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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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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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Again this was a sister recommendation since I like animals, especially cats. I didn't have any general ideas about the book and that is maybe a good thing. Upfront there are better animal books out there but it was cute while the death of Dewey had me getting weepy for a few seconds.

First of all even though the book suggests that it is about a library cat there seems to be a majority of the story written about anything besides Dewey. The book seems to me to be mainly a geographical place book, a part of local history and a bit of the author's own family history. Interspersed within all that there is small town interaction and of course parts of Dewey's own story although drily spoken.

I am not against history or small town demographics but I enjoy reading about the supposed subject of the book. There were definitely way more stories that hadn't been told while it would have been nice if there had been excerpts from other librarians or maybe to keep in touch with the small town feeling stories from the views of some Iowans who had been touched by Dewy.

The other main thing that bothered me was she claimed that she loved Dewey and yet the book was emotionally dry the majority of the time. By the time that she opened up about her mother as well as what her parents hoped her to be - emotionally strong, stable, like a rock - it explained that part of the story and perhaps some of the problems that she had with her daughter.

It was definitely an eye-opener while I wish I could have met Dewey. He had plenty of personality to go around, reminded you of any stubborn cat and makes me wish to someday be able to enjoy a library experience complete with a library cat. Definitely an interesting read if you can get past the dryness of the book. ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Oct 10, 2014 |
Definitely cried. Okay, cried a lot. I apparently cannot handle animal books. Adorable. ( )
  KatieEmilySmith | Sep 23, 2014 |
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
  FriendsLibraryFL | Sep 6, 2014 |
Great story involving a stranded kitten at an Iowa Library. Appreciated the effect on the patrons and the librarian. ( )
  alb435 | Aug 2, 2014 |
Warm and sweet and wonderfully simple, Dewey is a feel-good tale for cat-lovers and non cat-lovers alike that tugs at all the heartstrings at once. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jul 26, 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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