The Can Opener

Self-portrait I took while visiting a museum in Washington, D.C.

Everyone is fascinated when they find out that I’m a Braille and Talking Book Librarian. Their first question inevitably is, “So can you read braille?”

Well, I can read uncontracted braille, but I read it slower than a worm moves across pavement, and contracted braille is completely beyond me. However, I am excited about all the changes in braille technology. Refreshable braille displays are amazing!

As to my personal life, I live in Michigan with my two maniacal children. I’m still trying to figure out whether my children are human. I secretly believe I gave birth to aliens. If you ever met them, you would understand why I think they are aliens.

For my credentials, check out my LinkedIn account, which will basically tell you that I’m the Assistant Library Director/Braille and Talking Book Librarian at the Taylor Community Library.

If you’re interested in vision impairments and libraries, please visit Library Access Foundation.

Library Lost and Found Interview. “Access for All: Library Leader Interview with Vanessa Morris.” January 27, 2016


11 thoughts on “The Can Opener”

  1. Nessa: Like others here I am reading, I am fascinated by your job. I have a friend who is legally blind and I wonder if back in St. Louis where she lives, she has found a library similar to yours? She is a voracious reader and computer user.

    Thank you for posting about Made By Raffi. It is an important story for all ages and the conversations it has started around the world has been very touching to me. Receiving emails from Turkey and Norway from parents and children with pictures of children (boys, girls and adults knitting) makes me so happy and proud that the story has given meaning to so many! I appreciate your help in getting the word out and keeping the conversation going. Craig

    1. Hi, Craig. Missouri actually has a fantastic Talking Book and Braille Library. Here’s a link:

      At the Wayne County Library for the Blind, we have an Itch-to-Stitch knitting group. The group knits hats and scarves and donates them to a homeless shelter at the end of the year.

    1. Yes, it’s definitely interesting. I’m always learning so much.

      Unfortunately, Keep Your Ear on the Ball is not a Talking Book, but our users do get braille books from Lansing, MI, and your book is available in braille through their library 🙂

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m fascinated that you are a librarian for visually impaired. I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m kind of connected to the visually impaired world. I was born and bred to be a guide dog. But it inevitably was not meant to be. But I have lots of friends who are guide dogs and friends who are guide dog users.

    1. No, I didn’t realize that. I just came across the blog because I follow picture book posts in my reader. Guide dogs are amazing animals, so are library dogs 🙂

  3. Aliens are my favourite people! 🙂 Librarians are a close second.
    I adore magnetic poetry and have it in two languages so far plus extra sets that are interest specific.

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