Who would have guessed that a foundling kitten would grow up to attract not only local Spencer, Iowa, residents, but become nationally and internationally famous? In DEWEY: THE SMALL-TOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD Vicki Myron describes the way little dirt-covered Dewey adapted to life in the Spencer public Library. He loved, or at least tolerated, attention from everyone, and seemed to know which people needed the special attention of his calm presence in their laps.
Myron narrates in easily-read conversational style not only Dewey's life, but adds glimpses of local history and opens the door to her own life, an inspiring story itself.
As a cat and library lover, I enjoyed this book immensely. Dewey's antics and curiosity were pure cat, especially his love of heights on the top of book stacks. His temperament, however, was rare. Even as an 8-week-old kitten he appreciated his rescue from near death and seem to know from the first that the library was his home.
Even readers who are not"cat people" will chuckle at his antics and find his growing fame fascinating. In a very good way, thousands of people now know where Iowa is, and many traveled great distances just to see and pet him.
The Marion Library is honored to host Vicki Myron on July 20 at 7:00. We'll have a chance to ask questions and learn more about Dewey and about Myron's life after retirement. Please join us for an evening of conversation and desserts.
Meanwhile, do add comments about your response to DEWEY and tell about your latest find as a reader exploring Iowa and Iowans.