Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.  Published  by Grand Central Publishing, 2008.

My mother gave this book to my Aunt Holly, who is a research librarian, as a gift in the last few years.  Mum recommended I read it, but I always forgot to look for it at our local library.  The last time I was at our library, this was on the recommended reading table, shouting at me to pick it up and take it home.  So I did.

Dewey is the true life story of a library cat.  One cold winters morning, the librarian, Vicky Myron, checked the return books drop box, and found a tiny frozen kitten underneath the books.  She and the assistant librarian cleaned it up and did all they could to save it's life.  Thanks to their valiant efforts, the little cat, named Dewey, survived, despite being half starved and having frost bitten feet. 

Vicky received permission from the library board to install Dewey as a library cat, and the rest is history.  Dewey has become an internet sensation, with librarians all over the world waiting for updates on Dewey stories and pictures.  He has been the subject of documentaries as far away as Japan.  People would visit the little town of Spencer, Iowa, from all over the continent, just to see Dewey.

What made Dewey so special?  He was a cat with a great personality, who loved people, and felt it was his job to represent the library and befriend one and all.  This book is full of great stories about Dewey and the people who loved him.  It's a box of kleenex kind of book, so be prepared at the end.  I loved the stories about Dewey, and the stories about the town of Spencer.  Thanks Mum, for recommending this book!

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