Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Pine River Library to host Legacy Program

Happy Spring, friends and neighbors.

April showers bring May flowers – if they aren’t covered in snow. This is Minnesota. Some May days are sunny and spring like, some others not so much.

We at the Pine River Public Library are welcoming May with another free Minnesota Legacy Program, thanks to the vote of our citizens on November 4, 2008. Thank you, people of Minnesota.

This program will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 at the Riverview Life Center on Barclay. It is none other than the Twin Cities Hardingfelelag. You pronounce it. I’m at a total loss.

Still, I know what they do. This is a five piece Norwegian folk group providing traditional dance music from Norway and Western and Central Europe. In this age of searching for your roots (I know something of mine.), this concert should bring a feeling of coming home to many of our residents.

Come and join them. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, move to the tunes of your ancestors. There will even be an historical discussion and time for questions and perhaps answers.

Our Legacy Programs continue. For a complete schedule of these marvelous events, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: Click on Legacy Events.

I absolutely know deep down that there will be an event you will want to attend. The ones that take place in our library will be attended by me.

Story times for the month of May are being sponsored by the Brainerd Dispatch Echo Publishing.

I remain,                                                                                                            

Browser, the library cat, author of some note.
P.S. (That stands for post script.): My life story appears in the recently released book, “Rescued. The stories of 12 cats through their eyes.” Need I say more?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

My visit to the Thomas Cooper Library

I visited the Thomas Cooper Library on the University of South Carolina’s main campus, in Columbia, South Carolina. My friend Bob deTomaat works there, and kindly showed me around. I posed outside with two of TCL’s librarians, Bill Sudduth and Debbie Yerkes. 

They then took me into the Government Information and Maps department, where they both work. There I found all sorts of fishy cookbooks put out by the Department of the Interior. One of the student workers there, Tyler Johnson, helped me pose for the picture I took with some of the more interesting cookbooks.

I liked the one called “Fancy Catfish” the best, I think. Then I was shown some of the kitty-themed documents that have been put out by the GPO (Government Printing Office, for those of you who might not know). I even learned how Wildcat and Coyote tricked each other! I’m glad neither of them have tricked me. MOL!

That's how my trip went. Stay tuned for my next exciting adventure!

I remain,

Browser the Library Cat

Thursday, April 09, 2015

History of quilts to be presented April 17 in Pine River

Friends and neighbors!

The thought of being wrapped in a cozy quilt warms the cockles of my heart, whatever cockles are.
This month we welcome Vickie Wendel who knows everything there is to know about quilts, probably. I wonder if she knows what cockles are. Never mind that.
Ms. Wendel will give us a talk about the many stories that have been handed down about various quilts and she may poke holes in some - the stories, not the quilts.
She will let us know about the history and traditions of quilting and will bring quilt squares, small quilts and pictures of actual period pieces. Friday, April 17th at 4:00 PM at my home, Pine River Public Library.
Quilt facts, folklore, and fabrication! I plan to attend. So should you.

Later this month bestselling author, Lauraine Snelling will visit us at The Warehouse in Pine River on Saturday, April 25th at 2:30. Chances are good that you have read some of her books, since she is an award winning author of over 80 books! Some of them take place in our wonderful state of Minnesota. This is a special program and book signing. A book signed by the author! Just think about that.

Don’t forget to visit Pine River Library and wish our special librarians on April 16th. It is National Librarian Day!

The Library parking signs are back. They were gone during snow removal season. Half the parking lot is designated as library parking.

The Month of April Story times are being sponsored by Ladies Auxiliary VFW in Jenkins.

Hope to see you soon. We at Pine River Public Library make every effort to make life interesting and informative for you, all my favorite people.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

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