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Wolfner News Spring 2010
Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
A productive year
Wolfner Library was especially productive last year due to the emergence of the digital book and player. Here are some highlights of 2009:
Wolfner Library distributed 400 Victor Reader Streams to Missourians for permanent loan. Patrons were required to be able and willing to download digital books from the NLS BARD site.
Wolfner Library distributed 500 digital machines in three days at the beginning of the pre-launch of the NLS digital transition.
Wolfner Library’s cassette duplication operation quickly became a digital download duplication operation within days of receiving blank cartridges. In 2009 more than 5,000 copies were made to meet the needs of digital readers.
Wolfner Library used the digital player’s Bookshelf feature to create a five book multi-title digital cartridge to send with all digital players. Wolfner’s multi-title cartridges helped to satisfy reader demands for digital books while NLS was in the process of adding more to the collection.
Wolfner Library’s Youth Services Librarian created three multi-title digital cartridges for children’s titles. One multi-title digital cartridge had all available pre-school through kindergarten titles on it, 73 titles total.
Wolfner Library created the “Show-Me Downloads” program. The program used an incentive of a free 2GB digital cartridge and cable to patrons to encourage them to download books from BARD.
The entire Wolfner team thanks you for a successful 2009!
Mark your calendars for the 2010 Summer Reading Club
Wolfner patrons under the age of 18 are invited to join Wolfner Library’s Summer Reading Club from June 14 to July 23, 2010. Club members will count reading time and each reading time goal met earns a reward. Those who meet all four reading time goals will be entered in the grand prize drawing. Young readers, watch for more information about the Summer Reading Club in your mailbox in May!
Early literacy for braille readers
The National Federation of the Blind is offering a Braille Reading Pals Club for children from infancy to age seven who are blind or have low vision. The mission of the club is to introduce young children to braille and provide parents with information and resources relating to literacy. Participants receive a print-braille book, a monthly parent e-newsletter, and braille activity sheets and birthday cards. To learn more about the program, visit www.nfb.org/readingpals or call The National Federation of the Blind at 410-659-9314.
Introducing the Patron Corner
Wolfner Library is pleased to announce the Patron Corner, a new addition to the quarterly newsletter. The Patron Corner will consist of select submissions of personal essays, poetry, and experiences with Wolfner Library by patrons. Thank you to patron Nicholas Adam Gallamore for suggesting the idea to us! Nicholas wrote, “Wolfner Library provides exceptional service to its patrons. I would recommend that all people with print disabilities join the library.”
Patron Corner rules:
The personal essay, poetry, or experience with Wolfner Library must be an original, unpublished work by the patron.
Not all submissions will be published in the newsletter.
Submissions must not exceed 150 words.
All submissions are subject to editing for content and length.
Submissions will not be returned or acknowledged.
Submissions must be received in written form, either by e-mail or posted mail. You may also bring a copy into the library in person. Whichever method you choose, please do not submit multiple copies of the same piece.
E-mail submissions to Wolfner@sos.mo.gov, with “Patron Corner” in the subject line.
Or mail or deliver submissions in person to:
Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Attn. Patron Corner
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0387
We look forward to hearing from you!
From the Volunteer Office
The recording program has several new volunteers:
Marilyn Dickneite is a reviewer
Patricia Imbracio is a reviewer
Karen Lockhart is a narrator
Laurie Mills is a monitor
Walter Bargen, the first Poet Laureate of Missouri, has recorded one of his poetry books, Harmonic Balance, and it will be available this summer.
The following Missouri books are now available:
Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker MOD 181
The river jeopardizes the levee and most of the town leaves, but Miss Lydia, an elderly neighbor, and Billie form a friendship that withstands tragedy and time. Some violence.
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser MOD 183
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents.
A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard MOD 184
Living on the Kansas plains, Mercy Malloy’s family endures Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, and an abandoned baby. Through it all, Mercy’s faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty.
Outlaw Tales of Missouri by Sean McLachlan MOD 185
Missouri never had to settle for average everyday gunmen - not when it had such outlaws as Jesse James and Cole Younger to call its own. Outlaw Tales introduces 12 of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the show Me State.
Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets MOD 186
Helen Hawthorne, on the run from her ex-husband and the St. Louis courts, takes a job in a high-end boutique in Fort Lauderdale that is willing to pay her cash, but her attempt to keep her name off the books is put at risk when her boss—a drug dealing embezzler—is found murdered, and Helen is nabbed as the prime suspect in the killing.
Dying to Call You by Elaine Viets MOD 187
While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer.
The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell MOD 188
Shug and his mother Glenda live in a shack on the grounds of the cemetery they maintain. Here they are plagued by the abusive Red. Red may or may not be Shug’s biological father. Shug’s world is full of dysfunction. He has been exposed to drug and alcohol abuse, hardened criminality, illicit sexual behavior and all manner of wickedness. But he doesn’t know any better. And in the course of this novel, things go from bad to worse. Violence, strong language, sexually explicit.
Wolfner Library Staff Listing
Richard J. Smith
Director of Wolfner Library
Coordinator of Volunteers
Special Services Librarian
Youth Services Librarian
Reader Advisor A-Co
Reader Advisor Cp-G
Reader Advisor H-L
Reader Advisor M-R
Reader Advisor S-Z
Reader Advisor Institutions