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John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State Winter 2019





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The 2019 Wolfner Library Patron survey is available for completion at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4704214/Wolfner-Library-Patron-Survey-2019.


Wolfner Library announces the retirement of director, Dr. Donna L. Riegel for early 2019

Since Dr. Riegel’s tenure began on Jan. 5, 2015, Wolfner Library has seen many positive changes. New programming was introduced: (1) the early literacy program; (2) the teen poetry contest; and, (3) book clubs for adults, to name only a few. Under Dr. Riegel’s watch, the collection moved in innovative directions, adding new media like the print-braille games for all ages, STEM kits for school-aged youth, and expanding large print access for adults. Wolfner Library’s success at better serving patrons is due in no small part to Dr. Riegel’s leadership and willingness to empower her staff. Donna lightened every meeting with her wicked sense of humor and always provided strong advocacy for her staff and patrons. Wolfner Library staff will miss her and wish her a wonderful retirement!


Wolfner Library 2019 Adult Winter Reading Program

A red book with a blue award ribbon that reads 'Award Books.'

This year’s program will feature the best of the best in Wolfner Library’s collection. No matter what type of fiction or nonfiction you enjoy, there is a category for you.

For 2019, the program began on January 2 and runs through March 4. February 15 will be the last day to register. The deadline for submitting the number of books read will be March 11. To qualify for prizes, patrons must read at least 10 titles from the provided reading list and report the number of titles read to their reader advisor.

Prizes for the top three readers in 2019 are pillows featuring Wolfie, Wolfner Library’s mascot. Funds for these prizes were provided by the Library Users of Missouri, Missouri Council of the Blind.

You may elect to enjoy the program by category or by individual title.

This year’s ten categories include:

  • Agatha Award Winners
  • Christy Award Winners
  • Edgar Award Winners
  • Gateway Award Winners
  • Hugo Awards
  • Man Booker Prize
  • National Book Awards
  • Pulitzer Prize Winners
  • RITA Award Winners
  • Spur Award Winners


For a full list of titles, contact your reader advisor for a catalog or visit the online version at https://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/programming/awrp/2019


Spring Book Club Selections:


February 14 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins DB 68384, LP002028, BR 18488

Narrated by Erin Jones.

In a future North America, Panem's rulers maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting teens from twelve districts in a fight to the death. Sixteen-year-olds Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are this year's girl and boy contestants from District Twelve. Hunger Games series, book 1. Some violence. Truman Award nominee, 2010-2011. Gateway Book Award nominee, 2010-2011. For junior and senior high readers. 2008.

February 21 at 2 p.m. Good Books (mild reads): The Black Count: Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss DB 75664

Narrated by Conrad Feininger.

Author of The Orientalist (DB 60073) pens a biography of General Alex Dumas (1762-1806), mixed-race father of French novelist Alexandre Dumas. Traces the general's roots in Saint-Domingue, his military career during the French Revolution and under Napoleon, and the rivalry that led to his fall. Pulitzer Prize Winner, 2013. 2012.

February 28 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt DB 73856

Narrated by Lou Harpenau.

Harvard humanities professor, author of Will in the World (DB 59294), reconstructs the life of Poggio Bracciolini, a Renaissance book hunter who rediscovered the lost poem On the Nature of Things (DB 37721) by Lucretius. Emphasizes the importance of Bracciolini's find and its impact on Western culture. Pulitzer Prize, 2012 and national Book Award, 2011. Bestseller. Descriptions of Sex. 2011.

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March 14 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah DB 81189, LP030238

Narrated by Laura Giannarelli.

France, 1939. Vianne Mauriac sends her husband off to war, while her younger sister Isabelle runs off to Paris. Once there, Isabelle becomes involved in the Resistance. Vianne's home is occupied by the invading Nazis. Violence and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2015.

March 21 at 2 p.m. Good Books: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie DB 88020, LP030919

Narrated by Pilar Witherspoon.

Patsy Jefferson, eldest daughter of Thomas, grows up during the tumult of the American Revolution. When her mother dies, she joins her father in France and is torn between love and filial duty when courted by an abolitionist. This conflict of desires follows her through life. Some violence. 2016.

March 28 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn DB 59041

Narrated by Martha Harmon Pardee.

Historical portrayal of the dynamic relationships between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots, both sixteenth-century claimants to the English throne. Discusses the vast differences in their lives, personalities, and handling of palace scandals. Also describes their struggles for supremacy, culminating in Mary's execution at Elizabeth's direction. 2003.

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April 11 at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini DB 90393, LP030225

Narrated by Christina Moore.

Shy debutante Julia Dent meets US Army lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant. His family doesn't approve of the marriage because Julia chooses to keep a slave, Jule. Jule acts as visually-impaired Julia's eyes, but when emancipation is declared, Jule has a choice to make. 2015.

April 18 at 2 p.m. Good Books (mild reads): Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin DB 50549, BR 01583, LP001487

Narrated by Jennifer Mendenhall.

A classic novel of social customs in late eighteenth-century England. Depicts the personality clash between Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of a country gentleman, and the neighboring aristocratic landowner Fitzwilliam Darcy, which eventually develops into courtship. 1813.

April 25 at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story by Theo Aronson DB 33402

Narrated by George Holmes.

Aronson, who has had a lifelong fascination with the Napoleonic saga, offers a domestic biography of Napoleon's marriage to Josephine. Political, economic, and military events are discussed in detail only when they directly affect the relationship. Describing the Bonaparte union as one of an attraction of opposites, Aronson depicts the marriage from its early years through divorce and Napoleon's exile to Elba.

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BARD Security Update

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The National Library Service recently made a change to BARD to make it more secure. The BARD system now checks all accounts daily and any account that has not been used in more than a year is placed in an inactive/suspended status.

If you are unable to log into BARD, it is likely that your account has been suspended. To have your account reactivated, call Wolfner Library at 800-392-2614. This process will require resetting the password.

The temporary password you receive will need to be used within 24 hours. Upon logging into BARD, it will prompt you to enter a permanent password. Once that is done, please download a book. Otherwise, the system will automatically suspend you again the next day.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your reader advisor.


Audio Described Movies for February Events

February is a month of celebration. Looking to learn something during Black History Month? Check out some of these true stories on descriptive DVD.

Black History Month:

Marshall DVD00450

The story of lawyer Thurgood Marshall, who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Rated PG-13. 2017.

Selma DVD00013

A chronicle of Martin Luther King's equal rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Rated PG-13. 2014.

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Fun romance for Valentine’s Day:

The Five-Year Engagement DVD00337

One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. Rated R. 2012.

The Outlaw DVD00417

Screen legend Jane Russell stars in this romantic Western where she attracts the attention of legend outlaws Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid. Not Rated. 1943.

Outlaw DVD cover

Rules Don’t Apply DVD00506

The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her ambitious driver, and their eccentric boss, the legendary billionaire Howard Hughes. Rated PG-13. 2016.

This Means War DVD00346

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. Rated PG-13. 2012.

What’s Your Number? DVD00742

A woman wonders if one of her past relationships could have been her true love. Rated R. 2012.


Author Jody Jensen Shaffer Visits Wolfner Library

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Missouri author Jody Jensen Shaffer visited Wolfner Library on Oct. 30, 2018. She lives in Liberty, Missouri, and has penned over 30 youth fiction and nonfiction books. During her visit, Jody recorded four of her books: A Chip Off the Old Block (DBC16268); Prudence, the Part-Time Cow (DBC16267); The Way the Cookie Crumbled (DBC16266); and It’s Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! (DBC16269). These books are now on BARD and available for checkout. Her book Prudence, the Part-Time Cow is also a nominee for the 2019-2020 Show Me Award. While visiting, Jody also had the opportunity to tour Wolfner Library and have lunch with Wolfner Library staff.


Author Talk with Jody Jensen Shaffer

Children’s author Jody Jensen Shaffer will be presenting an author talk on her experiences writing children’s books, including aspects of how children’s books are produced. This event is targeted for adult patrons with an interest in the children’s book writing and publishing process, but will also be open to interested older youth. The event will take place on April 4, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM by conference call. To register, contact Amy at [email protected] or call 800-392-2614. Registration is limited to 25 patrons.


Volunteer Profile

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Keith Krueger began working as a volunteer narrator in the Wolfner recording studio on July 13, 2009. Keith seldom misses a recording session, and has logged over 800 hours in the studio. He is one of our most prolific readers. When asked if he had a favorite book that he had recorded, he indicated that he likes true crime books, such as ‘The Devil’s Ticket’s, ‘Murder on Rouse Hill’, and ‘Deaths on Pleasant Street’ ; and ‘Death of Sweet Mister’, or anything by Daniel Woodrell. When asked if he had recorded a book he hated, he said, “Yes, but I won’t mention any names.”

Keith shared a brief biography for our readers:

Judy [my wife] is the love of my life, and we have one son, Kurt, who lives in Omaha. We love to travel, especially to Europe. Judy especially likes the British Isles; my favorite trip was to central Europe (Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich). We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary with a very special trip to New Orleans. It’s a great place to eat, and is our favorite city to visit.

We both grew up in rural Nebraska, and lived in Kansas City for 25 years before moving to Jefferson City in 1993 (during the great flood). I served in the Navy, including service in Vietnam. I worked as an engineer and then as a lawyer, most recently for the Missouri Public Service Commission, before retiring in 2008.

I have appeared in about 30 plays in Jefferson City, most recently on November 15-17 in The Little Theatre’s production of A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody. I sang for years with my church choir, and for about 10 years with the Jefferson City Cantorum. I play golf a couple of times a week, when I can, and duplicate bridge about four times a month.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio

Across Our Wide Missouri, Volume III by Bob Priddy DBC09689

Third and final volume of Bob Priddy’s "On this date in Missouri history" radio series.

Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crismon Feud of the 1920s by Victoria Pope Hubell DBC09711

This true story is set in the northern Ozarks of Missouri. A blood feud erupts between two families in the 1920’s, and it is the contention of Hadley Thompson that the Ku Klux Klan was the cause of it.

Bushwhacked: A True Tale of the Ozarks in 1880 by D. Lee Waterman DBC06429

In June of 1879, George Mizer was shot in the back while plowing his corn field. His nephew, Billy Martin, was arrested and tried for first degree murder. This is an account of Billy's sensational murder trial and the events which followed.

Crimes of Design: A Patrick McKenna Mystery by Peter H. Green DBC06450

To save his beleaguered city, his career, his family and his very life, Patrick MacKenna must confront a ruthless saboteur and killer. Some violence, some strong language, some descriptions of sex

Dead Dreams: A Dakota Mystery by M. K. Coker DBC09718

Sheriff Karen Mehaffey’s old classmate from high school returns from New York, and is found in the garden standing over his dead mother with a shotgun in his hand. But Karen is sure he didn't do it, and must find a way to prove it. Dakota Mysteries, book 2. Some strong language and some violence.

Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm by David Hamilton DBC09739

Examines the long and diverse history of a river-bottom farm in west-central Missouri.

Emma Blooms at Last by Naomi King DBC09722

Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek.

Hawk's Prize by Elaine Barbieri DBC09648

Reunited with his brother and sisters, Drew searches for the woman who nursed him back to health in a high-priced bordello and who he believes is his soulmate. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.

Just Fine with Caroline by Annie England Noblin DBC09742

Just Fine with Caroline book cover

Returning to her small, intrusive Ozark Mountain community, Caroline O'Conner cares for her Alzheimer's patient mother while navigating the challenges of her doctor father's frustrations, her brazen cousin's marital disasters, her deaf dog, a moonshining relative and a troubled ex-veteran.

Legacies of the St. Louis World's Fair by Bertram Minkin DBC06038

A compilation of articles on the 1904 World's Fair written by Bert Minkin. Published in conjunction with the 1904 World's Fair Society.

The Longest Year by Stan Crader DBC09717

Longest Year book cover

Like all of his friends, Tommy Thompson dreams of obtaining the ultimate ticket to freedom: a driver's license. Unlike all of his friends, Tommy has just turned fifteen. He'll have to watch everybody else pass their tests before he's old enough to take his.

Miracle Moments in Kansas City Royals History: The Turning Points, the Memorable Games, the Incredible Records by Jeff Deters DBC09754

A history and celebration of the Kansas City Royals baseball franchise.

Missouri at Sea: Warships with Show-Me State Names by Robert E. Schroeder DBC09699

Ships with Missouri names and connections have played an integral part in U.S. nautical history. There were steamships, battleships, and submarines that were named after the state, its cities, and its favorite sons, along with smaller ships named for Missouri war heroes.

Muscle for the Wing by Daniel Woodrell DBC01399

The robbery of a secret poker game begins a struggle for control of the rackets in the town of St. Bruno. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.

Paris of the Plains: Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways by John Simonson DBC09710

During the city’s jazz heyday, journalists compared Kansas City to Paris because of its sin-soaked nightlife. The author uses newspaper stories to chronicle life in Kansas City through five decades.

Trophy Widow: A Rachel Gold Mystery by Michael Kahn DBC16261

St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold takes on the case of Angela Green, a former housewife serving time for the murder of her husband, and begins to wonder if her client is really guilty of the crime for which she is serving time. Rachel Gold Mystery series, book 7. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex.

Young Adult:

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson DBC09713

Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped six years ago, and when Amy finds her way home, she's desperate to protect the ones she loves at any cost. Some strong language and violence. For junior and senior high.

Democracy in Action: Missouri's Constitution & its Government by William Foley DBC09706

A student guide to Missouri government, using its constitution as a base. For junior and senior high.

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine DBC09728

Imposter Queen book cover

Chosen to be their queen, Elli grows up surrounded by luxury only to be banished when she fails to inherit essential magic, a situation that leads to devastating revelations about her world's magic and the role Elli was meant to play. Truman Award nominee, 2018-2019. For junior and senior high.

Nemesis by Anna Banks DBC09727

A futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals. Gateway Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For junior and senior high readers.

The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin DBC09737

Brian uses basketball to block out memories of his girlfriend and her family who were gunned down a year ago, but the upcoming murder trial and a high school history assignment force him to face the past and decide how far he should go to see justice served. Includes facts about miscarriages of justice in American history. Gateway Award Nominee, 2007-2008. For senior high and older.

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel DBC09721

After failing to fulfill her mission, Ivy is banished to life outside the wall, but when Bishop reappears in her life Ivy must decide if she's ready to take a final stand for what she believes is right. Sequel to The Books of Ivy (DBC06496). For senior high and older.

Children’s Books:

Keeper of the Grail (The Youngest Templar, book 1) by Michael P. Spradlin DBC09709

In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety. Truman Award nominee, 2010-2011. Grades 5-8.

Nobody's Boy by Jennifer Fleischner DBC09716

St. Louis, Missouri; 1850s. Lizzy, mother of thirteen-year-old George, is a good seamstress and works to buy their freedom. For grades 5-8.

The Ravenmaster’s Secret by Elvira Woodruff DBC09736

The eleven-year-old son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London befriends a Jacobite rebel being held prisoner there. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2005-2006. For grades 5-8.

Unbound: A Novel in Verse by Ann E. Burg DBC09724

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The day nine-year-old Grace is called to work in the kitchen in the Big House, everyone warns her to keep her head down and her thoughts to herself, but the more she sees of the oppressive Master and his hateful wife, the more she questions things until one day her thoughts stray to escape. To avoid being separated she and her family flee into the Dismal Swamp, to join the other escaped slaves who live there. For grades 3-6.

A Chip Off the Old Block by Jody Jensen Shaffer DBC16268

Rocky, only a pebble, is determined to be as great as his famous relatives, so he travels from one family member to another until he finds the spot where he can make a big difference. Includes facts about types of rocks, the famous rocks mentioned, and Mount Rushmore. For Kindergarten through grade 3.

How Fredbird Became a Redbird by Steven Kveton DBC09759

Like all little birds, Fredbird dreamed of playing for the St. Louis Cardinals but in his first game things went terribly wrong. Then YA-HOO, something wonderful happened! This is the story of how Fredbird became a Redbird. For kindergarten - grade 3.

A Little Jayhawk Tale by Steven Kveton DBC09757

What do you want to be when you grow up? Kansas fans young and old will love this tale of how Jay became inspired to become the Kansas mascot. For kindergarten - grade 3.

A Little Tiger Tale by Steven Kveton DBC09758

Did you ever wonder what you were going to do when you grow up? Little Truman couldn’t decide until he got some good advice from his teacher. This is a story about how Truman became the biggest cheerleader for MIZZOU. For kindergarten - grade 3.

It's Your First Day of School, Busy Bus! by Jody Jensen Shaffer DBC16269

Its Your First Day of School, Busy Bus book cover

Today is the very first day of school! Busy Bus is excited, but he also has some first-day jitters. Luckily, bus driver Ben knows just what to do to make sure that the school year gets off to a great start. Kindergarten - grade 3.

Lucky Boy by Susan Boase DBC16262

A neglected dog finds a real home with a grieving widower who needs a friend. Preschool through grade 2.

The Way the Cookie Crumbled by Jody Jensen Shaffer DBC16266

Presents a history of cookies, describing how they changed over time with the addition of spices and sugars, the cookies that are popular in the United States, and different cookies made in other countries. Kindergarten - grade 3.

Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer DBC16267

At first Prudence tries to fit in with the other cows in the herd, suppressing all her scientific smarts and imaginative inventing, but in a moment of inspiration, she realizes how to show the others that she can be a part-time cow and a full-time member of the herd.


Upcoming Holidays

Just a reminder to patrons Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day            Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Lincoln Day                                    Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Washington's Birthday                   Monday, Feb. 18, 2019