One Door Closes, Another Opens

The lobby of the now-empty Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library.

The lobby of the now-empty Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library.

Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library officially closed its doors on June 30, 2015. While I’m sad that this much-needed service has ended, I’m still hopeful that a local public library will decide to administer the program. There are certain types of training that can’t be handled over the phone, and a 90-mile drive to Lansing for help is way different than a 10-mile drive, especially if you need to use public transportation. But it’s time for me to get off my soapbox…

While I’m waiting patiently for my next career door to open, I am making good use of my time to both enjoy life and help others as best I can.

Woman touching a stone coffin cover, while tour guide explains and another woman in a motorized scooter listens.

The final field trip for clients of Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library was a touch tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts on June 29, 2015.

The Library Access Foundation had another board meeting on June 25. We welcomed new board members Sherri Nelsen and Lynne Coles. Sherri has been a patron and volunteer at Wayne County Braille and Talking Book Library for years. Lynne worked for the Braille and Talking Book Library for several years before retiring.

At the board meeting, ideas were thrown around regarding what we can do to help people with disabilities, other than simply providing Library Access Kits. At our next board meeting, we’re hoping to get more ideas from non-board members who expressed interest in volunteering. The board decided to meet every other month, so I may not have much of an activity update until then, but the Library Access Foundation is starting to take shape and I think we’re headed in a good direction.

Imagining a world of inclusive libraries,
Vanessa

Vanessa frowning, while her brother shows off his medal.

At the Happy Soles race benefiting Fish and Loaves Food Pantry, I wasn’t speedy enough to get a medal, but my brother earned one. He got one last year, too.

P.S. Happy 36th Birthday to me! I’m off to have a fun day out with my kiddos and a yummy dinner at The Melting Pot with my mom.

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Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

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