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


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Chit Chat with the Library Cat

Friends and neighbors,

A couple of years ago I was asked to write a brief summary of the life and times of Browser, the Library Cat.  What male, or female for that matter, doesn't like to talk about themselves?  I dashed off a few hundred words and thought nothing more about it.  A few months later I was told I "made the cut" out of several hundred entrants.  What that meant I really had no clue.  The upshot, though, was that I was then asked to turn 600 words into 3000 words!  This took a rather long time, but with the help of Muriel, our head librarian, I was able to come up with anecdotes I had all but forgotten.  Life goes on, as we all know, and the past becomes somewhat hazy.  Along with this epistle I was to provide the name of a pet rescue near me who would be rewarded monetarily for their service to felines and canines.  Muriel suggested Paws and Claws Rescue & Resort.  I know nothing about pet rescue organizations except the Pine River Public Library who rescued me, and I took her suggestion. A great deal more time passed.  Now, it seems, my story has been published along with the stories of eleven more rescued felines.  The name of this book is  "Rescued. The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes".  The book is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but wait!  If you purchase our book during the month of July a portion of the proceeds will go to Paws and Claws, Muriel and I are working on a book signing for that month.  We'll let you know.

Meanwhile, life at the Library goes on.  Summer is a time for -- you guessed it -- the summer reading program.  The theme this year is "Read To The Rhythm".  I'm wondering if this means either reading with music playing or perhaps only reading books about music and dance.  Could be, I suppose.  At any rate, the kids' program is K to 6th grade, the teen program 7th to 12th grade.  This program will run for eight weeks with activity days on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30.  Sign up is required,  Call the Library for more information.  587-4639.

Several more noteworthy events are programmed for summer:

Friday (10 - 6), Saturday (10 - 5), and Sunday (10 - 2), June 26 - 28 is the Summerfest Book Sale.
Sunday will be bargain day, but don't count on the book of your dreams being left over.  This event has earned me my title "Browser, King of Books" for my propensity for sitting atop the piles of books

July 31 is "Pie on Park Avenue".  It begins at 9:00 am and continues until 3:00 or whenever the pies run out.  It will take place at 209 Park Ave across from the Library.  Proceeds will go  toward my three season reading porch which you may share.  This event is a long standing tradition in Pine River and has recently been adopted by my Library.

August, lovely August, brings the Cupcake Wars!  August 1st is the date, The Warehouse the location.  This is the third annual event.  Be giving this some thought.  It is really fun.  Set up is at 10:00 am, tasting begins at 11:00 am and awards are given out at 1:00 pm.  The tasters are the judges in this competition.  Sign is required.  Form a group of friends, neighbors, or grandchildren and have fun with food!  More information can be had at the Library.

August 26 to 30 is the Bluegrass Festival, and once again the Library Foundation will be selling specialty coffees, popcorn and ice cream.

Sugar, sugar, sugar, and books.  What better combination?  In addition, June 23rd at 6:00 pm at the Pine River Public Library, the Minnesota Legacy Program will present Julie Klassen, the Christian Fiction author, so sugar, sugar, sugar, books, and more books!

Enjoy your summer as I will mine.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer brings author, book sale to Pine River Library

Friends and Neighbors:

Summer! We knew it was coming, but the actual event seemed so distant during our long winter.

Our Minnesota Legacy Program is kicking off summer here at Pine River Public Library with Minnesota Book Award winner, Julie Klassen. She will be with us Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00PM to talk about her books and the writing process involved and will be doing a book signing after the book talk.

Klassen writes inspirational Regency era romance novels and currently has 8 books out with another coming out this July.

Summer! The Summerfest book sale is June 26th to June 28th. Books can only be donated until June 15, and then only during regular library hours. If you have books to donate, hurry up!

Normally I am no longer allowed to be loose. I hate the entire idea of a leash, but such is life and politics, and I have learned to live with it. However, during the book sale I will once again be allowed to be King of Books. It is one of my favorite hats to wear.

The Friday hours are 10:AM to 6:PM. Saturday 10:AM to 5:PM, Sunday (bargain day) is 10:AM to 2:PM.

Come and see me. Bring home some great reading material. We will be located across from the library next to the Catholic Church.


Until then I remain,

Browser, the library cat, future King of Books

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pine River summer reading program to begin

Young friends and neighbors and parents of same,

Soon, very soon, the summer reading program will commence. The theme is “Read to the Rhythm”.

My friend and ghost writer played in a band for many years and this theme rings true for her. We feel everybody should fill their lives with music.

Our summer reading program, as always, is divided into two groups: our younger readers ages 5 to 12, and our teen readers ages 13 to 18. Activities will, of course, be age appropriate.

We will be learning to dance! We will have a special guest who will tell us about different musical instruments. We will indeed have a wonderful time!


Here are the specifics:

  • Sign up begins June 1st. Young people can pick up their reading logs at this time. (As an aside, humans tend to call their youngsters “kids”. This program is for human children, not baby goats.)
  • This program continues from June 8th until August 1st.
  • Thursdays are activity days. Children will need to sign up in advance.
  • Prizes for reading are given out every week.
  • By finishing all eight weeks, participants will have their names in a drawing for a larger prize and will be invited to the end of program party.
    Also the month of June, Story Times are being sponsored by the Pine River Lions Club.  If you wish to sponsor a month of Library Story Times please contact the Pine River Library at 587-4639. 
    Join me, Browser, the library cat, at our Pine River Library for fun times in summer. See you soon.