The library has always been one of my favorite places to visit. It was always quiet and serene and, of course, the smell of old books has to be one of the best in the world.
No matter how many tablets and e-readers are produced, nothing will ever take the place of the sound of cracking open a new book. Or the smell of ink on paper. For those of us true bibliophiles, it’s intoxicating.
It’s apparently not just humans that find libraries intriguing. Whether it’s the quiet, or the smells, or just the fact that libraries have interesting people inside they have an attraction that’s hard for anyone to resist.
One little cat saw nothing wrong with prancing into his local library from time to time to check out the people, if not a book.
Nobody paid much attention to the little guy, after all many bookstores have resident cats that sleep among the books on the shelves. Cats and books sort of go together.
One library has a problem with one of their patrons. It’s not that he’s loud. It’s not that he never brings books back on time.
The problem is that…he’s a cat. Neither the cat’s owner nor the library board believe that Max the Cat should be a regular visitor to the library.
The other patrons of the library felt differently. Whenever Max was sitting by the door when someone came or went, they would hold the door open until he got safely inside.
Once he was in, he didn’t want to leave (who does?) so this began causing some real issues. It wasn’t that Max was being a bad cat, in fact everyone agreed that Max was a very nice cat. But, he was still a cat, and he wasn’t welcome.
The librarian posted a sign on the door:
The sign prompted a flurry of activity across the Internet as a picture of the sign went viral. Everyone on Twitter seemed to have an opinion.
“This is basically halfway to being a children’s book,” wrote Erin McGuire, a noted children’s book illustrator in her own right.
It captured so much attention that the designer of the sign was prompted to post an explanation. He did so, in the same style as the original sign.
Turns out that that simple sign to keep a neighborhood kitty from coming into the library was turning into a book!
The librarian was a little surprised at all the attention. “Well, mostly he just blocks the door to the library and tries to run in as soon as someone opens the door. The legend of Max might end up being a LOT more fun than the real Max,” Alexis Logsdon wrote.
The story inspired many to share their artistic impressions of the tale. This is @relsqui’s contribution:
“Every time Max went inside,
librarians from far and wide
would chase him out and whisper “Shoo!”
His owner had forbade him too.
Poor cat. No human thought that he
belonged inside the library.”
“Please do not let in the cat,”
the sign said. By the door he sat.
His name was Max, I read and learned.
“He’s nice,” but this cat hadn’t earned
the right to come inside and read.
Why could it be? What did he need?”
“It seemed unjust to me that Max
was not allowed to browse the stacks!
So I set out to make it right,
with pen and paper, desk and light.
I filed the forms. It wasn’t hard.
And now Max has a library card.”
Despite the pleas from his fans around the world for the librarian to allow Max to come inside, the answer is still no. Neither the librarian nor Max’s owners want Max to be in the library.
We wonder if Max is considering suing on discrimination charges? As he says, “This has stressed meowt.”
If Max should decide to take his case to court, it could be a cat-astrophe. I’m not pawsitive, but I’ll be he could find a good cat-torney that could be purr-suaded to take his case.
Whether you think Max should be allowed in the library or not, you have to appreciate his cat-titude. We’re not kitten when we say we wish Max and his family all the best as they try to find a new outlet for Max’s attention.
Source: The Animal Rescue Site