Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Make Thanksgiving a time of giving

I may be a four legged furry creature with whiskers, but I am not living in a vacuum.

I do realize that winter is upon us and with it comes the season of Thanksgiving. Traditionally Thanksgiving is a season during which we count our many blessings.

I don’t find this particularly difficult, since I once lived under an old car and now have a luxurious home in the Pine River Public Library.

For the uninitiated – I can’t imagine there are very many of those – the myth goes something like this: “…the American holiday has religious undertones related to the deliverance of the English settlers by Native Americans after the brutal winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts” []

But wait! Rather than gorging ourselves on more food than we would normally consume in a week and being thankful for Aunt Susan and Uncle Fred who recently arrived from Florida to share this holiday, why not approach it from the opposite perspective?

Instead of being the recipients, why not be the givers?

In terms of the myth, why not take the position of the Native Americans?

Embracing this theme, our Pine River Public Library will have a box available for anyone who would like to donate non perishable food for the local food shelf. Bring some food into the library for Thanksgiving and beyond. (The box will be at the library until spring.)Make it fun! Bring good stuff! Be creative! There are more things that come in cans than tomato soup and green beans!

In parting, let me just say that the holidays are a wonderful time to think of others. Of course, thinking of others needn’t be isolated in time, but for some of us a gentle reminder is helpful. I have my eye on a very tasty mouse for Muriel for Christmas. Shhhh. Don’t tell her. I want it to be a surprise. As many of you may know, traditionally cats were housed in libraries to keep the mice out of the books. This one will be boxed and wrapped festively and placed under the Christmas tree.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 27 Nov 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Join us for Gaming Day Nov. 15th

Okay, so what’s Pictureka? I honestly have no idea. I am, after all, a mere pussy cat. A feline. A tom cat, actually. Sure, I can use a computer and read and write a fairly coherent sentence, but I fail to recognize this particular word or [I assume] object anywhere in my lexicon. Perhaps I should do a little research… Here’s what has to say about this:
Product Description:
Find it fast, find it first! Pictureka is the exciting game of visual hide and seek. Players compete to collect the most mission cards to win the game. Great for the whole family, and kids as young as six can play with older kids and parents. No batteries required. “

Apparently this is a game. This should have become immediately apparent since Hasbro donated it to all public libraries around the country. Since The Pine River Public Library is my home I should have noticed its presence. I have been sleeping on the job. Sorry. I find, upon further inspection, that American Library Association’s first annual National Gaming Day at your library will be Saturday, November 15th, 2008! Having gone through Muriel’s mail, I also find that we at the Pine River Library are participating and that the ALA is urging every public library to help set a record for the most number of people playing Pictureka. I should have snooped earlier. How illuminating!

And the fun never ends here at The Pine River Public Library! Other games will also be available! Monopoly Express, the classic game in a faster version for those who perhaps have ADD – and others, of course - as well as Hey That’s My Fish and THE a MAZE ing LABYRINTH will be available.

Join me and my friends for National Gaming Day at the Pine River Library during our regular hours Saturday. That would be from 10am to 2pm. Ah, that explains Monopoly Express! We would have to be open much longer for the regular game to be played to the bitter end!

Until next time, remain...

Browser, the library cat

P.S. (that means “post script” – stuff that comes after…) Most games are ages 8 and up, but Pictureka is age 6 and up.

Published in the Pine River Journal Nov 13, 2008