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Dewey – The small-town library cat who touched the world

By Vicki Myron

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How many lives can one abandoned kitten touch? When he was just a few weeks old, Dewey Readmore Books was shoved through the book returns slot of his local library in a sleepy town. Starving, terrified and bruised, Dewey curled up into the arms of the library director Vicky.

Vicky was a single mother who had escaped a violent husband and was struggling to bring up her little girl Jodi alone. Vicky fell in love with the little bundle of fur in her arms and campaigned to allow Dewey to stay and become the library cat. Dewey’s arrival transformed Vicky and Jodi’s lives, as well as the staff at the library and eventually the fortunes of an entire town. Dewey was an instant hit with the library regulars and had an amazing instinct to cuddle up close to visitors that were going through a tough time. He supervised children’s reading groups and ensured no child felt left out by snuggling into the laps of any outsiders.

He was a ball of mischievous energy and relished in turning the hitherto quiet and predictable routines of the library upside down. Dewey became the town’s number one attraction and he began regularly appearing in the national and international media.

Looking for a good read, then you cant go past the ever popular Dewey…..

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About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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