Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bealeton Library's Ernest 'supervises' staff

Some of you may have noticed the resident cat at the Bealeton Library. His name is Ernest, named after Ernest Hemingway, who had numerous polydactyl cats. (There are still descendants of Hemingway's cats living at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West.)

Bealeton's Ernest is cream-colored and has several extra digits making him look as if he is wearing mittens. He first arrived at the Bealeton Library dirty and scrawny. Staff took a liking to him, cleaned him up and nursed him back to health. He now "supervises" workroom activities, although he is not allowed beyond workroom doors.