Welcome to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children's Room!

Ms. Clara Webber was the first children's librarian of Pomona Public Library. A long time correspondent with Mrs. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she was instrumental in having the Children's Room named in honor of Mrs. Wilder on May 25, 1950. Today, we house the original hand written manuscript for the novel Little Town on the Prairie. Every February, we host the Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable in honor of Mrs. Wilder's February 7th birthday.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Dewey Readmore Books

We got a new book into the library and I just have to tell you about it. The book's name is "Dewey" by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. The book is about a library cat who lived at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. On a very cold day in January the library director, Vicki Myron, came to work as usual. She and a co-worker heard noises coming out of the library book drop. Vicki opened the book drop and a baby kitten had been shoved in there with books piled on top of him. They adopted the kitten, took him to the vet, and welcomed him to the library. They had a contest to name him and the winning entry was "Dewey Readmore Books".

I cannot begin to explain all the good this library cat was for Spencer Public Library. He had a most amazing personality and greeted people at the door every morning. He let everyone pick him up in a "Dewey carry" in which he drooped over the left (not the right) shoulder. He loved children and adults, he rode on books carts like a king, and waved at the library director every morning.

Even though this book is in the adult non-fiction, it is an easy read, very well written and a book you just can't put down. It is a definite must read for cat lovers and not-so-cat lovers alike. It explains in real words the miracles this cat did on a daily basis. The miracles of unconditional and absolute love that an animal can give to humans. Dewey had a disabled friend who he stayed with while in the library. He let her pet him and it gave her so much joy!

Go ahead and doubt me but we won't be able to discuss it until you read the book. Read the book and we can talk for hours. Then you can go downstairs to administration and talk to our library director, Greg Shapton, about the joys and miracles of having a library cat! It would make Pomona famous! It sure did that for Spencer, Iowa!

Joke of the day: What do cats call their grandfather?
Answer: Grand-paw! :)

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