Have you been on a tour of Seedlings Braille Books for Children? Well tonight is the night.
Tour Seedlings' facility, enjoy refreshments and watch as their staff and volunteers make braille books for blind children all over the world! That's right, not just Livonia, not just Michigan or the United States but all over and around the globe.
There will be book signings and readings by Sheep in a Jeep author Nancy Shaw. Six of Shaw's Sheep titles will be available to buy with and without braille! Bring your friends and family to Seedlings for this unique experience. From 5:00 - 7:00 at the Seedlings offices, 14151 Farmington Road.
Take an up close and personal look at the magic of the production behind a braille book. And get a look at the growth of this amazing volunteer driven internationally acclaimed non-profit that started in a basement. One person. One braille machine.
In 1984 when Debra Bonde founded Seedlings, braille materials were scarce and expensive. Her goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading.
In 1985, the first year of book production, Debra made 221 books in her basement office. By 1990, Seedlings was producing 5,000 books per year, which precipitated its move out of Debra's basement and into the Bentley Center in Livonia, Michigan, and eventually to their
present location on Farmington Road..
In 2017, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced over 34,000 braille books and articles (half of which were given away for free), with a grand total of
511,500 since 1984, equaling over 22 million pages of braille!
22 million pages of braille. You have to see it to believe it. If Ripley's was to do a Believe it or Not about Livonia this story would be at the top of the list.
Tonight is the night. 14151 Farmington Road, just north of the Looney Bakery. Meet the folks behind Seedlings. Get an autograph from author Nancy Shaw. Greeting you will be Mayor Dennis Wright and yes, the typewriter.