The True Tails of Baker and Taylor
Author and retired librarian, Jan Louch, joined Tim in this episode to talk about her recently released book, The True Tails of Baker and Taylor. Jan and Tim discussed what inspired her to write the book, how it was to work with a co-author and the story of the library cats. Learn more about this wonderful memoir by listening to this episode.
When Jan Louch landed her dream job as a librarian at a tiny library south of Reno in 1979 at the age of 48, she had no way of knowing that the job — particularly the two Scottish Fold cats she “hired” to head up the Rodent Control Department — would change her life while also raising the spirits of millions of people around the world.
She named the cats Baker and Taylor (for the library wholesaler she dealt with on a daily basis), and after a few executives at Baker & Taylor offered to use them as company mascots, the cats’ fame quickly spread worldwide. Before long, fans were showing up at the library to meet the cats, people from all over the world wrote to request their “pawtograph,” and a class of second graders in Ohio launched a fan club, all before the Internet had taken hold.
Years after their deaths, the two cats with funny ears also helped Jan achieve another one of her goals: her first published book at the age of 84.