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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dewey: It's Not Just a Classification System

Dewey was a library cat who was found, as a kitten, in the Spencer [Iowa] Public Library's book return. He was given the unwieldy name of Dewey Readmore Books and he lived out his 19 years at the library. The town librarian, Vicki Myron, penned the bestselling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World [636.8 MYR, also AB/CD 636.8 MYR]. The immense popularity of the book resulted in a Dewey website, spawned several children's books, and somewhere in the future, a film starring Meryl Streep.

A new book, Dewey's Nine Lives, is a collection of stories about other cats that carry on the spirit of the gentle Dewey. Look for it to arrive here shortly.

Perhaps most surprising of all is Dewey's adoption of social media. Penguin Books, the publisher, has set up a page, Dewey the Library Cat Community, where Dewey fans and cat fans in general, can share stories and photos.

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