Saturday, 6 December 2008

Cats and Libraries

Finished December 6
Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
This book follows the life of Dewey, a cat who was found in the library bookdrop in Spencer, Iowa one cold winter morning. He ended up living in the library and becoming beloved by not only the library staff and local community, but also by many from further afield.
Besides the story of Dewey Readmore Books, this story is also about the town of Spencer and its history and people. Spencer has survived difficult times in the past, including having a great part of its downtown burned down during the Depression. But the core of the community has stuck with it and created a vibrant tight-knit community.
The book is also about Vicki Myron and her family, their health issues, relationship issues and lives. Vicki had an intimate relationship with Dewey as the director of the library, one of the two people who found him, and the one who took him home over holiday periods.
The affection for Dewey comes through as does a sense of the kind of cat he was. Better pictures would have added to the book.

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