open book logoWOLFNER NEWS, Fall 2015

Jason Kander, Secretary of State

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Announcing Braille Games!


The Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library is pleased to announce that it will now be offering braille games. These will be traditional board and card games, such as Hi Ho Cherry-o, Apples to Apples and Uno. The games are available now for a loan period of two weeks. Each patron is limited to one game at a time and one renewal of seven days for that game. The games will be shipped in braille mailers as “Free Matter for the Blind.”


NLS Releases BARD Mobile Android App

BARD Mobile Android App

The BARD Mobile Android app joins the iOS app to serve patrons with mobile devices. The BARD Mobile Android app may be downloaded from the Google Play store. Use your BARD account to log in and start downloading and listening to books directly from your Android device.


New Wolfner Library Staff

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library is pleased to announce two new staff members.

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Amy Nickless started her new position as special services librarian on August 3rd, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Amy served as a graduate reference assistant at the University of Missouri’s Ellis Library and a volunteer and intern at the State Historical Society of Missouri while she worked on her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.  She has also served as a substitute teacher. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Southeast Missouri State University.

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Marsha Posz is the new reader advisor for institutions. Marsha holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts, both in English Literature, from Truman State University and Western Illinois University respectively. Before coming to Wolfner Library, Marsha was employed as a writing instructor at a community college and then as a staff member at the public library in Jefferson City. Additionally, Marsha is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady.”


E-Reader Boom!Summer Reading Wrap-UpBook Pow

According to a recent white paper provided by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, “summer and out-of-school-time programs can have positive effects on gains in reading achievement mitigating summer learning loss.” For this reason, Wolfner Library provides a summer reading club for patrons 18 and under each year.

This year the slogan for the summer reading club was Every Hero Has a Story. Club members were encouraged to count how many minutes they read from June 5th through August 13th, 2015. This summer, 77 patrons registered— 38 children and 39 teens. Of those who registered for the club, 53 completed the program, reading 219,768 minutes.

Every club member who completed the program received participation prizes, such as hacky sacks and bracelets, purchased with state funds that support summer reading programs in public libraries. A book in the format and reading level of each member’s choice was also awarded, and was purchased by the Friends of Wolfner Library.

Youth Drawing

Donna Riegel, director of Wolfner Library; Waheedah Bilal, director of Reference Services at the Missouri State Library; Lisa Hellman, Wolfner Library’s Youth Services librarian; Barbara Reading, the Missouri State librarian, selected two lucky patrons on September 2nd, 2015 to win an iPad Air 2. Planning is already underway for the 2016 summer reading club. The 2016 program will have a sports theme.



Coming Soon:  Thrillers and Killers!

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The results are in! Wolfner Library patrons chose “Thrillers and Killers” as the Adult Winter Reading Program theme for winter 2016. Our custom-made reading list will range from quaint cozies to intense suspense, so get ready for some thrilling reads! The program will begin on January 25th, 2016, and run until March 4th, 2016. Registration will open on Monday, January 11th, 2016. Expect more details to follow in the winter newsletter.


Note on UEB Materials

The National Library Service will implement the Unified English Braille (UEB) Code starting on January 4th, 2016. This is the first major change to the braille code since the 1930s. Like the old code, the new code uses the same six dot cell pattern. However, the new code uses different spacing rules, drops some contractions and allows for translating a wider array of symbols. These changes have been made with modern technology in mind.

The National Library Service already has several dozen electronic titles with the UEB code listed in BARD. These are most easily viewed by utilizing the “Browse by subject” dropdown and selecting “Unified English Braille.”

Existing books in English Braille, American edition will remain available to patrons. The same equipment can be used to read both versions of the braille code.


NLS announces Wolfner Library audio book is the 1000th locally produced book added to BARD

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On June 29th, the 1,000th locally produced talking book was added to BARD! "One for the Murphys," a children's book by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, was produced by the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library in Missouri. It was posted late on a Monday afternoon, and by the next morning it had already been downloaded 26 times. 

“One for the Murphys” was a Truman Award Nominee for the 2014-2015 school year. It was narrated by Laramie Thompson, who has been recording books for Wolfner Library since 2009.

Just a reminder that Wolfner Library’s locally recorded books now have book numbers starting with DBC, instead of the MDBs that were previously used.


New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio

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Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King


Generations of Amish neighbors and friends enjoy the simple things in life in the lush countryside of Cedar Creek, Missouri. But matters of the heart have a way of complicating the most clear-cut plans.


Lilac Lane by Jane Brooks


One day, Jane Brooks' six-year-old granddaughter asked her grandmother, "Grandma, what was it like when you were a little girl?" This book is her answer, describing the author's childhood on a farm in Mid-Missouri in the 1930s.


Murder on Rouse Hill by Terry Alan Wright


On November 22nd, 1915, Jasper Jacob Francis, a prosperous farmer and leading citizen of Stoutland, Missouri, was found dead in a brush pile on Rouse Hill. He had been savagely murdered. The case helped launch the career of Phil M. Donnelly, who acted as the defense attorney for the accused killer, and later became governor of Missouri, and a U.S. Congressman.


North of Clever by Suzanne Ledbetter


Hannah Garvey, manager of the Valhalla Springs Retirement Community, and her gang of geriatric gumshoes join Sheriff David Hendrickson, Hannah's slightly younger romantic interest, for a third lively romp that picks up the week after readers leave South of Sanity (DBC05755), the second installment in Ledbetter's madcap series. Hannah Garvey series, book 3.


Rosemary Opens Her Heart by Naomi King


While caring for her Amish in-laws, Rosemary Yutzy's father-in-law wants to merge his business with Matt Lambright's--which will require the Yutzys to relocate to Cedar Creek, Missouri, and bring widowed Rosemary into constant contact with Matt, who makes no secret of his romantic interest in her.


Wicked Springfield: The Seamy Side of the Queen City by Larry Wood


Founded in the 1830s as a rough frontier town, Springfield managed to maintain an outward appearance of respectability, unlike other wild mining towns in Southwest Missouri. However, when Larry Wood began to research Springfield, he decides that its tame reputation is due to the city's ability to cover up most of its sins. Here he exposes some of the more notorious characters and capers.



Juvenile Books

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The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig


Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives everything changes. Show Me Award Nominee, 2015-2016. Kindergarten-grade 3.


Joseph Kinney, Steamboat Captain by Maryellen McVickers


Joseph Kinney grew up on the Ohio River watching riverboats. He always wanted to be a riverboat captain, so he worked and saved his money until he was able to buy a steamboat. Notable Missourians series. For grades 3-6. 

Put it on the List! By Kristen Darbyshire


The chicken family has pancakes but no syrup and cookies but no milk. After serving a terrible casserole for supper, Mom finally flips out. The family agrees to help more with the grocery list and the shopping and comes up with a great emergency plan. For preschool-grade 2.


Rump: the true story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff


Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important; how he is able to spin straw into gold; and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For grades 3-6.


Trouper by Meg Kearney


Trouper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted. Show Me Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For grades K-3.


Wilfred by Ryan T. Higgins


When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair. Show Me Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For grades K-3.


Young Adult Books

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Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes


Gaby enjoys working at the local animal shelter and wants to adopt a cat but is unsure of her own living situation when her mother is deported back to Honduras. Mark Twain Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For grades 5-8.


Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender


While in Paris, France on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history, and he also gives her insights into herself. Truman Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For junior and senior high.


Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz


Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau. Truman Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For grades 6-9.


Collection Spotlight: Descriptive DVDS!

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Wolfner Library offers a selection of descriptive DVDs. These DVDs feature narration during lulls in the dialog to better describe what is occurring on the screen. Here are some of our recently acquired titles:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Longest Ride
  • Peabody and Sherman


Talking Book Topics Update

Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics no longer prints an index of authors and book titles. If you have a favorite author you used to search for, Wolfner Library suggests contacting your reader advisor to add the author to your preferred author list if you have not already done so.


Frequently Asked Question: Why Am I Not Receiving Books?

Here are some tips to help ensure that books and other material keep arriving on a regular basis:

  • Timely return of material: In most cases, when you return items to Wolfner Library, a new title is shipped out. It is best to send back items as you finish them to ensure that new material arrives on an ongoing basis. The magazine issue you currently have must be returned before the new issue will be sent.
  • Type of Service: If titles are mailed to you based on a request list, make sure you keep a lengthy list of requests. This ensures that you always have material en route.
  • Number of Books: If you go through materials quickly and have to wait for more, call to request an increase in the number of items you can receive at one time.
  • User Interests: If your materials are automatically selected based on your interests, you may need to expand your preferences to receive new material. If you have read every title in a genre and want to read them again, you can opt to make that request as well.
  • Mailing Time: Our materials come to you through the USPS. Generally expect delivery within 7-10 business days as you anticipate your books.


Most of these issues can be resolved by contacting your reader advisor and asking him or her to modify your account.

(800) 392-2614


Wolfner Library on the Road

This fall, Wolfner Library staff will attend the following public event, providing informational materials to spread the word about the terrific services Wolfner Library can offer Missourians with visual or physical disabilities.

Aging Matters, The Southeast Area Agency on Aging

11/6/2015 at the Friendship Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff, MO



Upcoming Holidays

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Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:

November 11th, 2015     Veterans Day

November 26th, 2015     Thanksgiving Day

December 25th, 2015     Christmas Day


Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Donna Riegel,
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Abbey Rimel,
Deputy Director for Public Services
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Deborah Stroup,
Coordinator of Volunteers 
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Amy Nickless,
Special Services Librarian
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Lisa Hellman,
Youth Services Librarian
[email protected]


Paul Mathews,
Reader Advisor A-Co
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Brandon Kempf,
Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
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Ginny Ryan,
Reader Advisor H-L 
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Diann Stark,
Reader Advisor M-R
[email protected]


Carol Mathews,
Reader Advisor S-Wh
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Marsha Posz,
Reader Advisor Institutions
[email protected]


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Secretary of State Jason Kander's office.

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Closed for state holidays. 

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Jefferson City area local phone number (573) 751-8720
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