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Special Announcement about My Book

August 16, 2017


Special Announcement about My Book:


The Little Book that Keeps On Giving


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



I have always loved books, libraries, and book stores; however, due to vision challenges (since early childhood), I could never read as much as I wanted to read.  Then, in 1980, after filling out the appropriate application, my world significantly changed when books recorded specifically for patrons who are legally blind or otherwise print challenged came into my life–thanks to the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, of the Library of Congress.  For the first decade, I received books from the cooperating library in Indiana (Indianapolis); since 1991, I have been receiving audio books from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library.  In recent years, I have been able to download audio books from this library service.  Through these nearly four decades, I have read, learned from, and enjoyed hundreds of books.  The first year after I retired from full-time teaching, I read over eighty books–a couple in braille and the remainder in audio format.


Now, can you imagine how excited I was and still am when I learned that my book The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season was accepted to be added to the collection of the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped?  On Tuesday, August 15, the librarian of the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library informed me that my 101-page book was available on Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD).  Today, August 16, when I downloaded my book for the first time, I was overwhelmed to hear the title of my book and my name given as the author!  When I put the special NLS cartridge into the NLS digital player and began listening to my book, I was thrilled, tearful, and humbled because I have so many individuals to thank for helping me to reach this goal.


A Brief Chronology of The Christmas Carriage


August, 2016:

To honor my third Leader Dog Zoe and my parents, I decided to dedicate a book in their memory.  The dedication page alone was an important motivation in my achieving my goal.  Additionally, I decided to select posts from my Wordwalk blog and from my other writings for a small holiday book, spanning Thanksgiving through January.


September-November, 2016:

I worked with DLD Books (Denver, Colorado) to produce my little book; after the initial publication, Leonore and David Dvorkin have continued to assist me in a variety of ways with other book-related goals.


December 1, 2016:

I officially announced my book on Wordwalk.  Throughout December, my Leader Dog Willow and I made many trips to the post office to mail copies of my book to all family members and friends on my Christmas card list; then, Willow and I enjoyed delivering other copies in our neighborhood.  My little book made the holiday season one of the most special of my life.




July 15, 2017:

From Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE, of Milwaukee), I received the first copy of my book as recorded by a narrator at ABLE.  (This recording became a part of the NLS collection.)  Thanks to narrator Dave R. and the entire ABLE staff!


July 21, 2017:

David Dvorkin, of DLD Books, uploaded my book to Bookshare, where my book is available to individuals who belong to Bookshare.


August 5, 2017:

Thanks to Audio and Braille Literacy Enhancement (ABLE), its director Cheryl Orgas, and braillist Lenore T.—-I received the first copy of The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season in one braille volume.  Any braille reader across the United States, may order this braille volume for only $7.50 by contacting ABLE at 414/286-3039 or


August 6, 2017:

From a friend in Clinton, Indiana, I was delighted to learn that my print book will be available for sale at four festival locations at the Little Italy Festival, during the four days of Labor Day weekend.  Thanks to the LIFT Board and to Mary Fornero!


August 15, 2017:

For patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (throughout the United States), my book (DBC 08305) is available on BARD.  Thanks to the staff at the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library!


For additional information about ordering the print or electronic version of The Christmas Carriage and Other Writings of the Holiday Season, please visit my author’s web page:

On my author’s web page, you will also find that I extend even more thanks to Cindy Lesky, the photographer of the cover photo, and to other individuals.


My book certainly has been the little book that keeps on giving–giving me much creative satisfaction and joy.  Throughout this past year, my holiday book has brightened many of my days.  Special thanks to all who have read and will read my book, as well as to all who have given or will give my book as a gift!


With smiles of happiness,

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


August 16, 2017, Wednesday




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  1. Dear Alice. I smiled with inspirational joy as I read this post. I can’t imagine how wide the smile was on your face as you heard the news. Hats held high and waving wide my dear, and as always, thank you so much for your passion filled inspiration. dp

    Sent from my Windows 10 Creators machine

    • Deon–Thank you! Your two books–your novel SULLY STREET and your collection of poetry READY, SET, POETRY–certainly inspired me and helped me to realize that completing a collection of my own was possible. I am happy to follow in your footsteps.

      Best always–Alice and Willow

  2. Sue McKendry permalink

    Congratulations, Alice! Your hard work has earned you these honors–I’m sure many will enjoy reading the holiday themed selections, especially the folks in the Clinton, Indiana. And it’s wonderful that the book is accessible to all people now. One never realizes the work that goes into producing a book, and it was so interesting to follow its development through your timeline. I’m so happy to have a copy of the memorable effort–Sue

    • Sue–Thanks so much! On Tuesday, when I was listening to Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show (WHAD-FM), I was thinking of you and your cat Red Rider because the guest was Jim Thompson who was talking about his new book PEANUT OF BLIND FAITH FARM. This children’s book is the true story of Jim and Laura’s lamb who was born blind and lives well and happily on their hobby farm in Wisconsin. Jim Thompson’s website is:

      I am looking forward to reading this book and thought you might enjoy the story also. Perhaps, the library where you volunteer will add the book to its collection.

      Take care–Alice and Willow (who are very happy to hear the updates about Red Rider)

  3. mfanyo permalink

    Dear Alice,
    I am so happy to have this timeline of your “little book” that has made a big impression on everyone who has read it! What a great accomplishment for you! I know that you have future projects on your agenda, and I look forward to them.
    Love to you and Willow,

    • Mary–Thanks for your comment and for all you do!

      Have another happy semester of teaching your little students–Alice and Willow

  4. Carole permalink

    Congratulations, Alice, on new opportunities to share your creativity and talent! Wishing you much success with future sales!

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