Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sharing Ideas for Spring

Hello, friends and neighbors.
   Browser here with some ideas for spring. Going to the nursery or discount store to buy flowers means you may need deep pockets. (I, of course, have no pockets, not being a marsupial.) I have some suggestions.
   Buying annual plants is a quick fix to a sad looking yard, but it is a yearly expense. Consider perennials. These are often very expensive. My friend and co-author does her perennial shopping through a couple of wholesale catalogs.
   This means you often have to purchase several of one kind of plant. This is not necessarily a bad thing. A large planting of, say, astilbe or echinacea can be very eye-catching.
   Another option would be to get together with friends and agree to split various items. Here are two catalogs, both of which can be viewed online. Our library has computers that you can use by reserving a time and presenting your Kitchigami library card. Simply call. 587-4639.

   K.van Bourgondien & sons, inc. Website: They have a huge selection and plenty of information about each plant and whether it is good for Central Minnesota.
   Breck’s Wholesale. Website: They have some wonderful choices not seen in the other catalogs. They also have items listed by zone.
   I have mentioned “zone”. Here in Pine River we are a zone 3 unless you are planting in a protected area or next to the south side of a building. Then you can venture into zone 4.
   Both of the catalogs I have mentioned have sun, shade, and partial shade (4 hours of sun) marked. Also, many of the plants are nasty to deer and this is also marked. What is it with deer? I don’t go around eating people’s flowers. Of course I’m a carnivore. That might be the difference. 

Check out our library’s selection of books on planting a garden.

Remember, March 31 is the end of the adult winter reading program. Bring your completed book list to the library and enjoy your new mug!

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Historical re-enactment program on tap Feb 13

My physiognomy is medically sound thanks to today’s veterinarian medicine. I wonder how I might have fared in the 1820’s. Have you ever wondered something similar? On Friday, February 13th at 3:00 the doctor will be in at the Pine River Public Library. You can ask him yourself. This is not an ordinary doctor, but Fort Snelling’s medical personage from the 1820’s. In this historical re-enactment the doctor will discuss treatments for various diseases of the time. Often the treatment sounds worse than the ailment.

The following day, February 14th, is, of course, Valentine’s Day. One must wonder whether visiting Fort Snelling’s doctor would have allowed you to live until Valentine’s Day. Incidentally, Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 496. That’s a lot of Valentines Days!

Remember that February 16th is President’s Day, honoring our early presidents, George Washington of cherry tree fame, and Abraham Lincoln, a man who knew his hats. (This is an obscure reference to “The Cat in the Hat”.) The library will be closed that day.

Also starting this year a different business or person will be sponsoring Story time for the month.  This Month I will be the sponsor.

I remain

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Addition for the Pine River Library

Oh my, friends and neighbors!

The people at my home here at the Pine River Public Library are working on a project to expand my world. I can hardly believe it. I will be able to sit in the sunshine most of the year. Let me explain.

The Pine River Building Foundation voted unanimously (whatever that means) to build me a three season reading porch with sliding storm windows, no less. You, friends and neighbors, are welcome to share. The project will cost a meager $18,000. I am certainly worth it. The porch will be an estimated 225 square feet. That’s plenty big for me and a few of my closest friends.

The funds for this project are coming from a number of sources. Pine River Lions Club, which I have not encountered in perambulations or I would certainly remember them, has donated $200 to the project. John Stranne, president of the Lions, is shown presenting the check to Steve Hansen, Library Building Foundation board chair. Okay, I have to interject here. I see no lions in this picture, nor do I think Mr. Steve looks anything like a chair.

News release item: Fundraising will continue, and grant opportunities are being considered. The Foundation will take over the Pie on Park Avenue fundraiser, previously run by the Riverview Tabernacle Church. Proceeds from this event will go towards the reading porch project. A Rotary Club matching grant is also a possible funding source for this project.

I am hugely excited. For more information, call the library (218-587-4639), email the foundation at or if you wish to send donations, send them to PO Box 14, Pine River, MN, 56474.

Thank you one and all in advance for my new room.
I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Bake Sale is December 13.

Okay, friends and neighbors,

It’s time to get out a pencil and some paper and make that all important grocery list. Thanksgiving is late this year which means that Christmas is just over the horizon.
Baking! That’s what I’m talking about. If your grandma didn’t leave you her best cookie recipes, run into our library and check out a cookbook.
Our Pine River Library is counting on you. The annual Holiday Bake Sale fund raiser is Saturday, December 13, the same day as the Pine River Parade of Lights.
If you want, you can always come into the library and go online for some great suggestions from or sign in to Remember to schedule your computer time.
You’ll need to bring your list making materials with you for your trip to the grocery.
Not a baker? Don’t even own an oven or a cookie sheet? Don’t be embarrassed. I don’t bake either, but I do love cookies. Stop by the bake sale and take something home with you.
The sale is from 10:00 AM to 1:00pm. The Parade starts at 5:00 PM. This year our library is providing specialty coffee and hot chocolate for sale as well.
Could it be any better? Well, as a feline I would hope for some cream and tuna, but that’s just me.

 As an aside, Pine River Public Library will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 so our staff and you can spend quality time with friends and family.

 Have a wonderful holiday season.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Pine River Library to host Illustrated History event

Dear friends and neighbors:

For those of us more simple souls who do not know what the Minnesota Legacy Program is, I will attempt to edify. Though the various programs presented by Pine River Public Library [my home] and Kitchigami Regional Library are “free” to the public, you and others have already paid for them.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund receives 19.75 percent of the sales tax revenue resulting from the Legacy amendment to support arts, arts education and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.  Based on current sales tax revenue, Minnesotans will invest more than $1.2 billion in arts and cultural heritage fund projects and programs over the 25 year life of the tax."

A portion of the dollars appropriated from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund are being made available through grant programs.” []

This program was voted into action in 2008 by the people of Minnesota. You voted for this. Having voted and paid, it would be foolish not to partake. It would be like buying groceries and not eating them. There are many and varied events offered to you, friends and neighbors. For a list, visit and click on Legacy Events.

Here is the next program!:

On November 15th at 2:00 PM at the Pine River Library, Steve Stark will make art and history come alive for you. “Steve Stark’s unique Illustrated History presentations bring history, art and presentation to entertaining life as Steve, in historical costume tells true history stories while actually drawing with skill and speed them before your eyes” Why would you want to miss this? It’s blustery outside. Come inside.

See you here at Pine River Library. Don’t forget to visit me anytime except for the following days when the library will be closed: November 11 for Veterans Day, early close Wednesday, November 26th at 5:00 PM, and November 27th for Thanksgiving. (Turkey Day! I am hugely fond of that day and will spend it in the country, no doubt.)

I remain,
Browser, the library cat


Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Pine River Library offers two treats - music, haunted house

Trick or treat? This is no trick. It is a treat.
Actually, we have two treats, the first of which is a visit from the Everett Smithson Band, coming back to Pine River on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 at the Warehouse.
In Minnesota winter comes earlier than we might like, so enjoy the moment. Come hear this eclectic band, playing everything from Zydeco to Hillbilly Music. To prevent musical chairs, come into the library for your free tickets so we know how many chairs we need!
This is yet another Minnesota Legacy Program. Thank you, Minnesota, for being so good to us.

Our second treat is our Halloween Fund Raiser Haunted House. It will be open Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 at 209 Park Avenue, behind the library.
Entry fee is $4.00, but… if you wear a costume it is only $3.00. I’m coming dressed as a person. Guess which one I am.

Thank you, everyone, for being so careful of our new sidewalk. I tried to leave my prints, but apparently I would have to gain a few pounds. I was a ghost that day. No foot prints.

We also have enjoyed our 4th Graders for coming to the library. I always love it when the children come to visit. They are my favorites.

As always, I remain,

Browser, the library cat, King of Books

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Musician Shannon Murray to be in Pine River!

Friends and neighbors, rejoice!

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment is sending us in Pine River music! Shannon Murray will bring us Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World. Shannon is a local songwriter, singer and guitarist. She will be sharing her music with us Thursday, September 4th at 7:30 PM at The Warehouse. Timely, is it not. We have just had Labor Day. Shannon will also be sharing some of her research of the history of WWI. Join us, won’t you, for this free program. We look forward to seeing you there.

Browser, the library cat