Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Find Brutus

Brutus has been sniffing around the library's website ( and is now lost. Have fun finding him during October, click on his picture, and print out a coupon for a free DVD rental. A valid library card is required to borrow the DVD and there is a limit of one free rental per card.

Brutus helps Caleb with his homework

Because school is underway, Brutus is helping Caleb with his homework on the computer. The library has many sources to help kids with their homework, both in the library and online. If the library doesn't have the book a student needs, library staff will be glad to try and get it from another library through MelCat. Students can also find lots of good information such as Kids InfoBits on the databases

Brutus wanted to use the World Book Encyclopedia online to look at all the dog pictures, but Caleb needed to work on math problems. Brutus's favorite problem was: If you have 5 cats and give 5 away, how many cats do you have left?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Library Carnival

Brutus had lots of fun at Saturday's Library Carnival. He was involved with almost everything at some point in the afternoon. The wrecking ball game was his favorite. (If he missed the house with the ball, he could always use his tail). There were lots of prizes to choose from, and some of them looked like lots of fun--the only thing missing was a good bone to chew one. He hoped to win the dog cake, but, alas, it went to one of the kids. He also had to put his nose to the grindstone for part of the afternoon and help Harriet sell tickets. Staff wouldn't let him near the food booth, to his dismay; but he's still not too sure about eating "hot" dogs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Brutus and the Create a Library Contest Winner

Brutus is looking over the Pony Express Library, the grand prize winner in the Durand Branch's Create a Library contest that was held over the summer. The library was built by Samantha Bukovick and her parents Becky and John. Brutus sniffed all of the detail in Samantha's library which includes over 300 miniature books, but all he could find were horse books, no dog books.

He checked the other library entries in the contest, but couldn't find any dog books there either. He did growl at the library that had a library cat, Dewey. Brutus wanted to bark and chase after the horses in front of Samantha's library, but they were well behaved and refused to run around the library and make noise.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Rally in Lansing

Brutus was a bit in a hurry today. He didn't want to be late for the rally in Lansing being sponsored by the Michigan Library Association. He fears that the state is going to the dogs with the proposed cuts to the Library of Michigan and state aid to public libraries. How can humans be so short-sighted? He wasn't too sure about MeLCat until Barb explained to him that this did not involve cats; it is the statewide interlibrary loan system and catalog which is in jeopardy. Brutus enjoys MeLCat, especially playing in the blue bags and reading dog stories (although he'd like to see the "cat" part changed). Margaret and Steve have calmed him down for today with promises that they will be attending Thursday morning's rally on the Capitol steps at 10 a.m. They hope to see many librarians and library users there in support of Michigan's libraries; everyone is encouraged to write to their state legislators.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pre-School Winners in the Summer Reading Program

Brutus joined a group of pre-schoolers for a picture yesterday. He loves kids and was thrilled to learn that this group represented the top "readers" (or in their case, probably listeners) in this summer's reading program for their age group. He was so excited with the hugs and pats on the head from the kids, that his tail didn't quit wagging for several hours. He is just as anxious as the children, to see them spend their library dollars at the carnival on September 12th. The children pictured are Charles DeWeese, Charlotte DeWeese, Omaleigh McVay, Sophia Wellman, Everett McVay, and Savannah McVay. Congratulations to all the children who read this summer! You're all winners in Brutus' book.