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

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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.
 

About Vicki Myron

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Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles from Spencer, Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare, she graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University and has a masters degree from Emporia State University. She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty-five years, the last twenty as director. She lives in Spencer, Iowa. Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Raised in north Alabama, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, two children and his fourteen-year-old cat Kiki. His other cat, Feasor, died four days after the completion of this book.
 
Published September 5, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 277 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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An abandoned kitten serves as balm, comic relief and social director to a hard-pressed Midwestern town.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 dir

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If you know someone whose life has been changed by a cat—or who has changed the life of a cat for the better — a gift of Dewey’s Nine Lives will be welcome and long-appreciated.

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For an eight-week old kitten found in a library book drop on a cold winter’s morning, rescued by the library director, Vicki Myron who was the co-author of the book Dewey the Library Cat along with Bret Witter was the cat, which the town of Spencer, Iowa, grew to love.

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It began with the book Marley & Me and recently progressed to the heartwarming novel Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

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New York Journal of Books

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Lovingly named Dewey Readmore Books, the feline soon becomes the hit of the small town, and posthumously one of the most famous cats in the country.After penning Dewey’s first tale, Dewey the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Ms.

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New York Journal of Books

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Myron and Mr. Witter incorporate different anecdotes about felines who touch their owners’ hearts much in the way that Dewey Readmore Books did for Vicki and the town of Spencer, Iowa.The tiny, half-frozen, and abandoned feline who moved the lives of those he encountered and those who read about ...

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Christian Science Monitor

The day a stray cat unexpectedly arrived in our dog-centric home, my ardently cat-loving cousin Jeanne had a word of advice.

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Suite 101

When Spencer librarian Vicki Myron kept an abandoned kitten as a library cat, she could not foresee the effect he would have on the people of her town, and her own life.

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Teen Reads

Although a few recent books have made household names out of two canines named Marley and Enzo, it's a pretty safe bet that before long Dewey's fame will have spread further and further abroad and his tale will become legendary for that most unique breed of felines --- the library cats.

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Over the years, Dewey drew more and more people to the library, and became a source of inspiration to Spencer and the world.ProsDewey is a sweet, uplifting book.Cat lovers will relate with the impact an animal can have.Iowa history & personal stories add flavor to the book.ConsThere is not much s...

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This is the true story of Dewey, (officially Dewey Readmore Books) who as a young kitten began his life as a library cat when he was stuffed into the returned book slot of a midwestern town library on the coldest night of the year.

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Thanks, however to Spencer Library Director Vicki Myron, and the library employees and patrons, Dewey soon became a people-loving, people-pleasing cat.

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