LITCHFIELD, Ill. — When you first walk into the Litchfield Library, it’s not the books that grab your attention but the little furry resident that has been living there since 2009- a cat named Stacks. While Stacks has previously gained notoriety as the “Queen of the Library,” she has recently made headlines as the last free-roaming cat in Illinois.
Although library cats have been a long-standing tradition in Illinois, over the last couple of years all other cat residents have been evicted. This is due to many librarians facing opposition from local community members who have a fear of cats or are allergic. Some libraries have also forced their feline mascots into early retirement, as they’re trying to modernize.
While cats have been living within library walls since Ancient Egypt, it seems as though many libraries just do not see how cats fit into the picture anymore. However, this has not affected Stacks, who still happily roams among the rows of books in Litchfield and is widely accepted by her community. Library Director Sarah Zumwalt reveals, “People come in and say, ‘Where’s the cat?'” and that does not look like it’s going to change any time soon.
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