Washington Talking Book & Braille Library hosts seventh annual 10-Squared Talking-Book Club event
May 7, 2011
On May 7, 2011, the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) hosted their seventh annual 10-Squared Talking-Book Club event, recognizing their patrons who are one hundred years or older. WTBBL currently has fifty patrons who have reached this milestone.
Four centenarians and their guests attended the event, along with staff from Washington State Library, the Office of the Secretary of State, and WTBBL. In all, thirty people enjoyed a high tea and remarks from guest speaker Sneha Mathan, who narrates talking books at WTBBL.
All food and flowers were donated by local businesses and generous individuals.
Seattle community salutes 102 Club honorees with fête
November 5, 2005
On November 5, 2005, live music and a full tea service welcomed 106-year-old Daisy Murphy and 101-year-old Maud Lepley into the 102 Talking-Book Club of NLS, the Library of Congress. The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) sponsored the gala event, which was broadcast on radio station KIRO 710 AM and featured local author and news personality Tony Ventrella. Local businesses donated food and more than thirty hours of volunteer service to support the event.
Steve Prine, head of the NLS Network Services Section, inducted Murphy and Lepley into the 102 Club by awarding them with pins, certificates, and letters from the director of NLS. Twenty-one other Washingtonian centenarians have also been inducted into the club and will be mailed their pins, certificates, and letters.
Event guests included Jean Bowman, King County Library Service's senior advocate program coordinator; Kris Lawrence, president of the Seattle chapter of the National Federation of the Blind; Pat Thibaudeau, Washington state senator; and Jan Walsh, Washington state librarian. Although she was unable to attend the ceremony, Washington governor Christine wrote personal letters to all of the 102 Club inductees.
Lepley started the festivities by announcing that she'd had a nap and was ready to celebrate! When asked what her favorite book was, she replied, "I like history, biography and nonfiction-I don't have time for fiction." Lepley said that she had a wonderful time meeting Daisy Murphy and joked about their ages. "I'm going to beat you. Sure, you had a head start, but I'll catch up," said Lepley to Murphy. Murphy laughed and the two chatted for the entire celebration.
Murphy, who was an active volunteer on the WTBBL Patron Advisory Council until she turned 102, enjoys history, biography, and books about missionaries. Both honorees thanked everyone who contributed to the event and expressed their gratitude to the library for providing such a wonderful service.