Libraries are wonderful places for booklovers, and in some cases, for cat lovers, too. There are 301 cats who currently reside in libraries around the world. Here are just a few, courtesy of our friends at Mental Floss:
In 1988, after being discovered in a frozen book return bin, Dewey Readmore Books became the official mascot of the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. Dewey attended meetings, greeted patrons, and inspected every delivery until he died in 2006 at the age of 19. People drove hundreds of miles to meet this popular cat, who was the subject of Library director Vicki Myron’s best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.
Squeakers roamed the campus of Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, for ten years before becoming Willet Memorial Library’s library cat. She was an estimated 23 years old when she died in 2008 (seems that being a library cat promotes longevity!) Squeakers spent most of her time in her later years sitting in a comfy chair near the library entrance, so she could see and inspect everyone who entered.
The Pine River Library in Minnesota is home to Browser, the blogging library cat (here’s the blog). When the library moved to a new building, Browser moved along with the books.
Nyx the Cat works at Chesterfield County Public Library in Chesterfield, Virginia. Born without eyeballs in May 2008, Nyx also has a stubby tail, probably due to an injury. Like a bat, Nyx gets around by echolocation — she makes sounds and calculates how far they travel when they bounce back. Aside from the missing eyeballs, Nyx’s most notable attribute is hersuper-loud purr. She’s spoiled rotten by the staff and patrons with attention and toys. Nyx has a Facebook fan page — be sure to follow her!
The future might not be so rosy for Belle, the Library Cat at the Charles & Ona B. Free Memorial Library in Dublin, Virginia. Some grouchy, cat-hating patrons filed complaints about Belle and wanted the county to evict her. No action was taken at the time, but Belle’s large fan base became alarmed enough to collect
Belle, the cat who lives in the , may be forced to find another home. After three years of Belle having the run of the library, the Pulaski County Library Board discussed some complaints from grouchy library patrons about the cat. No action was taken at the time, but Belle fans became alarmed. They collected 787 signatures (with a goal of 2500) on a petition to keep Belle in the library’s permanent collection.
Max the Cat was considered the Library Cat at the Hastings Branch Library (a branch of the Pasadena Public Library) from the early ’80s until 1996, even though he never actually resided therein. Max lived nearby with his owner, but visited the library so frequently that the librarian issued him his own library card. Max would go to the library and wait at the door until someone opened it for him. Once inside, he ruled the roost.
One day, Max’s visits stopped. A concerned library staff investigated, and discovered that his family had moved away, taking Max with them. No word on whether Max discovered a public library near his new home.
Addison is the resident cat at the Nash Library at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma. In addition to being a library cat, Addison also is a fundraiser for Friends With Four Paws, an Oklahoma shelter for adoptable pets.
TLC is an acronym for Top Library Cat. He resides at the Broken Bow Public Library in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Eat your hearts out, kittehs: TLC has it made, with a working fireplace in his library, which is where you’ll find TLC spending his days during those freezing winter months in Nebraska.