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Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Summer 2010

Happy summer to you! We hope that you are enjoying the warm weather. Wolfner has plenty of gardening books, travel books and cookbooks for your summertime enjoyment - check them out today.

Speaking of warm weather, be sure that all of your companion animals have access to plenty of clean water all day long, so that they can enjoy the summer with you. Never leave animals in a car, even for a minute, because in the summer, cars can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just a few minutes. A little preparation will help you and your animals enjoy the summer weather safely!

Get Your New Player Today

As you probably know by now, digital books and new players will eventually replace cassettes and cassette players. NLS has stated that they will not be producing new books on cassette after September, but the complete transition of books from cassette to digital will take a couple of years. In the meantime, many patrons are using both the cassette player and the new player in order to have access to as many books as possible.

We’re excited about the simplicity and helpful features of digital books and the new players. If you have any questions, call us and we will walk you through getting to know and love your new player.

Wolfner has a stock of new players just waiting for your use. Call your Reader Advisor today to get a new player, and find out for yourself what everyone is raving about!

Here are some quotes about the new player from Wolfner patrons:


  • “The digital player is compact, it’s lighter weight, and I can see the colors of the buttons. Those colors are helpful because I have very limited vision, so if I get the player close to me, I can see them. It’s just so much easier.”



  • “I enjoy the digital player because it has things that make it easy to use, and you don’t have to change a tape or worry about the tape getting caught up and not working. It’s a good piece of equipment, and oh, you’ve got beautiful audio on it!”


  • “I love the digital player because you don’t have to turn the tapes, and it tells you how long a book is. Anytime I need a new digital book, I just call and you send it to me. It’s just wonderful.”

Put On Your Detective Caps and Help Wolfner Recover Missing Digital Books

Wolfner receives a lot of empty digital book cases from patrons who forget to put the digital book inside of the case before sending it back. We also receive cases with the wrong digital books inside of them. When you send digital books back to us, please be sure to put the right book inside of the right case. Just as we do with cassettes, we keep track of digital books and loan them out as soon as we get them back. Keeping track of digital books is especially important because digital books cost nearly $9 each to produce, while cassettes cost less than 50 cents. After you have read your digital books, please send them back in their correct cases so that your neighbors can enjoy them, too. Thanks for your help!

New Players and BARD

We encourage all patrons and caregivers with high-speed Internet access to download books from BARD, but downloading books is not required in order to use the new player. We have digital book cartridges for you to check out, and we send them directly to your home - just like the cassettes. Don’t send your new player back just because you don’t download books. Downloading books from BARD is an excellent way for you to get books immediately, rather than waiting for the mail carrier to deliver them, but whether or not you download books from BARD, the new player will work for you.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachel Newman

The story of Rachel Newman’s involvement in the Wolfner Volunteer program began with her older sister, Jessie. In 2006, Jessie and her friend Libbi Gordon visited Wolfner with their high school drama class. They were interested in the recording program and auditioned to become readers. They were accepted into the program and recorded several books over the course of a year, between monitoring and reading. When Libbi went out of town for several weeks, Jessie brought Rachel in to learn how to monitor, in order to continue recording while Libbi was gone. Rachel auditioned also, and read several children’s books, alternating reading and monitoring with Jessie. That fall, Jessie went away to college, and the reading came to an end for the Newman girls.

Then, in 2009, Rachel called to ask if she could start reading books again, mentioning that her little sister Mary Grace also wanted to read books. They came in, and Mary Grace auditioned. Mary Grace is wonderfully dramatic and does a great job with children’s books, following in the family tradition. Mary Grace and Rachel have been recording books since, alternating monitoring and reading. All of the Newman girls are excellent readers and dedicated volunteers, despite their busy schedules.

Rachel graduated from Jefferson City High School with honors in the spring of 2010. She ranked fifth in her class of 604, had a GPA of 4.094, was a Co-Salutatorian, and received the All-School service award. She will start classes at the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall, and plans to be an elementary school teacher. Wolfner will miss her talents in the recording booth. We thank Rachel for being a volunteer and wish her success in the future!

Patron Corner

A hearty thanks to all who contributed submissions for the Patron Corner, and congratulations to Elizabeth Traganza. Her poem was selected for the Patron Corner in this issue. Send your submissions of personal essays, poetry, or experiences with Wolfner Library to us anytime. Details and rules for the Patron Corner were published in the Spring 2010 newsletter. Submit today and your work might be chosen for the next Patron Corner!

A Wolfner Vacation by Elizabeth Traganza

A Wolfner vacation is so easy to take
There is no luggage to pack
Or reservations to make.
Money is no issue nor the time or the place;
You can go anywhere on earth;or, a trip into space.

A Wolfner vacation is like none other you’ve known;
You can take it year round,
Without leaving your home.
You can take it in pajamas,
Or, dress up if you like;
You can travel in the day,
Or travel at night.

You can take a tour just for learning;
or, a wild adventure in life,
You can go with a friend,
or your husband or wife.
No matter your choices
It’s a way to escape;
the four walls that surround you;
that keep you in place.
So just push a button,
to be on your way;
To your Wolfner vacation today!

Wolfner is on Facebook

Wolfner is now on Facebook. Our page has information about the library, books of the week, and a calendar of upcoming events. Become a fan of Wolfner Library today.

New Members Needed for the Wolfner Advisory Council

The Wolfner Library Advisory Council has openings for new Council members.



  • To be a representative for Wolfner Library patrons and to provide a conduit for information from the patron to the Library Director and staff.



  • To advise on the current services provided by the Wolfner Library and how these services may be improved.



  • To study programs and services developed by other libraries for the blind and disabled and by the National Library Service and to make recommendations for their adoption based on analysis.



  • To communicate the value of reading and Wolfner Library services to people throughout the state, particularly those eligible for Wolfner services.



Wolfner Library serves more than 11,000 Missourians of all ages throughout the state at no cost to the recipient. Its collection of more than 360,000 volumes of braille or audio books and magazines provide the same benefits to Missourians with visual and physical disabilities that public libraries provide to the general public - whether it is hours of reading pleasure, or an increased knowledge and understanding of their world and the world around them.

The Council meets quarterly in Jefferson City and travel costs and other expenses incurred by the Council members are reimbursed according to state guidelines. If you would like to be a part of an organization devoted to providing an important service to Missourians with visual and physical disabilities, please send a letter of interest and a resume of qualifications to Richard Smith, Director of Wolfner Library.

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]

Lisa Stamm
Special Services Librarian
[email protected]

Elizabeth Lang
Youth 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.

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
Toll-free TDD phone number (573) 347-1379
E-mail address [email protected]
Web site address www.s1.sos.mo.gov/wolfner
Wolfner's online catalog https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/