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

     I have a library school classmate who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and deweyfor several years she’s been writing to tell me about the wonderful story, frequently reported in the state’s newspapers, of Dewey Readmore Books, the delightful cat who lives in the public library in Spencer, a small Iowa town. Now we have a whole book about Dewey!

 

     In January 1988, Spencer Public Library staff members heard a noise coming from the book drop. They investigated, finding a tiny kitten, so cold that they were amazed that he was alive. Barely able to stand, he rubbed his head against each staff member, purring as if to thank them for saving him. Soon he was a permanent part of the library. Each morning when the library opened, Dewey stood near the door, ready to greet customers. Vicki Myron, who was the director of the library, adored him, and on holidays Dewey stayed at her home. Only once did Dewey attempt to leave the library, and after staff members found him, he never wandered again – he was committed, Myron says, to the library. Soon people from all over the United States and even some from other countries were reading about this library cat, and Dewey received much mail and many visits.

 

     If you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to read this endearing story, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller.

 

 

(Helen Snow, Information Services)

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