Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

by Bret Witter, Vicki Myron

Grand Central Publishing | September 24, 2008 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World is rated 4.1765 out of 5 by 17.
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 of <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Spencer, <_st13a_state _w3a_st="on">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.

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Published: September 24, 2008

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446542202

ISBN - 13: 9780446542203

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the book! 4.75 stars In January, 1988, a tiny long-haired orange kitten was found, freezing, in the book drop at the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. The library director, Vicki Myron, decided to take care of the kitten, and have him live in the library. Dewey was a perfect library cat, who adored people! He lived at the Spencer Public Library for 19 years. This is his story. I am a librarian and a cat person. I loved the book! Dewey is absolutely adorable! In addition to the stories surrounding Dewey, the author also includes information about her own life, as well as about the farming community of Spencer, Iowa. I grew up in a small town on the Canadian prairies, so I actually found it kind of interesting and could relate. And because I like reading biographies, I was o.k. with Myron’s story, as well. I didn’t find those parts quite as interesting as the stories about Dewey, however, which is why I’ve docked it the ¼ star.
Date published: 2010-05-20

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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

by Bret Witter, Vicki Myron

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 24, 2008

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0446542202

ISBN - 13: 9780446542203

From the Publisher

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 of <_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Spencer, <_st13a_state _w3a_st="on">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.

About the Author

Vicki Myron was born in Spencer, Iowa and grew up on a family farm in northwest Iowa. She received a bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and a master's degree from Emporia State University. In 1982, she started working at the Spencer public library as an assistant librarian. In 1987, she was named director of Spencer public library and held that position for over 25 years. She retired in 2007 in order to write Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. She has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Library Association, on numerous statewide advisory panels, and is a library management instructor in the Iowa library system.

Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Before becoming a professional writer, he was the Editorial Director of HCI for three years. He has ghostwritten nine books.