library cats

Meet two of the most famous library cats in the world, Baker and Taylor.

  • We received a complimentary copy of this lovely bok for review. The opinions here are 100% our own and we are responsible for the content of this post. We only share news and products we feel are relevant to our readers  

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 part cat tale and part a loving reflection on the world of the librarian.

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.

Library cats
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, as the story develops, 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.

library cats Baker and Taylor
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 library cat 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

Phoebe Kitten
Baker and Taylor
Library Cats reviewer

Long Haired Kitten posing

 

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    Brian Frum

    May 15, 2016 at 1:31 am

    They are amazing!

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    Kitties Blue

    May 15, 2016 at 1:47 am

    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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    The Swiss Cats

    May 15, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Great review ! Purrs

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    The Island Cats

    May 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

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

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    Noodle

    May 15, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Great review!
    Have a super weekend…

    Noodle and crew

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    Summer

    May 15, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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

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    meowmeowmans

    May 16, 2016 at 4:36 am

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

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    Seville at Nerissa's Life

    May 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I heard about this book! Sounds great.

    Purrs,
    Seville

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    Three Chatty Cats

    May 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

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

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    Basil

    May 17, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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    Kelly

    May 19, 2016 at 12:16 am

    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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    Golden Daily Scoop

    May 19, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Looks like a great book, thanks for the review!

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    nichole

    May 19, 2016 at 2:47 am

    What a sweet story!

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    Sherri

    May 19, 2016 at 5:28 am

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

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    Carleen

    May 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

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

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    M. K. Clinton

    May 19, 2016 at 6:21 am

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

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    Bryn Nowell

    May 19, 2016 at 7:21 am

    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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    Tenacious Little Terrier

    May 19, 2016 at 7:35 am

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

    May 19, 2016 at 8:49 am

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

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    Kelsie

    May 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

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

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    Talent Hounds

    May 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

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

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    Dusty Desert Dogs

    May 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I wish I had a library cat at my library!

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    Gone to the Snow Dogs

    May 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

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

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    Sweet Purrfections

    May 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm

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

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    MattieDog

    May 19, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    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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    Lindsay Pevny

    May 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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

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    Beth

    May 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    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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    Beth

    May 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

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

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