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Florence Karrels named inaugural member of 10² Club
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is inducting Florence Karrels of Sturgis 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.
Karrels has enjoyed listening to books since her parents read to her when she was a child. As an adult, she didn't have as much time to read, but since retiring, she says the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library program "has enabled me to continue to read and to have many enjoyable hours. There are so many good books." Karrels doesn't have one favorite book, but her favorite author is Debbie Macomber.
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(l to r): Florence's daughter Irene Millan, Florence Karrels, Florence's granddaughter Diane Fish
Photo caption(l to r): SD Braille and Talking Book Library employee Marcia Kaup, Florence Karrels
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