WHAT: Author Mary Beth Springer ; I Have Cerebral Palsy
WHEN: Saturday, August 13th – noon
WHERE: La Crescent Public Library
Mary Beth Springer, a La Crosse resident, has written the children’s book “I Have Cerebral Palsy.”
Working on her first book that featured a La Crosse woman who had cerebral pasy, Springer wanted to know more about cerebral palsy. She started asking children if they knew what cerebral palsy was. When they were unable to tell her, she decided to write the children’s book.
Springer wrote from the point of view of Sydney, a girl La Crescent who was willing to share her story as a child with the condition.
“It was written to increase the understanding for both children and adults of what cerebral palsy is,” Springer said, “and enhance the meaningful interaction between physically challenged and non-physically challenged children.”
After tabling the completed manuscript for several years, Springer contacted Star Bright Books, a publisher of special needs books, in 2010. The finished book, which includes photos of Sydney, is being released this month.
Throughout the pages, Sydney is shown participating in recreational activities, sometimes using adaptive equipment. While cerebral palsy can affect mobility, making basic activities such as eating difficult, the book emphasizes that a disability doesn’t prevent children from enjoying life and playing sports. A facts and resources section on adaptive technology and the Miracle League organization is included.
Springer will be at the La Crescent Public Library on Saturday, August 13th at noon to talk about her book. She will also have copies available for purchase.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.