Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cauli Art Appreciation Contest Winners

My Library selected winners in the Cauli Le Chat art appreciation contest.  The results were posted on my grown-up blog, Cat's Eye View @ MPL.  Click here and also click here to see the complete results.

We are currently displaying these pictures on a four-sided kiosk sitting next to the vending machines and the elevator, just inside the Library's front entrance.  If you come to the Library in the near future, we invite you to take a look at some truly fine coloring.

Remember, EVERYBODY who participated is a true winner!  Your art is special--there's nobody in the entire world who can draw art like yours--so keep drawing.  We certainly have enjoyed the Cauli art our young patrons have created.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Lost Mitten, Found Critter Home

Have you ever wondered what could happen when somebody loses a mitten in the snow?  Jan Brett did.  If you read her young children's book, The Mitten, you can find out how a group of country critters discovered a warm mitten is almost as cozy as home.

This book is a good balance of pictures and story, so early elementary school readers should have no trouble reading on their own, and preschoolers will enjoy listening (and looking at the drawings) during read-aloud.  Try to guess which woodland animal will want to climb into the mitten next!

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Friday, February 24, 2012


This week's letter on Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan's early literacy blog (and video) was R r.  Say it like a pirate!  All together now.  RRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr!!!!  That was fun.

To celebrate Cauli Le Chat Appreciation Day, Miss Jaymi and Sammy also had "Flat" Cauli II, who stood-in for moi, at center stage during their videorecording.  You can actually see "Flat" Cauli in this video, thanks to the skills of the Library's videographer, Rachel Buchanan.  Not so in Scowl-Face's behind-the-scenes video, where ceiling lights made "Flat" Cauli II look all shiny.

Next week will be the letter S s, and you know what that means.  Sammy will be center stage, in the spotlight, taking bows, and being extra egg-cited.  That's saying something, considering how excited he was over the chicksoon eggs in the Library's incubators.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chicksoons Are Back!

Chicksoons have returned to our Library!  For all the latest news and developments, there's no better place to check than Broadway Gal's Hatching Chicks @ MPL blog.  It's an egg-citing time here at the Library, and you won't want to miss any of the eggs-traordinary details.

Last year we made a program, or promo, trailer about the chicksoons.  I also blogged a lot about them last year on my grown-up blog, beginning with this posting.

Be sure to drop by the Library after school (or any other time you're available, when we're open) to see the chicksoons in their eggs (and, later, when hatching starts).

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cauli Le Chat Appreciation Day

Today (Wednesday, February 22, 2012) is Cauli Le Chat Appreciation Day.  See what fun stuff we did by visiting my other blog, Cat's Eye View @ MPL.  We were pretty busy, so there were several postings:

That's a full plate, for sure.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents' Day (4 Felines)

Since it is Presidents' Day today (February 20), I thought you might enjoy reading about our presidential kitties.  My pal Sparkle the Designer Cat has posted a blog honoring several of our fellow felines that have lived in the White House.  Click here to read all about it.

Socks (President Clinton's Cat)

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Early Literacy Valentines 4 U

Miss Jaymi, whom I call Wild Thang, and Sammy the Toucan have posted their early literacy blog and video, both of which this week celebrate Valentine's Day.

I really appreciated Miss Jaymi giving a call-out about my special day next Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  That's Cauli Le Chat Appreciation Day at my Library, and we will be celebrating in our early literacy reading programs by doing some super-fun activities. "Flat" Cauli II (and possibly III) will be there.  There will be a special snack for our human kiddy patrons, which we'll call "kitty chow," but it's really a people food.  Maybe we should call it "kiddy chow" instead.  

As for moi, I'll be out-and-about gathering stories for our patrons. That's what we feline roving reporters do!  So Sammy can relax. Anyway, it's Valentine's Day week (that kind of makes sense), so nobody gets to eat anybody, regardless of who's the predator and who's the prey.  Plus, I make it a rule never to eat anyone I work with at the Library.  We cats don't have to hunt for our food when we have people friends feeding us some canned cat food.

Speaking of which, we are collecting donated canned cat food and dog food at the Library as part of my special day.  Just drop it off in the box by the interior book drops next to the Circulation Desk inside my Library.  The donations will go to Morgan County Humane Society.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy 60th Birthday, Hasbro's Mr. Potato Head

Did you have (or do you still have) a Mr. Potato Head toy? Invented by George Lerner in 1949, the Hasbro Corporation began making our tuber friend in 1952. Mr. P-H began his career as a genuine potato.  You could purchase the bodily attachments and use a real potato as the head.  Eight years after its introduction, a plastic body was included.

Mr. Potato Head (1952) by Hasbro

This spud fella has an intriguing history, some of which you may learn at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, which has a Mr. Potato Head exhibit on display through May 6. It appears to be interactive, at least in part, so children ages 3-8 (the recommended audience) should have some fun.

Mr. Potato Head (with Plastic Body)

Did you know Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on television?  Here's a vintage TV ad from the 1950s.  (The video caption says 1960s, but the advertisement is older than that.)  The kids in the ad are probably now as old as your grandparents (or, possibly, your great-grandparents).

I just realized that Hasbro's Mr. Potato Head is 60 years old this year. Lucky they're not including real potatoes in the boxes. After more than half a century, they would probably be rather ripe.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Q q is a Tough Letter

Q q is a tough letter to do for an early literacy blog.  Just ask Miss Jaymi and Sammy the Toucan, whose early literacy blog this week covered that letter of the alphabet.  Check out their video below.

Sammy sure was excited that the letter S s is fast approaching, when they will get to talk all about--you guessed it!--Sammy!  I can't wait.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Father of Science Fiction

Today is Jules Verne's birthday.  The famous French author was born February 8, 1828 and died on March 24, 1905.  Known as the father of science fiction, Verne wrote many entertaining novels in which science played an important role.  Want to see a bibliography of Verne's books?  Hey, I work in a Library.  Can-do, for sure.  For a brief biography of the author and a short bibliography, click here.

Jules Verne (1828-1905)

We have a couple book trailers featuring two of Verne's most popular sci-fi novels.

 Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne
(MPL Book Trailer #55)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
(MPL Book Trailer #88)

Nearly all of Verne's famous fiction remains in print, so you should have no trouble finding it.  Search our online Evergreen Indiana catalog to see the wealth of materials available to E.I. cardholders.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

More From Kaunas, Lithuania

"Flat" Cauli IV and Miss Shay conclude their visit to Kaunas, Lithuania, details of which may be found on my Cat's Eye View @ MPL blog.  In this episode, "Flat" Cauli sees some intriguing statuary, visits a university library, learns some Lithuanian, and really wants to stop in at several kepyklélés.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Meanwhile, Back in Lithuania ...

"Flat" Cauli IV and Miss Shay continue their Lithuanian adventures. This time, "Flat" Cauli visits the country's second largest city, Kaunas. Details? Can-do!  Drop by my Cat's Eye View @ MPL blog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Skiing in Slovakia

"Flat" Cauli IV has filed her latest report about her European adventures.  She recently traveled to Slovakia on a skiing trip.  Read about all the fun on my Cat's Eye View @ MPL Blog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat