Jason Kander, Secretary of State
Wolfner Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program
Wolfner Library will once again provide a summer reading club for patrons ages 18 and under. From June 6 to July 25, the library will sponsor Fizz, Boom, Read, a reading club for youth 12 and younger, Spark a Reaction for ages 13 to 15 and Literary Elements Club for ages 16 to 18. Club members will count their reading time. Those who complete the program will have the chance to win prizes, including free books and the grand prize, an iPad! Prizes are purchased with funds donated by the Friends of Wolfner Library.
Registration online will start after May 12 at www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/. A mailing will also go out to all of our active patrons that are 18 years old and under.
New Deputy Director for Public Services
Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Abbey Rimel to the position of Deputy Director for Public Services of Wolfner Library, effective March 10, 2014.
Prior to this appointment, Abbey served in Administrative Rules where she was editor for the Code of State Regulations and many of the Wolfner staff will remember Abbey as a Missouri State Library Reference Services Librarian. Abbey’s many initiatives in Reference Services and her work at the MOBIUS Consortium, combined with her editing experience, will be a tremendous asset to Wolfner staff
in providing exemplary library services. Please join us in welcoming Abbey.
Friends of Wolfner Library Annual Meeting
Have you ever wondered how Talking Books get produced and show up in your mailbox, or become available for download? Did you know it can take two or three years to make a book? Each book is recorded by a team of two volunteers, a narrator and a monitor. Then a reviewer listens to the book on the computer while reading it in the book. The reviewer marks and later corrects any mistakes he or she finds. Afterward, staff add navigation points and prepare the book for the public. Finally, the finished book is posted for download from SHELF, and for Wolfner’s duplication staff to make copies.
Today, Wolfner has 10 volunteer recording teams, and eight reviewers who collectively work about 35 hours a week in the studio. At the Friends of Wolfner Library annual meeting on April 26, a panel of five volunteers, moderated by Deborah Stroup, Coordinator of Volunteers at Wolfner Library, will present an overview of the program. They will discuss how they became involved at Wolfner, what books they’ve worked on and just what it takes to get a book recorded and available to Wolfner users.
We are proud to announce that issues of Missouri Conservationist are now available in audio format on BARD.
To download current and past issues, log on to BARD and select “Missouri Conservationist (audio)” from the dropdown menu next to the Magazines by Title heading and click “Go.”
Music at Wolfner Library
Patrons interested in music materials may receive them directly from the Music Section of the National Library Service. The collection consists of scores in braille and large print; textbooks and books about music in braille and large print; music appreciation cassettes, including interviews and opera lectures; and self-instructional cassettes for voice, piano, organ, electronic keyboard, guitar, recorder, accordion, banjo, harmonica and other instruments. Braille scores and books are also available on the Internet through Web-Braille. For further information, see the NLS Factsheet on Music Services available on the Web at www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/music-materials/. If you wish to sign up for the music services, please send a message From the Wolfner Recording Studio via email to[email protected] or call 1-800-424-8567.
Spread the Word about Talking Books
Did you know that approximately three percent of all Missourians have a visual disability that might make them eligible for Talking Book service? You can help us reach these individuals and other Missourians who could benefit from Wolfner Library’s services. We are happy to supply you with flyers or brochures that will help your friends and neighbors discover that they can find the same pleasure in Talking Books that you do. Always remember to ask permission from the appropriate person before posting information in the community.
Wolfner Library Outreach
Is your community having a health fair or senior expo? Is there an event in your area that would fit with the services that Wolfner Library can provide? Call us and ask for David Shay or email us at [email protected] with the details. If the event fits with Wolfner’s mission we might attend either as a presenter or an exhibitor.
Recommended by Wolfner Library Staff
Dancing to a Black Man’s Tune: a Life of Scott Joplin by Susan Curtis—MDB11020
Scott Joplin was a black composer and pianist of the unique American music known as ragtime. Ragtime flourished from roughly 1900 to 1920 when it faded into obscurity with the advent of jazz. During Joplin’s brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the ‘Maple Leaf Rag’ became ragtime’s first and most influential hit.
He grew up in Texas and Arkansas, but moved to Sedalia, Missouri in 1894, where he earned his living as a piano teacher, and started publishing music. He performed as a solo musician at dances and at the major black clubs in Sedalia, the “Black 400” club and the “Maple Leaf Club”. He performed in the Queen City Cornet Band, and formed his own six-piece dance orchestra. He moved to St. Louis in 1901 where he continued to compose and publish music, and regularly perform. It was in St. Louis that Joplin produced some of his best-known works, including ‘The Entertainer,’ ‘March Majestic,’ and ‘The Ragtime Dance.’
Susan Curtis uses Joplin’s life to highlight the social and cultural changes America underwent at the beginning of the twentieth century.
New From the Wolfner Recording Studio
Difficult Decision: Connecticut by Janet Dailey— MDB11294
Until the day of her job interview, when his totally emotionless eyes fastened on her, Deborah hadn't believed anyone could be as cold and hard as Zane Wilding. But by the time Deborah learned the real facts behind Zane's behavior, it was already too late to stop her headlong plunge into love.
Down Home Missouri: When Girls Were Scary and Basketball Was King by Joel Vance— MDB11133
Joel Vance describes what it was like to have his life turned upside down after he moved from Chicago to rural Missouri when he was 13 years old.
Five Stars: Missouri's Most Famous Generals by James F. Muensch—MDB11296
Profiles five U. S. military generals from Missouri: Alexander Doniphan, who served in the Mexican-American War; Sterling Price, who served in the Civil War; Ulysses S. Grant, who also served in the Civil War; John J. Pershing, who served in WWI; and Omar Bradley, who served in WWII.
Live! At the Ozark Opry by Dan William Peek— MDB11275
In the Ozarks, music frames everything. The Ozark Opry was a focal point of that cultural tradition for over 50 years. This is a behind-the-scenes story that spotlights some of the most fascinating characters of the times.
M. Jeff Thompson, Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy by Doris Land Mueller— MDB11295
An account of the life of Confederate Army commander Merriwether Jeff Thompson. Thompson's military exploits in the Missouri Bootheel region earned him the nickname of "Swamp Fox" from Union General Ulysses S. Grant, while his writing earned him the nickname "Poet Laureate of the Marshes."
Shadows of Yesteryear by Jory Sherman—MDB11251
A collection of Spur Award-winning author Jory Sherman's best Western short stories.
Young Adult Books
13 Gifts by Wendy Mass— MDB11268
Shortly before her 13th birthday, shy and withdrawn Alyssa is sent to stay with her aunt, uncle, and cousin in her parents' hometown of Willow Falls, where she makes friends and becomes involved with an elderly buyer and seller of collectibles, who seems to be trying to give Alyssa some kind of mysterious message. For junior high.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber— MDB11253
Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom. But after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan. For senior high.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King— MDB11266
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, 15-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War. But during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor Ginny help him find a new perspective. For senior high.
In Front of God and Everybody by Kathaleen McCrite— MDB11243
In the summer of 1986, 11-year-old April Grace, who lives on a rural Arkansas farm with her family, across a field from her grandmother, has her sense of Christian charity tested when a couple from San Francisco moves into a dilapidated house down the road and her grandmother takes up with a loud, obnoxious, and suspicious-acting Texan. For grades 4–7.
Variant by Robison Wells— MDB11248
After years in foster homes, 17-year-old Benson Fischer applies to New Mexico's Maxfield Academy in hopes of securing a brighter future. Instead, he finds that the school is a prison and no one is what he or she seems. For junior and senior high.
Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robison Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals by Joan M. Thomas— MDB11064 (Missouri)
Cardinals' owner M. Stanley Robison willed his club and ballpark to niece Helene Britton when he died in 1911, making her the first woman owner of a major league baseball club. Helene, a young wife and mother of two, confidently accepted her inheritance. Operating among baseball magnates of the day, she attended owner's meetings as an equal and took an active role in running her club at a time when society dictated that a lady should not attend a baseball game without a male escort. This biography details her influence on the evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Chasing Normality: With a Little Help from Family and Friends by Richard Weiler—MDB11002 (Missouri)
In this memoir, Dick Weiler reflects on being left permanently and almost totally paralyzed by polio at the age of 15. Against all odds and the expectation of his physician, he finished high school, college and law school. He was able to live independently and support himself as he worked in the Office of the Missouri Attorney General.
Don't Let the Fire Go Out by Jean Carnahan— MDB11026 (Missouri)
Jean Carnahan shares how the slogan "Don't Let the Fire Go Out!" helped her confront life's challenges after her husband, son and longtime friend were killed in a plane crash in 2004.
The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley: Pioneer of Women's Education in Missouri by Kristie C. Wolferman— MDB10036 (Missouri)
Louisiana and the Eastons became one of the first American families to settle in St. Louis. At 15, 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 went on to found Lindenwood in St. Charles, the first college for women west of the Mississippi. She also taught classes for black and immigrant children.
Jane Froman: Missouri's First Lady of Song by Ilene Stone— MDB11263 (Missouri)
Jane Froman grew up in Missouri and earned an associate degree from Columbia College. She became a vocalist for Cincinnati radio station WLW, and in 1934 was voted the top 'girl singer' of the day in a poll of listeners. She traveled with the USO during World War II and had her own television show from 1952-1955. The author used an unpublished autobiography and other archival sources housed in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri in writing this biography.
Knuckler: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch by Tim Wakefield—SMA01240 (Massachusetts)
Among the best knuckleballers of all time -- and one of the best pitchers of his generation -- the Red Sox's Tim Wakefield has pitched more games than any other player in the franchise, yet he remains an enigma. Told in his own words, this is the story of his unconventionally brilliant career and the fickle pitch he made his own.
The Last of the Mountain Men by Harold Peterson— SID01237 (Idaho)
Readers will be fascinated by the story of Sylvan Hart also known as "Buckskin Bill." He wasn't a hermit in the true sense of the word, but he lived at Five Mile Bar on the Salmon River in Idaho for over 40 years. This is an account of a man who lived off the land, fended for himself but also loved to travel and talk about his anything but ordinary life.
Marilyn Monroe: The Biography by Donald Spoto— SBI00979 (Braille Institute)
Forget everything you've ever heard or read about her... Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto was granted exclusive access to previously sealed documents and has penetrated a conspiracy of silence to reveal Marilyn Monroe as she really was. Here at last is the definitive account of her life and death.
Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr by Philip Steele— MDB11112 (Missouri)
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.
Wrestling with Life: The Wisdom and Wit of a Woman Wrestler by Geraldean McMillin— MDB10035 (Missouri)
Story of Maudie (Mae) Wiseman, and her quest in the mid-1900s to find happiness through life at the circus and wrestling. Written by her granddaughter.
To order by phone or if you have any questions please call your Reader Advisor at 1-800-392-2614.
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