Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My last day at the Thorntown Public Library In Indiana

On Friday, I completed my tour of the Thorntown Public Library. I visited the Secret Garden, which was inspired by the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Here I am visiting with the Garden Kids.

I decided it was too hot to be outside, so I decided to check out the rest of the library. They have a great big juvenile Bald Eagle. Luckily it's behind Plexiglas, so it's much safer than it looks.

I also tried my paws at Bossing the Thorntown Public Library. I wanted to see what it was like sitting at the Boss Tober/Assistant Boss Karen Command Center.

The Command Center worked really well. I declared Monday, May 30 as a Day Off and it actually happened. I finished out my day of working and visiting by running the Circulation Desk for a while. The desk is about a bazillion years old, but it looks pretty snazzy because it recently go refinished.

After the work-week was done, one of Tober's AABs took me on a special trip.

You see, the Indianapolis 500 was this past weekend. The Indy 500 is an auto race, and this year's race was pretty big deal -- the race is 100 years old! That's, like, eleventy billion in cat years! First we had to go to the store and get supplies.

They even got me some cat treats for munching during the race!

When we got there, it was very, very windy, so it was hard to get a good picture of me. The AAB and her friend held me close so I couldn't be blown away. But from my seats, I got to see the very first Indy 500 winning car go around the track, The first Indy 500 was way back in 1911, so seeing that car go around was very cool. After that we heard Jim Nabors sing, and they played Taps, and we all thought of all of the men and women who have served our country so we animals and people can enjoy the freedoms that we have. Then the cars started going around and around and around!

During the middle part of the race we got up and walked a bit, because it got very hot and I needed a break from all the noise (sensitive ears). We found some yellow shirts to take a picture with.

Yellow shirts are nice men and women who work as Safety patrol for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They help with crowd control, help give people directions around the track, and pose for pictures with world-famous library cats.

After my big day at the race, I came back to the library to send my story home, to my Pine River Public Library friends.

I've had a fun holiday weekend in Thorntown, and at the race! Now it's off to my next stop!

Until next time, Browser!

Monday, May 30, 2011

My visit to the Thorntown Public Library

I'm a little behind on my travel adventures so now trying to catch up.

My next stop is the Thorntown Public Library in Thorntown Indiana. The library is a 1914 Carnegie that was expanded in 2004.

The Staff was very excited when I arrived! At the end of the day I was placed in my "carrier" next to the Head Librarian's desk for safekeeping. I guess she didn't realized that she put me next to the trash can. Well the next morning Christine Sterle, the Head Librarian looked for me and I was nowhere to be found! She and a few of her coworkers went into a panic. Custodian Ritchie put me IN THE TRASH! Lucky for me that I was unscathed and a night out reminded me where I use to live before the Pine River Public Library gave me a home. The staff apologized profusely. Here I am pictured with Ritchie hiding behind me!

Here I got to meet Boss Tober. Like me he's a library cat! Tober was at first worried about my presence. Me being the new cat in his library, but he seemed to be coming to terms that I would only be visiting and not taking his job away from him.

While here I was made and Honorary Staff Member, since a library can't have too many cats!

If you want to hear more of my visit at Thorntown Public Library visit Tober's blog at http://www.tobersadventures.blogspot.com

Last Library in the EVPL: Oaklyn Branch

Here I am finally outside at the Oaklyn Branch of EVPL. The library was built into the side of a hill.

A fine meadow of native prairie grasses and wild flowers sprouted when the new Oaklyn Branch of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library opened in 2003.

The plants grow across the library's flat 17,250 square foot roof. Underneath 16 inches of soil, the library stays inherently cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The roof provides the ecological benefits that plants bring.

Come see this library if your in the area!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Continued Travels through EVPL: Red Bank Branch

I was lucky enough to meet up with Heidi at the Red Bank Branch.

They have mice here but they won't come out to play. I wonder why?

Here's a nice map for me to look at. Have to decide where I want to go next!!!

More adventures through Indiana.......

Sunday, May 22, 2011

EVPL West Branch Library in IN

This is the West Branch Library of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
It's an old Carnegie library.

I love this circulation desk and they are doing the same Reading Program as we are. How cool is that?

A world window map in the children's area.

Now off to some more libraries in the EVPL system.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

EVPL Central Library in IN

Visiting the Kids section here at the Central Library. Like being on a ship!

They have two Degus, (a small caviomorph rodent from central Chile. Sometimes referred to as the brush-tailed rat.) They are named Buttercup and Jerry.

This is a sculpture of a tree hanging from the ceiling.

At the library coffee shop called "The Cup and Chaucer Cafe" Great play on words don't you think so?

Now off to The West Branch Library......

Friday, May 13, 2011

Browser visits the North Park Branch of the Evansville Vanderburg Public Library IN

I arrived at the North Park Branch of the Evansville Vanderburg Public Library. Here I got to meet Rudy the moose. He's dressed up for spring.

I got to spend the afternoon with the teens.

I got the grand tour of the library.

I hope the bear here isn't after me!

A visit with kids that came for a school tour.

Finished the day with a visit to the youth librarian, Stacy Jensen's office.

I would like to thank the North Park Branch in Evansville, IN for having me come visit their library. I had a great time.

Where to next? Maybe to your town!

Browser the library cat

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Park Rapids, Dennis and the D's, and Mother's Day

Dear Self (Browser),

I had a pleasant visit to the Park Rapids Library even though I spent the first day on the manager's desk (boring) because she ran off to an important meeting. She made up for it by inviting me to hear Dennis Warner and the D's in concert. Dennis and the D's are a charming group and they make wonderful music together. It was too bad the circus was in town the night of the show because I'm certain more kids would have come if it hadn't worked out that way. The audience made up for numbers with it's enthusiasm and I'm not sure how but I became an honorary member of the D's and was given center stage.

After resting up (fame makes a cat rather tired), I got to join the Friday morning story hour group. Of course, with Mother's Day right around the corner, the books were all about moms. It made me think about my dear feline mother and how she gave up her girlish figure to support my growth till birth. I also remember the endless supply of milk she provided until I was big enough to find my own food. "Meow" in your honor.

I'd better go get ready for the next leg of my travels. I'm sure there are many adventures ahead.

Browser Cat

PS Dennis Warner and the D's will be in Pine River, May 12 @ 6:30. The Warehouse, Come check them out!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Westward to Wadena

I was in Wadena Friday, April 29 to listen to the Minnesota Percussion Trio with the 4th graders from Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary.

Wadena Rocks!