Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Visit to the Blackduck Library in Blackduck MN

Here in Blackduck I was able to help at the front desk with all the books!

I got to join the journaling workshop out on the outside deck of the library.

I joined the kids at the coloring table.

Of course I couldn't miss snack time!

I helped out volunteer Alex with the mancala games.

And I couldn't miss Storytime!

Volunteer Brock appreciated my help of course!

Nance and Jolene were very glad that I came to visit their small library in MN.

Off to my next adventure! Hope you're enjoying them as much as I am!

Until next time,


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kitchigami Library gets laptops for public use

Hello, Friends all,

Our library – that would be Pine River Public Library – is certainly on the cutting edge of technology. Guess what we have to offer you now. Oh well. You don’t have to guess. I’ll just tell you. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has once again given our library a giant step in technology. Last year it was three touch screen computers. This year it is three laptops for in-house use! They are connected to the printer so you can, of course, print directly from them. They can be checked out for an hour at a time. Staff – the people who feed and house me – will answer your questions if you have any. You will need to leave your library card and personal ID at the desk until you return the laptop, but that is no big deal. Nobody can say our library is a day late and a dollar short.

Which comes to my next message. “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” is an amazing book by Terry McMillan, author of such books as “Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”. It is the story of a family headed by a matriarch with strong opinions about her grown children and what is wrong and right with each of them. Though the family as a whole may not be a reflection of your own, each of you will take away new insight into your family dynamics. That’s a promise. As the story line progresses, the point of view shifts from one family member to another, skillfully exposing knowledge and misinformation each has about the other. This is a good summer read, as it can be taken in small doses, each chapter taking only a few pages. The impact, however, is not small. Read this book. You won’t be sorry.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bemidji Public Library and B.A.R.C.

I really enjoyed my stay at the Bemidji Public Library, everyone is sooooo nice there! I got to hang out with famous authors of children's books, listen to a live concert by Paul Nye, watch a magic show and help out with the B.A.R.C. program. Now, even though B.A.R.C. (Bemidji Area Reading Canines) is where dogs come into the library to read with the kids...those canine cuties were so laid back and gentle they allowed me to snuggle right up with them so I could listen to the kids reading too!

I would encourage anyone traveling through Northern Minnesota to stop by the Bemidji Public Library and say hello to all of my new friends there.

Well...on to my next adventure. I'll tell you all about it soon!