Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Fever turning into Spring Cleaning

Hello, friends and neighbors. Browser here wishing you the finest spring ever – if we get one! I know most of you believe that early summer is a time when allergies spoil your fun in the sun, but consider this. Spring cleaning, the type that causes blinds to come down and furniture to be moved, kicks up all sorts of nasty particles including that old standard, “house dust”.
My advice to humans who feel the need to clean in the spring is simple. First buy several boxes of nasal tissue! You are going to need it. After that, go for whatever products tickle your fancy. Of course it makes the most sense to tear up those old t-shirts and mix a bottle of vinegar and water and have at it, but that would mean you don’t get to go Shopping. Spring cleaning is the best excuse ever to buy all sorts of colorful boxes and bottles of stuff you’ve always wanted to try. Advertising people have been working hard to get your attention.
Unlike Christmas, which is a retailer’s dream, spring is the season cleaning product manufacturers live for! Celebrate spring. While you are at it, buy yourself some fresh flowers to put on the table, because it is going to be a while before any are in the garden and it will help you to realize that it is indeed spring.
Check out the website for books on “how to clean anything”. There are loads of those. It will help you with your shopping list of products you can’t live without.

Instead of letting April fool you, fool April. Make a sunny spring sanctuary for yourself!

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

“The Cat in the Hat”? Whose bright idea was that? I know no self - respecting cats who would willingly wear a hat. This is a human concept, obviously. Children have a tendency to dress their pets in all manner of clothing, but no pet willingly subjects themselves to such foolishness. Oh, wait! This is fiction. Poetic license. A “Dr. Seuss” manner of fiction where animals do all sorts of un-animal things. Like Horton the elephant who actually sat on Mazy the lazy bird’s egg. Believe it or don’t. It still makes an entertaining story. We are celebrating Dr. Seuss at our Pine River Public Library. Still, I have no intention of wearing a hat.

Dr. Seuss had animals speaking human language. In our new data base, accessed through your library card, Kitchigami Regional Library is offering “Pronunciator”. No, you won’t learn to speak “elephant”, but you could learn French or German. It is free through your library. Just log onto and check out what is available on-line! You’ll need your library card number and PIN. Other than that, have at it!

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day! Friends and Neighbors!

I would hope you feel and express love every day, but Valentine’s Day is a time to remember to love. I, for one, love each and every one of you, oh friends of the Pine River Library and me. For this very reason I have a Valentine box at the library to deposit your missives to me. Hearts and flowers! Bring in your Valentine and you will receive one in the return with a treat attached. Not tuna, either. I promise.

February is a month to remember other things as well.  It’s I Love to Read Month!  President’s Day. The library will be closed that day, though definitely not on Valentine’s Day. Guys, rent a “chick flick” from the library to show you care about that woman in your life. I know she’ll be surprised.

Okay, so it seems early to worry about anything except snow, but the Federal and State tax forms are beginning to arrive at the library. Just so you know.

 Love to you.

Browser, the library cat


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Happy 2014 Everyone.

We at the Pine River Public Library look forward to a stellar year. Your winter reading program for adults is starting. The race for the cups is on, ladies and gents, so come to the library and grab a
sign-up sheet.

We have some really exciting news. Paul and Lynn Hunt of Hunt Utilities are making a donation to our library. Hunt Utilities was originally a Pequot Lakes based company that had something to do with turtles. I believe it was called Hunt Technologies then.  Stumped? I am as well. I envision painted turtles and snapping turtles and leather turtles. Not so. These turtles have to do with your electric meters. If you google “Hunt Technologies turtle” perhaps you will better understand this concept. Hunt Utilities Group LLC is located in Pine River. They’ve moved from turtles to hay bale buildings. Hunt Utilities has made major strides in the exploration of sustainable living. Visit their website.

I wonder if they worked out the name of the company so that the initials would spell “hug”. I’m guessing they did! At any rate, the employees and management of Hunt Utilities Group votes each year to donate a Christmas gift to a deserving entity, in Paul and Lynn Hunt's name. That would be the Pine River Library this year. They have given us $205.00 to spend as we see fit. Thank you so much! Without the donations from our community our library could never be as wonderful as it obviously is.

Speaking of wonderful, we’re putting down new flooring at the library. It's noisy in there. Muriel is making me stay at her house. All will be wonderful after a time, but right now things are a bit limited. Be patient, please.

That’s our New Year news, friends and neighbors. Hope this year brings you peace and contentment.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pine River Library to host Bake Sale Fundraiser Dec 14th

Friends and neighbors!

“It’s a wonderful time of the year…” as the song goes. Decorate! It’s the season of lights.

In our town, Pine River, the Parade of Lights is Dec. 14. With that in mind, Pine River Public Library, my home, plans a bake sale for that day as a fundraiser to continue to make the library the best ever.

Of course, with a bake sale we need bakers! I am a bakee (an eater of baked stuff. I created that word!). You, dear friends, are bakers.
Please let Muriel know that you will be contributing baked goods to the sale. Call the library at 587-4639. You can do this. I know.
If you lack ideas for baked goods, check out a cookbook from the library. Here’s a challenge: Bake cookies in the shape of a cat and put chocolate sprinkles to simulate my stunning black color! (Licorice would probably taste nasty.)

Speaking of Muriel, she and Don (her husband) and I recently went on a cruise. Because transporting me in person is less than practical, she took with her the “flat Browser.” See the pictures on my blog or on Facebook. My flat also went to visit Elsie, the library cat in California. I’m sure I will have fun and will post any pictures they send back to the library.

Outside on the balcony where it was very windy
Inside the cabin very safe and warm.

Our library will be closed early Thanksgiving Eve and all day Thanksgiving. Also Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so don’t come here those days either.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hogwarts Halloween Fundraiser and Birthday Party

You’ve got to wonder, friends and neighbors, why orange and black are Halloween colors. I wonder stuff like that all the time. Orange is a bit of a no brainer, considering all the pumpkins that ripen in the fall, but black? Maybe because the days are shorter and it is dark more? If anybody has a guess, visit me on my blog site and let me know. []

 And speaking of Halloween, Pine River Public Library is sponsoring a fundraising event,  “Hogwarts Halloween”. This will be a fun Halloween adventure. The dates are Friday and Saturday, October 25th and 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at 209 Park Avenue, across the street from the back door of the library. Advance tickets are available at the library for $2.00 and at the door for $3.00. Celebrate my favorite season – the season of the black cat – with our library!

Also on Halloween come join us at the Library from 3pm to 5pm to celebrate my 12th birthday.  The staff will be serving cake and punch.
I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Author Landvik to be at The Warehouse October 19th

“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness” [the movie “Annie”]
Have you read “Patty Jane’s House of Curl”? I’ve read it three times!
What about “Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons”, or “’Tis The Season”? “The Tall Pine Polka”?
The author of these amazing books and five others is Lorna Landvik. Guess where she’s making an appearance… The Warehouse in Pine River on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm!
Her new book, “Mayor of the Universe”, is the subject of her book tour. Okay. The reason for her visit is secondary to the fact of the visit.  If she were just showing up to say “howdy” I’d go see her.
This is a multi-talented lady. She is also an actress, playwright, and comedienne. She co-hosts a radio book club and has a one-woman improvised show called Party at the Rec Room. And she is from Minnesota!
Thank you Minnesota Art and Cultural Heritage Foundation for bringing this special person to Pine River. We are privileged indeed.

Don’t miss this event.

I remain

Browser, the library cat