The VIP Book Club (Visually Impaired Program) meets at the N.C. Library for the Blind in Raleigh with 17 members, says club member Kathy Brack and Marlene Debo, the club administrator.
Tell us about your club. We have been in existence for only two years. Many Raleigh people who have visual impairments talked about beginning a book club, and thanks to a joint project between the N.C. Library for the Blind and the VIP Program of the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, our book club was formed. Each member chooses a book and leads the meeting where that book is discussed. We begin by rating the book of the month from one to five, then launch into a lively discussion.
What are you reading now? “Nine Dragons” by Michael Connelly
What is your club’s favorite book? “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
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What’s unique about your club? Our group members are visually impaired adults. Many are retired state employees, and others worked in the private sector. Our books come from the N.C. Library for the Blind’s collection and are played on special players provided by the library. Some members download books to the library book player, to a Victor Reader player, or to an Android phone or iPhone. Some members get the library books in large print or in braille.
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