Dewey, the Rescued Library Cat – Spencer, Iowa
In this small town in northern Iowa there was an act of horrific cruelness perpetrated on a kitten some years ago when someone, on a very cold winter night, dumped a kitten into the book return box at the library (or it could be that he got in there by himself to try to find warmth..). The next morning, as the books were being taken from the box, the head librarian, Vicky Myron , found the kitten and took it into the library. The poor kitten’s feet were frostbitten but he was so glad to be found and warm that he let everyone know how grateful he was. The librarian decided that the kitten should have a home in the library and thus began the life of Dewey named for "Dewey Decimal System" the library cat of Spencer, Iowa.
There has now been a book written about Dewey and his adventures at the Spencer library. In the new book "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World" by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, you’ll read about a cat who adopted a town, or the other way around.
He was a town secret at first but, as library visitors got to know Dewey, the cat quickly made friends. He was a regular during story hour, and always chose a different child to sit with during the read-aloud. Dewey attended all meetings in the library’s meeting room. He seemed to have some sort of time-clock and, at 9am sharp, went to the library’s front door to greet early bird readers.
And since Spencer fell in love with Dewey, it was inevitable that the rest of the world would soon find out about the wonderful, beautiful cat who seemed to understand all conversation and who was a natural in front of the camera. Soon, national media began to swarm to Iowa in search of Dewey. Fans arrived by car and bus. A movie company from Japan came to film the feline.
Dewey lived in the library for 19 years before finally passing away in 2006.
During the farm crisis of the 1980′s Dewey was there to offer comfort to those that visited the library. Although he really couldn’t do much, the people that visited him while in the library always seemed to go away a bit happier than when they came in. Dewey gained such popularity and became so well known around the world that people came to Spencer just to meet the cat!
When Dewey died (at a ripe old age), his obituary ran in more than 270 newspapers around the world.
If you want a heartwarming story to read you may want to pick up a copy of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Then, maybe you will want to visit the library where Dewey lived for so long, just to get the feel for him for his memory still certainly lives on.