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open book logoWOLFNER NEWS

Jason Kander, Secretary of State
Fall 2013

Adult Winter Reading Program 2014

Broaden your Horizon! Read Locally Produced


Local LibrariesOur program will begin January 27th and run through March 3rd! Registration for "Broaden your Horizon" begins on January 20th, 2014 and continues throughout the program. The books on the Adult Winter Reading Program lists this year are those in SHELF, a download site for locally produced books maintained by the Keystone Library System. These books are produced by volunteers, not the professionals who narrate the NLS books Wolfner readers are accustomed to, so the quality may be variable. However, they will provide access to a range of books unavailable through NLS. Wolfner volunteers record books with a Missouri connection, such as novels with a Missouri setting, books by Missouri authors, and books about Missouri. 2 Wolfner News Missouri State Library Participants in the reading program will be able to read about Maude (Mae) Wiseman, the first female wrestling star and a native of Fulton, hear the poems of Walter Bargen, the first poet laureate of Missouri, in his own voice. From the other libraries that participate in SHELF, similar books will be available. Those libraries are:

  • Perkins Talking Book and Braille Library in Massachusetts
  • Utah Library for the Blind
  • Idaho Talking Book Library
  • Colorado Talking Book Library
  • Vermont Department of Libraries, Special Services Unit
  • Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Braille Institute of America in California

There are currently over 2,500 books on SHELF that can be downloaded or requested through our online catalog. Additionally, we will have ten genres specially selected for the reading program with ten books attached to each genre. Thus, each cartridge will have ten books on it. In order to qualify for prizes, participants will have to read at least twelve books. Names will go into a prize drawing while the top two readers will get the grand prizes.

Please note that the Adult Winter Reading Program is funded by Library Users of Missouri.


Notes from the Director

At the end of each Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library reports to the National Library Service (NLS) statistics on library readership, circulation, collections and other services. The highlight of this year's report is the introduction of the new BARD mobile application for Apple devices.

Over 8,100 active individuals used library service for the year, together reading over 580,000 books. The library mailed out more than 488,000 books while readers downloaded 92,000 titles from BARD.

The physical collection in Jefferson City consists of a ¼ million items of audio, braille and large prints books and audio players. Wolfner's digital cartridge collection of 132,000 now is 3 times as large as the ever-shrinking audio cassette collection.


Wolfner Readers use BARD!

Archivists sort and organize local records
Readers Christy Schulte with dog Polly and Amy Morrison with dog Sita
check out the BARD Mobile App during the MCB convention.

More than 1,600 Missourians are registered to download talking books from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. Seven percent of BARD users are using the BARD Mobile app to download and read digital 4 Wolfner News Missouri State Library books on their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The National Library Service (NLS) reports that Wolfner patrons downloaded more than 92,000 books during the federal fiscal year. Previously, the 92,000 books had to be taken from the shelves in Jefferson City, sent by the USPS to a reader's home, and upon return inspected and re-shelved. Reading BARD downloaded books is a money saver.

Why wait for the postal service to deliver books when Wolfner's BARD website has more than 50,000 digital books and magazines available for download 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

To participate, you must have—

  • Email;
  • High-speed Internet;
  • Someone who can help fill out online forms and download and open large files;
  • and an NLS digital talking book player;
  • or an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.


Remember, a friend, relative or caretaker can assist with downloading books from BARD. Register today by using the BARD application found at nlsbard.loc.gov. A Wolfner staff member will contact you after the application is reviewed.


Wolfner Advisory Council Seeks New Members

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.


    NFB Newsline has expanded offerings!


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    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.

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     Descriptive DVDs

    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.


    Christmas Books

    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.

    Dig Into Reading and Beneath the Surface Logoonline at http://support.perkins.org/.

    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

    Adult Books

    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


    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/