Meet Max, the Cat Who’s Banned from the Library but Is Getting His Own Book

By December 6, 2017Libraries, News

Earlier this month, a picture went viral which showed a sign stuck on the door of a library which asked those entering not to let a young cat named Max into the building. Max shot to fame overnight as his picture was spread across the web with many people wondering why the cat was banned from the library? Was he too noisy? Did he have a pile of late fees?

BT has done some digging and discovered the real cat behind the famous picture. Max lives with his owner, Connie Lipton, near Macalester College in Minnesota, and Max loves to visit the College grounds and hang out with the students there. Unfortunately, Max kept visiting the library (good for him), where one of the librarians has a severe cat allergy. The librarians were also concerned that he might accidentally get locked in there overnight. In order to help prevent Max from sneaking in, the sign was put up.

Erin McGuire posted a picture of the sign on Twitter where it received over 44,000 retweets from those who were amused by the outlawed cat. Max is currently under house arrest as a construction project has begun on campus and his owner is concerned he might get into even more trouble. The good news is that Connie is training Max to walk on a lead while the work goes on so hopefully he’ll be able to see his college friends soon. Max appears to be so sociable that Connie is also considering having him trained as a therapy cat so he can help others.

It also seems that Max will be getting his very own book. Chris Schommer, who created the sign and Gamze Genc Celik, who designed the drawing, have stated that they intend to create a children’s book inspired by the young cat’s adventures in the library. No doubt the final edit will have to be approved by Max himself!

Oops Max was caught on camera as he sneaked into the library about a month ago

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Scroll down to see the full list, and click around the infographic to get all the information within. It’s a fascinating list and will surely inspire some literary wanderlust in you! Many thanks to Wordery for sharing with us, and allowing us to share this fantastic infographic with you. Read More

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