John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State, FALL 2017
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New WolfPAC Debuts
Wolfner Library’s online catalog,WolfPAC, has been redesigned and is now available online. The new WolfPAC homepage features a quick search box and an image of Wolfner Library’s mascot, Wolfie. On the menu, the choices are “home,” “search,” “browse,”“quick request” and “my account.”“Search” allows you to explore the online catalog in its entirety while limiting your results by author, title or subject. “Browse” will bring up a selection of categories to peruse, including “recently added,” “Missouri books,” “popular titles,” “movies” and “Wolfner Book Club Selections.” “Quick request” allows users who are signed in to enter book numbers and add requests to their account.
A new feature for all searches is a “refine your search” menu on the left. This allows users to narrow search results by availability, preferences, media type, language, subject and reading level. Each item can be either included or excluded from your search results. The number of titles in each category is listed as well. Overall, the redesigned WolfPAC aims for an improved user experience. The menu is less cluttered and the search options are simplified while being more powerful. While the old WolfPAC is still available for now, all bookmarks and links will begin pointing to the new online catalog on January 1st, 2018. Get ahead of the pack and bookmark the new WolfPAC at: https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/mo1aopac/.
Coming Soon! Adult Winter Reading Program: Read-Alikes
The results have been tallied! Wolfner Library patrons chose “Read-Alikes” as the Adult Winter Reading Program theme for winter 2018. Our custom-made reading list will be based on the most popular authors read by Wolfner Library patrons while introducing new authors in a similar genre. The program will begin on January 22nd, 2018, and run until March 5th, 2018. Registration will open on Monday, January 8th, 2018. Expect more details to follow in the winter newsletter!
Cassette Cold Turkey
Starting January 1st, 2018, Wolfner Library will no longer circulate books on cassette tape. The National Library Service project to convert the back catalog of books on cassette to digital media has concluded, and we are ready to clean out storage and make room for new materials in the collection.
As a consequence, patrons with big yellow cassette players or cassette books in the green mailers should return these items to Wolfner Library as we prepare to return all of this federal property to the National Library Service. If you fear that Wolfner Library will no longer offer a favorite book, no need to worry. The majority of books originally produced on cassette have been transferred to the new digital format and are available on cartridge or downloadable via BARD. If you have any questions about the cassette player or cassette books loaned to you, please call your reader advisor at 1-800-392-2614.
New in Braille
Guideposts in Braille!
Starting in January 2018, Guideposts, a well-loved source of hope, encouragement and inspiration is available in braille! Call your reader advisor and subscribe today.
The Missouri Secretary of State Securities Division has produced two short publications with important investor information.
Vulnerable Citizens Services Pamphlet:
This braille pamphlet provides quick facts to help individuals watch for and avoid financial exploitation of vulnerable citizens. Contact your reader advisor if you are interested in a copy of the
Vulnerable Citizens Services pamphlet.
Protecting Your Investments:
This braille book assists Missouri investors in protecting their hard earned money. Contact your reader advisor to request a copy of Protecting Your Investments.
Senior Abuse and Neglect Hotline:
Wolfner Library offers a braille card featuring Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ information on the Adult Abuse & Neglect Hotline. Call your reader advisor to receive this information card in braille.
Audio Described VHS Collection
The Wolfner Library VHS collection has long been what we in the library game call a “dead” collection. Since the advent of DVDs in the late 1990s, we’ve stopped purchasing new VHS movies and programs for the collection. The VHS tapes, when damaged, have not been replaced. Many of these tapes are in poor condition and no longer provide an enjoyable movie experience. By contrast, the DVD collection is regularly maintained and has grown to over 600 titles. For these reasons, we have stopped circulating VHS tapes. Patrons who want to continue checking out audio described movies and programs should call their reader advisor to ensure they are set up to receive DVDs.
Wolfner Library is hosting another teen poetry contest for patrons age 13-18. The submission period is October 15th to December 12th. Winners will have their poems published in Wolfner Library’s spring newsletter, receive a plush Wolfie and have their work recorded and brailled. Parents and teachers, keep our contest in mind as you plan creative curriculum/outlets for your teens.
Teen Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines:
• Must be written by a Wolfner Library patron between the ages of 13 and 18.
• Signed release form is required (release form located in this issue of the newsletter as an insert).
• Patron may submit more than one poem, but would only be able to win once.
• Poem(s) should be original work by the participant.
• Poem(s) may not contain any of the following:
o Strong Language
o Sexual Content
Submit a typed, hand written or brailled poem and completed release form to:
C/O Youth Librarian
600 W Main St
PO BOX 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Or scan a typed or hand written poem and email* to: [email protected]
*Subject line must state: 2017/18 TEEN POETRY CONTEST
This information and a link to the release form is also available on our Teen Poetry Contest website at: www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programs/teen-poetry-contest.
Wolfner Library’s Youth Summer Reading Club: Building a Better World and Breaking Records
This year’s slogan for Wolfner Library’s Youth Summer Reading Club was “Build a Better World,” and we spent the summer building stronger readers! Once again Wolfner Library has broken its record for the number of patrons who participated in the Summer Reading Club. This year a whopping 123 youth patrons Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library registered for the program! That is a 15 percent increase from last year! Of those 123 who registered, 85 completed the program, for a reading total of 191,156 minutes. Everyone who completed received a book in the format and reading level of the participant’s choice. The top reader in each of the five age groups received a LEGO Duplo kit.
On August 14th, 2017, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, with Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hellman, drew two lucky patrons to win a 128GB iPad. All prizes were purchased by the Friends of Wolfner Library. Congratulations to all who participated and completed this year! The 2018 Youth Summer Reading Club slogan will be “Libraries Rock,” and Wolfner Library plans to rock summer reading with another record-breaking year!
Book Club Hiatus
All three book clubs will be on break for the holidays. The clubs will resume in February.
New from the Wolfner Recording Studio
Bearing Witness by Michael Kahn DBC06449
Rachel Gold, a Saint Louis attorney, doesn’t think much of her client’s chances for succeeding in an age-discrimination suit against one of the city’s biggest engineering firms. But Rachel soon uncovers a conspiracy that’s more than an illegal bidding scam and much older than she is. Some explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.
Murder on a Lonely Road by George Pawaczyk DBC09607
Describes how Gerald Carnahan murdered 20-year-old beauty pageant winner Jackie Johns and the efforts of the police over the next 25 years to obtain the evidence needed to convict him.
A Road Trip into America’s Hidden Heart: Traveling the Back Roads, Backwoods and Back Yards by John Drake Robinson DBC09574
The author sets out on a 250,000-mile journey to discover the real America beyond the interstate—real people, obscure places and forgotten facts. He brings the unique culture of rural Missouri to life with a mixture of history, humor and old fashioned storytelling.
Standing on a Volcano: The Life and Times of David Rowland Francis by Harper Barnes DBC09608
Biography of David R. Francis, who was a brash, plain-spoken man whose political savvy guided him to positions of prominence at all levels of American government. He served as both mayor of Saint Louis and governor of Missouri, and later entered national and international politics as ambassador to Russia from 1916 to 1918.
Gateway Award Books (Senior High and Older)
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider DBC09606
Two teenagers with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of acure.
Truman Award Books (Junior High)
The Fixer by Jennifer Barnes DBC09590
When her grandfather develops dementia, 16-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C. by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles and family secrets.
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson DBC09613
In 1888 New York City, 16-year-old governess Verity Newton agrees to become a spy, whatever the risk, after learning that the man for whom she has feelings sympathizes with rebels developing non-magical sources of power, via steam engines, in hopes of gaining freedom from British rule.
Mark Twain Award Books (Middle School)
Webster: Tale of an Outlaw by Ellen Emerson White DBC09610
When Webster the dog arrives at Green Meadows Farm, he has already been adopted, mistreated and given away three times and is done with people, but the other animals of the shelter will not let him give up on the possibility of a special family.
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft recently experienced first-hand the process of recording a book in the Wolfner Recording Studio. He recorded three children’s books, “The Little Engine That Could,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.” All three books are now available on BARD. After completing the books, Secretary Ashcroft challenged other state officials to volunteer with the Wolfner Recording Studio. State Treasurer Eric Schmitt took up the challenge. Treasurer Schmitt has recorded three children’s books, which will soon be available.
Luella Agnes Owen by Billie Holliday Skelley DBC09621
Luella Agnes Owen was a female pioneer in the study of caves. Luella had to overcome many obstacles to reach her goal of becoming a scientist, but she succeeded. She became one of the world’s leading authorities on caves at a time when such a career was unusual for a woman.
My Brother Charlie: A Sister’s Story of Autism by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete DBC09625
A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. Includes author’s note about autism.
Nine for California by Sonia Levitin DBC06086
Amanda travels by stagecoach with her four siblings and her mother from Missouri to California to join her father.
The Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards DBC06383
An old empty house feels sorry for itself because it has no family living inside, but with the help of some good friends, its dreams come true.
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby DBC06087
In 1888, Owney, a stray terrier puppy, finds a home in the Albany, New York post office and becomes its official mascot as he rides the mail train through the Adirondacks and beyond, crisscrossing the United States, into Canada and Mexico, and eventually traveling around the world by mail boat in 132 days.
Service Awards for Wolfner Library Staff
The Office of the Secretary of State routinely recognizes staff who have served the people of the state of Missouri. This summer service awards were given to the following Wolfner Library staff by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:
For 20 years of Service:
Don Branch, Circulation Processing Assistant
Diann Stark, Reader Advisor
Justin Stauffer, Circulation Processing Assistant
Verhonda Winters, Circulation Supervisor
For 15 Years of Service:
Stacy Jo Butler, Technician II
Brandon Kempf, Reader Advisor
Brandon Lammers, Technician II
For 5 Years of Service:
Lisa Hellman, Youth Services Librarian
Tammy Winkleman, Circulation Processing Assistant
Pictured here, from left to right: Brandon Kempf, Tammy
Winkleman, Diann Stark, Don Branch, Stacy Jo Butler, and Brandon Lammers
New Accessory for Digital Players
The National Library Service is introducing a new accessory for use with digital talking book machines (DTBMs): a USB breath switch. The accessory is compatible with both the standard and advanced digital talking book machines. The USB breath switch provides control of all functions of the digital player except power on/off. The breath switch comes with a shirt clip, removable mouth tube, and inline moisture filter. It connects to the player via the AT port. Because the breath switch does not have the ability to turn power on or off, the player should always be connected to AC power when in use.
The two photographs below show the breath switch (Figure 1) and the breath switch, shirt clip, and mouth tube connected to a player (Figure 2).
Figure 1. Breath Switch Figure 2. Breath switch, shirt clip and mouth tube connected to DTBM.
For more information, contact your reader advisor at 1-800-392-2614.
Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
November 10th, 2017 Veteran’s Day Observed
November 23rd, 2017 Thanksgiving Day
December 25th, 2017 Christmas Day
January 1st, 2018 New Year’s Day
January 15th, 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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