Nessa Morris (mom to aliens, librarian to the visually impaired, and kidlit writer)

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 with two children in Michigan. I’m still trying to figure out whether my children are human. I secretly believe I gave birth to aliens. If you ever met my children, 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 my other site: Library Access Foundation.

And now… It’s time for you to check out the rest of my site. I do apologize for the neglect it’s been receiving lately. My kids are at the age where I’m constantly running them around town, so I’ve had very little time or energy to devote to the site.


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Comments on: "The Can Opener" (11)

  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

    • 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.

  2. So nice to meet you! Can’t wait to read more about your work!

  3. What an interesting job! I was about to ask if you had a Braille copy of my book, but I guess not. I don’t think it’s a Talking Book.

    • 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 :)

  4. 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.

    • 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 :-)

  5. What a lovely blog you have, Nessa! I’ll be posting a link to this on my blog (on the Snugglers Around the World page)!

  6. What a coincidence! I was an alien once……………well I got bettah….

    Maybe we’re cousins! …or…completely unrelated. Whatever, you’re fun, I’m following you.

  7. 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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