Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My New Theme Song (Karaoke Style)

Did you know I have a new theme song?  You'll want to hear it, I'm sure.


This is a karaoke-style video, with the lyrics written on the pictures (the lyrics are also available on my other blog).  The soundtrack doesn't have anyone singing the lyrics--it's just instrumental music--so you're supposed to sing along.  My song, "I Pawed a Blog," is a parody of "I Fought the Law," by Sonny Curtis (of the Crickets) (1959) and most famously recorded by the Bobby Fuller Four (1966).  If you're not familiar with the rhythms of the original song, listen to these recordings to get a good sense of how the words are sung.  That's the way to sing the lyrics to my theme song.





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Cauli Le Chat

Monday, November 21, 2011

Victorian Christmas is Coming!

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Mooresville, Indiana is having its annual Victorian Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 3, 2011.  There will be lots of free, fun activities around town that you won't want to miss.  Remember that we'll be having the North Pole Animals program at the Library, as well as live music (see below).


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At Animals of the North Pole, you'll get to see a real, live reindeer.  (I call it an elkenfroster, just for fun.)  It should be a wonderful program for all ages.

Enjoy Mooresville's Victorian Christmas Celebration, and be sure to drop by the Library for our programs.  You'll be glad you did.



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Cauli Le Chat

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime

If you have never heard of the King of Ragtime, and if you have preschoolers or early elementary school children around your house, then you should all read (or readaloud) Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime, by Mary Ann Hoffman (Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2010).  The book is one of the Inspiring Lives children's series.  Since we just bought a copy at the 2011 ILF Conference, it hasn't been cataloged yet, but search the Evergreen Indiana online catalog to see when it'll be available.



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Cauli Le Chat

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fun Frogger Facts

Think you know your frogs?  Early readers and their caregivers can test their knowledge and learn some interesting new things about these hoppy amphibians in Fun Facts About Frogs!, by Carmen Bredeson (Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2008).


Hey, Miss Jaymi and Toucan Sammy, I think this book would be PERFECT as a readaloud for your early literacy crowd.  Maybe you could feature our book trailer in your early literacy blog?  Just saying.

Preschoolers (as we used to call them when I was a kitten) will love the colorful images in this book, which is loaded with facts about frogs of all shapes and sizes.  It would have been a nice addition to Miss Jaymi and Sammy's blog posting about the Letter F f, but we didn't have a copy of the book until a couple of days ago, when a nice gentleman at the 2011 Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Conference donated one to our Library.  Thank you, sir, for your generosity!  So now we have our own copy, and, hopefully, you'll be able to check it out soon from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.


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Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Toucan Sammy Says Happy T.G.

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Miss Jaymi wanted to include some great Thanksgiving crafts and books for her early literacy blog.  Sadly, there was no video this week, because Toucan Sammy was under the weather.  Birds, too, need plenty of rest to stay healthy.  We wish Sammy well and encourage him to take good care of himself so he will be back on camera soon.

So Miss Jaymi flew solo this week, but you won't want to miss her blog post, which is full of fabulous ideas, activities, and readings. Click here to take a peek.



What a wonderful photo of Sammy dressed up as a pilgrim for Thanksgiving!  I want one of those cool hats.  How about it, Miss Jaymi?


Sammy wished everybody a happy Thanksgiving in their blog.  I'll add my well-wishings, too.  Save some turkey for moi, please and thank you.




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Cauli Le Chat

Jewels, Jellyfish, & Jaymi

Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan have posted their blog for the Letter J, which is also the letter j.  Aren't uppercase and lowercase wonderful?  That shift key on your computer keyboard makes regular letters into capitals.  Not like state capitals, though.  That's something altogether different.

Visit Explore to Learn:  Early Literacy Fun to read all about the fun Miss Jaymi and Sammy had with their early literacy groups learning about Jj.  Be sure to watch their video.  Sorry the camera jumps around for awhile.  Must have been an earthquake or something. (Just kidding!)


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Cauli Le Chat


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Secret Fun Turns Troublesome

Some things are fun at the beginning, but then the trouble starts. Paul quickly discovers this in the new children's book, Secrets of the Magic Ring, by Karen McQuestion; Vincent Desjardins, illustrator (Amazon Encore, 2011).


If you enjoyed Ms. McQuestion's earlier children's book, Celia and the Fairies, you will like this sequel. Nine-year-old Paul discovers a buried box in the hole dug for his backyard swimming pool.  The box contains a wishing ring complete with instructions.  But the find attracts unwanted attention from a stranger named Henry, who demands to have the box and its contents.  Things become even stranger when Aunt Vicky gets a much-desired wish fulfilled.  Is the ring truly magical?  Can wishes come true?  It sounds like nothing but fun, but trouble is coming, and soon.

Since the book has just recently been published, it may be a few weeks before it is available in the Evergreen Indiana online catalog. Search here to see if it is now available.



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Cauli Le Chat

"Flat" Cauli II Travel Log

Valor (of the Carnival Cruise Lines)

I've posted "Flat" Cauli II's travel log with Boss Lady on my other blog.  Click here to read about her adventures during this one-week Caribbean cruise.


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Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MiM, For Short

Meet the very first Guardian of Childhood.




The Man in the Moon, by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1st ed., 2011), took the author/illustrator 20 years to create. It is the first in the author's Guardians of Childhood series. Its paintings are gloriously breathtaking in color, composition, and scope. The story will please early readers (preschoolers, we used to call them) with its dynamic language and exotic characters and landscapes. The book will be most appreciated, however, by grown-ups, whose childhoods MiM, the Man in the Moon, was guarding so long ago. It is a wonderful book to read aloud or to yourself.

In our book trailer, we have tried to match the majesty of the book's illustrations with similarly grand music, and, once again, the Library's own composer has delivered a masterpiece. It is a musical march to match MiM and his friends along their adventures.


Click here to place your online hold on this book using your Evergreen Indiana (E.I.) library card.



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Cauli Le Chat


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Flat" Cauli II Cruisin' the Ocean Blue

"Flat" Cauli II just got back from an ocean cruise with Boss Lady, and we have a photo showing the fantastic cabin aboard ship in which "Flat" Cauli stayed during the voyage.  Click any of the photos to enlarge them, or "bigify," as my friend Tober the Library Cat says.


Do you see "Flat" Cauli II snoozing on the pillows?  I'll help with a quick photo edit.


Boss Lady must have hired a special bodyguard to protect "Flat" Cauli II from any pirates or sea slobberdogs.  That was very nice!


It looks like "Flat" Cauli II had a great time cruising around the seven seas (or at least part of one of them).  What's her next adventure?  Ask me after we get the sand out of her cardboard.


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Cauli Le Chat

J is for . . . Jaymi!

In this week's early literacy blog & video, Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan talk about the Letter J, which, naturally, as everyone knows, stands for . . . Jaymi!  To celebrate this momentous occasion, Sammy wore special Jaymi buttons.


Miss Jaymi and Sammy mentioned that the Letter "J" also stood for jellyfish.  Hey, Sammy, what's a "joctopus?"  Oh, I get it.  That was a joke!  Hey, another great J-word.

Miss Jaymi and Sammy should have their latest blog posted in a day or so.  Check it out at the usual place.



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Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Popcorn Saturdays at the Library

Free popcorn at the Library has moved to Saturdays.  We used to give it out on Fridays, but Saturday is the new Friday.  By which, I mean, we now make fresh popcorn for our patrons on Saturdays.



Drop by any Saturday to get your free bag of popcorn.  Free is good.


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Cauli Le Chat

Monday, November 7, 2011

Iguana "Don" in an Igloo?

You'll get the joke in the title to this blog posting when you watch Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan's latest early literacy video.  Click here to read their latest blog about the Letter "I i."




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Cauli Le Chat

These T-Shirts Are the Cat's PJs

Beatrix Butterfly, flittering freelance video producer at Greenwood Public Library, and I are doing a workshop at the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) Conference on November 16, 2011.  Two of my trusted minions are helping do the presentation, and they're wearing these neat t-shirts.





Beatrix and I also made cute buttons with our pictures to distribute to everyone attending the workshop.  The pictures looks like this:




We're also handing-out some cool games for kids.  Want to see?  Sure you do.

MPL Cauli Le Chat Games for Kids



GPL Beatrix Butterfly Games for Kids



We also have a fun bookmark.  The slogan, "The power of the paw," is something that my good friend, Sparkle the Designer Cat, created, and I borrowed it because it's a really great phrase.  Sparkle is a world-famous author, after all, and writes terrific and clever stuff.

Cauli Le Chat & Beatrix Butterfly Bookmark





So, as you can see, we're giving away lots of great free goodies for our workshop.  Plus folks attending will learn how we library critters can help market libraries.  Everybody gets something special.



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Cauli Le Chat