Take it from me: Your local library needs a cat

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Critics might wonder whether the energy spent campaigning for — or against — a cat in the library would be better spent improving literacy rates and building up the collection. But both recent cases underscore the rapidly changing role of American libraries in an era in which people can receive a deluge of information in the palm of their hand.
From Take it from me: Your local library needs a cat - The Washington Post

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What none of the stories mention pertaining to the fight about this cat is humans with allergies. I nor my husband could use any library with a cat in it. We would become deathly ill. Even with libraries that don't have a cat, I have to Lysol all of the materials brought into our house in case the materials were around animals. I know a cat seems fun, but being allergic to cats is not an unusual allergy. Why does no one think about the people who can't use the library because of this? A library is a public institution. Having a cat is discriminatory to those with cat allergies by default. Public institutions are not allowed to do that.

I too work in a library and have an allergy to cats. no way am I going to get near a cat or a person who has touched a cat. Think twice people cuddly furry yes people with allergies it could be deadly. A library is not a place for animals. Get real!

I agree the library is a resource of information it's not a cat sitter are they going to petition for a dog to come in too. what next a pig? Use the library for the purpose it is intended READ!

How do people with these severe allergies even go shopping? I mean, there is not sanitizing station at the entrance to every public shopping outlet and to think, you may actually use the same shopping cart some crazy cat lady previously used. You make it through Wal-Mart without dying from your oh so severe cat allergy...smh.

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