Dewey the Library Cat has a Successor
I am thrilled to report that Dewey the Library Cat has a successor: an orange and white tabby stray found by the side of a snow-covered road by Sue Seltzer, who works in Spencer, Iowa (the small town made famous by Dewey). Myron said she "fell in love instantly."
"I was out and about and met a truck that swerved in the road," Selzer says. "I saw something and thought it was some garbage or something but when I got close I saw it was a kitten."
Selzer pulled into a parking lot, then walked into the street to pick up the cat.
"It was snowing quite heavily and she was covered in snow. She had ice chunks hanging from her. She had twigs and leaves tangled in her fur," Selzer says. "I took her back to my office and dried her off, put some warm water on her and cleaned her up."
Two days later, she took the cat to the Spencer Public Library, where Myron was meeting with a Japanese television crew working on a show about Myron and Dewey.
The new kitten's name is Page, suggested by a fan who said it was because she was turning over a new page in her life.
Myron's house -- not the library -- will be Page's new home. The library has decided against adopting Page as a new boarder. (ARE THEY INSANE??? DIDN'T THEY READ THE BOOK??) The library board will discuss adopting a new cat at its Jan 8th meeting.
The kitten has thrived under Myron's care:
"She's a sweet, loving cat, very affectionate, very easy going," she says. "She's definitely a girl but eats like a pig, probably because she was a street cat that probably had to fend for herself."
Although her book, which reached No. 1 on The New York Times list of nonfiction best sellers earlier this year and remains at No. 2, has kept Myron on the road promoting her work, she didn't hesitate taking the kitten.
"I knew if the right one came along at the right time I'd get one, but I was hoping it would be a couple of years down the road because I'm not around much," she says. "But here she is. We kind of found each other."
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