Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tornado Warnings = Fun in the Restrooms!

On Thursday we had spring weather in Indiana.  That means that it gets all blowy out and the staff get uptight.  This time the spring weather was extra spring-y, and the tornado sirens sounded.

When that happens, everybody has to go Downstairs into the library hallway near the restrooms; that area has the least amount of windows and the most amount of hallway.  And me, lucky me, I got to hang out in the bathroom!

It was the Best Day Ever!  Something I love to do, but that I don't get to do anymore now that I'm a Library Cat, is drinking toilet-water.

I thought I was being sneaky about it.

Not so sneaky!
You see, I try to follow custodian Sandy into the restrooms when she's cleaning, but she won't let me go in.  So I try to follow some of the staff into the restrooms, but they won't let me go in.  (Sometimes I serenade them while they're using the facilities, just to let them know I'm still out there, wanting in.)  
But since the lower level ladies' restroom was determined to by my Safe Place during a tornado warning, I had THREE toilets to drink from.  It was great!

I also learned that the lower level ladies' restroom is equipped with the most comfiest cat bed:


It's like it was meant for me!

Not everyone likes tornado warnings.  The staff all had to hang out in the hallway and they didn't have any books to read or toys to play with.  Barb was sad because she had an awesome program scheduled and the tornado warning took up half of it.  So I guess I won't hope for more tornado warnings, but just be thankful that I got my fill of toilet-water and a good snooze in the restroom cat bed.  

Why would they put that bed in the restroom if I'm not allowed in, I wonder?

Chance

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Smelly Shoe Collection

Each year during the month of February my library serves as a collection site for the Boone County Solid Waste Management District (BCSWMD for short, kind of) Smelly Shoe Collection REUSE Heart & Sole Shoe Collection.  Unwanted, neglected shoes can be donated to the BCSWMD and they find new feet to go in them!

If the shoes aren't suitable for new feet, they can be recycled so they don't end up in landfills!

But the best part. . . is they bring all kinds of interesting smells to the library.  Each day I pass by the bags and my super-sensitive and curious feline nose learns new smells.  Some of these shoes have spent a lot of time outside, and some come from farms, and some are work shoes that used to go to offices and factories and stores and restaurants, and some have played basketball and gone to the gym.  

We have TWO bags full!
Mind you, the humans staff with their inferior noses can't smell these wonderful smells.  (They aren't complaining.)

I think that this is a fantastic effort by the people at the BCSWMD, even if their organization name is too long to type out more than once.  

However, they delivered the supplies for the Smelly Shoe Collection in this bag:

Neat bag!!
I was horrified.  Do you see it????

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recycled PET!!!!  I am very supportive of recycling and all, but this has gone too far, people.  I'm going to write a letter to the BCSWMD bosses and. . .

. . . hang on a minute.

Oh.

Okay.

So, someone just told me that PET is short (for real, short) for polyethylene terephthalate, which is especially long for plastic.  So the bag is made from 100% recycled plastic, with is a good thing, not 100% recycled pets, which is a weird (and creepy) thing.

In that case, I can relax.

Relaxing.
If you have any shoes, smelly or otherwise, you can bring them to my library by February 22!

Purrs,

Chance

Friday, February 10, 2017

My First Art!

I have exciting news!  Last week I received my very first Art!

There is an "Art Gallery" tab on this blog site (up there ⬆) that has a collection of most, if not all, of the Art that was created in Tober's honor.  Well, I have been here for 9 (NINE) months now (can you believe it!?) and I don't have any Fan Art yet.  (Mind you, I am not counting that silly drawing that showed up on the staff wipey-board in September.)

Mr. Sam Hillger has remedied that situation with this lovely portrait of me.  Notice that I am surrounded by colorful mouses (not balloons!):

Fancy-Pants Chance!
My *bling* is even included in the picture!  I think Sam did a great job of capturing my likeness, don't you?  My only critiques are that my ears should be a bit bigger, and I don't appear to be frowning.

Even without bunches and bunches of Art, things are pretty great here at the library.

Me and a pal.
I hope everybody has fun weekends.  I will be here, waiting for treats, faucet-water, Da Bird, and belly rubs.

Purrs,

Chance

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love is in the air!

It isn't even February yet, but love is in the air at the library!  We have Pass-It-On Valentines floating around, and a "Blind Date with a Book" display, and a youth I 💖 Reading Challenge!

In the spirit of the season, and because I'm awfully nice, I made a Valentine for BigBear:

"BigBear" - because we're real creative with names around here.
I had to have some help with the glue stick part (and, to be honest, the scissors part).


If you look really close you can even see where I made the dot at the bottom of the question mark a little heart.  I'm detail-oriented like that.  (That's important if you want to be a good library cat.)

Just look what I got it return:

TWO cool cats in that photo!
I did not expect a response so soon!  And look on the inside:

Not sure why this picture is so GREEN.  Huh.
Now, I haven't asked. . . but I'm gonna bet that BigBear needed help with typing that out!  Isn't that a nice Valentine?

Yes, I am snoozing in both of my Valentine photos.  Photographer tried to wake me, gently, with a chin-scratch, but that only made me even sleepier.

I hope you're all working hard at crafting your Valentines for Valentine's Day.  You only have two weeks, and glue stick is difficult to get out of your fur!

Purrs,

Chance

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I know I've spent December grumbling about stupid hats. . . but I'm a pretty happy, lucky, happy-go-lucky guy.  Being a Library Cat is great (so far), and I've gotten lots of extra treats and cuddles during the holiday season.

I got my first Christmas card from friends Laila & Minchie.  (You know it's the Real Deal when you get a card addressed to your very own self!  My coworkers were so jealous!)

Then my friend Anita brought in a card just for me too!


She thought the card-kitten is what I probably looked like as a kitten.  (I was cuter.)  (But that kitten is pretty cute.)

Reading can be tiring!
I also got to meet our Santa Claus during a break in the action at our Christmas at the Library party.  I don't know if you've met a Santa before, but here in Thorntown we have the real thing.  He has an Elf and everything:

I asked for treats.  And no more hats.
 Merry Christmas, friends!  I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true.

Fa la la la la,

Chance