Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas at the Zoo

Last Friday my minions, "Flat" Cauli III, and I visited the Indianapolis Zoo for its annual Christmas celebration.  We took some photos of the wonderful light displays and wild critters.

Spectacular lights all around the zoo

It's Morgan the Library Bunny (in lights)

A "Glow Bear" (all lit up)

Mr. Walrus is all set to go (green light, you see)

Hanging out with the petting sharks
Use just two fingers to pet them
(Avoid the head, tail,or fins)

Chillin' with the Penguins

"Flat" Cauli III takes a breather on a park bench

Steer clear of Western Cottonmouth Snakes (they're poisonous)

We had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting the Indianapolis Zoo again soon.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Cheer From MPL

We at Mooresville (Indiana) Public Library hope you and your families are enjoying the holidays.  Here is our custom-made Christmas card for our patrons.  Click to bigify the card (below).

Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan have a special Christmas video to share with all our early literacy patrons.

Enjoy your holiday festivities!  Say hello to Uncle Joe and Aunt Jane for moi.  (Doesn't every family have one of each?)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

L is for Litterbox, Miss Jaymi

Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan have posted their latest early literacy video featuring the Letter L.  Of course, I was wondering why the Letter L didn't stand for litterbox.  Well, such things are important to us felines.

Literacy, of course, starts with an L, and you won't find a better early literacy blog on the Internet than Miss Jaymi and Toucan Sammy's.  Be sure to visit their blog for more great literacy information.  You know the way there.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Girl of the Limberlost

Have you read A Girl of the Limberlost, by Gene Stratton-Porter?  If you're a 'Tween (ages 10-14) or a Young Adult (ages 13-18) or even a grown-up (do numbers go that high?), and if you like romance and the beauty of nature, then you may enjoy this book of personal determination amidst blossoming love.

Did you know that Gene Stratton-Porter was a Hoosier author?  Sometimes it's fun to read books by people who, like us, grew up (or lived) in Indiana.  Their real-life experiences creep into their fictional plots, and, if the books are non-fiction, then, of course, they contain factual information.  Stratton-Porter wrote both fiction and non-fiction (primarily naturalist books).

Our Library has A Girl of the Limberlost in our Evergreen Indiana online catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rachel's Star-Crossed Love

Rachel is an orphan from Nashville, Tennessee, during the American Civil War (1861-1865).  She has moved to the Tennessee mountains to live with her grandparents, and it is a difficult adjustment for a city teenager (even in the 1860s).  Now she has an added complication:  she has fallen in love.  Usually, that's a good thing, but the fella is a Union army soldier.  She lives in Confederate Tennessee.  Not an ideal romance, to be sure.  (That's why they're "star-crossed" lovers, because larger forces, over which the couple has no control, interfere with their love.)

Listen For Rachel, by Lou Kassem (Avon Books, 1986), is full of romantic hopes, dreams, and, sadly, tears.  But it is mostly a tale of a young girl maturing into womanhood, and we (well, we girls, anyway) can relate to that.  For boys, it can be an exciting read, what with all that Civil War stuff going on.

You may find this book in our online Evergreen Indiana catalog, on which you may place a hold, if you have an E.I. library card.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mandy's Belonging Place

If you enjoyed The Secret Garden and The Velvet Room, then Mandy, by Julie Andrews Edwards, is sure to please.  If you have ever felt out-of-place, lonely, and needing to find out where you belong, then you will understand Mandy's struggles living in an orphanage, and the joys she experiences when she discovers her own private refuge.

Sanctuary comes with a price, however.  Mandy must learn to trust others, as well as herself, and to find that special place inside her heart, where she will always feel safe and belonging.  It's not easy to do, either in novels or in real life.  We sympathize with Mandy and understand what she's going through.  We, too, know what it's like to feel alone, even when surrounded by throngs of people.  But feeling alone doesn't mean that we are without friends and loved ones, as Mandy soon discovers.

Readers between the ages of 9-12 should enjoy this book.  Young adults, too, may be able to relate to the characters and their trials and tribulations.  Adults will appreciate the emotional honesty. Consult our Evergreen Indiana online catalog to place a hold on a copy of this fine book, or visit our Library to check-out a copy.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New 68 Rooms Adventure

Fans of The Sixty-Eight Rooms will be mighty excited about the sequel, which should arrive on store bookshelves next month (January, 2012). Once again, author Marianne Malone and illustrator Greg Call explore the magical mysteries of the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Created by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s, these miniature masterpieces are exact replicas of historical rooms in every minute detail.

If you missed the first book in the series, we've got a book trailer about it.

Now, on with the sequel!

In Stealing Magic: a Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2012), Ruthie and Jack discover that someone else has apparently learned the Thorne Rooms' secrets and is stealing miniature treasures.  How can they stop the thief?  The magical key shrinks them, as we recall from the first book, but there is time travel involved in the sequel, and the magical key has gone missing!  Stolen, too, I'm thinking.

Without the key, how will Ruthie and Jack recover the Thorne treasures, help their new friends (you meet a lot of interesting people when you travel through time to Paris in 1937 and to South Carolina before the Civil War), capture the thief, and return home?  There's plenty of adventure, and readers ages 9-12 will enjoy it immensely. Young adults, whom we used to call teenagers, should also find it engaging.  Adults, too, will find this a captivating read.  It is a worthy sequel to The Sixty-Eight Rooms.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Design Paper Airplanes

Members of the Library's Girls' and Boys' Adventure Clubs will be learning to make paper airplanes next Monday (12/12/11) and the following Monday (12/19/11).

Have you ever made a paper airplane?  Looks like fun!

Basic, common paper airplane design

Lightning-fast speed demon design

The hat makes it all work

Good paper airplane designs fly well.  Bad designs?  Well, not so much.


Do we have any good books about paper airplane designing?  You bet!

Got an Evergreen Indiana Library Card?

The Kids' Guide to Paper Airplanes, by Christopher L. Harbo (Mankato, Minn. : Capstone Press, 2009) provides designs and instructions to craft many different paper airplane styles.  It is simple and straightforward.

Remember that most paper airplanes have sharp, pointy edges, particularly at the front, so be careful where and when you fly them.  Safety first!  Make sure that spectators are well out of harm's way.  Then let 'er go!  See what happens.  It's paper, so you can experiment with different designs and reuse ones that don't work as well as others.

If you'd like to find out how you can join the Library's Girls' and Boys' Adventure Clubs, you should call (or have your grown-up call) the MPL Youth Services Department at (317) 831-7323.  You could also email us.  If you'd like to register to attend these paper airplane workshops, you may use our online calendar.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lithuanian Pronunciations

We're practicing our Lithuanian pronunciations of the names of our visiting friends, "Flat" Dovydas, "Flat" Geidre, and "Flat" AistéClick here to see how well we're doing.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Flat" Geidre, and the Letter K k, Too

This week "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas, from Lukšiai, Lithuania, has been visiting our Library, and we've blogged about his adventures. Wild Thang (Miss Jaymi) and Sammy the Toucan also had two other Lithuanian friends visiting: namely, "Flat" Geidre, and ... Wait! Let's make her a surprise guest! It's like a mystery story! You'll have to watch Wild Thang's (Miss Jaymi's) and Toucan Sammy's latest video to find out who she is.

Watch for "Flat" Geidre (and her "surprise" "Flat" classmate) in this week's Explore to Learn: Early Literacy Fun blog and video, which, by the way, cover the Letter K k.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, December 5, 2011

"Flat" Dovydas' Library Visit (Part 2)

Click here to read more about our visit with our new Lithuanian friend, "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas.  There are plenty of photos that I hope you will enjoy, plus lots of details about our recent adventures at the Library and around Mooresville, Indiana.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mooresville's Victorian Christmas Celebration

If you missed the Victorian Christmas Celebration in downtown Mooresville, Indiana yesterday, you're in luck!  I took a bunch of digital photographs, and you can see them in my "grown-up" blog, Cat's Eye View (at MPL).  Just click the hyperlinks below:

Our new Lithuanian friend, "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas, really enjoyed seeing all the sights, sounds, and excitement at the festivities.  Plus there was great food!  We all had great fun.

Remember to visit all the wonderful shops in downtown Mooresville, as well as all the businesses in town.  You will be amazed at all the interesting things you can find.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Flat" Dovydas' Travel Video

This past Thursday I blogged about "Flat" Dovydas Balčiūnas, our visitor from Vincas Grybas Gymnasium, in Lukšiai, Lithuania.  Being a world traveler (or traveller, as the British would spell it), I thought it only fitting that "Flat" Dovydas have his own video.  We hope you enjoy it.  We had a lot of fun making it!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat