Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy (slightly early) Finding Day to Me!

Today is the day we are celebrating FIVE WHOLE YEARS of my Librarycatdomhood!  (Finding Day is really tomorrow, so maybe we celebrate for two days now?)

My Finding Day is big news here at the library.  After all, how lucky are my employees to have a handsome orange Mancat for a Boss?  Here is the article on the front page of the Friends of Thorntown Public Library, Inc. newsletter, which has a circulation of 330.

Important words--biggify to read!

Actually, they goofed the "Boss" thing earlier this week.  More about that later.

As with all celebrations here at Thorntown Public Library, we must have cake.  These folks are the cake-eatingest bunch you're likely to find.  So, in honor of my Finding Day, we had a special cake:

That right there is a Kitty Litter Cake!  I thought everyone would be super-excited to dig in to my special cake, but for some reason everyone thought it looked yucky.  Trust me, it is nothing like my litter box, which is scooped faithfully and enthusiastically each and every day!

The Kitty Litter Cake was deemed okay, and everyone got to try and lump or two of it.  One lady was disappointed because she didn't get a special "deposit" in her portion!  Hee hee!

Here was my special Tober's Finding Day display at lunch.

You will notice that there is only one present on that table.  It's from AAB Becki, who also slaved away over my Kitty Litter Cake.  I really don't know what the other 11 staff people are here for.  Seriously.

The OcTOBER reading challenge is called Be a PAW-some Reader in honor of my Finding Month.  Children get to read books with the added bonus of submitting entries to win cool prizes.  Myrtle made a great display on the bulletin board.

I've had so many tummy rubs and hugs and pettings and treats today!  I even let complete strangers pet me!  (They were nice.)  AB Christine only interrupted my nap one time--usually she's a pest.

My Finding Day wish is for Everycat to find a fantastic Forever Home where they are loved and admired and fussed over.

Just not at my Library. This is a one cat only facility!

Oh---and just let me tell you about the Great Boss's Day Fiasco of 2013!

Boss's Day was October 16--two days ago--Wednesday.  I was very excited because it meant TWO me-centered celebrations in one week!  Fantastic, right?

Well, the staff here apparently got their wires crossed and thought that they should celebrate AB Christine's being "Boss" for some reason.  So they decorated her office with balloons (black, the color of sadness and misery) and made her a card.

Of course, she wasn't even HERE that day.  She was off doing stupid stuff like laundry and grocery shopping, and wasn't doing any Bossing at all!

She came into work on Thursday and saw her office.

Guys, it was kind of sad.  She got all excited like she got a promotion or something.  Maybe she got confused and thought she had been made Boss during her day off?  I don't know.  I felt bad and let her pet me a little extra yesterday.

I mean, just look at me.  My presence is so very Bossly--was there ever any doubt?

If anyone wants to try Kitty Litter Cake, we have half a pan here at 124 N Market Street in Thorntown, Indiana.  It's in the fridge in the kitchen, and we're open from 10-4 tomorrow!

Celebrating 5 years worth of headbutts,

Tober, BOSS

Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Q & A with Laura the Librarian

Hi everyone!  Here is my interview with Laura from the Kuopio City Library in Kuopio, Finland. 

FYI right now in Finland it is 49 degrees (Fahrenheit kind of degrees) and it is 9:51 pm at night.  Right now in Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana, USA it is 76 degrees (still Fahrenheit!) and it is 2:51 pm (well, 2:53 pm; AB Blog Helper is pokey about looking these things up).

I hope you enjoy the interview!

Q:  Tell us something about yourself.
A:  I hope you have enough space on your website for all of this!  Firstly, I am a very fit and handsome orange tabby Mancat.  I am approximately seven (7) years old.  When I was smaller (before I moved into the Library), my first set of people had my front toenails removed.  I still have a set on my back feets, though. 
My favorite treats in the world are whatever happens to be in Assistant Assistant Boss (AAB) Kathy’s desk drawer.  (She is our Children’s Librarian and has great taste in treats.)  I also love to eat gum wrappers (the paper kind), Post-It Notes, and Ethernet cables.
I also love tummy rubs and paw massages.  I’ll stop for now, because I’m sure you’re getting ready to ask me even more excellent questions.
Q:  You are a library cat, could you tell us more about how you became a library cat?
A:  I was Found by my AAB Karen on October 19, 2007.  She saw me sitting all by myself on the side of the road and decided I needed rescuing.
At first she tried to make me a House Cat.  She brought me to her house where she had a few other cats and two obnoxious weiner-dogs (some people call them Dachshunds, I think).  I hid under the bed since I didn’t feel like dealing with all of that commotion!  After a few days she decided that I wasn’t very happy, and she thought I might make an excellent Library Cat.  (She was the Library Boss, so she could make those decisions.) 
When I first became a Library Cat, I had to stay in one room all of the time.  It was terrible!  AAB Karen finally decided to let me have the whole Library to myself, and now I go wherever I want whenever I want.  Except the storage rooms and Archives, but those places are just full of junk anyways.
Q:  What kinds of qualities are required of a library cat?
A:  Well, a good Library Cat must be an excellent bug-hunter.  Sometimes bugs and wasps get in the Library, and it is my duty to kill and eat them.  A Library Cat must also be tolerant and put up with getting mauled by small children who haven’t learned how to properly pet a Cat yet.  This is the toughest part of the job, especially when the small children are noisy and squealy.  I also have to deal with my photo getting taken all of the time.  There’s nothing like being woken up from an afternoon nap by a camera-flash, or being photographed while taking a bath!
Q:  What does your typical working day consist of?
A:  At 5:59am I go to the door to meet AAB Ritchie, our custodian.  (If I get there a minute before he does, he thinks I’ve missed him all morning.)  When Ritchie comes in I flop over for my first tummy rub of the day, and then he gives me a few treats. 
At 8:00am AAB Becki comes in and brings me breakfast.  Breakfast is a big spoonful of soft food, and I like it best when there’s lots of gravy in the food!  I hang out downstairs in the library while the staff are arriving.  This maximizes the tummy rubs, treats, and pettings that I receive.  For my morning shift I pick a good soft chair on which to nap/supervise my Library.  If AAB Karen is around, I follow her for a while until she sits down and then I ignore her—AFTER I get more treats, of course!
Where I spend the middle of the day depends on who is working and where.  If AAB Kathy is in her office, I visit her and knock stuff off of her desk.  If AB Christine is working on something important on the computer, I make sure to go stomp on her keyboard.  If AAB Britta walks from one end of the library to the other, I flop down in front of her for a tummy rub.
I sit at on the Youth Circulation desk around 3:00pm.  That’s when the children come in after school.  The good part about sitting on that desk is that I can be admired by all of my visitors, but it’s also easy to get jjjuuuuusssttt out of reach of the really small noisy children! 
Around 3:30pm I make my rounds of the library to make sure no one has forgotten supper.  If AAB Becki is off work that day I have to work extra hard to remind staff to get supper for me.  AAB Becki gets my supper (another spoonful of soft food!) at 4:00pm and also scoops my litter box around that time, too. 
I try to spend the evening napping in sunpuddles.  When it’s dark out I move to the Youth Department circulation desk and nap in a nice pre-warmed chair.
I spend my nights patrolling the library.
Q:  In your opinion, what are the best things in the library?
A:  The very best things about my library are the people—both the employees and the library patrons who come in to visit!  My staff tries very hard to be helpful to everyone, and that’s easy to do when our visitors are so nice.
My second favorite thing is the abundance of Post-It Notes that staff leave unattended when they leave for the night.  YUM! 
I also like books.  Even though I don’t have toenails anymore, I like to stretch my paws on the books.
Q:  What is your most memorable experience as a library cat?
A:  Oh, wow—there are so many things I’ve gotten to do since becoming a Library Cat!  Let’s see.  I had my picture taken with Santa Clause my very first Christmas in the library.  I also got petted by an entire Kindergarten class—about 30 children petted me IN A ROW!  It was crazy!  A little boy once visited and read a book to me.  My staff arranged a treat taste-test for me—I got to sample 8 or 9 kinds of treats at one time!
The worst memorable experience is when a man put me Outside.  He did not know that I was an Indoors-only Library Cat.  He saw me in the library and put me out.  I came back in.  He put me out again. 
No one noticed anything amiss until AAB Britta and Christine came in to work at 11:00am and didn’t see me (they say HI to me first thing).  Everybody went looking for me, and they found me right next to the East door in the bushes.  I DID NOT like being Outside!
Q:  Have you ever heard of a country called Finland?
A:  Yes!  We have books about Finland at my Library!  I decided to do a little reading.  I learned that Finland is a Scandinavian country and that your winter lasts a lot longer than the one here in Indiana.  You have short, short days and long, long days, depending on the season.  I also read that Finns appreciate and use public libraries a lot, so you must be awfully smart.  Go, Finland!!! 
I learned that Kuopio is 4,469 miles (7,193 km) from Thorntown.  I don’t think I will be able to visit you since I’m kind of small and that’s a long way away.
Q:  In Finland, there are reading education assistance dogs in some libraries, but supposedly no library cats. What do you think of that?
I think that Kuopio City Library should lead the Library Cat Revolution!  We have lots of Reading Helper Dogs here in Indiana, though none that come to my Library (whew!).  But Library Cats are even more awesome because (a) we can live in the Library full-time, (b) we are better at managing staff, (c) we don’t bark and drool like dogs do, and (d) we have purr-fect personalities for library work! 

Have good weekends, everybody!  I received my first Finding Day Card today, it was awesome!
Oh, and here's a picture:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Famous in Finland!

Guess what?!?

I'm famous in Finland now!  Laura from the Kuopio City Library in Finland interviewed me for her library's website.  She said that the library chooses a theme for each month of the year, and October's theme is CATS.

Well, that's a purrfect theme for OcTOBER, don't you think?

Laura asked some very good questions about how I became a Library Cat and what my most memorable experiences have been.  You can visit the Kuopio City Library website to see my interview.  I will post the English version here in a few days, but you can also let Google take a crack at translating it for you--it's kind of fun that way, 'cause you know Google doesn't always get things quite right!

I'm glad it's OcTOBER, because that means (a) Festival of the Turning Leaves/Book Sale/Carpet Cleaning/Mess Week is OVER and (b) it is time for our special Be A PAW-some Reader OcTOBER Reading Challenge!!!

Here is a picture for you.  It seems that there is a Tober Imposter lurking about, probably trying to weasel his way into MY Library.  About once a week A Concerned Citizen will rush into the library and tell staff that I am Outside.

Nope.  I don't do Outside.  Nope, nope, nope.  He is not friendly like I am, and he is a little skinnier and looks like he's up to no good.  He's welcome to nap in my flower beds, though.  He also drinks from my fountain sometimes.

Okay, AB Christine says she needs the computer so she can make the newsletter.  She seems to think she has "vacation" time coming.  Whatever.

Have good weeks, everybody!  I still owe you Creature Feature Part 3!


The One and Only Tober (Inside)