Thursday, February 09, 2017

February is date month


Friends and neighbors,

It is February, the short month. Stuffed into this seemingly non-descript month is Valentines Day and President’s Day, the latter of which is a closed day for your library, Pine River Public Library. Chances are good that I will be taking a short vacation at my country home. I look forward to that.

February is also “I love to read” month. Very fitting for myself, since I live at a library. It is also the second month of our adult reading program. Do you have your sign-up sheet yet? 15 books and you get a great mug.

During Valentines week we have a special feature at our library. We are calling it “Blind Date with a book”. We have several books wrapped in red which we will be checking out to you. You will have no idea what is in this package until you open it at home. Read the book and return it with a review. Rate your date with a book! How fun is that? I love surprises.

I hope you find this chilly month filled with good reading and good friends.


Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Rudolph reminds us that bullying is not OK


Happy holiday season, friends and neighbors.

With the onslaught of various holiday greetings and messages everywhere, I have been pondering the origins of some of these, for want of a better word, “things” that have become tradition - the colors of red and green, the tree with decorations, the wreath, various songs, St. Nicholas, stockings, and so forth.

Recently I was somewhere – I don’t remember quite where – and there was music playing. It was Christmas music, but it was unusual in that it involved a duet of cellos. They were playing “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer”. The sound was lovely, but there was something so ridiculous about making lovely a song about a fictional [cartoon] character, that I began to wonder about Rudolph’s origins.

 

According to Wikipedia:

 

Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, as an assignment for Chicago-based Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. Rudolph was supposed to be a moose but that was changed because a reindeer seemed friendly.[citation needed] May considered naming the reindeer "Rollo" or "Reginald" before deciding upon using the name "Rudolph".[7] In its first year of publication, Montgomery Ward had distributed 2.5 million copies of Rudolph's story.

 

Wow. Those numbers certainly explain how Rudolph became so popular so quickly.  If you are not familiar with the story of Rudolph, it goes like this:

 

"The story chronicles the experiences of Rudolph, a youthful reindeer buck (male) who possesses an unusual luminous red nose. Mocked and excluded by his peers because of this trait, Rudolph manages to prove himself one Christmas Eve after Santa Claus catches sight of Rudolph's nose and asks Rudolph to lead his sleigh for the evening. Rudolph agrees, and is finally treated better by his fellow reindeer for his heroism."

 

I’m glad I researched this. It is a story with a message. Making fun of or bullying others because of some difference from ourselves is wrong. A difference is often a blessing.

 

Quickly let me say that we at the Pine River Public Library will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 and Monday Dec. 26th as well as Monday, Jan. 2nd. Shortly thereafter – the very next day, in fact – the adult reading program begins. “Snow Time To Read”.

Read 15 books in three months (until March 31) and receive a mug. Slips for chronicling your reading are available at our library. For those who fill out a second slip, your names will be placed in a drawing for an infused water bottle.

 

Happy reading!

Browser, the library cat

 

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: www.krls.org 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