Libraries often have a shoestring budget and struggle to meet the demands of the community. During harsh economic times, library use increases since many people rely on the library to access information in books, magazines, newspapers, or computers.

Since libraries are such friendly places, the public library in Thorntown, Indiana, extended a job offer this week to a stray ginger tabby cat named Chance. The library wants Chance to replace Tober, a much-loved library cat who died last fall after seven loyal years of service in the stacks.

Libraries have found that cats help make the library a more welcoming place for both staff and visitors alike. Best of all, a cat won’t disturb anyone in the library, unlike some patrons who talk too loudly or use their mobile phones.

To read more about the library that requested a cat, click here.

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