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05-04-2004, 02:39 PM
Anyone see this story???

HAYSVILLE, Kan. - In more than 20 years as cat-in-residence at the Haysville Community Library, Libby Libra survived being run over, a catnapping, a tornado and 10 days shut up in an abandoned wing of the old library building.

But after a siege of bad health due to persisent thyroid problems, library officials had the cat euthanized last Friday.

Libby was abandoned outside the library as a kitten in April 1983, when she was thrown from a car.

"Somebody brought her in to clean up and we just kept her," said library director Betty Cattrell.

As the kitten healed, Cattrell said, she quickly developed into an efficient mouser.

"I don't know how many mice she killed, but the old school building was really infested," Cattrell said. "She had it cleared out and in good shape in her younger days."

Libby liked to eat banana bread, sip spring water from library staff member's cups, tiptoe across their keyboards, and greet library patrons.

In 1990, Libby was run over by a car while sunbathing in the library parking lot, and two years later somebody took her from the library. She was gone for more than two weeks before escaping and returning in the midst of a hailstorm.

"There wasn't any part of her body that wasn't bruised," Cattrell said.

In May 1999 Libby was in the library when a tornado destroyed much of downtown Haysville, damaging part of the library building and its roof. After that, she was afraid of storms.

But, Cattrell said, Libby Libra was a cat who simply focused on her duties.

"She took her job as greeter seriously," Cattrell said.

The cat gained some renown, being featured two years ago in a book entitled "The Kingdom of the Cat" by British author Roni Jay.

05-04-2004, 02:43 PM
A wonderful story: Cats and books belong together!

And this cat eats banana bread- just like my Filou. Thanks for sharing:)

05-04-2004, 03:01 PM
What a story! :eek: Libby Libra seem to have been quite a tough Lady to survive all this. I hope she was spoiled rotten at that library!! :)

I'd love to see a picture of her!

05-05-2004, 11:38 AM
There will be an empty spot , at the Library , now that libby has gone on to the Rainbow Bridge! I just hope that they acn find a Little Stray , that loves Books , and needs a home!