CHRONICLE: There’s a cat in the library

Cats and libraries go hand in hand.

Their correlation dates back centuries to the Middle Ages when cats were housed in monasteries to defend valuable documents from hungry rats.

On top of that, the temperament of a furry feline aligns perfectly with libraries and reading. Relaxing with a good book can only get better with a cat in your lap.

Many libraries around the world even have their own library cat. So much so, in fact, that a book dedicated to the subject was written in 1992.

Cats, Librarians, and Libraries: Essays for and about the Library Cat Society contains several essays detailing the lives of different library cats and their impact on the daily lives of their respective library staff and patrons.

The most famous library cat was Spencer Iowa’s Dewey Readmore Books, which was found abandoned in the public library’s book return bin in 1988.

The library then adopted him and served as a staff supervisor at the library for 18 years. After appearing in a few library cat documentaries, Dewey became quite well known, especially in Japan where he had earned a cult following.

At the time of his death in 2006, Dewey’s obituary had appeared in over 270 newspapers.

Her legacy lives on through books written by her savior, Vicky Myron, who was a librarian at the Spencer Public Library. Myron has written two adult books, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World and Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions as well as three children’s books, Dewey: The Library Cat, Dewey: There’s a cat in the library and Dewey’s Christmas in the library.

While the Summerland Library would love to have its own library cat, we just can’t. Therefore, we thought of the next best thing.

We are very happy to announce that we will be holding a Kitty Cat Café this weekend on Saturday November 26th from 2-4pm. the public to show up at any time during the event to meet the cats, have a snuggle or two and enjoy some refreshments.

The SPCA will also have plenty of information about their organization available at the event, including information on how to adopt if you meet a new kitty best friend.

The SPCA will also graciously accept donations to continue its efforts to save and house animals in our community.

Kayley Robb is an Assistant Community Librarian at the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and has her own cuddly cat named Jasper.

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