For Immediate Release: Tuesday October 6, 2015
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Erica Sullivan inducted as member of 10² Club
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is inducting Erica Sullivan of Rapid City as a 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.
Sullivan, who is 100, says, "My father was in the Army, and my mother didnâ€™t have any interest in reading to me, but I had a caretaker for the first five years and she taught me to read by the time I was five years old."
When asked what she would like to say about being a centenarian, Sullivan said, "Getting to 100 took a long time, and I'm surprised I made it to 100. I'm taking one day at a time." She added that discovering talking books "was the best thing that happened to me when I lost my sight. I don't know what I would have done without them!" Her favorite books are science fiction.
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 braille and talking book library service that is provided at no charge for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is supported with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information call the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665.
Photo caption: SD Braille and Talking Book Library employee Marcia Kaup, Erica Sullivan
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