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John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State Fall 2018




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Connections to Wolfner Library Writing Program Entries

A book laying open
Wolfner Library received some wonderful entries in its “Connections to Wolfner Library” 80th Anniversary writing program. For your enjoyment, here are the shorter entries and excerpts from longer entries. Thank you to all who participated!

“Wolfner Library” by Emily Jack
Wonderful books,
Empowering me to
Large Print for
Individuals with
Blindness and low vision,
Recommended reading lists
Ready for

A feather quill resting in an inkwell.
Excerpt from “My Wolfner Library Connection” by Anna Hyman
[A counselor for the blind tried] convincing me that I’d enjoy listening to Wolfner Library talking books. I’d given him some disbelieving looks. That day the counselor did leave a talking book behind in hopes
that I’d give listening a try. One day I did and afterward I had a good cry for I knew what I’d been missing and how wrong I’d been.

A whole new world opened up to me then...Wolfner Library and talking books has truly enriched my life.

…I look forward to reading each publication of the Wolfner Newsletter. Many times it has made aspects of my life better. It has become an important and useful tool. As a Wolfner Library
connection, the Wolfner News quarterly newsletter is to me super cool!

I’d like to thank Wolfner Library for many years of multiple services. Wolfner has made a real and significant difference in a lot of our lives.

Congrats in your 80th anniversary Wolfner Library!

“Thank You, Wolfner” by Mary Holt
Wolfner Library-what joy you bring
To those who cannot see
The books I love
Thanks for sending them free to me.
I am never without a book to hear,
You should all be proud for helping so many,
I know it means so much to me.
From the time I was ten,
I loved going to our library
I spent hours there,
I love remembering then.
I cannot see now, but thanks to you,
I can still “read” when I want to.


“My Friends, The Story Characters” by Jennifer Skeens
One by one they arrive. Shyly, quietly bouncing out excitedly, or stepping out confidently, from the digital book they slip. Characters-ready to take the stage, speak their lines, and act out the story from the book. They are there to be my friends and to keep me company as the narrative unfolds. Each time I push the read or green button the characters are ready. “Hello, here we are again.”

When it is time to close the book, the characters quietly fold themselves away, ready for the next reader. I sadly bid them, “good bye.”
I then start a new book. “Hello, here we are….”

A pencil resting on a full notepad.
Excerpt from “Life with Wolfner” by Chris Mitchell
…What I like most about Wolfner is that every volunteer who lends his or her voice to the recording of a book brings that story to life.

Every fiction book is read in a way that I can “see” in my mind the images in every scene….

Every nonfiction book I’ve read has been read by a volunteer who conveys the same passion in their voice that the author of the book put into his or her own words when the book was written. Being a patron of Wolfner for nearly 50 years has been a pleasurable experience. I hope I live long enough to continue being a patron of the library for another 50 years!

To read all these entries in their entirety, please visit http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programming/ConnectionsWriting


Wolfner Library 80th Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition Reception

A photo of John Drake Robinson behind a podium
On Saturday, June 2, in conjunction with the Friends of the Wolfner Library Annual Meeting, Wolfner Library celebrated the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Henry L. Wolfner Memorial Library. This event was combined with a volunteer recognition reception. The Friends annual meeting started the day, followed by a luncheon served in the lobby of James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center. Girl
Scouts from troops 701130, 70800, and 70920 helped serve food. A program followed the luncheon. The first segment featured guest speaker John Drake Robinson, a Missouri author whose books have been recorded in the Wolfner Library recording studio.

Diann Stark, Ginny Ryan, Archie Andrews and Cheryl Schrieman sitting in a panel

After Mr. Robinson’s presentation, a panel of long-time Wolfner staff members shared their memories of the library over the years. One panelist, Archie Andrews, worked in the original library in St. Louis and moved with Wolfner Library when it relocated to Jefferson City. Special recognition was given to Greg Thurston, who has been a Wolfner volunteer for 17 years, and to Tom Collier, another volunteer of 17 years. Tom is considered the ‘Voice of Wolfner’ for having recorded the Wolfner Newsletter since he started.

Tom Collier and Robin Westphal presenting Tom's award

Robin Westphal presents Tom Collier with a proclamation honoring him for his service as a narrator for Wolfner since 2001.

Announcing the Adult Winter Reading Program:
And the Award Goes To…

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This year’s program will feature the best of the best in our collection. No matter what type of fiction or nonfiction you enjoy, there is a category here for you. Register for the Adult Winter Reading Program and enjoy exploring award winners in a variety of genres.

For 2019, registration opens on Dec. 3, 2018, and the program will start Jan. 2 and run through March 4. We hope the expanded length of the program enhances your enjoyment. The deadline for submitting the number of books read will be March 11, 2019. To qualify for prizes, patrons must read at least 10 titles from the provided reading list.

Patrons may elect to enjoy the program by category or by individual title. Wolfner Library would like to thank the Library Users of Missouri for funding this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program.

A brief description of this year’s ten categories:

Agatha Award Winners
Named after Agatha Christie, the Agatha Award honors books written in the cozy mystery genre. Cozy mysteries feature amateur sleuths, little sex or violence and socially intimate communities.

Christy Award Winners
Named for Catherine Marshall’s novel Christy, The Christy Award features the best of Christian Fiction. Subcategories of the award include contemporary, historical, gentle romance, and suspense books written from a perspective of faith.

Edgar Award Winners
Named after the father of the detective mystery tale, Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgar Award honors the best in mystery fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year.

Gateway Award Winners
Named in honor of the St. Louis Arch, the Gateway Award honors the best of young adult literature as chosen yearly by Missouri high school students.

Man Booker Prize
For lovers of international fiction, the Man Booker prize is awarded yearly to one novel published in English within the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth, Ireland and South Africa and is the equivalent of the American Pulitzer.

Hugo Awards
Named after Hugo Gernsback, a pioneer in the science fiction genre, the Hugo Awards honors the best in science fiction and fantasy.

National Book Awards
The National Book Foundation presents yearly awards for the best books in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The award aims to celebrate the best in American literature and each winner must be a United States author.

Pulitzer Prize Winners
One of the five categories of Pulitzer Prizes awarded each year is the Pulitzer Prize in Literature. Within that category are subcategories for the best fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, and general nonfiction books written by American authors.

RITA Award Winners
Named after romance author Rita Clay Estrada, the RITA Award honors the best in romance fiction. With subcategories for contemporary, historical, inspirational, paranormal, and young adult, there is a wide variety from which to choose in this category.

Spur Award Winners
If books set in the American West are your favorite, then the Spur Awards are for you. This award honors westerns and other books set in America’s frontier.


Book Club Announcement

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All three Book Clubs will be on break for the holidays. The clubs will resume in February.


Missouri Assistive Technology Workshop

Do you have questions about using Missouri Assistive Technology programs? Whether your questions are about the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP), ICanConnect, or another program, Wolfner Library is here to help. On November 8 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Adult Services Librarian Amy Nickless will host a conference call featuring staff from Missouri Assistive Technology. To participate, please call Wolfner Library at 800-392-2614 and ask for Amy or e-mail [email protected] to register. Registered patrons will be given the conference call phone number. On the day of the workshop, call in at 2:30 p.m.

Wolfner Library’s Racing to Read is now in Spanish!

Wolfie playing with a vibrantly colored block
Wolfner Library is excited to announce that we now provide the Racing to Read early literacy program in Spanish! You can now visit the Spanish version of our early literacy program’s site at www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programacion/wolfner-carrera-hacia-la-lectura. Registration for the Spanish Racing to Read can be found at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Wolfner-Carrera-Hacia-La-Lectura.

Wolfner Library’s English version of Racing to Read is available at https://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programming/wolfner-racing-to-read.

Carrera Hacia la Lectura del Biblioteca Wolfner Ahora está en Español!
¡La Biblioteca de Wolfner se complace en anunciar que ahora ofrecemos nuestro programa de alfabetización temprana, Carrera Hacia la Lectura, en español! Ahora puede visitar la versión en español del sitio de nuestro programa de alfabetización temprana en 

www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programacion/wolfner-carrera-hacia-la-lectura. La inscripción para el Carrera Hacia la Lectura en español se puede encontrar en http://sgiz.mobi/s3/Wolfner-Carrera-Hacia-La-Lectura.

Wolfner Library’s Third Annual Teen Poetry Contest

Teen Poetry Contest Full Logo 2018
Wolfner Library is hosting a teen poetry contest for patrons ages 13-18. Thanks to our Friends of Wolfner Library, we are offering some major prizes! The first place poet will win a Mac Book Air! Second and third place poets will receive an iPad with keyboard. All three winners will have their poems featured in the Spring Wolfner Library Newsletter. Former poet laureate of Missouri, Walter Bargen, will reprise his role as Wolfner Library’s contest judge.

Parents and teachers, keep our contest in mind as you plan creative curriculum/outlets for your teens. The submission period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 12.

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:
   Strong Language
   Sexual Content
Submit a typed, hand written or brailled poem and completed release form to:

Wolfner Library
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: 2018/19 TEEN POETRY CONTEST
This information and a link to the release form is also available on our Teen Poetry Contest website at: http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programs/teen-poetry-contest.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Kits! Oh My!

Wolfie in a lab coat and glasses, holding a clipboard
Wolfner Library is thrilled to announce the launch of our latest collection available to schools and patrons: accessible STEM Kits!

These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Kits primarily target grade school-age kids, but kits for middle and high school students are also available. Many of the kits include print/braille components, so braille readers can use them with their sighted peers. Those interested in checking out a kit can find the full list with school standards at www.sos.mo.gov/library/development/services/stemKits.




 A boom box, amongst a pile of books, playing loud music.Library Rocks logoA laptop showing a musical score resting on a bed of flowers.

Wolfner Library’s young patrons rocked this summer by participating in our “Libraries Rock” Youth Summer Reading Club! We once again broke our registration record from last year! This year’s total registrants was 126. Of those who registered, 77 completed the program, reading a total of 342,666 minutes!

Everyone who completed received a book in the format and reading level of the participant’s choice. The top reader in each of five age groups received a Bluetooth speaker fidget spinner.

On Aug. 14, 2018, Missouri State Librarian Robin Westphal, with Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hellman, drew names of 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 2019 Youth Summer Reading Club slogan will be “A Universe of Stories,” and Wolfner Library is already planning a program that will be out of this world!


Volunteer Profile

Lauren Cameron wearing headphones and sitting at a computer.
Lauren Cameron started working as a volunteer at Wolfner Library on Sept. 17, 2012. She began as a reviewer, and quickly added being a monitor to her duties. She currently monitors twice a week and reviews once a week. When asked if she has a favorite book she has worked on, she responded, “No, but I have enjoyed working in different genres of books than I would normally pick up.” In answer to the question, “Do you have a book you’ve hated?” she replied, “No, but a couple were more challenging than others.”

Lauren also volunteers at the American Red Cross, saying “I worked there as a paid employee, first part-time, and then full-time, for a total of 17 years. The work was varied and different every day, which is why I liked it. I am volunteering in a different capacity than I worked in, but am still enjoying the Red Cross’s mission and the people who work there”. Lauren grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, living on both sides of state line. She is married and has one son and two grandchildren who live in the Columbia area. She says, “Obviously, my favorite hobby is reading.”


Volunteer Memorial

Greg Thurston and Robin Westphal holding a proclomation to Greg's service.

It is with sadness that Wolfner Library notes the passing of a long-time volunteer. John Gregory ‘Greg’ Thurston passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Greg had volunteered at Wolfner Library for seventeen years. During that time, he accumulated 7,950 volunteer hours. Wolfner Library honored Greg this summer at the volunteer recognition event on June 2, 2018. He is pictured here standing with state librarian Robin Westphal, holding a proclamation that recognized his service.


Locally Produced Books
Audio Books
Adult Reading Level

An Artist in America by Thomas Hart Benton DBC09663

Autobiography of Thomas Hart Benton, artist and muralist, who was born in Neosho, Missouri, into an influential family of politicians. He discusses his childhood, travels and career.

Bess Wallace Truman: Harry’s White House “Boss” by Sarah Sale DBC06479
Bess Wallace Truman ran the White House as she ran her own home, attending personally to details that many first ladies had left to the staff. President Harry S. Truman fondly called his wife “The Boss.”

Death Rattle by Jory Sherman DBC09692
Cattle rancher and detective Brad Storm must take down the Golden Council--a band of outlaws who offer to “protect” businesses for a price--and who get violent if their offer is not accepted. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and violence.

Grandma and the Buck Deer by Joel Vance DBC09705
A collection of stories that take a humorous look at growing up in small town America during the 1950’s. Some strong language.

Incident at the Otterville Station by John Christgau DBC09693
In defiance of a standing Union order prohibiting the transfer of slaves among states, Missourian Charles W. Walker intended to ship his slaves by train to Kentucky, where they would be sold at auction. What ensued was one of the most gripping - and until now, mostly forgotten - events of the Civil War.

Josie Marcus Series:
The Fashion Hound Murders by Elaine Viets DBC06534
Josie Marcus is hired to check out a big pet store’s involvement with puppy mills, but things turn deadly when her source is murdered. Josie Marcus series, book 5.

An Uplifting Murder by Elaine Viets DBC09659
While mystery-shopping at a chain of lingerie stores, Josie Marcus stumbles upon the dead body of an old high school acquaintance whose hands are bound with the bra she just purchased, prompting Josie to bust out her abundant sleuthing skills. Josie Marcus series, book 6.

A Killing at the Creek: An Ozarks Mystery by Nancy Allen DBC09673
Prosecutor Elsie Arnold has been waiting for a case to come along and make her career. When a murdered woman is found under a bridge, she thinks she has found her case. Descriptions of sex. Some violence. Strong language.

Mortal Shield by Thomas A. Taylor DBC09725
In the backwoods of a Missouri state park, a group of religious extremists train to murder the governor, using state highway policemen for practice. Some strong language.

Notes from Breakfast Creek: a Look at the World by Cathy L. Salter DBC09655
A collection of essays originally written for daily small-town newspapers, dealing with rural life, urban life and travel, among other topics.

Tales from the Kansas City Royals Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Royals Stories Ever Told by Denny Matthews DBC09694
Royals radio broadcaster Denny Matthews recalls anecdotes and memorable moments about the players and owners, as well as various rivalries through the years.

Two Walk the Golden Road by Wilson M. Powell & Ming-fu Zhou DBC09647
A joint memoir written by a U.S. soldier and a Chinese communist soldier who fought against each other in the Korean War. Some descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence.

We’re Dead, Come on In by Bruce Davis DBC06437
In January 1932, ten local lawmen approached two brothers in an isolated Missouri farmhouse. Minutes later, six officers were dead, three were wounded, and the outlaws escaped, only to be
captured in Houston, Texas, days later. Violence.

Wicked Women of Missouri by Larry Wood DBC09691
Profiles of infamous Missouri women whose exploits ranged from horse thefts to bank heists. Includes Belle Starr, Bonnie Parker and Ma Barker.

Young Adult Reading Level
Cinnamon: A Teen’s Survival and Romance on the Appalachian Trail by Linda Y. Nowak DBC09665
When Aileen Foster discovers she doesn’t need to take classes during her senior year in high school in order to graduate in June, she decides to use that time to hike the Appalachian Trail. For senior high and older readers.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum DBC09688
Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new step-family but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Gateway Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For senior high and older readers.

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry DBC09715
Years after surviving the attack that ended her mother’s life and implicated her father as the prime suspect, Olivia learns that her father also died on that fateful day, a discovery that compels her to search for the killer before she becomes the next victim. Truman Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For junior and senior high.

Things too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught DBC09687
A family mystery leads Dani Beans to investigate the secrets of Ole Miss and the dark history of race relations in Oxford, Mississippi. Truman Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For grades 5-8.

Juvenile Reading Level
Grounded by Kate Klise DBC09720
After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn comes up with the idea of a “living funeral,” where people can hear their own eulogy and have a chance to thank family and friends. For grades 4-7.

Andrew Taylor Still: Father of Osteopathic Medicine by Jason Haxton DBC09667
Dr. A. T. Still was a frontier man who lived through the Civil War. He eventually opened a medical school and a hospital located in Kirksville, Missouri. For grades 4-7.

A Bike like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts DBC09683
When Ruben, who longs to have a bike like his friend Sergio’s but his family cannot afford, finds money in a grocery store, he has to make a tough decision about what to do with it. Show Me Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For grades K-3.

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin DBC09700
Thyme Owens moves across the country with her family so her younger brother can take part in a promising cancer drug trial, and though all she wants is for him to get better, adjusting to life in Manhattan is anything but easy. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For grades 4-7.

Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Lynn Carbone DBC09702
It’s 1943, and the White House is busy with the war effort. Diana Hopkins wants to help, but doesn’t know what a ten-year-old can do - until the Roosevelts come up with the idea of Victory Gardens, and Diana suddenly has the important job of Victory Gardener for the White House. Show Me Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For grades K-3.

The Dreamcatcher Adventures: Greedy Jack Wallace by Adam Veile DBC09668
Blake Monroe needs to find a hidden treasure to save his family home and the cowboy ghost of his great-great-great-great-grandfather wants to find the same hidden treasure to right a wrong that has lingered since he was murdered by a villain in 1890. The two team up to find the treasure. For grades 3-6.

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner DBC09690
Unsure of how to get her family’s attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing...in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For grades 4-7.

I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis DBC09684
A young boy struggles to survive during the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. For grades 3-6.

Ruth Law: the Queen of the Air by Billie Holladay Skelley DBC09726
Ruth Bancroft Law was a pioneer in American aviation. She was one of the most successful aviators of her time, setting several records. For grades 3-6.

Picture Books (Pre-school Reading Level)
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson DBC09712
A baby frog scares the other animals. Building Block Award nominee, 2018. For preschool-grade 2.

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael R. Sampson DBC09707
Little monkey will not get out of bed, so the doctor prescribes some exercise and monkey learns to dance. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2018. For preschool-grade 2.

Print/Braille Books
In addition to the books recorded in the Wolfner Library studio, volunteers for Wolfner also create print/braille books by adding braille overlays to children’s picture books. These books can be read to children by parents or grandparents who read braille, and are great for children who are learning braille.

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein BR060004
A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch. Preschool-grade 2.

Find a Cow Now! by Janet Stevens BR060021
Tired of hearing Dog yipping at chairs and trying to round up rugs, Bird tells him to go to the country to find a cow, but this is one cattle dog who does not know a cow when he sees one. Preschool-grade 2.

Good Night, Missouri by Adam Gamble BR060009
Introduces well-known features of Missouri. Preschool-grade 2.

I Need My Own Country by Rick Walton BR060008
Instructs the reader in how to form one’s own country, from finding a location, a name, and a flag, to handling the inevitable civil unrest and invasions. Preschool-grade 2.

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems BR060015
Leonardo, who is terrible at being a monster, discovers a nervous little boy who seems to be the perfect candidate for him to practice on. Preschool - grade 2.

Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L. Carlson BR060010
Even though Henry looks forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he arrives at the classroom door. Preschool-grade 2.

Naked! by Michael Ian Black BR060005
A child discovers that the only thing more fun than being naked is wearing nothing but a cape. Preschool-grade 2.

Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk BR060006
Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave and is ready to try out his fearsome roar, but when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends for help in finding the noise and renewing his courage. Preschool-grade 2.

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne BR060007
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Preschool-grade 2.

Upcoming Holidays
Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
November 12, 2018 Veteran’s Day Observed
November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2018 Christmas Day
January 1, 2019 New Year’s Day
January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wolfner Library Staff Listing
Donna Riegel
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Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director
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Deborah Stroup
Studio and Volunteer Services Manager
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Amy Nickless
Adult Services Librarian
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Lisa Hellman
Youth Services Librarian
[email protected]
Lori Brown
Reader Advisor
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Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
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Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L
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Diann Stark
Reader Advisor M-R
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Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Wh
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Meghan McCormack
Reader Advisor Institutions
[email protected]

Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of Secretary of State John Ashcroft’s Office.

Wolfner NEWS is also available in Braille, on cartridge, by email or in human voice audio for listening over the Internet at Wolfner’s Web site, www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/wolfnews/. If you would like to receive an alternate format, please call the library at (800) 392-2614.

Wolfner Library is open Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Closed for state holidays.
Contact Information
Toll-free in-state phone number (800) 392-2614
Jefferson City area local phone number (573) 751-8720
FAX number (573) 751-3612
Email address [email protected]
Web site address www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/
Wolfner’s online catalog https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/mo1aopac/