“A cat in Swansea that lives at the town’s public library is causing controversy. It’s front page news in southeastern Massachusetts. A quiet, unassuming cat is causing big problems for at least one person in Swansea. “It’s a continuation of the handicapped accessibility platform I started in 2007,” said Patrick Higgins, a Swansea resident. Patrick Higgins says the library needs to make big changes to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; changes like adding a ramp to the front entrance and taking down a fence in front of the gazebo in back — but removing a cat?” (via WHDH-TV)
USATODAY – “When Spencer, Iowa, librarian Vicki Myron wrote about an orange tabby kitten who came to live at her library one winter’s day in 1988, little did she know she would have a best seller on her hands. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (2008) has sold more than 1 million copies and is being adapted into a movie to star Meryl Streep. Myron, 62, is back with Dewey’sNine Lives (Dutton, $19.95, on sale Tuesday ), filled with stories Dewey fans tell about their own cats.”
Variety – “Meryl Streep is purring over “Dewey,” a fact-based film about a stray cat’s impact on the town of Spencer, Iowa. The project has landed at New Line Cinema.”
Worthington Daily Globe – “Dewey, the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World,” by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, has 336,000 copies in print and has quickly climbed to the top 10 on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other lists of best sellers.
WJBF – “I don’t think people care enough to spend tax dollars to save a cat or dog.” (Thanks Ellen)