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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 Web Link to South Dakota Department of Education
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, Email Link or Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-2593, Link

Enid Hyde named inaugural member of 10² Club

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is honoring Enid Hyde of Pierre as South Dakota's first member of the 10² Club. The 10² Club was established by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (a division of the Library of Congress) to honor lifelong readers who are 100 or more years of age.

Enid Hyde, who is 102, has a long affiliation with the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library. Her first exposure was when her mother, who had vision problems, signed up to get talking books. "It was a wonderful experience for her," Hyde said. "The staff was always so helpful and genuine."

A familiar face in the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library for many years, Hyde volunteered in the recording studios. She recorded many of the books in the cassette collection. She also read newspapers for a live radio program. In later years, she became a patron of the library. Hyde enjoyed books about literature, culture, the social sciences, and travel and geography.

When asked what encouraged her to read, Hyde said that her parents read to her as a child, and when she was four years old, her sister taught her how to read. From that point on, she was unstoppable. Classics like "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens and L. Frank Baum's Oz books are among her lifelong favorites.

The Braille and Talking Book Library sends an invitation to join the club to any patron who is 100 years old or older.

The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is a program within the South Dakota State Library and is an affiliate of the National Library Service. The NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. For more information call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665.

Photo caption (l to r): Kimberly Anne Jones, 35, Jana Mary Jones, 11 mo.,
Enid Howard Hyde, 102, and Harlow Hyde, 67. Four generations of readers.


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