Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Decorinator Monkeys Around

The Decorinator and BizMeister are monkeying around again.

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That Monkey Has a Halo

This fun and exciting crawl-through into and from my library's youth services department should get lots of traffic.  Little humans just love climbing around.  We felines, of course, are more selective in where we go.  Usually, food or a comfy spot are involved.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Of course, our musical closer must be The Monkees, here singing "Pleasant Valley Sunday" from an episode of their television series (second season, 1967).  The song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

High Praise, Indeed

My library's YouTube channel just received high praise, indeed, from a national blog.  Now Scowl-Face will be impossible to live with.  Here's what his head looks like (with ego inflated):

Actor Lance Fuller (1928-2001) in the movie This Island Earth (1955),

Anybody out there have a smartphone app that makes people's heads look bigger?  I've got a photo of Scowl-Face upon which to experiment.  Just saying.

We need to release some of that ego pressure from Scowl-Face's noggin.  This should do the trick.

Congratulations, MPL, on your video success.  Now, let's get serious.  Somebody needs lunch.  Hop to it, minions.  Those cans of tuna-in-oil don't open themselves.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Meet Captain Book

Meet the official mascot of my library's youth services department.

Meet Captain Book, by Mooresville Public Library
(click arrow above to play video)

What about moi?, you may ask.  Why am I not the official youth services mascot?  For starters, I am the library's official feline roving reporter (retired), which is much higher on the food chain than a mere mascot.  So the captain can do that--it's okay by moi.  I'm just relieved that I'm not being replaced.

TV's Amanda did a great job introducing Captain Book in that promo trailer (video).  She's a natural talent, given her family's television background.

What will Captain Book be doing at the library?  You'll have to drop by to find out!  What am I, a social secretary?  Not!

Seriously, the captain will be doing lots of fun things with TV's Amanda in her children's programs.  Those superpowers will come in handy once programming resumes on Monday, January 29.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Welcome, TV's Amanda

UPDATE:  Anthony Woodside wrote a very nice article about TV's Amanda in the Mooresville-Decatur Times, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at pages A1-A7.

Let's welcome my library's new youth services librarian, TV's Amanda (TVA for short).  See if you can guess of which television series she's a big fan.

Amanda Meets the Bibliotarians, by Mooresville Public Library
(Promo Trailer)

As you can see, TV's Amanda knows how to have some fun.

Longtime readers know that I give all my colleagues nicknames, and TV's Amanda is no exception.  Why "TV's Amanda"?  Well, avid fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) know that Frank Conniff played a character called TV's Frank, because he was a "sidekick" (or, as he called it, "second banana") of Dr. Clayton Forrester, the "mad scientist" on the show who forced Joel Robinson (and, later, Mike Nelson) and the 'Bots to watch the worst movies ever made.  That's not why I'm calling her TV's Amanda, though.  She's nobody's second banana.  No offense, Frank.  (Now, push the button, Frank.)

I call our new youth services librarian TV's Amanda because her ancestor was a pioneer inventor and developer of early television.  That's so cool!  Television must be part of her DNA.  If so, does she get better reception when she holds her arms up like she's a football referee signalling a touchdown?  Just asking.

TV's Amanda will be handling our early literacy (preschool) children's programs, as well as homeschool and elementary school aged programs.  Here's a list of what's coming at the end of January.  You may also look over our online events calendar to see upcoming programs.

I'm glad to have TV's Amanda as my newest minion.  Just a view pointers, TVA.  Feeding times for moi are pretty much whatever it says on the clock.  Canned tuna-in-oil is my favorite.  Also, I like back scratches but not so much tummy rubs.  Although you may work for Casey at the Bat and Boss Lady, you really work for everyone's favorite feline roving reporter.  I may be retired, but I'm still a cat.

It's great to have you on board, TV's Amanda.  Now get to work.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Let's watch TV's Frank from an episode of MST3K.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Lady RaDA Rides Off

My library's technical services director, whom I call Lady RaDA, is riding off to new territories in faraway lands.  Cue the sunset.  Actually, she's not heading west, but north, to another Evergreen Indiana library.

This is how we all feel right now:

We Sooooo Sad!

Lady RaDA was the most experienced cataloger Mooresville Public Library has ever had.  What's more, she developed a wide range of traditionally reference librarian skills, as well as substantial library administrative talents, that frankly makes her library director material.  While at MPL, she became a professor to graduate library students at one of the country's premiere library schools and made (and continues to make) her mark on the Evergreen Indiana cataloging committee.  During her nearly four years at MPL, she has introduced and refined many significant improvements in a wide range of duties.  She is, simply, irreplaceable, and her preeminent standard of excellence will be exceedingly difficult to match.  What a daunting challenge for whomever Boss Lady hires to fill Lady RaDA's staff position.

Since we all know Scowl-Face isn't up to that challenge, we're going to need to find an outstanding cataloger out there in libraryland who wants to join my minions.  We'll probably be posting a job description and what-not on our website sometime soon, so I won't go into details, which is especially good, since nobody has told me anything about it.  I was official MPL feline roving reporter, after all, so I'm feeling a tad bit snubbed.

Our best wishes go with Lady RaDA as she begins this new career adventure.  We will all miss her terribly.  But our loss is their gain.  We hope her new library appreciates what they are getting.  If not, I'll go over there and use their Boss Dude's legs as a scratching post.  I may be retired, but I've still got really sharp claws.

See you later, alligator.  After while, crocodile.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  In 1956 Bill Haley & His Comets released "See You Later, Alligator," written by Robert Charles Guidry, better known as Bobby Charles.