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Wolfner News Summer 2008Sound

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Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Summer 2008

Notes from the Director

Friends of Wolfner Library

The Friends of Wolfner Library held their annual meeting in Jefferson City on Saturday, April 26, 2008. Keynote speaker Diane Eickhoff, author of Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights, gave a presentation in full period dress that depicted Clarina’s life.

Keynote Speaker Diane Eickhoff
Diane Eickoff depicting Clarina Nichols

The Friends recognized two long time Wolfner employees: Paul Mathews for 35 years and Tim Scott for 30 years of service at Wolfner Library. The members attending the meeting gave heartfelt appreciation for their many years of service.

A new board was also elected at the meeting. The officers and members of the Friends of Wolfner Library are:

Barbara Sheinbein, President Joe Dobbs
1033 Kinstern Dr. 3816 Del Ray Ave., Apt. E
St. Louis, MO 63131 Jefferson City, MO 65109


Debbie Wunder, Vice President Dan Flasar
3910 Tropical Ln. 1178 Claytonia Terrace
Columbia, MO 65202 Richmond Heights, MO 63117


Willa Patterson, Secretary Debbie Musselman
4734 Cleveland Ave., Apt. 200 2415 Scenic Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64130 Jefferson City, MO 65101


Frances Benham, Treasurer Judy Redlich
8772 Bridgeport Ave. 2115 Edwards St.
St. Louis, MO 63144 St. Louis, MO 63110


Melinda Cook Stanley Rock
32231 Kaddon Rd 301 S. 31st St.
New Boston, MO 63557 St. Joseph, MO 64501


Ex Officio Member:  
Richard Smith,  
Wolfner Director  

The Friends of Wolfner Library plays a pivotal part in supporting the library’s programs. Patrons of Wolfner Library will again benefit from the Friends’ help as they support the library during the coming digital transition. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Wolfner Library, please call your reader advisor for a membership application.


Richard Smith, Director

From the Editor’s Desk: American Political Culture

What does the phrase “American political culture” mean? It can be defined as the ideas and values that Americans hold about our national political processes, including who should govern us, how they should do it and what our common national goals should be. If you’d like to brush up on these topics prior to the November election, Wolfner has some books that can give insight into the complexities of our American political culture.

Some books discuss the ways that politics in our country were influenced by the origins of the country. These include Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans (RC 55473), which explores political and cultural changes wrought by folks born between 1776 and 1800; Freedom Just around the Corner: A New American History, 1585–1828 (RC 63042) which delves into the American character; and 1676, the End of American Independence (RC 22869), which asserts that the events of 1676 substantially influenced our present state structure and ideology.

An investigation of American political movements and how they have changed over time can be found in The Parties: Republicans and Democrats in This Century (RC 16156), which gives an account of the evolution of America’s two main political parties; A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in America, 1870–1920 (RC 63192), which chronicles social and political changes during that time and relates them to twenty-first century politics; and What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (RC 59291), which analyzes political trends in middle America.

Who do you believe should be allowed to influence politics and policies in America? Most of us have very firm ideas about who should or should not play a part in our national political process. Two books that explore this topic are In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History (RC 57728), which looks into the practice of giving special treatment to relatives in politics and business; and Affairs of State: The Rise and Rejection of the Presidential Couple since World War II (RC 44877), which reviews the political progression of America’s first ladies from passive observers to active participants in policy formation.

Perhaps you’d like to know more about specific American practices and ideologies and how they relate to politics. If so, you might try Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: An American Calendar (RC 55134), which discusses American civic holidays and explains their connection to American politics; American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (RC 55727), which scrutinizes American values and ideals; or To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance (RC 60808), which surveys the origins of and politics surrounding the Pledge of Allegiance.

For those who would like to encourage political change, check out Why Americans Hate Politics (RC 34292), which studies the disconnect between American political party ideology and American values. The Corruption of American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why (RC 53447) and Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy (RC 34821) explore problems with our political institutions and processes and advise Americans to work to restore our democracy.

And finally, if all of this makes you wish for a good laugh, check out If The Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates (RC 51808), written by a radio talk show host who casts a critical eye toward the absurdity of American politics, including issues such as lobbyists and the sameness of Democrats and Republicans.

Elizabeth A. Lang, Editor

Live Dangerously: Adult Winter Reading Program Wrap-up

The 2008 Adult Winter Reading Program, themed Live Dangerously: Read Banned and Challenged Books, concluded April 6, 2008. The participating patrons read a total of 1,630 banned and challenged books.

Eighty-nine readers signed up to participate in this year’s program. Fifty-eight readers met the minimum goal of reading 12 books within the 12 weeks of the program, and were entered into the prize drawing.

This year’s top reader was Virginia Boykin, who read 63 titles. Jennifer Trotter came in second, after reading 60 books. Virginia and Jennifer each won two audiobooks in their favorite genre. Ervin Schroeder read the third-highest number of titles, with 58. Ervin won an autographed audio copy of Scavenger by David Morrell. Other readers who met the 12-book minimum during the program were entered in a random drawing for prizes such as talking clocks, travel mugs and audiobooks. Readers who read at least one book from the list were sent a participant certificate along with a Wolfner Library pen.

The most-read books from the selection of 122 titles were To Kill a Mockingbird (RC 36414, BR 12850) and The Education of Little Tree(RC 58621), which were both read by 29 participants. Also popular were One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (RC 56351, BR 12698) and The Da Vinci Code (RC 55735, BR 15406), which were each read by 25 participants.

Now that the program is over, some patrons are happy to get back to their usual reading preferences; others enjoyed the books so much that they are going to continue reading the remaining banned and challenged titles they had requested during the program.

We look forward to another great Winter Reading Program next year. In the meantime, if you are interested in perusing the titles that were used for this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program, call us and ask for a copy of Wolfner’s Banned and Challenged Books bibliography (CAT 290), or listen to it in human voice audio on our web site atwww.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/bibliographies/bannedchallengedbooks.asp.

Magazine Rack

The magazine Mental Health Law Reporter, Including Report on Disability Law is no longer being published.

Verhonda Winters, Duplication Technician

From the Volunteer Office

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 in the atrium of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center in Jefferson City. The dinner was sponsored by the Friends of the Wolfner Library, and followed their annual meeting. This year’s theme was "Volunteers are Priceless Treasures." The decorations were in bright colors – red, blue, green, yellow and orange. On the tables were wooden treasure chests, sea shells and gold doubloons. Volunteers were given various small items, such as tote bags and manicure kits, imprinted with the theme.

The speaker was Gary Wunder, national secretary of the National Federation of the Blind, and president of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri spoke. He told his personal story as a blind person growing up and talked about some of the issues facing the blind community today, such as quiet cars that endanger people who can’t see them coming. Our volunteers don’t work directly with our patrons, so they appreciated gaining some perspective on Wolfner clientele.

In the past year, Wolfner had 34 volunteers who worked a total of 2,827 hours. Some worked in the tapes duplication department, testing cassettes and labeling cassettes and containers. Some stuffed packets, envelopes and applications, put labels on envelopes and other library items, and did other clerical tasks. Some worked on cleaning up the database for our online catalog and others reviewed the audio and print recommended reading lists before they are posted on our website. Some recorded, reviewed and edited books. Some created print/braille books, and others proofread them.

All of this was done on behalf of Wolfner patrons. So if you ever meet one of our volunteers, please let them know that their hard work and dedication is appreciated!

Volunteers enjoying dinner
From the left, clockwise: Volunteers Carol Rademann, Greg Thurston, Neva Thurston and Betty Duff, enjoying their dinner.


Keynote speaker Gary Wunder, secretary of the National Federation of the Blind, and president of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri.

Volunteers at the annual dinner

From the left, clockwise: Kevin Chambers, volunteer monitor Robin Corderman, Carolyn Auckley and volunteer narrator Jim Auckley.

Staff Notes

It is with regret that we inform you that Nancy Doering, our Youth Services Librarian, left Wolfner Library for a position in the private sector. Nancy worked in the Missouri State Library for twenty-five years, and at Wolfner Library for nine years. During that time she created a nationally recognized summer reading program for youth and registered a record number of schools for service. Her work in providing exemplary library service to Missouri’s youth is sorely missed. We wish Nancy the best of luck in her new career.

We extend a warm welcome to Drew Woodling, who joined Wolfner as a Circulation Clerk in April.

Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Richard J. Smith
Director of Wolfner Library
[email protected]

Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers
[email protected]

Archie Andrews
Machines Coordinator
[email protected]

Barb Davis
Public Services Manager
[email protected]

Elizabeth Lang
Special Services Librarian
[email protected]

Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co
[email protected]

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G
[email protected]

Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L
[email protected]

Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R
[email protected]

Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Z
[email protected]

Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions
[email protected]

Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of
Secretary of State
Robin Carnahan's office.

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