submerge: Echo 51
Submerge: Galaxy of Subversion (currently in development)
My library has DVD copies of Submerge: Echo 51 and Submerge: Ni're Reborn, as well as the novelization of Submerge: Echo 51, available to checkout with your Evergreen Indiana library card.
We've got a nice display across from our circulation desk. On the mannequin is the official "behind-the-scenes" movie crew t-shirt and one of the actual props used by characters in the film. We even have a movie poster signed by Mr. Witherspoon! The library's own Miss Catherine, whom I call The Couturier Kid, worked on costuming for Submerge: Echo 51 (see our previous blog post for details). The Decorinator and BizMeister created the display topper. That's a galaxy. It's pretty cool. (Thanks, Couturier Kid, for letting us borrow the mannequin, t-shirt, and prop.)