Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Welcome, TV's Amanda

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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

The World's First Notary PAWblic

Folks visit my Library for the wonderful services we provide, such as our notary public service.  Our three notaries public are available (assuming they're scheduled to work) to notarize your signature(s) FREE of charge!  Just ask for Lady RaDA, Scowl-Face, or BizMeister.  Well, you'd better not call them by my nicknames--just ask for Sandra, Bill, or Sharon, and our circulation staff will find them, no matter how carefully they've hidden in the stacks.

Click image (above) to learn more

Now, it occurs to moi that this is such a terrific service that I should be involved.  What'd be better than having free notarizations from a celebrity feline roving reporter?  Certainly, it would be a conversation-starter at parties.

Obviously, I wouldn't be eligible to be a notary public, as such, since Indiana law implies that such public officials must be human.  To us non-humans, that seems like a silly requirement, but people make laws, not felines, so I guess we know where we stand (or curl up).  But there's no law against my being a Notary PAWblic.  In fact, I can become one simply by way of my own executive declaration:

WHEREAS, I am a world-famous feline adored by humans far and wide; and
WHEREAS, I have four paws; and
WHEREAS, I can ink one of those paws and place it upon human's written documents to validate their signatures, provided I'm in the mood, and I get proper treats afterwards; and
WHEREAS, everyone who knows moi will tell you how honest I am; and
WHEREAS, this service is PAWSitively adorable.


1.  Cauli Le Chat is hereby empowered to serve as a Notary PAWblic for library patrons; and
2.  A notarization by Cauli Le Chat has no legal effect whatsoever.

Ordered this 29th day of December, 2017, by

Cauli Le Chat
Official MPL Feline Roving Reporter (Retired)

That certainly sounds legal enough.  (Scowl-Face insists that I emphasize that it's not.)  Now for my official Notary PAWblic seal.  Minions, make with the fancy:

Mighty official-looking, I'll venture
(click to bigify)

Ol' Scowlly also said I had to type void on my seal so it couldn't be used by unauthorized kitties (or other critters).

So, all you peeps out there--if you need something notarized, you've now got a feline option.  Of course, if you want that notarization to actually mean something, then you'd better ask for our human notaries instead.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here's a funny video called Noter Republic (2010) from Justin Neal on Vimeo.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Crawl Under Our Flipperwaddler

The Decorinator and BizMeister have once again created a charming interactive decoration at the front of our youth services department.  Like the others, this one is a "crawl-through" for our younger patrons.  More like a "crawl-under," I'll venture.

 It's a Flipperwaddler!

 Humans call them penguins

 I wonder if there's an egg under there?

It's crawl-ready, youngsters!

Actually, in my previous blog posts, I've called them penguins more often than flipperwaddlers.  I blame my editor, Scowl-Face.  He's usually responsible for anything wrong.

Our kiddy patrons just love crawling around on the floor through these artistic displays leading into youth services.  I've walked through a few moiself, so I can vouch for the fun.

Great job, Decorinator and BizMeister!

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,
Cauli Le Chat

P.S.  Here are a couple of our videos (a readaloud and a book trailer) featuring the children's classic chapter book, Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard & Florence Atwater.

 Casey-at-the-Bat (i.e., Ms. Casey) Reads a Chapter
From Mr. Popper's Penguins (2015)

 MPL Book Trailer #108

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Surely I Don't Look Like That

The Decorinator and BizMeister have just put-up our October decorations around the library.  'Tis the season to be Halloweeny, to be sure.  The decorations are wonderful, as always, but I have to take issue with a few of them.

Surely, I don't look like the felines in these photos!  (As always, click the pictures to bigify them.)

That's Not Moi

Not Moi, Neither

Definitely Not Moi with Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty

Cute, But Still Misses the Mark

We black kitties are NOT always arching our backs and hissing-and-spitting, I hope you know.  I understand the reputation black cats have, especially around this time of year--it's an unfair stereotype (just ask the ancient Egyptians)--but we need to fight against unfair stereotypes, right, librarians?  Or should I play this game, too?

Deux Can Play At This Game, Librarians!

All Dolled Up For Work, Barbie?

Right Back At'cha, Shush Lady

Some of our old favorites have a new look.

Hank & Willy Are Ready For Trick-or-Treating

Haunted Kiddy Crossthrough Is New!

It should be another fun month at the library.  We've got several Halloween-themed programs happening later in October, so visit our online events calendar to see dates and times.

Remember--if you see a black cat crossing your path, it means s/he is going somewhere.  Black cats always bring good luck to everyone who knows them.  Just ask all of my library colleagues and friends.

Your (Retired) Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat