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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (edition 2010)

by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter

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Member:jopaderesh
Title:Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Authors:Vicki Myron
Other authors:Bret Witter
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Spencer, Iowa, Library cat, Dewey Readmore Books

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

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When Mom says, "You should write a book about your cat.", I will remind her of this. It should have been wonderfully charming and heartwarming and all that goo but it just wasn't. It started out very promising but soon the author was sharing about her life and precious little about Dewey, the cute library cat. Who stayed in library all alone at night. I don't know why this bothered me the most.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
As soon as I finished reading Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, I immediately jumped into the sequel (a good sign, I think!). And in the introduction I came across the following quote, which really represented the first book to me:

“People appreciate Spencer, Iowa. They like our cornfields and architecture and they also like what we represent: simplicity, old-fashioned hard work, but also creativity, commitment, and love.”

This is what the first book was about – the simple life and love, represented by a wonderful lovable cat. Read more here… ( )
  DoingDewey | Jun 29, 2014 |
This one of those boos for animal lovers, it'll make you laugh, cry and feel happy all at the same time. ( )
  Tara.Ross | Mar 14, 2014 |
This book can sadly be summed up in about a single sentence: "Dewey the library cat changed people's lives." The author repeats this sentiment ad nauseum throughout the book, without ever truly elaborating in what ways the cat changed anyone's life at all. She merely describes a library patron and says, "then they met Dewey and he changed their life." Not particularly convincing, and lacking in the heart-warming stories readers might have hoped for. The one example that does stand out is the author's own relationship with the cat, which seems deeper and more genuine. Perhaps that should have been the focus of the book (ie, how Dewey changed her life) instead of the broader story about the cat at the library, which falls a bit flat and seems rather repetitive. ( )
  KayMackey | Jan 7, 2014 |
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. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 3, 2014 |
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One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story—despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this was a job I could love for the rest of my life. Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat—anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls)—it's a love letter to libraries. (Sept.)
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To Gran, Mom, and Jodi, three amazing women who loved Dewey almost as much as I do
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There is a thousand-mile table of land in the middle of the United States, between the Mississippi River on the east and the deserts on the west.
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[Dewey] spent his time changing lives right here in Spencer, Iowa, one lap at a time.
Find your place. Be happy with what you have. Treat everyone well. Live a good life. It isn't about material things; it's about love. And you can never anticpate love.
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Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, the small kitten who came to be known as Dewey Readmore Books miraculously endured teh coldest night of the year.
When librarian Vickie Myron found him in the morning, she wrapped him in her arms, gave him his first bath, and then introduced him to his new home: the library.

IN thes adaptation of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Dewey, everyone's favorite librsary cat inspires a new, younger audience of readers with his story of courage, survivaland above all, love.

Vicki Myron, the former director of the Spencer Public Library in Iowa, spent nineteen years with the real Dewey Readmore Books. Now retired, Vickie lives and writes in Spencer, Iowa, where she continues to be known as "Dewey's Mommy." She invites you to visit Dewey's website at www.deweyreadmorebooks.com

Bret Witter has collaborated with Vickie Myron since 2006 and has enjoyed every minute of it. He lives in Louisville, KY, with his wife and two children.
Ævisaga Deweys hefur vakið verðskuldað athygli og kátínu, enda hér á ferð einstök og mannbætandi frásögn um sigra og sorgir fólks þar sem dýrmæt vinátta og hollusta lítils kattar skiptir sköpum.
Hversu mikil áhrif getur eitt dýr haft? Líf hversu margra einstaklinga getur ein kisulóra snortið? Hvernig getur yfirgefinn köttur umbreytt litlu bókasafni í heila miðstöð. laðað að fólk og ferðamenn, fyllt dæmigerðan bandarískan smábæ hugmóði, skapað tengsl milli fólks í heilu héraði og orðið að lokum heimsfrægur? 
Á ísköldum janúarmorgni árið 1988 fannst lítill og hrakinn kettlingur í skilalúgu almenningsbókasafns í bænum Spencer í Iowa. Það var bókavörðurinn Vicki Myron sem kom auga á hann í hnipri ofan í bókahrúgu. Frá þessari stundu hófst vinátta sem stóð í 19 ár í gegnum súrt og sætt. 
Þessi hugljúfa og mannbætandi saga hefur setið á metsölulistum víða um heim og hlotið verðskuldaða athygli lesenda fyrir skemmtilegar lýsingar á samskiptum manna og dýra auk þess að draga upp áhugaverða persónulýsingu á fólki bæjarins.
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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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The story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the book return slot at the Spencer, Iowa, 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.--From publisher description.… (more)

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