Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

     One cold winter morning a small half-frozen kitten is found in the book drop in the alley behind the library in Spencer, Iowa. So begins the story of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who touched the deweyWorld.  Dewey Readmore Books lived the rest of his life, except for holidays, in the Spencer Public Library, touching the lives of the library’s patrons, and then the citizens of Spencer, the residents of northwest Iowa, and as news of him spread people all over the world. 

     This book is the story of Dewey but also Vicki Myron, the library director. She rescued Dewey from that book drop and became his champion, biggest fan and best friend. It is the story of survival of a cat, a woman, and a town – not just surviving but overcoming and thriving in both good times and bad.                         

     I enjoyed this book in part because I can relate to the life of a library but I also was drawn into the lives of Dewey, Vicki, her family and the people of Spencer. If you have experienced divorce, single parenthood, cancer, economic failure, aging parents, the loss of a childhood home, changing a way of life, mental illness, a love of an animal, fighting for what or who you believe in, and a wish to make a difference then you will find yourself in this book.

 (Ginny Edmondson, Vance Chavis Branch)

 

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