Meet Baker and Taylor from Minden

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Meet two of the most famous library cats in the news at the moment, Baker and Taylor. Their story is told by Jan Louch with Lisa Rogak in this fascinating and fun book.

The story of these two wonderful library cats is told from the perspective of one of their two library ‘moms’, Jan Louch, who introduced the cats to their library home, and chronicles their time there. The story is much richer for being, in part, a librarian’s story. The collection of memories and remembered details, the small stories and incidents, the libraries’ visitors, all add up to a book that is both a celebration of Baker and Taylor and to their time in a world where libraries were evolving at lightening speed.

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Jan Louch with Baker and Taylor (c) Jan Louch

Jan starts by sharing her early love of animals and books, and many of us will identify with her as the keen youngster devouring books by the dozen, deeply loving the very act of reading itself. You sympathise later with the adult abruptly thrown into a divorce and life on her own where, as part of her journey, Jan finds herself successfully applying for a position at the Minden branch of the Douglas County Library in Nevada. It’s here that the story of Baker and Taylor un’folds’. Baker is first to arrive and gets his name from sleeping in a Baker and Taylor book box!

The two delightful Scottish Folds, ostensibly brought in to tackle a mouse problem, become firm favourites and are greatly loved in the library. Then Jan is asked by long-established book distribution company Baker and Taylor if the cats can be photographed for some company publicity material and from here their fame grows and grows.

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Our favourite ‘real’ picture from the book ©Jan Louch
  • There are so many wonderful pictures in the book that we have assembled a slideshow to allow you to see a small selection. All of the images are within copyright to Jan Louch, Baker & Taylor, Miss Kramm and others. We confess a real fondness for Mr Figini in the book.

Check out the Library Cats slideshow here:-

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Library Cats and Education

The story of Baker and Taylor is bound up in the library’s develoment and growth and, in the mind of one visionary teacher, with the encouragement and growth of literacy in her students. Leslie Kramm and her students formed a Baker and Taylor fan club and wrote to the cats. Their teacher also composed a song which can be seen in the video below. Jan responds to their letters right up until the time Baker, then Taylor pass away – a point which is covered with great sensitivity for both us and for the young students she writes to. Check out the video of Miss Kramm’s class, it is a real delight and worth every second of your time.

 

Baker and Taylor stole a million hearts as the face of a book company and as representatives of their own library. This book celebrates two much loved library cats, their lives and times, and, as a special treat, also introduces us to some library cats still working today and an author who had Baker and Taylor catnapped in her first book (which became the first of a wildly popular series!) This added extra touch makes the book into something special!

“Baker and Taylor The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town . . and the World” :- 

  • Hardcover Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, BooksaMillion, Amazon etc.,
  • ISBN: 9781250081070
  • ISBN10: 1250081076
  • e-Book iBook, ebooks, Kobo, B&N Nook, Amazon, Google Play
  • ISBN: 9781466892972 
  • ISBN10: 1466892978

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Baker and Taylor
Library Cats reviewer

Long Haired Kitten posing

DISCLAIMER :- We received a complimentary copy of Baker and Taylor as recompense for our review. We would not positively review anything we did not think our readers would enjoy. We respect our readers and hope they enjoy this lovely book – Read It Now!!!

 

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31 thoughts on “Meet Baker and Taylor from Minden

  1. Beth

    How fun would that be to see two cats in a library! I bet it is a great book

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  2. Beth

    I love seeing cats in unexpected places like stores. It would be so much fun to see two in a library. Sounds like a great book!

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  3. Lindsay Pevny

    This is too adorable. I had no idea cats were such great library animals.

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  4. MattieDog

    Library kitties! Now I wish our local library had a kitty 🙂 Great review and sounds like a read we’d love!

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  5. Sweet Purrfections

    Great review. The local “whole foods” pet store has a store kitty in it.

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  6. Gone to the Snow Dogs

    I think every library should have cats! How fun is this! What an amazing story!

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  7. Dusty Desert Dogs

    I wish I had a library cat at my library!

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  8. Talent Hounds

    Love the sound of these cats and the book. Lovely review.

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  9. Kelsie

    I think every library needs a library cat 😉 I’ll have to check this one out!

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  10. Kia

    Aw! How cool 🙂 Sounds like a good & sweet read.

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  11. Tenacious Little Terrier

    I’ve never met a library cat. I’d like to!

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  12. Bryn Nowell

    Awww, this warms my heart! I hope to have a chance to read this book! My mom is a retired elementary school reading consultant, and my father is a retired high school english teacher so I grew up in libraries. I would have loved visiting with some kitties while reading to my heart’s content!

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  13. M. K. Clinton

    Every library would benefit from having a cat. I love this story.

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  14. Carleen

    Awesome! I love it when businesses and public places have cats!

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  15. Sherri

    I’m a big fan of Dewey the Library Cat.

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  16. nichole

    What a sweet story!

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  17. Golden Daily Scoop

    Looks like a great book, thanks for the review!

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  18. Kelly

    I’ve not heard of these cats before! How cool to have cats working in a library. Sounds like a fun book to read.

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  19. Basil

    Looks like a fab book, we’ll add it to the P.A.’s reading list!

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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    1. Dash Kitten

      We really enjoyed it Basil.

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  20. Three Chatty Cats

    Thanks for the review. I need to check this book out.

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  21. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    I heard about this book! Sounds great.

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  22. meowmeowmans

    What a great sounding book. We’re putting it on our reading list! 🙂

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  23. Summer

    My human has been fascinated by Baker and Taylor (the cats) for a long time!

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  24. Noodle

    Great review!
    Have a super weekend…

    Noodle and crew

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  25. The Island Cats

    We just won this book from The Kitties Blue and the mom can’t wait to read it.

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  26. Kitties Blue

    Great review. We loved this book and hope everyone reads it! XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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