Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Santa's Workshop in Our Elevator?!

The Decorinator and BizMeister were busy yesterday decorating up a storm at the library.  Click the photos to bigify them.

At our Youth Services entryway

You're the present!

That's a crawl-through box.  You're the present, you see.  Let moi demonstrate.

Who could ask for a better present?  Just saying.

Guess whose workshop is inside our elevator!

I can see you're skeptical.  So here's the proof!

Santa with two of his helpers, "Flat" Cauli and "Flat" Dovydas

It must be like the Doctor's TARDIS--bigger on the inside than the outside.

I don't think patrons are allowed to take the elevator to Santa's workshop.  It would spoil the surprises Santa will be bringing for Christmas.  So best to just imagine.

Of course, I've taken the elevator, but, then, we journalists have access to such things.  Power of the press, and all that.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Bob Trifecta

What's better than Bob at the library's circulation desk?  Try tripling, and you've got a Bob trifecta.

Three Bobs Better, by Amanda Farnsworth

Some of the library's staff dressed-up for Halloween yesterday, and so we had not one, not two, but three Bobs assisting patrons.  Click the photos (below) to bigify.

Will the real Bob please stand up?

Smarties can fix anything!

Certified Bob Tough

The Three Bobs consult their note cards

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.

Clip from the Three Stooges short film, Men in Black (1934)

By the way, this classic Three Stooges short was nominated for an Academy Award.  It was a parody of the movie Men in White (1934), starring Clark Gable.

Clip from the movie ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

The Sinking of the Reuben James, by the Chad Mitchell Trio

M.T.A., by the Kingston Trio

Pretty good company there, Three Bobs.  May you need a catchier name, though.  How about:
  • The Trio Bob G.
  • Three Bobs Better
  • Circulation Trifecta
  • Thrice Gillilands
  • Joyce's Worst Nightmare
The library's Miss Joyce can explain that last one.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Hold the phone!  Three-Bob (Miss Kathleen) has just called to tell moi that Two-Bob (Miss Catherine) already created their group name:  The Bob Squad.  Hmmmmmm....  Sounds somewhat famililar.

Opening & closing credits to the TV series, The Mod Squad (1968-73)

Copyright infringement?  Only if the Bobs are also Mods.

P.P.S.  Although the Chad Mitchell Trio's cover of The Sinking of the Reuben James is excellent, we still really like Woody Guthrie's original version.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Oliver Gives Paws Up to "Mouse's First Halloween"

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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.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Decorinator & BizMeister Get Spooky

The Decorinator and BizMeister get spooky with their new decorations at the library's youth services entrance.

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That bat looks like Batman's batarang.  Just saying.

Surely, I don't look like that

Be safe on Halloween, little humans (and felines)

One of the many ghosts that haunt my library

There's another one!

With a special crawl-through place for our kiddy patrons

While you're at the library, be sure to take a peek at our other Halloween-related decorations and displays.  We have loads of scary books to read!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, September 14, 2018

Recommended Spooky Reading

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.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Watch Where You're Standing

My library has a new display, even though October is still a couple of weeks away.

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Paranormal phenomena have occurred throughout the library, as our website and our online brochure explain.

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Of course, we have a video about it.

MPL Promo Trailer (2017)
Is the Library Haunted?
by Mooresville Public Library

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.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Help Reunite the NYPL Lions

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.

Moi with Patience (or is it Fortitude?)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Power of Love Makes True Feline Heroes

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.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Learn How to Make Your Very Own Movie!

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.)

Minions, make with the photos.

We look forward to seeing you at the program!

Psssssst!  Mr. Witherspoon.  If you ever need a composer to score any of your projects, we have one you might like (see him on Facebook, Reverbnation, website, and free music scores).  He has composed the soundtracks to almost all of the library's over 850 videos on the MPL YouTube channel.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's the official international teaser trailer for Submerge:  Echo 51.
Submerge: Echo 51 OFFICIAL International Teaser Trailer from DV Entertainment Pictures on Vimeo.