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Simon’s Cat in Good Company: Andrew Carnegie Jr., Jackson District Library (Michigan)

October is cat month here at Akashic, as all of us adore those furry felines (well, almost all of us—someone here has allergies). We’re celebrating the release of Simon’s Cat vs. the World (available everywhere as of October 1st!) by featuring some of our favorite bookstore and library cats from around the world. Did you see us going cat-crazy on Tumblr a few months back? This is why. Come back every Wednesday and Friday in October to be introduced to a new purrfect pal.

(Interested in finding a feline friend of your own? Consider adopting one on October 29th, also known as National Cat Day!)

Today, meet Andrew Carnegie Jr., retired reference librarian at the Jackson District Library in Jackson, Michigan. From the (human) library staff:

Andrew Carnegie Jr. was adopted as a kitten by the Jackson District Library, in Jackson, Michigan, in 2001. He spent the next ten years in residence at Jackson’s Carnegie Library, living in the Reference Department office during the week and spending weekends hanging out in Ann Arbor. Andrew developed a devoted following among patrons and staff. He greeted school groups, celebrated his birthday with community members and kept staff in trim through training them to toss toys that he could chase. Andrew decided to retire after ten years. He spends his golden years lounging on cushions in the company of three cats and a dog. He also has devoted his considerable problem-solving ability to figuring out how to order books with a staff credit card, including Simon’s Cat vs. the World by Simon Tofield. This is somewhat lighter reading matter than he was used to when he worked with the Reference Department. (see below)

Andrew Carnegie Jr

(Ed. note: I think buying copies of Simon’s Cat books with the staff credit card sounds like a philanthropic endeavor, yes/no? Keep it up, Andrew Carnegie Jr.!)

Posted: Oct 25, 2013

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