Jason Kander, Secretary of State
Meet Our New Director—Dr. Donna L. Riegel
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Dr. Riegel comes to us with a varied professional background. She began her professional career as an Assistant Law Librarian at the Marquette University School of Law and then moved on to being a law firm librarian. When she and her family relocated to Florida (eight winters was enough), she became the director of the New Port Richey Public Library, which just happened to be the library where she served as a page during her high school years. Dr. Riegel stayed in public libraries until her “first” retirement: Director, Dorchester County (SC) Library; Broward County (FL) Library System (where she served in multiple positions, including construction coordinator).
Having forgotten that she moved to Florida to avoid winters, Dr. Riegel took the position of Director of Broome County Library in Binghamton NY, where she worked for eight years. She “retired” (again) and moved back to Florida to be near her family, and promptly became Director of the North Palm Beach Public Library, then an Administrative Supervisor with the Jacksonville (FL) Public Library. After Jacksonville, she decided to “really” retire. Dr. Riegel joined Wolfner Library in January. So you can see that retirement isn’t really what she likes to do. While a state agency is different than a public library, the commitment to excellent customer service is still a high priority. One of Dr. Riegel’s goals is to increase public awareness of the full range of Wolfner Library services and, in the process, increase the library’s user base. Working with an exemplary staff, a dedicated Board, and an involved Friends group will make for an exciting time! Dr. Riegel holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Southern University. She also holds advanced degrees in American History and Public Administration.
Announcing Wolfner Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Club
Patrons ages 18 and under are invited to join Wolfner Library’s Summer Reading Club beginning on June 5 and continuing until August 13. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” is sure to bring out the superhero in every reader. Participants who turn in their reading time at the end of the program will be eligible for free books and prizes. An iPad grand prize will be awarded to one winner from each age category: ages 6-12 and 13-18. Cellular service for the iPad is not included. Prizes are provided through a grant from the Missouri State Library and the generous support of the Friends of Wolfner Library.
Register online any time after May 15th at http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner or call your Hero Headquarters at 800-392-2614 for more details about club membership. Help fight the evil forces of the summer slide and become a reading hero!
Unable to Download Books?
Some books in the Wolfner Library catalog contain the message, “May be available only for download.” Wolfner Library can put any downloadable book onto a cartridge for use in a digital talking book machine. Simply request a copy from a Reader Advisor and that book will arrive by mail.
Extra! Extra! Read All About It: NFB-NEWSLINE® Offers Breaking News at Your Fingertips
Stay on top of the day’s news with NFB-Newsline, a free service for Wolfner Library patrons offered through the National Federation of the Blind. Newsline provides access to newspapers, magazines, and TV listings 24/7 using a touch-tone phone, on the Web, or by download to a digital talking-book cartridge or MP3. Newsline allows individuals to participate in their communities by keeping up with the latest local news. Students can research school assignments and do homework independently. Professionals can readily access information critical to their careers.
Over 300 newspapers and magazines are available, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Kansas City Star, and St. Louis Post Dispatch. Users can read the current day, previous day and most recent Sunday edition of any newspaper in the service. News from Missouri state agencies and organizations, election information, job listings and grocery ads are available as well. Users may also choose to have newspapers sent to their personal email address.
Navigation to specific sections and articles is easy. The audio menu allows the user to change the speed and voice settings, spell out words, or search for a particular word or subject. Users can personalize their reading choices by selecting up to six newspapers to be stored as “favorites.” The NFB website (www. nfbnewslineonline.org) offers detailed instructions and how-to guides for accessing publication content in a variety of formats. Patrons of Wolfner Library are already qualified and need only contact their Reader Advisor to sign up for the service.
Searching for a Speaker?
If you know of a group or organization that would benefit from learning about the many resources and services of Wolfner Library, please contact us. Our outreach librarian, Carol Nolte, travels across the state to address groups with an interest in helping individuals who are blind or print disabled. Wolfner Library staff also exhibit at local health fairs and conferences. Look for us at the following venues:
Cass County Senior Health Fair, Harrisonville, MO, April 23
Webster County Senior Resource Fair, Marshfield, MO, April 30
Young @ Heart Open House, Kansas City, MO, May 8
MC5 Conference, Columbia, MO, May 5-7
Montgomery County Health Expo, Montgomery City, MO, June
Show Me BARD Books
The National Library Service (NLS) has paved the way for books recorded in the Wolfner Recording Studio to be made available on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website. To be selected for recording, books must have a Missouri connection by author, setting, or content. The pilot book, which is available now on BARD, is A Good American (DBC01391) by Alex George. George was born in England but currently resides in Columbia, MO.
All of the books currently recorded by the studio will eventually be made available through BARD, and thus to NLS network library patrons nationwide. Until that time, the books can still be accessed in digital-audio format by going online to the Wolfner Library catalog (https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/) and clicking on “Wolfner SHELF” in the lower left-hand corner of the menu bar.
The Wolfner Recording Studio depends on hundreds of hours of work by a small handful of volunteers to produce recorded books. The production process can take from two months to two years while working in two-hour shifts. We are grateful for two young women who have taken time out of their busy schedules to volunteer at Wolfner Library.
Mary Grace Newman has recorded over 100 children’s books since 2009. She is a senior at Jefferson City High School, where she is treasurer of the student body. She also participates in the First United Methodist Church youth and bell choirs.
Morgan Johns worked as a reviewer in the studio in the summers of 2012 and 2013, reviewing and editing young adult books. Morgan attends Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City, where she is involved in the Academic Team, Library Squad, National Honor Society, and other organizations. Both girls were recognized as “Students of the Month” by the Jefferson City Rotary Club last December.
The newest member of our volunteer team is Sandy Clink, who recently became a reviewer/editor for the Wolfner Recording Studio. After retiring from the real estate industry, Sandy was ready to do something meaningful with her time. She likes books and loves to read which makes her a perfect fit for the job.
New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio Adult Books
Dying in style: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper by Elaine Viets—MDB11035
Hired to inspect the stores of designer Denessa Celedine anonymously, mystery shopper Josie Marcus’s less than stellar report is the least of the designer’s problems, after Denessa Celedine is found strangled with one of her own expensive snakeskin belts. Josie Marcus series, book 1. 2005.
Head Games by Eileen Dreyer—MDB11143
Years after trying to save a boy through her work as a trauma nurse, Molly Burke wonders why he is trying to get her attention now that he has reached adulthood, a situation that is complicated by her care for her troubled teenage nephew. Strong language and violence. 2004.
Ride the Razor’s Edge by Carl Breihan— MDB10057
Using family records, personal letters, and interviews with a nephew of the Youngers, the author tells the story of James, John, and Bob Younger, who rode in the James Gang with Jesse and Frank. 1992.
Missouri Association of School Librarians— 2014-2015 Award Books
Croak by Gina Damico—DBC01419
A delinquent sixteen-year-old girl is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he is a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business. Gateway Award nominee, 2014-2015. Strong language and violence. Junior and Senior High, 2012.
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton— MDB11345
Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2014-2015. Grades 4-7. 2012.
Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar— MDB11343
When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed, but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up. Gateway Award nominee, 2014-2015. High School and Older, 2012.
Adult Winter Reading Program Closes the Books
Wolfner Library’s 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program ended on March 3rd and participation was high with 60 patrons registered. This year’s theme, “The Beginning of Our Great Nation” proved to be quite popular with history buffs and others who enjoy reading about the courageous men and women who settled our great nation. Participation was easier this year since the usual twelve-book reading requirement was lowered to ten. Convenience and ease of use may also have been factors in the higher number of participants, with ten books pre-loaded onto cartridges for each of the ten reading categories.
“We carefully select the books to appeal to a wide variety of reading tastes,” said Diann Stark, Wolfner Library’s Reader Advisor in charge of the program. “We also deliberately stay away from long books so readers can easily reach the reading requirement during the six-week time frame.”
The drawing for prizes was held in March from the participants who finished the program. Many thanks go to the Library Users of Missouri for again supplying the funds to purchase prizes. “We are already thinking about themes for next year’s Adult Winter Reading Program,” said Diann, “and you can be sure it will be something completely different.”
Magazine Loan Periods Extended
For the convenience of our patrons, the National Library Service is extending the loan period for magazines on cartridge to allow more time to enjoy the publications. Reading time for weekly magazine cartridges has increased from one week to three weeks and reading time for monthly cartridges has increased from four weeks to seven weeks. Please contact your Reader Advisor with any questions or comments.
Coming to a Screen Near You
New descriptive DVDs have been added to the Wolfner Library collection. Pop some popcorn and settle in with the family for an enjoyable night of space adventures, historical intrigue and family-friendly features.
Lincoln—DVD779—President Lincoln struggles with the Civil War battlefield carnage and his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Biography/Drama/History. Rated PG-13.
Monsters University—DVD786—This movie unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. Comedy/Animation. Rated G.
Parental Guidance—DVD792—Old school grandparents babysit their three grandkids when the children’s overprotective parents leave town for work. Family and Children/Comedy. Rated PG.
Saving Mr. Banks—DVD801—Inspired by the untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the big screen. Biography/Comedy/Drama. Rated PG-13.
Son of God—DVD807—The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, and ultimate resurrection. Drama. Rated PG-13.
Star Trek Into Darkness—DVD808—After the crew find an unstoppable force of terror in their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to capture him. Action-Adventure/Science Fiction. Rated PG-13.
The Vow—DVD816—A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. Drama/Romance. Rated PG-13.
Zero Dark Thirty—DVD823—A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and his killing by Navy Seals. Drama/History. Rated R.
Pharmacies Offer Free Talking Prescription Devices
People who have difficulty reading standard prescription container labels will be glad to hear about talking prescriptions. The nation’s largest pharmacy retailers are offering free talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments.
Walgreens offers customers the Talking Pill Reminder at stores nationwide. The device attaches to prescription containers and will be provided free of charge. The Talking Pill Reminder can be recorded to speak the information on the customer’s prescription medication label, and also has an audible alarm to remind patients when to take a medication. CVS and Walmart both offer ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through their online pharmacies. A prescription provided with ScripTalk has an electronic chip embedded in the standard print label. To hear the information on the chip, the customer simply places the prescription container on the ScripTalk device (pictured above) and presses the button.
Interested customers who would like to fill prescriptions through Walmart Mail Order or at CVS.com, can contact En-Vision America at 800-890-1180 to request a free ScripTalk talking prescription reader. Most major pharmacy retailers also offer large print patient information sheets upon request. Please contact your pharmacist for more information.
Breakthrough Smartphone App Reads Print
Don Branch, Duplication Clerk I, demonstrates the KNFB Reader to Carol Nolte, Special Services Librarian.
As the newest employee of Wolfner Library back in September 2014, Carol Nolte was introduced to Don Branch as the in-house expert for accessible technology. Don was eager to demonstrate his newest acquisition, the KNFB Reader iPhone app. Since Don is blind, he uses the app regularly, but Carol was impressed by how quickly and easily Don manipulated his phone to snap a picture of a printed page to hear the words read aloud. Don says he eagerly awaited the app’s release because he was already an iPhone user, and because the price of the app was much lower than the $1,000 price tag just a few years ago.
The app, which costs $99.99, allows blind or print-disabled users to quickly and independently scan and read a variety of documents on the iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 7 or higher. Text may also be read using a connected Braille display.
An android app is still in development, but is expected to be available in a matter of months.
The technology has continued to improve and includes the following features:
- Recognition of PowerPoint slides from up to 25 feet away
- Scanning and OCR for PDF documents
- A book scanning mode for quickly scanning many pages
- The ability to navigate text by word, sentence, etc.
- The ability to save, store, and share with others in a variety of file formats, including PDF
- The ability to scan business cards and save to contacts
- Recognition and translation between different languages
Critical for the blind user are the auto rotate feature and field of view report which help frame the document in the camera and tell you how much of a document is visible. Recognizing the significance of this new app, the KNFB Reader was named one of the “Top 10 Assistive Technology Breakthroughs of 2014” by the Perkins School for the Blind.
The mobility and speed of the KNFB Reader were big factors for Don when he decided to purchase the app soon after it was introduced last fall. Now, he says, he doesn’t know what he would do without it. For more information, go to http://www.knfbreader.com for links to video and audio descriptions and demonstrations of features.
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Wolfner Library Staff Listing
Deputy Director for Public Services
Coordinator of Volunteers
Special Services Librarian
Youth Services Librarian
Reader Advisor A-Co
Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
Reader Advisor H-L
Reader Advisor M-R
Reader Advisor S-Wh
Reader Advisor Institutions
Wolfner Library will be closed on the following dates:
May 8—Truman’s Birthday
May 25—Memorial Day
July 3—Independence Day