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Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Winter 2010

Director’s Report

Digital book circulation surpassed cassette books in the first year of the transition! Digital books now account for 75 percent of the talking books leaving Jefferson City, and with no new cassette books being produced, digital circulation should account for 95 percent of the circulation in the next few months. All NEW books are produced in digital format only. Call for your digital player if you want to listen to the newest books available from the National Library Service.

Wolfner Library Talking Book Circulation Oct. 1, 2009 – November 30, 2010 (14 Months)


Wolfner Library reported to the National Library Service that Missouri served 10,342 active individual readers, and provided the following statistics for circulation for the past federal fiscal year.

Digital Book (DB)


Recorded Cassette (RC)


Braille (BR)


New Digital Bibliographies

Wolfner Reader Advisors produced reading lists in a number of popular subjects of books now available in digital format. The lists are available online or by calling your reader advisor. Lists are available in large print or braille.


African American Fiction Biographies Christian Fiction
Cooking Health Humor
Mystery and Detective Religion, Inspirational Romance
Science Fiction and Fantasy U.S. History Westerns


To order any of these titles, contact the library by email, mail or phone. You may also request these titles online through WolfPAC atwolfpac.sos.mo.gov/klasweb. All the bibliographies are online and the books are linked to Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD) for downloading at http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/readerservices. Happy Reading!


Ten percent of Wolfner readers download books directly from the Internet using the BARD website - that’s more than 1,000 Missourians who bypass books in the mail and download books at home from BARD. There are more than 22,000 titles available and the site is free to all Wolfner patrons.

USB drive

In addition, Wolfner Library will supply a 2GB blank cartridge for use with your digital player and a cable to connect to your computer.

Of course, many standard USB drives work with USB port on the side of the digital player. No computer or Internet connection?

Many local public libraries provide Internet access and many offer help in computer usage. Call your reader advisor for more information on how to download digital books over the Internet.


Mystery Loves Company- 2011 Adult Winter Reading Program

This year's Adult Winter Reading Program will be a fun and mysterious journey. Readers will have several different categories of mysteries from which to choose, including suspense, culinary, tough detective, and a whole lot more!

The reading program will be digital only. If you haven't already received a digital player, call your Reader Advisor today to have one sent to you. Digital players are easier to use than cassette players and have excellent sound quality. Best of all, digital books do not have to be rewound!

Order digital books from our "Mystery Loves Company" list or download them from the Web.

"Mystery Loves Company" starts on January 24, 2011 and ends on March 4th, 2011.

Registration for "Mystery Loves Company" begins on January 24, 2011 and continues throughout the program. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to participate in "Mystery Loves Company."

To qualify for the prize drawing, you must read a minimum of 12 books during the program.

The final date to tell your Reader Advisor the total number of books you read is: March 9th, 2011


Drawings for all prizes will be held on March 23rd, 2011

Thank you to the Library Users of Missouri for generously providing the prizes for the "Mystery Loves Company" Adult Winter Reading Program!

Missouri Digital Books

The following Wolfner volunteer-produced digital titles are now available.

Beauty Shop for Rent; Fully Equipped, Inquire Within by Laura Bowers MDB 10005

Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, 14-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her. Strong language. Junior and Senior High and older readers.

Outlaw Tales of Missouri: True Stories of the Show Me State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats by Sean McLachlan MDB 0030

Missouri never had to settle for average everyday gunmen - not when it had such outlaws as Jesse James and Cole Younger to call its own. Outlaw Tales introduces 12 of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the Show Me State.

Harmonic Balance by Walter Bargen MDB 10040

Walter Bargen, first Poet Laureate of Missouri, reads this collection of his poems that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always rich with meaning.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson MDB 10065

In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a 17-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence. For Senior High and older readers.

Playing With Matches by Brian Katcher MDB 10066

Desperate to improve his standing with the girls at Zummer High, Leon Sanders—a junior—seems to be making headway with his long-time crush Amy Green, but when he starts to get to know a social pariah named Melody Sanders, Leon begins to see beyond Melody's disfigurement.

Right Behind You by Gale Giles MDB 10075

After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, 14-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but has trouble fitting in and finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood. For Junior and Senior High and older readers.

Boot Camp by Todd Strasser MDB 10078

After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents. For Senior High and older readers.

Roots of Murder by Janis Harrison MDB 10080

When Isaac Miller, a quiet Amish farmer, is found dead, his brother asks Bretta Solomon, River City, Mo., florist, to intervene in the investigation. She enters the world of the devout, isolated Amish, their not always-so-understanding neighbors, and a thorny patch of deals between flower growers and purveyors. Bretta Solomon series, book 1.

Murder Sets Seed by Janis Harrison MDB 10081

Soon after buying and partially restoring historic Beauchamp Mansion in River City, Mo., florist Bretta Solomon finds herself back for more horticultural sleuthing when the former owner is murdered and Bretta finds herself the chief suspect. Bretta Solomon series, book 2.

Lilies that Fester by Janis Harrison MDB 10082

Coordinator of a floral design contest at the first Show-Me Floral Designers' Competition and Conference in Branson, Mo., newly svelte Bretta Solomon finds herself involved in yet another mystery. A couple who asks her to investigate their daughter's murder end up dead themselves, and it is up to Bretta to find the killer. Bretta Solomon series, book 3.

A Deadly Bouquet by Janis Harrison MDB 10083

Florist Bretta Solomon finds herself looking into the suspicious deaths of a landscaper and a hair stylist shortly before an extravagant wedding in River City, Mo., all while contending with the obnoxious bride's mother, the arrival of her long estranged father, an elusive but attractive new neighbor, and various problems at work. Bretta Solomon series, book 4

Reap a Wicked Harvest by Janis Harrison MDB 10085

In River City, Missouri, the "wedding of the year" is causing florist Bretta Solomon one headache after another. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, two wedding workers die suspiciously on the same day, and Bretta can't help but think there's something more sinister in the air than love and marriage. Bretta Solomon series, book 5.

Bindweed by Janis Harrison MDB 10084

Everyone in town helps florist Bretta Solomon make sure her helper Toby, a slow-witted man left on his own since his mother died, is doing okay. But Toby is killed by a swarm of bees deliberately planted in his home, and Bretta is determined to find his killer. Bretta Solomon series, book 6.

Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets MDB 10071

Helen Hawthorne, on the run from her ex-husband and the St. Louis courts, takes a job in a high-end boutique in Fort Lauderdale that is willing to pay her cash, but her attempt to keep her name off the books is put at risk when her boss—a drug dealing embezzler—is found murdered, and Helen is nabbed as the prime suspect in the killing. Dead-end Job Mysteries series, book 1.

Dying to Call You by Elaine Viets MDB 10002

While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer. Dead-end Job Mysteries series, book 2.


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Secretary Carnahan is proud to announce that an audio tour of Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives is now available. The audio companion, produced by the Archives in conjunction with Wolfner Library, may be accessed on the Wolfner and Missouri Digital Heritage home pages in both an audio and screen-reader compatible text format. The exhibit draws on more than nine million pages of Civil War-related documents to examine the upheaval and uncertainty that characterized Missouri during the Civil War era. Most of the documents used are from the Missouri State Archives, a division of Carnahan's office, and have never been shown before. To listen to the 43 minute audio tour, please visit www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/DividedLoyalties/dl_ atour_pselect. For more information, or to schedule a physical tour of the exhibit, please call the Missouri State Archives at (573) 751-3280. The exhibit is open through May 31, 2011.

Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Richard J. Smith
Director of Wolfner Library
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Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers
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Archie Andrews
Machines Coordinator
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Elizabeth Lang
Youth Services Librarian
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Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co
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Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G
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Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L
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Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R
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Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Z
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Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions
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