Jason Kander, Secretary of State
Wolfner Staff Changes
Richard Smith retired June 6th, 2014
For the past 14 years, Director Richard J. Smith brought a forward-thinking approach to his collaborations with the Wolfner Library community. He provided intelligent management of library resources, while making Wolfner Library a nationwide standard by which many National Library Service libraries now measure themselves. His expertise and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Richard's extensive knowledge and passion for innovation take him now to Washington DC, where he will further enhance library services for visually impaired and physically disabled persons. Wolfner Library wishes Richard a successful career at the National Library Service where he will serve as chief of the Network Division.
David Shay, Special Services Librarian, to move July 30th, 2014
While David has only been at Wolfner Library for a year, he has done a great deal to expand Wolfner's outreach efforts in the state, logging 3,700 miles on Missouri roads since June 1, 2013. In August, David and his wife are moving to South Carolina to take advantage of a new opportunity and to be closer to family. David says he will miss talking to our patrons about Wolfner services, working with our wonderful staff, and miles and miles of beautiful rolling, green Missouri hills.
"Unrated" NLS Commercial Audio Books
The National Library Service contracts with commercial audio book producers to bring a higher volume of titles to library patrons. Unfortunately, the NLS is not always able to screen these titles for content like strong language, violence or sex. These titles are given the "Unrated" label. If you do not want to get these materials, please contact your Reader Advisor to have "Unrated" added to your exclusions. If you request a specific title, excluding "Unrated" titles will not stop you from getting that title.
Ordering "Download Only" Books
If you see a book on WolfPac (http://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/) that has the "Download Only" label, it means that the book is available on BARD. If you are not a BARD member you can still get these titles on cartridge. You can call your Reader Advisor and make a special order for the book. If you have a computer, iPad or iPhone and want to use BARD, contact your Reader Advisor for instructions on how to use BARD on your computer or with the BARD mobile app.
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Dictionary of Missouri Biography added to BARD
The National Library Service (NLS) Quality Assurance program has approved a book submitted by Wolfner Library. Books passing the QA standards are added to BARD, the NLS download site for digital books. The Missouri book has been assigned a BARD number of DBN00023, and can be downloaded and read at leisure, or used as a reference book.
Dictionary of Missouri Biography by Lawrence O. Christensen, William E. Foley, Gary R. Kremer and Kenneth H. Winn
This important work contains short biographies of more than seven hundred individuals who have contributed in some way to the course of state and national history. All of the men and women chosen for inclusion in this book were either born in Missouri or touched the state in a significant way.
Written by nearly three hundred authors and edited by four of the leading authorities on Missouri, this book presents the achievements of the featured individuals, as well as the richness of the state's heritage. Written in an easy-to-read style, it is an important reference for useful information about noteworthy Missourians.
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark—DB 77462
In August 2014, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Review by David Shay—Starting with the brutal 1903 assassination of Serbian King Aleksander Obrenovic and his wife and continuing through the July Crisis, Christopher Clark attempts to unravel the tangled web of alliances, nationalist movements, and personalities to determine the causes of World War I. In the process, Clark reveals a conflict rooted in the clash between various European national interests and uncovers massive dysfunction and disunity in the governments of all powers involved.
Clark's book is a comprehensive, complex, insightful and scholarly history. Barry Bernson's narration is excellent and his pronunciation is outstanding. The Sleepwalkers is a book that commands the listener's full attention. A casual reader can easily get lost among the names, places, and rivalries. If one is willing to put forth the effort, The Sleepwalkers will not disappoint. The Sleepwalkers is an enlightening history of the outbreak of World War I on the eve of its 100-year anniversary this August.
New From the Wolfner Recording Studio Adult Books
Firm Ambitions by Michael A. Kahn—MDB11162
Rachel Gold, having moved back to St. Louis from Chicago, agrees to help Eileen Landau, a friend of her sister, who wants to divorce her cheating husband. But when Eileen's lover Andros is murdered, police accuse Rachel's sister Ann of his death. Rachel delves into a complex network of Andros's business and personal connections, persevering despite death threats, obstructive witnesses and noncooperative attorneys. Strong language, violence, sexually explicit. Rachel Gold series, book 3.
Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets—MDB11232
Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. Dead-end Job Mysteries series, book 10.
The Savage Curse by Jory Sherman—MDB11297
Believing that he is indestructible and unstoppable, Ollie Hobart, a murderer and a thief, joins a band of renegade Navajos to continue raiding every mine in Tucson. He doesn't count on John Savage, who, fueled by revenge, has sworn that Hobart will not leave Tucson alive. Some strong language and violence.
Seasons in the Sun: the Story of Big League Baseball in Missouri by Roger Launius—MDB10031
The roots of professional baseball, and indeed its heart, may be found in the American Midwest, especially in Missouri. In Seasons in the Sun, Roger D. Launius offers an excellent overview of the teams, pennant races, trials and triumphs of the different major league teams that have resided in the state over the years.
The Tide Always Comes Back by Jean Carnahan—MDB11282
During a time of intense and almost unimaginable personal loss, Jean Carnahan managed to keep her head up and her heart open as she worked diligently for her constituents and the country. Here, she brings her tales about aging, change, strengthening the family, history, politics and language to the page with a plainspoken, wise humor that is pure pleasure and genuinely uplifting. 2009.
Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell—MDB11142
Jake Roedel is in his mid-teens when he joins the First Kansas Irregulars in 1861. During the next few years he sees and commits, more than his share of Civil War atrocities. Most of the action takes place in Kansas and Missouri between the rebel Irregulars (bushwhackers) and the Union Jayhawkers, with some civilians caught in the crossfire. Violence and strong language.
Jangles: a Big Fish Story by David Shannon—MDB11303
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter—and friendship—with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims— but who's never been caught. For kindergarten–grade 3. 2012.
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo—MDB11304
Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him. For preschool–grade 3. 2012.
What's That Arch? by Sandra Kreitner—DB11299
It's big! It's shiny! And it catches everyone's eye! The Gateway Arch is all that and a whole lot more. A beloved landmark in St. Louis, Mo., it symbolizes the Gateway to the West and the rich history of the area. With colorful illustrations and rhyming story, this board book provides a fun look at westward expansion and exploration. For preschool–grade 2.
Books Coming to a Theater Near You!
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*Some ratings may change by the time the movie is released*
JUNE 2014—The Fault in Our Stars: In theaters June 6 Rated: PG-13—DB 74112, LP 2278
A miracle drug may have given 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel a few more years, but she is still depressed. Then she meets cute Augustus during a support-group meeting, and her world shifts in unexpected and inspiring ways. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. Commercial audiobook. 2012.
AUGUST 2014—The Giver: In theaters August 15 Rated: PG-13—BR 9626, BR 51959, DB 37689, LP 125, LP 2272
Jonas lives in a utopia: there is no hunger, no disease, no fear; the elderly are tenderly cared for, and every child has attentive parents. The society is uniformly run. Jonas eagerly awaits the Ceremony of Twelve, when 12-year-olds receive assignments for their lifelong professions. He is selected to be the new Receiver of Memories. As such, he learns of misery and pain, but also of joy and love. For grades 6–9 and older readers. Newbery Medal.
SEPTEMBER 2014—The Maze Runner: In theaters September 19 Rated: PG-13—DB 72392
A teenage boy wakes up in an elevator remembering nothing but his name, Thomas. He soon meets a group of boys who welcome him to the Glade—and the unsolved puzzle of the Maze. The next day a girl arrives with an unexpected message. Maze Runner series, book 1. Truman Readers Award, 2012. Some violence. For grades 6–9. 2009.
OCTOBER 2014 Gone Girl: In theaters October 3 Rated: R—BR 19868, DB 74888
Nick and Amy alternate telling the story of their troubled marriage, their move from New York to Nick's Missouri hometown and Amy's disappearance on their fifth wedding anniversary. As clues begin to implicate Nick, he learns more about Amy. Strong language, some violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: In theaters October 10 Rated: PG—BR 50140, DB 30872, DB 74515 (Spanish Version)
Alexander wakes up to find gum in his hair and no prize in his cereal box. As the day gets much worse, Alexander thinks of running off to Australia until his mother assures him that everybody has days like this, even in Australia. For grades K–3.
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