Sunday, April 3, 2011

Smarty Sunday: Cats Who Browse In Libraries!

Hi everyone! Its me, Sammy-Joe, back with another Smarty Sunday! 
First an announcement... if you are a pet blogger who has your own business, check out the directory of businesses run by pet bloggers that we are building! If you want to be included, please email us!
And now back to Smarty Sunday. 


This time I have a cool book recommendation for you about a cat. (Yes, I know, my last Smarty Sunday post was about cats also. But I am the Smarty Sunday guy, so I get to decide what to write about... and since I am a cat, I want to write about cats!)


Have you ever heard of a cat who lived in a library? If not, then you've probably never heard of Dewey The Library Cat! In his book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Dewey's mother, Vicki Myron, writes about how he came to live in the library. It all started when he was a tiny kitten. On a freezing cold night, someone stuck him in the book depository. Maybe someone found him and was trying to help him, not understanding that it was actually colder in the book depository than it was outdoors because of the metal. Or maybe this was someone's unfortunate way of getting rid of an unwanted pet. Either way, it turned out well for Dewey, when he was found by Vicki, the library director. Vicki and other staff members nursed him back to health, and the kitten's new home became the library! 
The book tells about how Dewey roamed the shelves of the library, using them as his own personal never-ending cat tree. He spent special time with library visitors, especially children, and formed a special bond with a child with severe special needs. In a lot of ways, he made the library the most popular place in town, and even brought the whole community together! 
If you love cats (and you better love cats!) you'll love this book.
Dewey's book reminded me of another library cat that some of you may actually know. Have you ever heard of Tober, the Thorntown Library Cat? He's not only a Library cat, but he's a bloggy pet too! Like Dewey, Tober was a rescued cat... although he didn't get tossed through the book depository. He was rescued on purpose by staff members at the library. Before that, he was a stray who lived outdoors.
They even look a little alike, don't they?
TOBER


DEWEY
After Mama and I found out that it was possible for cats to live in the library, we wondered why our library doesn't have a cat in it! In fact, we found on the Internet a map with a list of library cats all around the world. The list is pretty old, and some of the library cats have either passed away :( or been brought to live in the private homes of library staff members. These days people are scared about being sued, and you never know... some little kid might sneeze, and their parents could sue the library for making it unaccessible to their child with cat allergies! (In Dewey's book, the librarian explains that an allergist showed them how to tackle this issue.) 
Anyways. I'm getting a little too long-winded about this. I just love the idea of libraries... and how about other places in the community... adopting pets! There are so many unwanted pets out there, and letting them be adopted by places like libraries can give great homes to some of them!
To make a long story a little shorter, make sure you check out Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron. 
Thats it for now! I hope you feel smarter!











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Winnie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I do feel a lot smarter!! Thanks for that great post.

I also just found you on Facebook and 'liked' your page.

Lots of love and greyhound licks, Winnie xx

Kari in WeHo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We just love the list you are putting together :)

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Oskar said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would love to have a cat at my library, not that I get to go!

Nubbin wiggles
Oskar

Tober the Cat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey, that's me up there! In case you know little ones who like cat books, be sure to check out Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! also by Vicki Myron--it's a picture book.

Someday Library Cats will take over the World!!!

CindyLu's Muse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

There should be cats everywhere! Dewey is awesome; I have to read up on Tober! Thank you for all the smart stuff:)

SquirrelQueen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We read Dewey's story not long ago, he was a great cat. We agree that all libraries should have cats. Another favorite of ours is Homer the Blind Wonder Cat.

We'll go over and check out Tober, he sounds like a really cool cat.

Bailey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The book sounds nice (for a kitty story). ;)

Love your business list idea -- mommy says she may be emailing you soon. :)

Oh! I always have trouble posting on your blog (makes me so sad!)... it's usually only in Google Chrome that I cannot click inside the comment box. :(

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey

Kathie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for posting about Dewey, I have read all of the Vicky Myron books about him, there is one about Christmas and one or two for young people. All pretty much the same, but I absolutely feel in love with Dewey. He spent one horrible night in that depository and then the rest of his rather long life being pampered bythe librarians even going home with Vicky for holidays and falling in love with her daughter, who seemed to be his special "human". At first I felt badly that he spent his nights alone in that huge place and felt someone should have taken him home at night but after I read for awhile I think he pretty well had it made having that much space to explore at night. Thanks for reminding me of this, think I will re-borrow it and re-read it, even if it does make me cry in spots!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Our Moms just LOVES the book about Dewey!

Love your Easter theme!

We're back finally! We sure have missed you guys!
Woofs and Kisses!
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Pup Fan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sounds like a great book!

Link Bartholomew said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I get told I look like Dewey! I take that as a compliment. What a sweet face that cat has. Marmie read Dewey's book and cried, cried, cried!

road-dog-tales said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Our Mom used to volunteer at the library and she knows about that book. She hasn't read it yet 'cause when it first came out, the list to check it out was about 87 million people and she just forgot. Thanks for reminding her about it. We never got to go to the library with her, at least not inside, but sometimes they had special events for kids about how to take care of pets and the SPCA would bring dogs and cats :) Cool post!

The Road Dogs

legesilo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very intereresting reading. thx

paxil

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