Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Dewey The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World DEWEY is the heartwarming story of Dewey Read Books the beloved library cat of Spencer Iowa as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years Vicki Myron the librarian who found him on a frigi

  • Title: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  • Author: Vicki Myron Bret Witter Suzanne Toren
  • ISBN: 9781600243820
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Audio CD
  • DEWEY is the heartwarming story of Dewey Read Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the DepreDEWEY is the heartwarming story of Dewey Read Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself, and which was almost shuttered during the farm crisis of the 1980s, before regrouping and rededicating itself to small town American values Dewey s local charm and worldwide fame became a symbol of hope for this recovering town Through Dewey s antics, we come to know and love many of the colorful and inspiring people of Spencer But perhaps the most inspiring person in Spencer is Vicki Myron herself, a single mother who survived the bankruptcy of her family farm and working in a box factory to put two of her brothers through college to become one of the leaders of the Iowa library system Dewey is one lovable, roguish cat who managed to transform an entire town and inspire people across the globe.

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    1. Vicki Myron Bret Witter Suzanne Toren

      I was born in Spencer and grew up on a farm south of Moneta, Iowa a town that no longer exists I graduated from Hartley Iowa High School and moved to Mankato, Minnesota where I worked, married, had a daughter and went to college I have a bachelor s degree from Mankato State and a master s from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas In 1982, I returned to Spencer, Iowa to begin working at the public library In 1987, I was named Director of Spencer Public Library and I served in that position for 25 and years I retired in 2007 to write this book I currently reside in Spencer.I love George Orwell, Frederick Feikema, and the Harry Potter series for fiction I read all of Torey Hayden s books about abused children and many other non fiction writers I rarely read fiction these days unless it is a truly special book.


    1. Wow, am I in the minority with this one. I like cats, I like libraries, and I've even known a library cat or two. I didn't expect to rave about this book quite as much as many others have done, but I also didn't expect to think so very little of it. A few cute anecdotes notwithstanding, there is just nothing special about this book. Any pet owner could write as much (and many would do it markedly better). The tone of the author was grating to me, and her experiences were not nearly as interestin [...]

    2. I didn't expect this book to be quality literature and of course it wasn't. It was a feel-good book, only I've noticed that most feel-good books actually make me feel nauseous instead of good. Especially those that idealize small town America.I thought I was going to scream if I had to read another paragraph about how amazing the town of Spencer, Iowa is. To give you a taste:"That's another of Spencer's unique and valuable assets: its people. We are good, solid, hardworking midwesterners. We are [...]

    3. I thought I was reading a book about a cat, but I wound up reading a book about a woman with a lot of troubles in her life. For every chapter that was actually about Dewey, there seemed to be 2 or 3 that were just about her. I'm very sorry for the losses in this woman's life, and the things she went through, but that's not what I set out to read. I expected a good, light-hearted story about a cat, but every time I reached a point where my spirits were lifted, Ms. Myron brought it all crashing do [...]

    4. Vicky Myron's "Dewey" is a book about many things: life in small town Iowa, Vicky's own life history, the important role a library can play in the life and identity of a community and, of course, Dewey Readmore Books, one of the best known and well loved cats in the world.Despite the variety of topics Myron writes about, her book holds together so well through her decision to write honestly about everything. Some of her personal and family history was obviously difficult to write about, but its [...]

    5. A little disappointing. I was expecting a book about Dewey but he hardly featured at all. I enjoyed the sections about the other cats but again they were out weighed by long anecdotes about their owners which did not really interest me. The best bits are the photos especially the one of Dewey on the cover. He was a real beauty.

    6. There is a common idiomatic phrase, "it does exactly what it says on the tin". Well in the case of Dewey: The small-town library-cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, it doesn't. The book is a bit of a hotch-potch. It starts out as a very promising and touching animal story. The librarian of a small town library in Spencer, Iowa, discovers a tiny, frozen, furry bundle in the drop-box of her library. Incredibly, the bundle proves to be a kitten who is still alive, though barel [...]

    7. “A great library doesn't have to be big or beautiful. It doesn't have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.” A non-fiction book about an adorable cat and a small town's history. The cat helps change that history and give the town's heart a bit more beat. [...]

    8. Firstly, thank you all for enjoying putting up with my cat-story updates. As pet lovers know, we all need to talk about our pets to random strangers from time to time, so that was rather therapeutic. Dewey's story is an incredible one. And, as shown by the 20-year difference from the beginning to the end of the book, it's highly unlikely the library would have adopted a cat in this day and age. As Vicki notes, there were complaints after Dewey showed up and it was decided that he would stay, but [...]

    9. If you ever had a cat growing up then you have to read this book. Much like pets, embarking on this comparatively short 275 page journey, you're signing up for the little guy to warm you over, make you smile, and eventually break your heart (after a 19 year run). With pets, we know what we're getting into and but we just have to do it anyway. To outsiders our pets may be labeled "just a stupid cat" or "just a dumb mutt." However, if you've grown up with one before you've felt that connection. Yo [...]

    10. Ignore the "to-read" following "never-got-to-the-last-page." Only 210 more pages to go the distance and earn the right to give one star to DEWEY -- but I left the ring. Another ten pages -- and I might have been "down for the count" in Spencer, Iowa. Sorry -- kitty lovers. By the way, I'm one of you. Sorry -- Simple Simon lovers. And sorry -- small-town, out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere, lovers. This book may be for you, but it's not for me. When I hated grading freshman compositions, but before the [...]

    11. While this is not a great literary book, I give it high rating because it touched my heart and is such a strong reminder of how much animals add to our lives. If you have ever saved or rescued an animal, you know how grateful they are and how much love they give back. They bring us though hard and sad times in such a special way. This little guy touch the hearts and lives of an entire town and, through this book, continues to touch hearts.

    12. BLURB: 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, IowaMENTSJawelnofine, I am one of those weirdos who just cannot resist the idea of Dewey the library cat. My whole life was d [...]

    13. Purely a feel-good story (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you like to read). I can't help but feel the author was prone to over-romanticize Dewey and attribute absolute intent all of the time to all of his actions. Don't get me wrong--I am a cat owner/lover myself But, as a resident realist, the fact that Dewey lived so long, generated so much publicity, and obviously soothed a lonely woman who seemed to have a host of physical (and possibly emotional?) issues may hav [...]

    14. Ревю => justonebooklover/2~ ~ ~Топъл и трогателен роман, който неведнъж ме накара да се усмихна, да се разсмея и добре де, да си поплача! За топлотата и уюта, които изпитвах, докато четях книгата, допринесе и това, че си личеше как е написана от сърце, а любовта, вложена в нея, струеше из с [...]

    15. As I walked out of Penn Station this morning, the proverbial country mouse blinking in the early morning city sunshine, the homesick hole in my heart was filled with a glorious and familiar sight--Borders Bookstore! Oh thank god, finally somewhere I can navigate with familiar ease. And familiarity is an understatement. Every table and shelf looked exactly the same as every table and shelf in the bookstore back home--Cormac McCarthy alongside Love in the Time of Cholera. Jane Green sidling up to [...]

    16. This book is certainly a tear-jerker, and one that will appeal to anyone who has a heart, but especially to anyone who works at a library. The book is one of those wonderful experiences where the story may be about a cat, but there are lessons to be learned throughout that can apply to anyone's life. But the main character is, of course, Dewey himself, who springs to life in such endearing ways. I never tired of hearing about the behavior and antics of this amazing library cat.My only complaint, [...]

    17. OMG I AM O.D'ing ON RURAL CHARM GET TO THE POINT ALREADY.I am listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by the same woman who narrated five gruesome mystery novels by Julia Spencer-Fleming. So, even though this book is about a pwecious widdle kitty cat, I keep thinking that any minute there will be a disembowelment.I really don't know if I can finish this thing. It seems to be a Reader's Digest article that has metastasized into a bestseller.________________________________________________UP [...]

    18. This book is in some serious need of editing. The anecdotes about Dewey were cute, but the long winded history of small town Iowa and the author were too much for me. I didn't finish this book and I wish I had the two hours back that I gave to it.

    19. Случвало ли ви се е да прочетете една и съща книга повече от веднъж и да се просълзявате при всяко нейно прочитане?На мен ми се е случвало с не повече от три-четири книги.И тази се оказа една от тях.Имам много истории с любимите си книги. Историята ми с "Дюи" започна доста отдав [...]

    20. Не знам как се очаква да оцениш нечия истинска история с брой звезди. Нечии премеждия, надежди, обич, загуби и тъгуване - как да им сложиш оценка, като че е поредният художествен роман?На такива хора като мен не трябва да им е разрешено да се докосват до книги като Дюи. Не си сп [...]

    21. This book turned out to be about more than a cute cat. I also learned a lot about corn, family farms, farming and small towns, as well as about the author. She tries to stay out of the book, but that is a difficult task. Dewey is an amazing cat and definatley worth reading about.

    22. Този малък сладур не е бил просто котка, той е дарявал хората с любов и поткрепа! Ще ми се да се бях „запознала” с него по-раноОт всяка страница струеше обич! Вече обичам тази книга! <3

    23. This book is as much about Spencer, Iowa and the people who live there as it is about Dewey the cat. The author (a librarian in Spencer) tells of the people in the town and how Dewey affected their lives for the better. She chronicles his life from when he came to the library as an abandoned kitten to his death at age 19. While heartwarming, this isn't a cutsie story about a kitty cat. The town, the librarian, and the cat are all survivors of hard times. An enjoyable read.

    24. I’m a lark. At 5.00am in the morning I can read anything. In fact I’m up for a challenge. But as the day wears on I flag. Come 11pm at night my brain is mush, and my bedtime reading has to be easy, soothing and happy. Stodge for the eyes. It has to go down like my favourite pudding.“Dewey – The small-town library-cat who touched the world” was in this vein. It should have appealed to bedtime me – I am completely besotted with cats, and with libraries for that matter but it didn’t. [...]

    25. Тази книга е любов и да й направя ревю ще е много трудно. Любителите на котки очакват да е посветена само и единствено на Дюи, а другите биха я погледнали с насмешка, защото смятат, че не биха открили нещо повече от историята на една котка в нея, но… „Дюи – котето от малката п [...]

    26. Прекрасен Дюи, благодаря ти, че ме намери <3 Отдавна имах нужда да прочета подобна книга, която да ми напомни, че най-обикновените неща всъщност са най-необикновени. Колко е важно да обичаш безрезервно и без очаквания. Колко е важно да се държим мило с всички, защото не знаем [...]

    27. 2.5 Dewey's adorable; the story of his odds-beating survival, rescue, and world domination through cat charm is pretty great. I love cats! I love libraries! What went wrong? Saccharine and Reader's Digesty, ew.

    28. I love cats. I love libraries. But God, I loathed this.Not because of Dewey, of course. Dewey seems like the sweetest kitten that ever graced earth – like most kittens do. He lived in a library and made the life of the librarians a bit sweeter and lovelier just by being there. He was rescued, and he rescued others in turn. He made a difference just by existing. As pets often do. The parts of this book concerning Dewey's routines and habits were overly cute. I adored reading about Dewey's quest [...]

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