Seedlings’ Open House
The author of the popular children's book Sheep in a Jeep will be the special guest at Seedlings' Open House 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. Nancy Shaw of Ann Arbor will read and autograph copies of her books, which also include Sheep Out to Eat, Sheep on a Ship, Sheep Go to Sleep, Sheep in a Shop, and Sheep Trick or Treat. The books will be available for sale at the open house, both with and without braille.
Shaw wrote Sheep in a Jeep, a fun rhyming story about the misadventures of five sheep that go riding in a Jeep, after a long car trip with her children during which she tinkered with animal rhymes to entertain them. Shaw's aunt, Lorma Gardner, who died in 2003, worked as a volunteer braillist, transcribing books for the Library of Congress. Shaw commends Seedlings for making children's books accessible to those who are blind. "I love the idea of getting stories out to everybody," she said.
Besides meeting Shaw, attendees will be able to tour Seedlings’ facility and watch as staff members and volunteers make braille books. Refreshments will be available. Livonia Mayor Dennis Wright and Friday Musings publisher Bill Joyner will greet guests.
Seedlings is located in the MetroPlex Office Complex, 14151 Farmington Road. For more information, call (734) 427-8552.
About Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Seedlings Braille Books for Children was founded in 1984 by Debra Bonde of Livonia, who wanted to make braille books more affordable for blind children. At the time, braille books often cost more than $100 each!
With money raised at fund-raisers, and through grants and donations, Seedlings is able to distribute high-quality children’s literature to children in Michigan, the United States and in 75 countries at an average price of only $10 per book. And, Seedlings gives away 50 percent of its books for free. For more information, visit www.seedlings.org, or contact Karen Smith at (734) 427-8552, ext. 301, or Seedlink7@ameritech.net.