John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State WINTER 2018
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Announcing the Adult Winter Reading Program: Read-a-Likes!
We know you love books as much as we do. Sadly, a voracious reader is often confronted with a shortage of books they really love. If this is you, then take heart, we have a cure for the “I’ve read everything by that author” blues. Register for the Adult Winter Reading Program and enjoy terrific selections that read like some of your favorite authors in a variety of genres. Registration opens on January 8th, 2018 and the program will run January 22nd through March 5th. The deadline for submitting the number of books read will be March 12th. To qualify for prizes, patrons must read at least 10 titles from the provided reading list. If you haven’t already, register now! 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.
Learn more about the selections in our ten categories:
Christian Fiction Read-a-Likes
If you’ve read every title by Janette Oke, Beverly Lewis or Karen Kingsbury, crack open a few of these heartwarming and timeless novels about love and life. Centered on the Bible and its lessons, these authors write Christian fiction with authentic details and engaging characters who face difficult problems as they experience spiritual growth.
Historical Fiction Read-a-Likes
If you love the riveting tales of Ken Follett, Alison Weir and Jeffrey Archer, you’ll enjoy these selections with authentic characters and a sense of personal engagement with historical figures.
History buffs who have read most every book by David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Ron Chernow will enjoy these selections featuring highly engaging and very human portraits of some of America’s most recognizable names.
Horror fans who have read everything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Bram Stoker are in for a treat. The authors on this reading list offer appealing heroes and terrible villains straight from our darkest nightmares.
Legal Thriller Read-a-Likes
If you get into the legal twists and turns of authors like John Grisham, Scott Turow and Michael Connelly, set a new precedent with our selection of legal thrillers, filled with dangerous secrets,fast paced action and courtroom drama.
Mystery fans who have read every word printed by the likes of Mary Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich and David Baldacci will enjoy our list of new detective series, some amateur, some professional, all compelling and intricately plotted.
Pop Culture Read-a-Likes
If you love the quirky and unconventional stylings of Malcolm Gladwell, Mary Roach and Bill Bryson, you’ll enjoy these titles that make the obscure understandable in such topics as science, human behavior, western culture and travel.
If you love the poignant love stories of Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel and Debbie Macomber, you’ll get into these contemporary romances that feature authors who write inspirational stories in diverse settings with strong heroines.
You’ve read all the thrillers in our collection? Think again! These ten titles will bring to mind the brooding romantic atmospheres created by Sandra Brown, the fast paced works of Robert Ludlum, and the mind-blowing plot twists of Gillian Flynn.
Western and Adventure Read-a-Likes
If action and adventure are what you crave, then check out this list of ten authors who write like Louis L’Amour, Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy. You’ll enjoy the company of strong heroes fighting for justice in western, military, and exotic settings.
Celebrating Wolfner Library’s 80th Anniversary
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding in 1938, you are invited to share what Wolfner Library means to you. As part of this special program, patrons of all ages may submit one original work, either a poem, short story or essay of 1,500 words or less in length. The theme of the program will be “Connections to Wolfner Library.” The submission period will open April 16th and run until June 16th. Typed, handwritten, and brailled entries will be accepted. The submission form will arrive in the spring newsletter. Selected entries will be published in the fall newsletter. Get those creative juices flowing! Whatever your connection, such as a favorite book we provided or an interaction with staff, we’d like to hear what impact the library has had on your life.
Missouri’s Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
Missouri Assistive Technology offers a program called the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for individuals who have difficulty using the phone or internet due to a disability. Applicants must be Missouri residents and the application must be certified by a qualifying specialist. Additionally, the applicant must have access to basic telephone service or a computer and internet service. Lastly, there are income limits for users of the program (for example, a household of two individuals must make less than $60,000 in combined income). There are three versions of the TAP program.
1. TAP for Telephone (TAP-T) provides basic phone service by providing adaptive equipment. This can include adaptations such as text telephone, voice carry over phones, phones for the hearing impaired, amplified phones, braille phones, hands-free phones, and photo phones.
2. TAP for Internet (TAP-I) provides adaptive computer equipment to Missourians unable to use standard equipment to access the internet and e-mail. This can include screen enlargement software, screen readers, adaptive keyboards, alternate pointing devices, such as trackballs. Participants must have their own computer and internet access.
3. TAP Wireless Pilot provides a wireless device to eligible Missourians so they can access both phone and internet capabilities. Currently, this program is limited to those over the age of 18. Devices being used in this program include iPhones, iPads, Jitterbugs, and Odin.
Missouri Assistive Technologies offers 31 demo sites across the state, which also allows qualifying individuals to test the equipment before purchasing decisions are made. To learn more about this program visit Missouri Assistive Technologies TAP website at https://at.mo.gov/device-loan/, call Missouri Assistive Technologies at 816-655-6700, or contact them via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short and Sweet Recommended Reading List
Wolfner Library is pleased to announce a new recommended reading list designed for patrons who prefer shorter books. This list includes 30 titles one can enjoy without a major time commitment. As an added benefit, these short works are great for people with memory issues, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The list is divided into two categories. The first category will consist of short books, with a length of 6 hours or less. The second category will feature short story collections. There will also be a list of series featuring short books included.
Some examples of titles included are:
The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction by Robert J. Allison DB085550
A professor of history presents a detailed examination of the origins of conflict between American colonies and the thriving British empire. Describes the evolution from resistance to revolt, including military actions and commanders. Discusses the newly independent states’ efforts to create their governments. 2015.
No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child DB088274
Twelve entries featuring itinerant loner Jack Reacher, who constantly stumbles upon and tackles crime. In “Too Much Time,” Reacher thwarts a bag snatcher, only to be arrested after giving his witness statement. Includes some stories found elsewhere in the NLS collection. Violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2017
Two from the Heart by James Patterson DB087765
Two romantic short stories about the power of narrative. In “Tell Me Your Best Story,” a woman searches for inspiration in other people’s tales. A successful businessman hires a novelist to enhance his biography in “The Lifesaver”. Bookshots Romance series. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton DB011330
Twelve entertaining stories take amateur detective Father Brown from London to Italy to France. He gets involved with bandits, treason, murder, and an American crime-detection machine, and solves every problem that arises.
To order this recommended reading list for yourself or a person you care for, please call 1-800-392-2614 and ask your reader advisor to send the Short and Sweet Recommended Reading List (CAT728).
Wolfner Library staff continue to plan book club selections for the coming season. Due to technical difficulties, the book club announcement will be delayed until the spring 2018 newsletter.
Calvary Lutheran High School Braille Club
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft celebrated “World Sight Day” on October 12th by honoring volunteers from Calvary Lutheran High School’s Braille Club. The sponsor of the club, Louise Whitworth, and the students who have been volunteering for Wolfner were given a tour of the library with Secretary Ashcroft, followed by a short ceremony during which they were given certificates. The braille club has been creating print/braille books for Wolfner since 2016. They have added braille overlays to 150 children’s picture books. They also worked in the library over the summer, adding braille to 29 games.
State Treasurer Records Books
Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt took up the challenge from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, and recorded three children’s books in the Wolfner recording studio. They are available through the library or BARD, and will soon be available in braille.
Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman DBC09627
A baby bird falls from his nest and begins searching for his mother
My Brother Charlie: A Sister’s Story of Autism by Holly Robinson Peete
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 authors’ note about autism.
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. DBC09626
Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for one another. Then the zookeeper hears children imitating the animals. Includes related activities and a note to parents and teachers.
Marilyn Dickneite began working as a Wolfner volunteer on November 5th 2009. She works as a reviewer, and sometimes as a monitor. She comes into the library twice a week, and sometimes three times a week. She also reviews books on a laptop at home. She has worked over 1,650 hours in the last eight years. Marilyn worked at the Missouri Department of Health in the Information Technology department until she retired. Since retiring, she has worked as a volunteer at Rape and Abuse Crises Services in addition to Wolfner. She finds numerous projects at home to do when not volunteering; she likes to stay busy. Her
favorite pastimes are walking, gardening and reading. When asked if she has a favorite book she’s worked on, she said, “Not really. I enjoy the variety of books the library records”. Her least favorite books are biographies. She says since being at Wolfner, she has started reading more at home as well.
New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio
Adult Reading Level
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Missouri Women by Elaine Warner DBC09622
The author profiles thirteen independent women who helped make Missouri the Show-Me State. Included are suffragette Phoebe Couzins, Buffalo Soldier Cathy Williams, and lawyer Mary Tiera Farrow.
The Morning River by Michael W. Gear DBC09616
In 1825, Harvard student Richard Hamilton must deliver $30,000 to someone in Saint Louis for his father or lose his inheritance, but on his journey, someone steals the money and sells him into indenture.
Murder on a Lonely Road by George Pawlaczyk DBC09607
Describes how Gerald Carnahan murdered twenty-year-old beauty pageant winner Jackie Johns and the efforts of the police over the next twenty-five years to obtain the evidence needed to convict him. Strong language and violence.
Home Grown Stories & Home Fried Lies by Mitch Jayne DBC06520
Mitch Jayne was a small-town radio DJ who joined ‘The Dillards’,a Bluegrass band that became famous as ‘The Darling Boys’ on the Andy Griffith TV show. When he began to lose his hearing, he moved back to his beloved Missouri Ozarks. In this memoir of stories and anecdotes of the quirky characters he encounters and the language they use, he is trying to preserve the memory of the old ways of thinking and talking.
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America by Robert Pierce Forbes DBC09576
The proposal barring slavery from the new state of Missouri sparked the most candid discussion of slavery ever held in Congress. The southern response inaugurated a new politics of racism and reaction. Forbes’s analysis reveals a surprising national consensus against slavery a generation before the Civil War, which was fractured by the controversy over Missouri. Reading time: 18 hours, 30 minutes.
Truman Award Books
The Leveller by Julia Durango DBC09612
Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer’s son from a virtual trap. For junior and senior high.
What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott DBC09619
A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy--however, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood. For junior and senior high.
Mark Twain Award Books
All the Answers by Kate Messner DBC09609
Twelve-year-old Ava finds an old pencil in her family’s junk drawer and discovers, during a math test, that it will answer factual questions. She and her best friend Sophie have a great time and Ava grows in self-confidence until the pencil reveals a truth about her family that Ava would rather not know. For grades 4-7.
Beneath by Roland Smith DBC09620
Pat O’Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop, right up until the day Coop ran away from their home just outside Washington, D.C. A year later he has received a package containing a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother, which will lead Pat on a strange and dangerous journey to the mysterious community living beneath the streets of New York. For grades 6-9.
Show Me Award Books
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton DBC09581
This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders in an entirely captivating way. If I’m Trying to Love Spiders doesn’t cure your spider phobia, it’ll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are, and laugh a lot as you learn about them. For kindergarten – grade 3.
Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman DBC09603
A kitten’s stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition in this charming portrait of a remarkable true friendship. For kindergarten – grade 3.
Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen DBC09591
A lot of Marilyn’s friends have monsters. It’s the latest thing. Each one is just right for its boy or girl. Marilyn really wants a monster, too, but despite her efforts to be the kind of girl no monster could resist, hers just doesn’t come. What could be taking it so long? Everyone knows you just have to wait for your monster - but the spunky and determined Marilyn thinks there may be other ways that things can work. For kindergarten – grade 3.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins DBC09584
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation. For kindergarten – grade 3.
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully DBC09589
A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues’ all-star teams. For kindergarten – grade 3.
Building Blocks Picture Books Award Books (Preschool)
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee DBC09605
With the wit and read-aloud appeal of Peter Brown’s Children Make Terrible Pets and William Steig’s Pete’s a Pizza, this funny, fierce picture book teaches kids just what it takes to be a great lion.
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz DBC09645
An update of the classic folk song, Old MacDonald, featuring construction vehicles like an excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins DBC09644
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favorite chair, and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move pesky Bear, but nothing works. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a mouse in Bear’s house?
There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach DBC09604
Each time a waiter returns with a new bowl of soup to satisfy a customer’s complaint, a different animal appears in the soup.
Wolfie the Bunny by Zachariah Ohora DBC09582
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
Other Children’s Books
Jean Jennings Bartik: Computer Pioneer by Kim D. Todd DBC09640
At a time when many people thought women could not work in technical fields like science and mathematics, Jean became one of the world’s first computer programmers. For grades 4-7.
Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before by Billie Holladay Skelley DBC09621
Travel back in time to the late 1800s to learn more about the true adventures of Luella Agnes Owen, 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. For grades 4-7.
Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 15, 2018
Lincoln Day Monday, February 12, 2018
Washington’s Birthday Monday, February 19, 2018
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