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

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ups and downs at Pine River Public Library

Well, friends and neighbors, I feel like I’m on a trampoline here at the Pine River Public Library. Ups and downs.

First the down part. Sarah is leaving. She has taken a full time job. They tell me she will come for visits. I hope this is true. Sarah is my family. I will miss her terribly. I’m sure you will too. We wish her well, of course.

Now for the “up” part. Your online library has been expanded. This is a two part expansion.

  • First of all, check out Ebooks Minnesota, a newly launched online ebook collection for all Minnesotans. The collection covers a wide variety of subjects for readers of all ages and features contents from our state’s independent publishers including some of our best literature and nonfiction.
  • Secondly, Kitchigami Library patrons can now access their favorite digital magazines using “Flipster” from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people (and felines) to browse (Apparently this has to do with me.) the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.
    For help and instructions, check with the desk at our library. I’ll need a little help with this as well.
    The lakes are melting and it is time for spring. Enjoy!
    I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gangsters in Minnesota topic of upcoming program at Pine River Library

Friends and neighbors!

My favorite Minnesota Legacy program is coming soon. Chad Lewis will be with us at Pine River Public Library on Friday, March 18th at 5:30. Chad will talk to us about gangsters and their colored past in our state of Minnesota. I think I might have been a gangster in a former life, since I find the deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and darling kidnappings hugely compelling.

Here is Mr. Lewis’ short bio:

My name is Chad Lewis and I am a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. My background is in Psychology as I did both my Bachelor and Master degree work in the field but for the last 20 years I have traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history.

Join me, Browser, at the library for this lively presentation.   This program is brought to us, by the Minnesota Legacy Program, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.


Your friend,

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Adult reading program under way

Read, read, read! It’s time for the adult reading program at Pine River Public Library. “Snow Time to Read” is starting. By the time you read this we are up a running – or “reading”, rather. The dates are January 2 through the end of March.

Pick up an entry sheet at the front desk of the library and several books from the stacks. Complete 15 books and win a mug. I collect all of them. I like to read.

 You might consider reading from a couple of authors who will be making a visit to the library later in the year. Chad Lewis will appear March 18th  at 5:30 pm and writes of gangsters and ghosts. Brian Freeman, international best selling author of psychological suspense novels visits us April 29th at 5:30m pm.  Be informed and ready to ask questions of these two renowned authors.

Craig Nagel is coming to the library. He is not only a local [Pequot Lakes] and a swell guy, he’s a wonderful writer. Craig will be at our library January 23rd at 1:00pm to do a book talk on his latest book, “Fred’s Way”. Unlike his previous books, this one is a novel. It’s a coming of age story of a young man torn between going off to college to become an ordained Lutheran pastor or staying at home to marry his high school sweetheart. Check this one out and visit with Craig.


I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

'Lost Towns' topic of Pine River Library Prgram Oct 17th

Honestly, friends and neighbors,

I find Rhona Fochs’ subject the most fascinating of any that we experience. She writes about lost towns in Minnesota. The History Channel may chat about a variety of areas, but this is about ours. Our very own Minnesota, and more specifically, the “Northern Edition”.
There is something so very special about exploring. I love doing it myself. Ms. Fochs explores as well, but then she does research and shares her information with the rest of us.
This presentation will be at The Warehouse October 17th at 2:00 PM. Lucky for you. Sad for me, since it is indeed special and I’d like to listen.

October is black cat month. Not really. I made that up. October is Halloween month and my birthday month. Since none of us knows my actual birthday, we celebrate on Halloween. I will be 14 this year! So far, so good.
On October 31st be sure to keep your pets indoors. It is not a good time for them to wander about. I, too, will have a curfew.

Happy birthday to me.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Once Upon a Reader" to be presented at Pine River Library

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s back to work I go!
Yes indeed, I’m back at the library schmoozing with people and generally hanging out. I am so blessed. I did enjoy my animal time in the country alone with Graycie, but she’ll have to go it alone now. This is my calling. No, the construction isn’t over yet, but soon, I hope, very soon.

And so on with things. Once Upon A Reader is coming to Pine River September 28th at 1:00 PM.  This is brought to you by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Clean Water land and Legacy Amendment. Wow! That’s a mouth full.

Lots of people are making other people’s lives better. This adventure is with author David LaRochelle and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka and Cow, the star of the book MOO! It is a one of a kind kid and family show. No, not baby goats, people children and their parents.

The suitable ages are 0 – 6 with parents being a bit older, I would hope. The program will be about 45 minutes in length and will be right here in my home, The Pine River Public Library.


See you soon.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Book sales to benefit Paws and Claws Rescue

  Friends and neighbors, 

Because I’m a published author, the bookish kind, I am having a book signing! We have purchased a number of copies of my book, “Rescued. The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes.”

We are selling these “signed” copies for $13 with the profits going to Paws and Claws Rescue. They are a wonderful organization dedicated to rescuing animals as I was rescued. They are a work in progress with a dream of building a wonderful facility.  Currently they are operating from a bus.

Come in and buy my book and help support them.

  Spaying and neutering are currently handled through them on a sliding scale. Thank you, Paws and Claws. Fewer baby animals with no homes. I was one of the lucky ones. 

These books can be ordered online as well. Please focus your purchase for July as this is our month when the proceeds from sales go to Paws and Claws. It’s important. 

Oh, goody! Literally. Pie on Park Avenue is coming up on July 31. We hope you or someone you know would love to bake pies or volunteer to help, set up, serve and clean up.

This particular fundraiser is near and dear to my heart, since the proceeds will go toward the three-season porch where I would hang out, since I’m not allowed to roam free any longer. Check the library Facebook page for more information.

And more goody! Aug. 1, the day after all the pie, is the Cupcake Wars. Sugar shock! Enter! This is really fun. Entry forms can be printed from the library website or pick one up at our library. 


Your entry forms must be turned back into the library by July 21, so think cupcakes. Set up is at 10 a.m. Aug. 1. The public judges from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Daytime, not night. Awards will be given out at 1 p.m. The winner will have their name put on the cupcake plaque. Be a star, bake. 


   Until I see you again,

   I remain,

   Browser, the library cat