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Rose Bertsch inducted as member of 10² Club
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is inducting Rose Bertsch of Aberdeen 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.
When Bertsch, who is 100, was asked what she would like to say about being a centenarian, she said, "I have lived through World War I, World War II and several other wars. The one thing I love to do is read."
Bertsch says she uses the books she gets from the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library all the time and enjoys Janette Oke books and Christian 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: Rose Bertch, 100
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