APL’s Cats in the Library partnership with the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society started at the beginning of the pandemic as a way for staff to cope and to help with the socialization of cats in need. As the library reopened its doors to the public, APL also opened up visiting hours for the cats and our customers. Since June 2020 APL has hosted 36 adoptable cats, 28 of which went directly to their new homes from the library. Some are adopted within a day or two and others have resided with us for a few months.
One special cat captured the heart of all our staff as was officially adopted as our Director of Mischief and Morale on December 22nd, 2021. Sunny “Vampire Slayer” Houdini lives at the library in the administration wing during the week and at the home of the library director on weekends. He has his own column in our weekly newsletter and email address to correspond with his library friends.