An Interactive Map of Library Cats

Way back in the day when I was in library school in Ohio, there was a slowly dying tradition in rural libraries of hosting "library cats." These were cats that lived full-time in libraries, most public. Well, Gary Roma of Iron Frog Productions has created a worldwide historical archive of library cats and organized them around an interactive map, giving the names, locations, and dates of residents for individual cats. It's a work in progress, so if you know of a cat that isn't mentioned, be sure to let him know.


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I have just finished "Dewey: The small-town library cat who changed the world", too. It is a hauntingly wonderful book, though inevitably very sad at the end. As well as being the story of a remarkable cat, it is an interesting case study of a public library and its role within the community.

The library cats map is at I cannot tell how recently it has been updated.
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Hey, does anyone know where I could possibly find a copy of the Puss in Books: Adventures of the Library Cat documentary? My daughter loves Dewey, and would love to see it...
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I just finished reading "Dewey, the Library Cat" and loved every word. I could barely see the words on the last few pages due to my tears. I have had a number of cats over the past many years. One looked a lot like Dewey and was ill at the end of her 19 years; I cried on the vet's shoulder when he had to end her suffering.

Many thanks to you,Vicki, for writing this wonderful book.
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Getting caught up on posts, obviously I'm way behind. Library school is keeping me from my feed reader. John, did you go to library school at Kent?? I just started there in January. :)
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I just finished reading "Dewey: The small-town library cat who changed the world" and found it a quick and charming read. You can find information and pictures of Dewey on the Spencer Library website at
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