For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
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Marian Schleve inducted as member of 10² Club
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is inducting Marian Schleve 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.
Schleve, who is 100, says, "When I was little, I didn't read until I was in high school because my family was poor and I couldn't get books. I never thought about reading. Just learning English and getting through school." After completing high school, Schleve became an English teacher.
Schleve says that "being able to listen [to books] has changed my life. I used to do nothing, but now I have something to do. It makes me feel alive." Schleveâ€™s favorite book is Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind."
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.
Back row—Marian's daughters Marvel Thuringer, Melinda Loy;
Front row—Marian's granddaughter Kim Thuringer, Marian Schleve
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