Minette, the most senior of the Library cats, passed away yesterday. She lived at the Library for fourteen years after she had been abandoned by renters and was living in a culvert in the village. Not long after coming to live with us at the Library, Minette made a special friend – a young girl who was visiting Chester for several weeks and was missing her own cat back home. The girl came most afternoons that the Library was open and asked if she could play with Minette. Minette was only too happy to oblige and the two spent time together until it was time to close. When the girl left to go home she brought Minette a small gift of a toy.
Ever since then, when the Library was open, Minette would go to the entrance hall and greet clients who had come to the Library. She always assumed they had come to visit her and not to look for books. She would talk in her loud voice if she wasn’t noticed. She even seemed to be able to tell who was a Library client and who had come to visit the Library’s human residents (our visitors were ignored).
Late in her life Minette slept most of the time in a favorite chair, far removed from the public part of the Library, but occasionally she would appear in the entrance hall when clients came in, even though she was quite deaf. Thanks to that young girl who cared about cats more than books, Minette felt she had a special place in the old Library. She will be missed.