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Cat makes home, new friends at library

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Carnegie, the Brazil Public Library's feline friend, makes himself comfortable on top of a library desk. The cat has been a feature at the library since being brought there last year.
Brazil Public Library patrons may have noticed something lurking and purring out of the corners of their eyes in the last year.

That's because local library Director Jill Scarbrough, Youth Services Director Pennie Griffin and Children's Librarian Tammy Robison have found themselves in the company of a new library mascot, Carnegie.

"Carnegie just showed up at one of the employee's homes last spring so we brought him in," Scarbrough explained.

The two-year-old, gray and white feline appeared to be a former house pet, as he came neutered and without claws.

"He instantly loved his new home," said Scarbrough, as the purring pet climbed into a cardboard box on the front desk.

Carnegie isn't the first animal to find a home at the Brazil Public Library.

In the past, both fish and even a rat have resided among the books.

"There are at least 12 Indiana libraries now that have cats, some even with dogs," Griffin said. "This is the first roaming pet we've had."

When asked about the source of his name, Robison explained it just stuck as the library has the Carnegie distinction.

While some cats may go into hiding inside a busy library, Carnegie enjoys the company, choosing to roam -- rather than hide.

"He loves riding in the elevator and really enjoys riding in the cart when we pick up books from the drop box," Scarbrough said. "We have several adults and children that only come to see him. Many times, he is the first stop for anyone that comes through the door."

Photos of Carnegie can be found on the Brazil Public Library Facebook page, including those of him playing with paper, cardboard boxes and pompom balls -- a few of his favorites.

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