Cosmo the Library Cat is pictured in front of a photoshopped octopus tank: in the tank are two octopi.

Meow and hello! It’s Cosmo, the library cat, here to invite you to a special event! This Friday, May 20,  the Grand County Public Library is hosting a free outdoor screening of the documentary “My Octopus Teacher” at the Center Street Ball Fields at 8:30 p.m. This Academy Award-winning documentary follows a free-diving filmmaker who sets out to film a nature documentary and ends up making friends with an octopus! I’ve heard it’s educational and even heartwarming.

I’m not a big fan of swimming as I don’t like to mess up my luxurious fur coat. But I might consider it for the chance to meet a real live octopus! You might think that an octopus and a library cat wouldn’t have much in common, but that’s not true. We’re both smart and playful, hunters by nature with big eyes and quick reflexes, and we love to eat fish. For an animal with twice as many arms and legs as it really needs, it turns out these creatures are pretty relatable! 

I’m excited for this movie and I hope you will join me at the ball fields on Friday! Bring your own chair, beach blanket, snacks, snorkel, swim fins, and whatever else you might need to enjoy an underwater evening. We’ll start the movie around 8:30 p.m. or whenever it gets dark. In case of bad weather or strong winds, “My Octopus Teacher” will screen inside the library at 7 p.m. — check the Grand County Public Library’s Facebook page for any last-minute changes. Meow (and whatever octopuses say) for now!