The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World

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How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat ofSpencer,Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446407410
Branch Call Number: 636 .8092 MYR
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret


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Oct 04, 2017

This book is very touching and inspirational. The way Vicki Myron described Spencer, Iowa makes me want to live there.

HCL_staff_reviews Jan 17, 2017

It was one of the coldest January mornings in 1988 in Spencer Iowa when library director Vicki Myron heard a strange sound coming out of the metal book drop box. To her surprise, huddled in the corner was a tiny kitten weighing bearly one pound. It was love at first sight for them both. Anyone who is a fan of memoirs, felines, history or simply a good story will enjoy this book. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

On a bitterly cold Iowa morning, librarian Vicki Myron reaches into the library’s book drop and discovers a tiny, shivering kitten. Little did she realize how Dewey would change the fortunes of her rural library.

d2013 Jul 20, 2015

A wonderful tale of a Library cat named Dewey Readmore Books who won the hearts of all who knew him. Sweet and tender story!

Mar 24, 2014

I liked it. Would have liked it more if it was more about the cat and less about the author.

Jun 09, 2013

Perhaps someone who is not an animal person wouldn't not give this book such a high rating, but as any true animal lover knows, it can be difficult to put into words exactly why your best friend should be known the world over for how great she/he is. Author Vicky Myron does a wonderful job not only getting these feelings across, but describes the true power of what a community can be for itself and the individuals who may not even think they are a part of it. Dewey's community ends up being known the world over, and it's always nice when the world knows -- and understands -- why your best friend is truly king.

May 04, 2013

A wonderful story that made me smile several times.

Jan 09, 2013

This is a beautiful short book that is silly, sweet, breathtaking and heartbreaking. Dewey was an amazing intelligent cat that wanted to thank each and every person ( newborn to elderly alike ) for saving his life. Greatly suggest this to especially cat lovers... aloof folk would probably find it boring and too human for their tastes... just being honest. I thank Vicki Myron for sharing the many stories contained in the book with the world.

Dec 15, 2012

I loved reading about Dewey's various antics and especially his gregarious personality. Every once in a while, you meet a cat or dog who is more like a 4 footed person than an animal, one who works his way into the heart of virtually everyone he meets. Dewey is most definitely one of those special beings who will never be forgotten. Every library needs a cat like Dewey. :-D

Sep 08, 2012

This book is a great snapshot of small town America. As others have noted, it's much more about Spencer, Iowa, and the author, Vicki Myron - but as such, it's a great portrait of a cornbelt small town. The best parts, though, are the ones about Dewey. He really does seem to have been an exceptional cat. At one point, other librarians ask Vicki if they should get a library cat too? and she replies, "Only if it's the right cat....He has to be special....Calm, patient, dignified, and above all, outgoing. A library cat has to love people. It also helps if he's gorgeous and comes with an unforgettable story." Certainly all those things were true of Dewey. I laughed and cried on the way through this - enjoyed it a great deal!

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