Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Enjoy haunted house; celebrate Browser's birthday

Dear friends and neighbors,

 I am told that October 15th is Star Wars read day.
 Now, I know what October is and I certainly know what “read” is, living as I do in a library, but I have no idea what Star Wars are. I have often looked up at the heavens and appreciated the many pins of light, but I have never witnessed any signs of war.
 To make matters more complicated, Chewy and BB8 are in residence for photo ops with the children. I have no idea who these creatures are. I have had my picture taken with them and nothing has gone awry. I assume they also must be safe if the children are willing to be photographed with them.
 I remain cautious.

 On a much lighter note, we are celebrating my 15th birthday on October 31st, Halloween. My actual date of birth remains a mystery, since I am a foundling. Halloween is, however, the perfect day to celebrate. There will, I am told, be cake served from 2 to 5.
 Muriel informs me that there will be no gifts except in the form of cat treats. Cat treats are always welcome. As the young people say, “bring it”!

 On Halloween night the house across from the library will be decorated as a haunted house. I love this. It will only be open for one night, which makes perfect sense since October 31st is only one day.
 The cost to enter will be $2.00. Sadly, this money will be used to offset the cost of my vet bills. I have been infirmed. Though I am only 15, the age of young humans, this is past middle age for felines. Come and enjoy our haunted house and celebrate my birthday.


I remain, cautiously,

Browser, the library cat

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Native Pride Productions Founder to present program in Pine River

Friends and neighbors,


“Heritage”, according to The Merrian-Webster Dictionary, is a legacy or birthright. I know nothing of my own heritage. I am what is known as a foundling. This is not the case of our latest offering from the Minnesota Legacy Program. He is Larry Yazzie, founder and artistic director of Native Pride Productions, Inc., established in 2003.

Mister Yazzie is an international lecturer, educator, performer, model and actor. He will present to Pine River residents in song and dance, the flamboyant and majestic movements passed down by his ancestors. This program will take place at The Warehouse on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2:30PM. The Native Pride Dancer’s mission is to educate, inspire, motivate and empower diverse communities to bridge cultural gaps through indigenous traditions.


Don’t miss this fascinating and inspiring free program.


Legacy Programs are funded in part or whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. For the complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: and click on Legacy Events.


I remain,

Browser, the library cat, seeker of heritage

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wishing Katy a Fond Farewell Aug 17 at the Pine River Library

Friends and neighbors,

   It is the season of change. From summer to fall, from vacation to school.

   We at the Pine River Public Library are experiencing a different kind of change. Our dear friend, Katy, is retiring. Sad, but true. It is a poignant time for us all. We will miss her greatly.

   There is, however, a little bright sunlight in this, a time of change. We are throwing Katy a party.  The date s Aug 17 time 4 pm to closing. 
 Come in to the library and wish Katy a fond farewell. I will, of course, be in attendance in all my glossy black glory. Hope you can attend. No RSVP necessary.
 I remain, Browser, the library cat

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Pine River Library to host program on India, book sale

Friends and neighbors, and most specifically my younger friends and neighbors,

Soon, very soon, comes a special presentation sponsored by our Minnesota Legacy Program in whole or part with money dedicated to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. India!

“The seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world…” according to Wikipedia.

Zaraawar Mistry and musician Greg Herriges with be presenting us with a story telling program featuring traditional Indian stories and folktales with music and interaction with the audience. Stories, marvelous stories, of retellings of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India will be featured.

Join the children and immerse yourself in the culture, wildlife, food and history of India on Wednesday, July 13th at 2:00 PM at our Pine River Public Library.

 Book Sale

Ah, fabulous July! The book sale is coming up and Pine River Library is accepting books for the sale. Please, no Readers’ Digest books, encyclopedias or old text books. Bring your boxes of books to share with others. Will be taking books until a week before the sale. Please call the library if you are bring in lots.

The sale has been moved to July 29th through July 31st. Friday: 10AM-6PM. Saturday: 10AM-5PM. Sunday: 10AM-2PM. We have moved the date to coincide with Pine River’s Summerfest where there will be sidewalk sales, Arts and Crafts show, Pine River Flea Market on Friday, Art Club show, food, parade on Saturday, and Pine River Lions pancake breakfast on Sunday.

Spend this stellar time in beautiful Pine River, my home.

Browser, the library cat

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tasting for Progress Fund Raiser

Friends and neighbors of the adult human variety! There is a fabulous event coming soon. It is located at Bites Grill and Bar so I can’t attend, but Muriel promises to take the flat Browser so that I can at least make my presence known.


This event is to benefit both the Pine River Public Library and the Pine River Chamber. Isn’t that wonderful? Sponsored by Ultimate Liquors of Pine River, it is a Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tasting. There will be light hors d’oeuvres served and a special dinner offer that is optional during this event which will take place Thursday, May 19 from 5 to 8 PM. What fun! But that isn’t all. There will be a silent auction and a raffle. Wish I could go.


Tickets are available at Wireless Woods and Plaid Duck Art Mall, Pine River Library, Bites, Ultimate Liquors, Pine River Chamber Information Center, Gardiner’s Hardware, and Pine River State Bank. Advanced tickets are $20. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $25. The Funds will go toward the library building expansion and the Chamber website updates. If you have questions, call John at 587-4000. Obviously you must be 21 years or older. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Pine River Library Building Foundation.


Have some fun!

Bring a friend

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Library welcomes Reed as associate librarian

Spring is a time for new beginnings. Here at Pine River Public Library we have begun.
Michaela Reed has begun as our new associate librarian. She is a long standing member of our community and many of us have known her for a long time.
Her parents, Liz Hedman and Scott Amundson are friends of mine. Liz worked at our old library, and many of you may remember her and her lovely daughter.
Come into the library and reacquaint yourselves with Michaela. Ask her about her favorite authors and what she studies at school in St. Cloud. Find out about her goals after finishing her schooling in St. Cloud. We at Pine River Library are happy to have her as our new/old member of our family.

Thanks to the free Legacy Program funded thanks to voters on November 4, 2008, preserving Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage, we have a new program coming to Pine River May 14th at 2 PM at Pine River Public Library. This will be Arna Rennan, presenting a musical performance featuring translated stories about Norwegian immigrants.
Music will be included from a variety of genres including the simple four lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes, vaudeville songs from “Snoose Boulevard” sung in “Swenglish”, along with well known favorites here in Minnesota.

If you are Norwegian or if you know someone who is Norwegian or if your check out lady at the grocery is Norwegian or if you know where Norway is, you might want to attend this program. I know I will. I may not be Norwegian, but I like music.


Hope to see you soon.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Library to host Minnesota Author on April 29

Friends and neighbors,

I don’t think when the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” was written they were referring to snow showers. Obviously that particular writer wasn’t from Minnesota.

Still, perhaps the flowers will come regardless. Meantime, read loads of books about flowers. It will keep you hopeful.

Minnesota flowers in other ways regardless of late snow showers. The free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Our late April offering from this Legacy Program here at the Pine River Public Library is bestselling Minnesota author, Brian Freeman. He is the author of ten psychological thrillers. Read one of these on a snowy April day.

Goodbye to the Dead was just released this March. Mr. Freeman’s books have won many awards and have been praised by critics and bestselling authors alike. Join us at the library on April 29th, 2016 at 5:30 when we welcome Brian Freeman. He will give an exciting book talk about his works with a book signing following the talk. Books will be available for purchase.


Think spring, but in the meantime, read a good book.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat