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.
NFB Newsline has expanded offerings!
Would you like to read a newspaper or magazine with your morning cup of coffee? NFB-NEWSLINE® now offers more choices than ever, including special local channels to distribute announcements of specific interest to the blind.
Wolfner patrons who sign up for NFB-NEWSLINE® service can access over 300 publications 24 hours a day via telephone, through email, over the Internet, or through a download to an MP3 player or a digital talking book player.
Over 40 magazines are available, such as The New Yorker, Time and Science News, as are television listings and national newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and USA Today.
Local Missouri papers such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star and the Springfield News Leader are also available. Please contact your Reader Advisor at 1-800-392-2614 to learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE® or to sign up for this service.
Kander Announces Free Audio Book Download
App for Low-Vision Missourians
Secretary of State Jason Kander recently announced that Missourians unable to read standard print, including blind and low-vision seniors, can now take advantage of free audio book and braille services on most iOS devices.
Missourians will be able to use a new application to connect to Braille and Audio Reading Download service, known as BARD, through Wolfner Library, a division of Kander's office. As Missouri's public library for the visually-impaired and disabled, Wolfner Library provides accessible reading materials in a variety of formats free of charge to qualified patrons.
"We are very excited to offer this new platform for our readers," Kander said. "We know a great number of Missourians are already using fully accessible iOS devices, and we expect this technology to significantly enhance their reading experience."
The application, BARD Mobile, is available for download in the Apple App Store on iPhone 3GS and newer, fourthand fifth-generation iPod Touch, and all iPads. BARD provides access to Wolfner Library's digital collection of more than 50,000 audio books, magazines and braille items.
Readers must be registered Wolfner Library BARD users in order to download the application. Eligible Missourians can register for this service by contacting Wolfner Library at (800) 392-2614 or filling out an application on Kander's website atwww.sos.mo.gov/wolfner. Wolfner Library is a nationally recognized leader in providing library services to readers with visual and physical disabilities.
Wolfner Library services are available to qualified Missourians at no charge.
Did you know that as a Wolfner patron, you can check out movies with a narrative that describes the action and actors when there is no dialogue? The videos play on ordinary DVD players and televisions and the descriptive narration is usually found under Languages or Set-up Menus. Many of the movies in our collection are fully accessible, and the movie will start the descriptive track automatically after the DVD is placed in the DVD player. Some films do not begin narration automatically upon insertion, however, and assistance from a sighted friend or family member may be helpful in locating the DVS track on non-accessible DVDs. If you would like more information about the descriptive DVD collection, please call us at 800-392-2614.
Looking for some classic Christmas time stories? Or do you want some inspirational tales of true holiday spirit? Call your reader advisor and ask for book number MOD50600 for classic Christmas fiction and book MOD50601 for Christmas nonfiction.
Personal Book Copies
If you would like to have your own personal copy of your favorite book, it is now possible. You can order blank talking book cartridges for your own use.
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SOS! Call the Library
Not getting the books you like? Not getting enough books? Getting too many books?
Don't take it sitting down—call a reader advisor.
Have your books stopped completely?
Don't wonder why—call a reader advisor.
Have you changed your address or phone number lately?
Need your player replaced? Looking for a new author to read?
Let us know—call a reader advisor.
Not sure how to use the bookshelf feature for the magazines on cartridge?
Get helpful support—call a reader advisor.
Call us at 1-800-392-2614
Do you have loose containers and cartridges?
If you have any containers and can't find the cartridge that goes in it, or, if you have a cartridge and can't find the container, please send those individual pieces back to us! If you have the odd container, you can turn over the mailing card so that our address is showing and then put it in the mail. If you can't find the mailing card, we can send you another mailing card—just call 1-800-392-2614 and ask a reader advisor for a replacement mailing card.
New From the Wolfner Recording Studio
The Canaan Legacy by Michael A. Kahn—MDB11120
The senior partner in one of Chicago's prestigious law firms is DOA, and Rachael Gold, a smart and savvy young lawyer, is retained to investigate his death. Rachel Gold series, book 1.
A Good American by Alex George—MDB11237
In 1904, Frederick and Jette flee Germany for America to escape her disapproving mother. By chance, they find themselves in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri, not speaking a word of English. Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. Some strong language, some violence, some descriptions of sex.
Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker—MDB11277
Billie Standish has pretty much no one. Her parents are too caught up in their own lives, and the only two girls in town her age want nothing to do with her. When it looks like a nearby levee might break, and Billie's elderly neighbor, Miss Lydia, is the only other person besides her family to stick around, a friendship is born out of circumstance. What happens during that time, in that empty town, is a tragedy that Billie can't bear alone. Can the love of one woman nearing the end of her life save the life of a young woman just at the beginning of living hers?
Due Diligence by Michael A. Kahn—MDB11222
St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold is falling in love with Rabbi David Marcus. A member of his synagogue is murdered on his way to an appointment with Rachel. She assumes the murder is somehow related to the missed appointment, and discovers that he was negotiating the merger of a small pharmaceutical firm with a larger conglomerate. The firm's former owner is current Missouri senator and presidential hopeful Douglas Armstrong. Then Marcus is also murdered, seemingly a victim of an anti-Semitic hate group. Rachel is determined to solve both murders. Some violence and some strong language. Sexually explicit. 2008. Rachel Gold series, book 4.
The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley by Kristie C. Wolferman—MDB10036
When Mary Easton was four, her father was appointed attorney general for the District of Louisiana and the Eastons became one of the first American families to settle in St. Louis. At fifteen, she married George Champlin Sibley, the factor of Fort Osage in Western Missouri, where the young bride lived among the Indians on the edge of the frontier and took up teaching. She then went on to found Linden Wood in St. Charles, the first college for women west of the Mississippi, and she also taught classes for African American and immigrant children.
MASL Award Books
Mark Twain Award Books
Barn Boot Blues by Catherine Friend—MDB11241
Will at the Battle of Gettysburg by Laurie Calkhoven— MDB11244
Truman Award Books
Cloaked by Alex Flinn—MDB11247
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson—MDB11250
Gateway Award Books
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan—MDB112545
Show Me Award Books
A Book for Black-eyed Susan by Judy Young—MDB11262
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova— MDB11261
A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young—MDB11265
Princess Kim and Too Much Truth by Maryann Cocca-Leffler—MDB11258
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack— MDB11264
Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan-Nelson—MDB11260
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