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Mark those calendars for the 2012 Summer Reading Club!


One of the best ways to improve reading skills is to read frequently, so reading this summer will provide a jump-start with academic work for the next school year! Demonstrate how much can be read this summer from June 11 to July 27 as a member of Wolfner's Summer Reading Club. This summer the theme for kids 12 and under is Dream Big: Read and the theme for teens, ages 13-18, is Own the Night.


Wolfner patrons under the age of 18 will receive information about registration for the club by mail in May. After registering, instructions, a reading log and a list of great book suggestions to get started will be mailed out. Club members may read anything they like, and will keep track of their reading time as they go. At the end of the program, each member reporting total reading time will receive a free book and will be entered into a grand prize drawing!

Elizabeth Lang, Youth Services Librarian




New Director of the National Library Service
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the appointment of Karen A. Keninger as director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), effective March 26, 2012. Keninger succeeds Frank Kurt Cylke, who retired from federal service on February 28, 2011.

"Ms. Keninger's qualifications and experience are superb for this position," said Billington in announcing the appointment. "She has demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking throughout her career." Since 2008, Keninger has been the director of the Iowa Department for the Blind, a leading provider in the United States of vocational rehabilitation and independent-living programs and library services for blind and visually impaired individuals. Keninger was selected from an impressive pool of candidates following an extensive search process that began last year.

Keninger holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Drake University in Iowa and a master's degree in English, business and technical writing from Iowa State University. She completed graduate courses in library and information science at the University of Iowa.



Volunteer Reception

"A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit." –Greek Proverb

On Thursday afternoon, January 26th, 2012, Wolfner Library hosted a reception for its volunteers. Staff and volunteers enjoyed meeting one another, sharing a wonderful appetizer buffet catered by Argyll Catering, and taking tours of the library. Fifty-seven people attended the reception sponsored by Friends of Wolfner Library. Because the recording volunteers have no direct contact with patrons, the Reader Advisors were able to share with them invaluable feedback and comments about the quality of the books they are recording, and how much patrons enjoy reading them. All staff expressed their gratitude to the volunteers for the amount of work they do, the quality of that work, and how much they are appreciated.

Volunteers enjoying appetizers and meeting one another

Wolfner Director, Richard Smith, expresses gratitude toward two volunteers.

Wolfner staff engaging with the volunteers.

Volunteers share their experiences with the recording process.

Volunteers play a vital part in helping Wolfner achieve its mission. During the past year, Wolfner volunteers worked a total of 3,133 hours. Because of their work in the recording studio, 60 books have been added to the online catalog. The books had to be read, monitored and reviewed; it takes a team of people to create a book. Each of the recording volunteers is vital to the process and all work very hard to ensure a quality product.

The books recorded at Wolfner all have a Missouri connection, and are not recorded by anyone else. Many titles are books for the school award programs. If they were not recorded by Wolfner volunteers, the students would not be able to participate fully in those programs.

Other volunteers reviewed and corrected over 2,000 records in the online catalog. This helps keep the catalog consistent and accurate, greatly helping everyone who uses it. Still other volunteers stuffed hundreds of applications and assembled over 2,000 outreach packets. thanksVolunteers have put 5,650 labels on book containers and cartridges.

Wolfner volunteers are indeed "planting trees under whose shade they will never sit" and they are truly appreciated.

Deborah Stroup, Coordinator of Volunteers




2012 Adult Winter Reading Program


Wolfner Library's 2012 Adult Winter Reading Program was titled "Stories from Our Past": U.S. Historical Fiction. One hundred books, selected from the NLS BARD website, were divided into ten categories, with ten books per category. The ten titles within each category were downloaded onto a single digital cartridge. Some of the categories chosen were African Americans, American Civil War, Historical Romance and United States Historical Classics just to name a few.

Patrons were asked to read at least 12 books between January 24, 2012, and March 6, 2012, to qualify for prizes supplied by the Library Users of Missouri. The drawings for all prizes will be held on March 23, 2012.

Thank you to all who participated.




BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) Update

It has been announced that books will be added to BARD as soon as they pass Quality Assurance. This means that patrons can expect to see new books several times a week.

To check for new books, do the following:

Register for the BARD service today by using the BARD application found athttps://nlsbard.loc.gov/MO1A/ApplicationInstructions.html. Notification will be made after the application is reviewed!



Friends of Wolfner Library Annual Meeting

April 21, 2012 is the meeting date for the annual meeting of the Friends of Wolfner Library. The meeting will be held at the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO. Wolfner Library is located on the first floor of this building.

Doors will open and registration will begin at 11:00 am, with the meeting to begin at noon. The program this year will focus on the Holocaust.

For more information about the Friends of Wolfner Library or to become a Friends member, please call your reader advisor for a membership application.



Circulation Update

The circulation and duplication staff at Wolfner library has been working diligently this past year to meet the demand of books requested by patrons. A total of 4,704 copies, comprised of 1,815 different book titles, were downloaded from BARD onto cartridges to aid in fulfilling those requests. Additionally, a total of 946 books recorded from the Wolfner studio, compromised of 202 different book titles were downloaded and made available on cartridges to circulate.



Missouri Conservationist Now Available In
Audio Format

The Missouri Conservationist, a monthly magazine published by the Missouri Department of Conservation, is now available from Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library in audio format. To sign up to receive this magazine monthly, call 1-800-392-2614 and speak with a reader advisor.



Volunteer Spotlight


Wolfner extends a warm welcome to several new volunteers.

Mae Bruce has been working as a reviewer for several months. She is retired from the state Office of Administration, Information Technology Division. She felt like she needed to be doing something useful with her time, and she loves to read, so this seemed like just the right opportunity.

Norma Rose has just started working as a reviewer. She is retired from the Department of Social Services and works part-time in the J.C. Manor accounting department. She reads an average of 100 books per year. She is volunteering because she likes to help others and contribute to her community; she is volunteering at Wolfner in order to broaden her exposure to literature.

John Wegman is a new narrator. He is retired from IBM, and wants to offer his time and skills to organizations that need extra help to meet their needs. He was an announcer at high school basketball games and is a lector at Immaculate Conception church.

Vaughn Whiting is also a new narrator. He is retired, and likes to make good use of his available time to benefit others. His knowledge of several languages will be very beneficial to the recording program.

Sadly, one of our excellent narrators is moving from the area, and will no longer be available to work in the studio. Dan Diedreich has been reading books since May of 2010. In January of 2012, he took a job as Director of Development in the School of Education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Dan was a prolific narrator, reading three adult books, eight young adult books, and 19 children's books during his time in the studio. He will be greatly missed.

Deborah Stoup, Coordinator of Volunteers



NOBLE- North Carolina BARD Local

NOBLE (North Carolina BARD Local) is a service similar to BARD but for North Carolina-produced digital braille and talking books and magazines available for download. Digital talking books and braille volumes are added quarterly as they become available. Please note that all digital talking books available from NOBLE are also produced in a format that can be read on the digital players loaned to Wolfner patrons.

To visit a list of titles available to Wolfner patrons, please visit: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lbph/noble.html



Recent Books from the Wolfner Studio


Colorado Captive by Charlotte Hubbard— MDB11141

Eighteen-year-old Emily Burnham comes to the rough and tumble mining town of Cripple Creek determined to catch her father's killer. She meets devastatingly handsome Matt McClanahan, falls in love, and together they run down the murderer. Strong language, sexually explicit.

Colorado Moonfire by Charlotte Hubbard—MDB10051

Marshal Barry Thompson was enjoying his best friend's wedding celebration at the Golden Rose when he fell for a honey-haired minx with periwinkle eyes. Sexually explicit. Strong language.

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell— MDB10087

Shug and his mother Glenda live in a shack on the grounds of the cemetery they maintain. Here they are plagued by the abusive Red. Red may or may not be Shug's biological father. Shug's world is full of dysfunction. He has been exposed to drug and alcohol abuse, hardened criminality, illicit sexual behavior and all manner of wickedness. But he doesn't know any better. And in the course of this novel, things go from bad to worse. Violence, strong language, Sexually explicit.

Morsels of Mischief: Orphan Tales From my Childhood by Tom McClarren—MDB11031

In the fall of 1945, five-year-old Tommy McClarren was placed in the German St. Vincent Orphan Home in St. Louis, Missouri, where he would live and go to school for the next nine years. This memoir tells how he transformed adversity into one adventure after another..

School Award Books

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass— MDB11102

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For grades 4-7.

The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan— MDB11058

High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker only to discover that he has lost a year of his life and remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States. Gateway Award nominee, 2011-2012. For junior and senior high. 2009.

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur— MDB11090

While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2011-2012. For grades 4-6.

The Secret of Zoom by Jonelle Lynne—MDB11093

Ten-year-old Christina lives a sheltered life until she discovers a secret tunnel, an evil plot to enslave orphans, and a mysterious source of energy known as zoom. For grades 4-7. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2011-2012.

The Shifter by Janice Hardy—MDB11078

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.

Juvenile Books

In a Dark, Dark Room and other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz—MDB11106

Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries. For preschool through grade 2.

It is the Wind by Ferida Wolff—MDB11096

At night, various sounds lull a child to sleep. For preschool through grade 2.



Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
[email protected]

Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director for Public Services
[email protected]

Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L
[email protected]

Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers
[email protected]

Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R
[email protected]

Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Wh
[email protected]

Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co
[email protected]

Carol Nolte
Special Services Librarian
[email protected]

Lisa Peters
Youth Services Librarian
[email protected]

Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions
[email protected]

Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of
Secretary of State Jason Kander's office.

Wolfner NEWS is also available in braille, on cartridge, by email, or in human voice audio for listening over the internet at Wolfner’s Web site www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/wolfnews.

If you would like to receive an alternate format, please call the library at 1-800-392-2614.


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
FAX number (573) 751-3612
E-mail address [email protected]
Web site address www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner
Wolfner's online catalog wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/