Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dewey Readmore Books

Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

Long have I awaited a perfect book to read during the jolly Christmas season, and I'm finally happy to know that I have found a purr-fect book of my choice. I can't resist my temptation of getting my hands (and eyes) on this book with a cover of the famous library cat from Spencer, Iowa, Dewey, even its cute and adorable picture would melt your heart away.

Dewey Readmore Books (or more affectionately called simply as Dewey) was the resident cat at Spencer Public Library. He was found in the book return box on one cold January night in 1988, and he soon was adopted by the library staff the next morning. After approvals from the board of trustees and even the city council, Dewey has been loved not just by his owner, Vicki but also among the library staff, as well as the patrons of all ages alike.

Dewey is a cat so different to all the cats around the world, because other than his share of love for exquisite cat food, boxes of all shapes and sizes, and plenty of places in the library for hide and seek, he loves the people the most. Here is a cat who does not see you differentl, but is a cat who is so friendly, so loving and kind in nature who touched the hearts and souls of all who visited the library and even the world. He sensed people who are troubled and did what he did best, by giving them company. He had a personal mission: To reduce stress for all humans who paid attention to him. And all he wanted back in return is a pet on his head.

He would welcome the patrons once the library is open at 9, naps on their laps, plays with the children, or just be with you when you need him. He was such an inspirational and yet heartwarming cat, and through this book, I see him as a figure who has taught me to be humble and appreciate the life I'm living, but also see everyone as a friend in need.

Dewey has generated a lot of publicity for the library by featuring in numerous cat magazines, and even got his own documentary Puss in Books, and even another one in Japan! He makes the library his home, his palace, and he is the king. However, people see him as a star of the library, and many of them even from far-far-faraway places had came to see him in person.

Although Dewey was gone in 2006, Dewey would be remembered by his owner Vicki and by the thousands of people inspired by just his cheerful presence in the library.

This book has certainly made my Christmas more meaningful, and I am looking forward for a better future in the coming new year.

If only people could be like Dewey... the world would have been a better place to live in.

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