Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meet Teen Titan!

Somehow, Miss Megan, our teen outreach librarian, has worked at my library for awhile now without having received her Cauli nickname.  That's quickly remedied.

Meet Teen Titan, our teen librarian!

Our Teen Titan, Miss Megan

Okay, Miss Megan is not actually a teen, but she works with teens.  Plus, she is a titan of teen librarianship!  So the shoe fits, as they say.

Teen Titan is called an outreach librarian because she works at two places--Mooresville Public Library and Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation.  That's, like, two full-time jobs rolled into one!  So she's super busy.  But, fortunately, she has plenty of super-power to keep her going.  She handles all things young adult at the library, creating exciting new programs and activities, developing our teen collections, and doing lots of librarian/teacher stuff at the schools.  So she's like moi, roving around doing wonderful things to educate and motivate our young humans.

Now that she has a nickname, Teen Titan needs a superhero costume.  Maybe her Nerd Club teens can suggest some super ideas.  Every librarian should have a superhero costume.  Just saying.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

We Love Our Volunteers!

Although 2018 National Volunteer Week was last week, we had our annual library volunteer luncheon this past Tuesday in the MPL community room.  We even made a special video celebrating our wonderful volunteers, who make the library a much better place in which to serve our patrons.

National Volunteer Week 2018
by Mooresville Public Library

I'm not considered a real volunteer, since I'm paid in canned tuna-in-oil (a regular, in-kind salaried employee, that's moi), so that's why my photo is absent from the video.  Boss Lady has kindly included it in many displays and signs featuring our volunteers, however.

You, too, can make your life more meaningful (and perhaps get canned tuna-in-oil, like moi) by volunteering at your library.  To volunteer at MPL, call (317) 831-7323 and ask for CircMeister or BizMeister.  (Maybe you should use their actual human names--Miss Virginia or Miss Sharon.)  Teen volunteers should talk with Casey-at-the-Bat (Miss Casey) or Teen Titan (Miss Megan).  You may also learn more by visiting our website's volunteer page.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, April 20, 2018

You Don't Even Have to Leave the Room

Kids and their caregivers may now self-checkout items while they're in my library's youth services department.  They don't even have to leave the room.  All they need are their Evergreen Indiana library cards.  Well, that, and stuff to checkout.  Duh.

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Ready to Go!

This self-checkout kiosk used to be located at our circulation desk, but, as you can see, it's now situated in front of the passageway leading to the restrooms in our youth services department.  It's where the glass case used to be, just to the right of our youth services reference desk.  (If you hit the water fountain, that would probably hurt!  So step back a few paces.)

Thanks to TV's Amanda for taking some great photos for my minions to post on the library's website and social media.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our Patron & Staff Stories for 2018 National Library Week

Last week patrons and staff shared some of their stories for 2018 National Library Week, which we assembled into a couple of videos.

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Thanks, everyone, for participating!

The winner of our NLW raffle is (drum roll, if you please . . .)

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Congratulations to Gary Shelton, who won our Friends of the Library (FOL) sales room romp, in which he may select up to $10 in free merchandise.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It Must Have Been Hysterical

Really careful readers of this blog may remember a digression I made in a posting long ago about Scowl-Face's goose encounter.   It happened ten years ago this month, so it's time for some serious "decade ago" reminiscing.

To reprise my previous posting (2011):

Now let me digress and reveal a really funny story about Scowl-Face and ganders.  Back in April, 2008, Scowl-Face was sneaking off to have lunch by himself at Smokey Bones, without bringing anything back for moi (although, admittedly, I didn't know him then; but Stumpy did).  There was a goose sitting upon eggs in a nest outside the restaurant, and her gander (mate) was chasing employees and customers around the parking lot to protect his family.  Scowl-Face dashed toward the entrance, but the Gander took flight and commenced a strafing run.  Papa Goose landed on Scowl-Face's shoulders, biting and pulling his hair.  According to press reports, Scowl-Face ran around in circles, "squealing like a little girl," according to several witnesses.  Having made his point, the Gander launched himself from his quarry's shoulders and flew at a waitress holding a broom, who also quickly fled.  Ganders, then, are not to be trifled with.  Let that be a lesson to us predators.  Large flying feasts are best left to lions, tigers, and bears, oh, my!

Giving Geese a Goodly Distance Since 1994,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Wide Berth News Bureau

Not sure why I signed my tag-line "since 1994," since I wasn't even alive way back then. I blame my minion editors.

It must have been a hysterical sight. Too bad we don't have any video. It would have gone viral, and Scowl-Face would now be nearly as famous as moi. Fortunately, there are lots of similar videos of such encounters on YouTube, which will give us an approximation of what happened.

Man vs. Goose, by Seth Brannon (2013)

Maybe Scowl-Face should have watched the following video (below) before his encounter.

Geese Attack: How to Protect Yourself, by UPS Launch (2015)

These geese are just acting naturally to protect their mates and young.  You'd do the same if some goofy human came stumbling toward your nest.  So cut these dudes some major slack.  Steer clear, peeps.  Word to the wise, I'll venture.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, April 9, 2018

Share Your Stories for 2018 National Library Week

This is National Library Week (April 8-14, 2018).  In keeping with this year's theme, "Libraries lead!," we're asking patrons (and staff) to share their stories about where the library has led them, as our two promo trailers (videos) below explain.

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If you happen to visit the library this week, please fill-out one of our sharing forms at the display table just inside our front entrance (across from our circulation desk).

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Return these forms to our circulation desk and receive your raffle ticket for our prize, $10 of merchandise from our Friends of the Library (FOL) book sale room.  If you permit us to use your photo in our next video, you'll receive two raffle tickets!  Double your chances to win!  (Library staff are ineligible for prizes.  Sorry.)

Want to complete our sharing form via the Internet?  We've got you covered.

We look forward to hearing about your stories.  I hope one of them has the library leading moi to some canned tuna-in-oil.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat