Ponoka, Alberta to Vote on Library Cat
Inspired by the best selling book, "Deweythe Small Town Library Cat that Touched the World," the town of Ponoka in Alberta, Canada, is holding a vote to see if the community will agree to support a cat in the town library.
The "Dewey" book is the true story of a librarian who found a cat in the libarary's drop-off box on a freezing cold night and adopted it as the librarys pet.
Norma-Jean Colquhour, manager, says that the relationship between cats and libraries are well established in folklore and history and believes that the library would benefit from the presence of a cat. Were all cat lovers on staff, said Colquhour. I think it would be neat and that people would love to be greeted by a cat when they come in.
She also says that many people living in seniors residences are not permitted to have a pet and that they would be able to visit the cat at the library. The library is putting feelers in the community to see if the idea leaves the community's residents purring or hissing.
Were asking for people to vote on this idea, said Colquhour. Were not saying were going to get one, we just want to know what people think right now.
If the library did get a cat, Colquhour says that they would be rescuing one, and that there would be no responsibility for maintainance from the community but that there would be a kitty to help take care of the cat.
If they get a cat, the library will give the cat a literary name, and will serve as the library's mascot and greeter.
It would be a nice, warm, furry presence, said Colquhour.
Anyone visiting the library can vote by checking the yes or no box on the ballots at the front desk.