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open book logoWOLFNER NEWS

Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Winter 2011

Name Change

Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is now Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library. The name change does not alter the quality or scope of services and materials provided to Wolfner patrons. Please also note that all contact information remains the same.



Download Wolfner Library Digital Books from the SHELF Project

2011 Winter Shelf Logo

Wolfner Library is excited to introduce readers to the SHELF Project which offers locally produced Missouri, Massachusetts, Colorado and Idaho talking books for download. The SHELF Project (Shared Electronic Files) is an online catalog of locally recorded titles combined with the capacity to download these available titles to play on a Library of Congress player or other compatible third-party purchased player such as a Victor Stream, BookSense, PlexTalk Pocket or BookPort Plus.

This collection of digital books enhances the National Library Service (NLS) collection. Regional recordings are comprised of materials that are unique or even one-of-a-kind, providing a rich source of information for readers. The goal of this project is simple and straightforward: to make it easier for eligible readers to find books, specifically books that may not be found in any other way.

Books may be accessed through Wolfner Library's online catalog, WolfPAC, athttps://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/.

To download an available title, a WolfPAC User ID and password must be used. A user ID is usually the first five letters of the patron's last name and the first letter of the patron's first name followed by two digits. This code is printed on all mailing cards sent to patrons. (example:Harry Potter POTTEH01) Passwords are often the patron's seven digit phone number (no area code). Should there be any problems with login information, please contact Wolfner Library for assistance.

One of the easiest ways to use the SHELF Project is to browse the collection. Go to Patron Information and log in first before beginning a search. This will ensure that when a desired title is found to download, the process can take place immediately instead of being prompted to log in and risk having to start all over again.

Once logged in, go to the Wolfner SHELF link. This will bring up a browsing list of over 880 titles placed onto SHELF for download. More titles will be added on a regular basis.

When a title of interest is located, more information about that book is available by clicking on the title link. To download the book, scroll to the bottom of the record and click on the Download locally recorded title link.

Note: Do not click on the Add to Book Basket link.

After the downloaded link is opened, there will be a prompt to Open or Save the file. Select the Save option. The file name will appear with the title, author and book number followed by .zip. The fi le is a compressed or zipped file that will need to be extracted into its own folder named with the title of the book for easy location, on a cartridge or flash drive to play on a player.

Several other states will be adding their locally produced titles to the SHELF Project soon which will bring the total to over 1,000 locally produced titles on the service available for browsing.

Please try this new service and enjoy readings recorded by Wolfner Library as well as other network libraries around the country.



Adult Winter Reading Program 2012
"Stories from Our Past" US Historical Fiction

2011 Winter Townsquare

Historical fiction blends fictional characters and stories with historical settings and facts. Often rich with historical details and facts, historical fiction brings a historic period to life in engaging and memorable ways. The setting of a historical novel is brought to life by detailed, factual portrayals of the setting's geography, culture, society and customs.

This year's Adult Winter Reading Program will take readers on a reading journey back in time. Participants will be able to choose books from several different categories of United States historical fiction that will include: Frontier, Civil War, Native American, African American, Historical Romance, Historical Suspense, Biographical, World War I, World War II and U.S. Historical Classics.

The reading program will be digital only. If a digital player is needed, please phone a reader advisor today to have one sent. 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!

Registration for "Stories from Our Past" begins on January 24, 2012, and continues throughout the program. The program will end on March 6, 2012. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

To qualify for the prize drawing, a minimum of 12 book titles from the "Stories from Our Past" list must be read. The books may be ordered online or by phone through a reader advisor. Books may also be downloaded from BARD. This list of books will be sent after registering for the Adult Winter Reading Program.

The final date to report to a reader advisor the total number of books read is March 9, 2012. Drawings for all prizes will be held on March 23, 2012.



Patron Spotlight


And the Envelope Please...

Wolfner patron, Joshua Griffith, is featured in an inspiring Emmy® award- and Telly award-winning Program Feature.

On October 22, 2011, The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awarded an Annual Mid-America Emmy® to the Human Interest Program entitled "Joshua Griffith - Blind Fan." The feature was also awarded a Telly Award in the Film/ Video category. 

Joshua, who became completely blind at the age of 18, speaks about his love for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs' radio announcers' descriptive and enthusiastic play-by-play coverage of the games allow Joshua to connect and continue to enjoy the games even though he can no longer view the players on the field . A simple thank-you sent to the Chiefs radio network for this service was rewarded with an invitation to sit in the radio booth during a broadcast of a game, a first visit to Arrowhead Stadium for Joshua.

The feature was produced by the Kansas City Chiefs' 65 Toss Power Trap Productions (65 TPT) under the direction of Jodain Massad, Wil Blackwell and Robert Alberino.



Player Update


A software update has been made to the digital players. Beginning in early December, new book titles will include software that automatically updates players.

When a book with the new software is inserted into the player, it will announce, "Updating your player's software; please do not power off your player or remove the cartridge from the player." There will be a series of beeps while the machine is updating. When the update is complete, the machine announces, "Software upgrade completed; stand by while your player is restarted."

Please do not remove the cartridge while it is updating the player's software.



Wolfner Advisory Council Seeks New Members

Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies in the Wolfner Advisory Council.

The purposes and duties of the council are as follows:

To be a representative for the 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; 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.

Anyone interested in serving on this council should submit a letter of interest along with a short resume stating qualifications. Submissions may be mailed to:

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library Attn: Richard Smith PO Box 387 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0387

Submissions may also be emailed to [email protected]. Please include Wolfner Advisory Council in the subject line.



New Books from the Wolfner Studio


Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi MDB 11089
After her divorce, Katy moves with her son and her sister to Warbler Lake, Missouri, where the two women buy a bait-and-barbeque shop and surprise themselves when they get the business running, but Katy's ex-husband poses a problem to their new life when he questions their custody arrangements.

Bootheel Man by Morley Swingle MDB 11108
When Allison Culbertson takes the case of Joey Red Horse, an Osage Indian charged with stealing a sacred artifact from the Heartland Mound Builder Museum, she finds herself in the middle of a courtroom battle pitting contemporary American Indians against a private museum over legal rights to the bones of 'Bootheel Man,' a Native American who lived, fought and loved Cahokia and Southeast Missouri in the year 1050.

Clubbed to Death by Elaine Viets MDB 10050
After taking a job in the complaint department at the Superior Club, Helen Hawthorne encounters her deadbeat ex-husband, who arrives on the private yacht owned by his new girlfriend. When he goes missing, Helen becomes the prime suspect. Dead-end Job Mysteries series, book 7.

Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr by Phillip Steele MDB 11112
Belle Starr, known as the 'Bandit Queen' of the old West, was a proud and hot-tempered woman who wore six-guns over her velvet skirts and associated with the Younger brothers. Her daughter Pearl operated bordellos in Arkansas. The author looks behind the myths to reconstruct the true story of these two colorful characters, guided by recently discovered papers and family histories.

Sunrise Song by Catherine Palmer MDB 11111
Dr. Fiona Thornton is completely content with her isolated life studying elephants in the wilds of Kenya's Rift Valley...until Rogan McCullough lands his plane at her campsite and disrupts her entire world. Now Fiona has a high-powered businessman on her hands and no use for him, his money, or his plan to exploit her beloved elephants. But when poachers threaten Fiona's herd, she and Rogan find themselves working together against all odds. As their hearts join together, they each face a terrible choice... Treasures of the Heart Series, book 4.

Wrestling With Life: The Wisdom and Wit of a Woman Wrestler by Geraldean McMillin MDB 10035
This is the story of Maudie (Mae) Wiseman, and her quest in the mid-1900s to find happiness through life at the circus and wrestling.



Juvenile Award Books

Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron MDB 11087
Dewey the cat, who finds a new home at the Spencer Library when librarian Vicky Myron finds him in the return box, learns that young visitors like to chase him, pull his tail, and give him tight hugs, but he soon realizes that, despite the demands, helping people is what he does best. Missouri: Show Me Award Nominees, 2011-2012. For grades K-3.

The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel MDB 11054
When twelve-year-old Ariel and her friend Zeke find a mysterious artifact the like of which has not been seen in a long time, it proves to be the beginning of a long and arduous journey that will ultimately reveal to them their true identities. Truman Award Nominee, 2011-2012.

The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa MDB 11037
When Duck hears a noise under her bed and runs to fetch help, each animal that hears about it imagines a more dangerous beast in Duck's room. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011. For grades K-3.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown MDB 11068
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain. Strong language, violence. Gateway Award Nominee, 2011-2012.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein MDB 11043
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For preschool-grade 2.

Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen MDB 11044
A lamb, rejected by its mother, and an injured fawn are cared for by the caretakers of Hazel Ridge Farm; as they recovered and grew older, it was time for the deer to go back into the wild. Show-Me Award Nominees, 2011-2012.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis MDB 11086
Chronicles the friendship between Marine Major Brian Dennis and Nubs, a pack leader of wild dogs in Iraq who bonded with Dennis, but when Dennis was relocated seventy miles away and could not bring the dog with him, Nubs traveled across the freezing desert to find his human friend. Missouri: Show Me Award Nominees, 2011-2012. For grades K-3.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin MDB 11041
Pete the Cat wears his new white shoes while walking down the street, and as he steps into piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes--and the color of his footwear changes--he keeps on moving and singing to himself without being bothered. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011. For preschool-grade 2.

The Shifter by Janice Hardy MDB 11078
Nya, a young woman who can take pain from people simply by touching their skin, keeps secret the fact that she can transfer the pain to others for fear she will be set to work as an assassin, but her hidden talent comes in handy when her sister goes missing and her search reveals dangerous events on her island home. Truman Award nominee, 2011-2012. For grades 6-9.

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman MDB 11046
Amanda's father is a soldier, but before he leaves for war, he teaches her not to be afraid of the things that live in the dark--which includes fireflies and crickets--and about the stars. Show Me Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For grades K-3.

Storm Chaser by Chris Platt MDB 11055
When a fire forces her family to turn their home into a guest ranch, aspiring horse trainer Jessica finds herself working once again with her favorite horse, Storm Chaser, to tame the wild filly for snobbish, spoiled Ariel, Storm Chaser's future owner. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2011-2012.

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Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
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Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director for Public Services
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Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L
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Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers
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Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R
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Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Wh
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Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co
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Carol Nolte
Special Services Librarian
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Lisa Peters
Youth Services Librarian
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Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions
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