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

Format:  Hardcover,

277 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Sep 2008

ISBN-13: 9780446407410

ISBN-10: 0446407410

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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 of Spencer, 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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Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Sep 2008
ISBN-13: 9780446407410
ISBN-10: 0446407410
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 277
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.5 x 1.0

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Biography of Myron, Vicki

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 state wide advisory panels, and is a library management instructor in the Iowa library system.

Biography of Witter, Bret

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. His title Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013.

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Review by Library Journal (2008-07-01)

One freezing night in 1988, an eight-week-old kitten was left in the book drop of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa. Head librarian Myron immediately fell in love with him, as did the rest of the library staff, and this is how Dewey Readmore Books became the Spencer library cat. Dewey grew into a handsome feline, making many friends in his 19 years at the library by sitting in many laps and greeting library visitors at the door with an uncanny knack for knowing just who needed his affections--children, the elderly, and those on the fence regarding a library cat.

Dewey's fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and, amazingly, worldwide. Some of the most moving parts of this memoir express the intense, special bond that Dewey had with Myron, who survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. This charming and heartwarming story of an extraordinary feline will be welcomed by cat lovers and all librarians who wish they had a library cat.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/08.] - Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston, GA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-01)

One freezing night in 1988, an eight-week-old kitten was left in the book drop of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa. Head librarian Myron immediately fell in love with him, as did the rest of the library staff, and this is how Dewey Readmore Books became the Spencer library cat. Dewey grew into a handsome feline, making many friends in his 19 years at the library by sitting in many laps and greeting library visitors at the door with an uncanny knack for knowing just who needed his affection.

Dewey's fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and, amazingly, became international. Some of the most moving parts of this memoir express the intense, special bond that Dewey had with Myron, who survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Charming and heartwarming. [LJ 7/15/08]

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2008-05-15)

Discovered as a kitten in the night drop box of the Spencer, IA, public library, Dewey helped new head librarian Myron endure heartache, pulled the town together, attracted visitors from hundreds of miles away, and even appeared in a Japanese documentary.

Book description

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 Spencer, 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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Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 10reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by LOVE this book I would recommend this book to anybody I just got it today and I'm having a hard time puting it down. 06/24/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Exellent read This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. Very inspirational and uplifting in this down economy and negativity. 04/20/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Sweet Book Although I'm not finished with this book yet, I love it so far. It's keeping my attention and it makes me laugh constantly. I recommend this book to any cat lover AND animal lover. 03/21/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Book This would even be a great book to read to children before bed. There should be more Dewey's in the world. 11/14/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Yes to Dewey A very good book for all of the cat lovers in the world. 01/12/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A great present for cat lovers I have not read the book because it was a christmas present to a friend who likes anything cat. I did skim thru it and it looks alot like the book "Marley and Me". I have ordered the book for myself even though I am more a dog person. The book does seem to draw you in and have a heartwarming tale to tell. 12/27/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by just as in the book marly this is a happy story. this time of a kitty who loved and in return got love back. not from just one person but a town plus. reading this not only brings smiles but tears as well. animals are great companions and all they ask for is love. thank you for writing this book. maybe we could all learn from our animal friends. 12/09/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the This book is amazing. Please, have tissue ready. I give this book two thumbs up. 04/12/2009
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