Friday, December 7, 2012
He was amazed with how different each wreath was; yet they were all beautiful! His favorite was one with a purple bow. Part-time employee Chicaro was making one to use as a centerpiece so of course Brutus thought that he should be part of this, too. Instead of the candle or hurricane lamp, he demonstrated how he could grace her dining room table (and have first dibs on Christmas dinner). His only suggestion for improving this workshop was to have the cookie exchange at the same time. Both Harriet and Margaret nixed that idea due to the lack of space and the mess of pine needles and dirty hands. Brutus didn't see how that should be a consideration as he just grabs cookies with his mouth (and there would be more for him!) Humans can sure be party poopers at times.
Brutus and the library staff wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Brutus, when he wasn't stuffing himself with turkey last week, enjoyed the new book by Spencer Quinn. Quinn is one of his favorite authors (just like Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday) because Chet is a dog and also the narrator; and Quinn speaks fluent dog. Brutus was almost inspired to go chase murderers while reading this story, but a knife wielding character convinced him that there might be too much danger involved. For now he is going to content himself with his warm box in the library until he can sniff out another good book.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Brutus has been very busy the past few weeks trying to learn how to write with a pencil. Neither his paws or his mouth seem to work very well with computers or pencils. He is trying to prepare for Mardi Link's presentation on Sunday, December 9th in Owosso on writing your family history. He doesn't know much about his parents or siblings, but he'd like to be able tell more about some of his library adventures. He would also like to encourage all interested humans to preregister by December 6th to guarantee a space. He has heard that she is a very good presenter and has written an award winning book. As soon as he can get this doggone pencil to work, he'll begin working on his memoir which he intends to call Tail-Wagging Adventures in the Library. (Or maybe he should just find someone to whom to dictate his story and forget about the pencil).
Friday, October 12, 2012
Brutus is excited to celebrate Stephanie Plum's birthday today. He thinks that the books about her are very funny, but he does not want to be in her next car which blows up. He also suggests that she choose Morelli over Ranger because Morelli has a dog (which is a much better pet than Stephanie's hamster or Diesel's monkey). When he has finished celebrating, he plans to rustle up a pair of handcuffs (which seem to be sorely lacking in the library) and sniff out a fugitive.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Brutus has been busy working on his family tree. He has been sniffing out his ancestors and finding their obituaries. The library's obituary index to the Argus Press has been very helpful. He was surprised to learn that almost 105,000 names were listed. Soon he will looking at the library's genealogical databases--Ancestry, HeritageQuest, and CLIO. He's sure that there is a lot more information to be found if he just follows his nose.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
He has lots of questions about the role of dogs in the war, and Margaret showed him a website about the Marine Corps dogs; he was surprised (and sad) to learn that some of his cousins were killed in battle.
For more information on Martin's program, visit his website, http://www.lmww2.com/
Also, staff have informed Brutus that there were only 48 stars in the U.S. flag during the war. He's never seen a flag without 50 stars. If anyone has a small 48 star flag, he'd love to have you bring it so that he could have his picture taken with it!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Brutus learned about appliqued quilts at tonight's program. He was impressed with Cindy's examples of applique methods. He had never heard of using freezer paper before! Now he just has to learn how to thread a needle so that he can make his own quilt to bundle up in on a cold winter night. Brutus had a pretty good night with the ladies; he even stayed out of the refreshments, and only had to be warned about the hot iron once. Apparently being confined to his box for a few hours has taught him to obey staff commands better (but will his good behavior last?)
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Doggone it (with apologies to Alexander and Judith Viorst) Brutus has had more than his share of problems today. First, Margaret was busy with MeLCat requests for more than two hours and didn't have time to pay attention to him, so he decided to go outdoors and inspect the work on the library's roof. He was caught trying to climb up the scaffolding to see the tiles (and view) on the roof. Unfortunately, he was caught and told to stay in his box. (Or is it fortunately that he was caught before he fell?) However, his box is under one of the leaks so he decided to look for something to eat instead.
Brutus had heard that a registered dietitian will be speaking in Owosso at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night and he was hoping to taste test the refreshments. He was caught (again) before he could eat very many cookies, but he wants to know if he can have some more at the program. He was told that cookies were not considered to be healthy snacks for either people or dogs, and that there will be healthy snacks that night. He's not quite sure how he feels about healthy snacks, as right now cookies sound much more appetizing!
Brutus is now confined to his box for the rest of his terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Staff are turning a deaf ear to his whining as they are too busy with library users, computers, and tax forms to keep him out of more trouble. At least the sun is shining and his box isn't in danger of getting wet! If he can be good for the rest of the weekend, maybe he will be allowed out again soon.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Brutus has been wagging his tail because he is excited about meeting an author from Owosso next week. Thomas Moorehead will be speaking about his new book at the Owosso Branch on Wednesday, February 1st at 7 p.m. Brutus has heard the song by Gordon Lightfoot, but he wants to read this new novel, too, to learn more about the people who were on the ill-fated ship and sailing on the Great Lakes. He plans to have a doggone good time, plus there will be refreshments (which are always appreciated by Brutus).
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Brutus has been busy trying to help some of the library users who received Nooks and Kindles for Christmas. He has almost perfected the downloading of ebooks, especially since detailed instructions were added to the library's web site (http://www.sdl.lib.mi.us/) and learned that the Kindle Touch only allows downloads through a computer (not through its wireless connection). Computer keyboards and mice are still a challenge though with paws! His next project will be to play with the Download Station in the library for MP3 players. He also plans on helping the librarians choose new titles for purchase and welcomes users' suggestions. He promises to pass along titles which aren't about dogs, but doubts if he can consider books about cats; talk directly to Nancy, Anne, or Margaret for that. He also wants to remind those who are interested in this service to call the library or stop in at your local branch to set up an account; you will need your card number (and if you come in, you can also pick up a copy of the instructions).