Dewey: The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched The World

Paperback | October 7, 2010

byVicki Myron, Bret Witter

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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.

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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 w...

Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles fromSpencer,Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare,she graduated summa cum laude fromMankatoStateUniversityand has a masters degree fromEmporiaStateUniversity.She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty-five years, the last twenty as director. She lives inSpencer,Iowa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:October 7, 2010Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446407429

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What a fantastic story! I laughed, cried, and cried some more! Very well told...a must read for any animal lover.
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book This is an amazing book! Great for cat lovers and people who appreciate the wonderful gifts animals bring into our lives.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story that anyone will love This book tells the story of Dewey, a cat adopted by a small town library in Iowa. It follows the life of Dewey over the years, examining how he had a positive impact on the society, and how he helped the people around him. I found this story very enjoyable to read, as you not only get to follow Dewey from a kitten to an old-man cat, but you follow the life of his owner. It is a heartwarming story, that anyone will like. Most importantly it is a reminder of just how unique animals can be and what type of impact they have on our lives.
Date published: 2010-11-10
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Purrrrrrfect companion Dewey, There's a cat in the Library, is a lovely companion piece to the original Dewey, the small-town library cat who touched the World. The illustrations and text create a warmth that makes the reader connect with this wonderful kitty who with his feline powers of purrrrsuasion made daily life a little more brighter. The book is wonderful to read out loud with catchy phrases like "Wowzy Whiskers" or "Hooey Doowey Yooks". I'm sure this will become a classic which cat and book lovers will treasure for years.
Date published: 2009-09-23