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 world famous? 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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