Wolfner NEWS FALL 2016
Jason Kander, Secretary of State
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Wolfner Library’s New Early Literacy Program: Racing to Read
Reading is essential to success in life. Early literacy skills prepare young children to learn to read. Wolfner Library has adapted the Racing to Read program model used statewide by Missouri public libraries. The materials and concepts have been enhanced to accommodate blind and visually impaired patrons between birth and six years old. This program will build the following early literacy skills:
Touching and Sensing: A child must explore the world around them to learn how to gather information through touch and other senses.
Rhyming and Singing: Reading stories in rhyme and singing songs helps a child hear how a word is broken up into syllables. These activities help children recognize words that rhyme. Rhyming and singing help a child identify letters and words that sound similar.
Playing with Books: Before a child can start enjoying books, they must first learn how to turn pages, hold a book and know when it is upside down or backwards.
Letters and Dots: Introducing a child to letters, either as braille dots or raised letters, is the first step before learning to put the letters together to make words.
Telling a Story: Talking about a child’s day helps them understand that there is a beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Words Everywhere: Everywhere we go, there are words. Describing the world around your child will help build their vocabulary.
Through the course of one year, books and early literacy materials will be sent to children enrolled in the program. These items, which are designed to help children and their caregivers build early literacy skills, will arrive every other month. There are two main requirements for a child to be enrolled in Wolfner Library’s Racing to Read Early Literacy Program:
1. The child must be (or become) a patron of Wolfner Library.
2. The child must be between birth and six years of age.
To learn more about this program or to enroll your child, please contact Wolfner Library.
This program is supported in part by the Friends of Wolfner Library.
Spotlight on Missouri Resources: Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Wolfner Library will regularly feature great resources available to Missouri residents.
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind’s mission is to assist blind and visually impaired Missourians obtain personal and vocational success. To meet this end, Rehab Services offers several programs that may benefit you.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Rehabilitation assists those who are blind or have a visual impairment find and be successful in a job.
Independent Living Rehabilitation: Independent Living Rehabilitation provides instruction in techniques used by the blind and visually impaired that enable them to continue doing most things around their homes and communities.
Children’s Services: Children’s Services provides assistance to children and their families from birth to age 14 by providing advocacy on the child’s behalf and by connecting the families with needed service providers.
Older Blind Services: Older Blind Services assists Missourians age 55 and older, who may have difficulty reading standard print by teaching them alternate living skills and connecting them with needed supplies.
Transition Services: Transition Services provides assistance to blind and visually impaired youth starting at age 14 and aids them in their transition into high school and adult life.
Rehab Services can also produce materials in alternative formats, including cassette, CD, large print, and braille via an agreement with the Center for Braille and Narration Production at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
To learn more about these programs, contact Rehabilitation Services at 1-800-592-6004 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Their website is located at http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/rsb/.
NLS Music Section Reminder
Did you know that the National Library Service also provides sheet music in alternative formats? Both large print and braille music is offered. Anyone registered to use Wolfner Library who is interested in receiving sheet music can contact the NLS Music Service directly to utilize this service.
To request materials or more information contact:
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
To learn more, check out the following link: https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/music-materials/
Coming Soon: Passport to Adventure
The results are in! Wolfner Library patrons chose “Passport to Adventure” as the Adult Winter Reading Program theme for winter 2017. Our custom-made reading list will range from real life travel to fictional adventure worldwide! The program will begin on January 23rd, 2017, and continue until March 6th, 2017. Registration will open on Monday, January 9th, 2017. Expect more details to follow in the winter newsletter.
Wolfner Library’s First Teen Poetry Contest
Wolfner Library is hosting its first ever teen poetry contest for patrons between the ages of 13 and 18. The program begins October 15th. The final day to submit poems is December 12th. Winners will have their poems published in Wolfner Library’s Spring Newsletter, receive a Wolfie-the Wolfner Library dog-plushie, and have their work recorded and brailled.
Teen Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines:
• Must be written by a Wolfner Library patron between the ages of 13 and 18.
• Signed release form is required.
• Patron may submit more than one poem, but would only be able to win once.
• Poem(s) should be original work by the participant.
• Poem(s) may not contain any of the following:
o Strong Language
o Sexual Content
Submit typed, hand written, or brailled poem and completed release form to:
C/O Youth Librarian
600 W Main St, PO BOX 387
Jefferson City, MO 65102
or scan typed or hand written poem and email* to:
*Subject line must state: 2016/17 TEEN POETRY CONTEST
Wolfner Library’s Summer Reading Club: A Record-Breaking Year!
For many years now, Wolfner Library has provided a summer reading club for patrons 18 and under. This year the slogan for the club was On Your Mark, Get Set…READ, and 104 patrons did just that! This summer a record-breaking 104 patrons participated in the club! Participants were encouraged to record time read from May 30th through July 30th, 2016.
Those who turned in their total time were considered to have completed the program and won a variety of prizes. Of those that registered, 71 completed the program, reading a total of 252,755 minutes.
Everyone who completed the club received earbuds purchased through a grant from the Missouri State Library. Also awarded was a book in the format and reading level of the participant’s choosing, purchased by the Friends of Wolfner Library. The top three readers in each of the two age groups received a free Friends of Wolfner Library t-shirt, courtesy of the Friends of Wolfner Library!
On August 31, 2016, State Librarian Barbara Reading, with the assistance of Wolfner Library’s Deputy Director Abbey Rimel, selected one lucky patron from each age group to win an iPad Air. Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hellman held up one of the iPads for the official photograph. The tablets were purchased by the Friends of Wolfner Library. Congratulations to all who participated and completed this year. We hope to see you next year and possibly break our record of 104! The 2017 summer reading club slogan will be Build a Better World!
Book Club Holiday Break
All three Book Clubs will be on break for the holidays. The clubs will resume in February. Look for upcoming book club selections in the winter newsletter!
New Large Print
Wolfner Library has added many new large print titles to the collection. Here is a selection of our latest offerings:
Checked Out By Elaine Viets—LP030246
The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side by Damien Lewis—LP030437
The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s by Jay Ingram—LP030371
Find Her by Lisa Gardner—LP030453
If I Run by Terri Blackstock—LP030455
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley—LP030454
Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplin and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend—LP030449
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini—LP030225
Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman—LP030390
While Angels Dance by Ralph W. Cotton—LP030389
New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio
Amazing St. Louis: 250 years of Great Tales and Curiosities by Charlie Brennan—DBC06431
Rock and roll, the cocktail party and the musical Cats all had their roots in the Gateway to the West, St. Louis, MO. The Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis was the first in the nation to read and write in Braille. St. Louis radio personality Charlie Brennan has gathered the greatest and most incredible St. Louis stories in celebration of the city’s 250th birthday. Hundreds of facts about the people and events of St. Louis are to be found in this short book.
The Exploding Elephant by Joel Vance—DBC06462
Teenager Bobby follows his uncle’s yellow lab around the small resort town of Birch Lake, Wisconsin to see where he goes and what he does. Then he continues to have adventures and misadventures involving his many relatives, town characters, and even a few strangers.
Hiking Missouri by Kevin Lohraff—DBC06512
Hiking Missouri will help people enjoy and understand outdoor Missouri. It features many of Missouri’s most interesting trails with up-to-date, first-hand information that will be helpful both in planning a hike and in doing one. From the Ozarks to Kansas City, and all trails in between, experience the spectacular beauty of the Show Me state.
Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him by Resa Willis—DBC06519
Olivia Langdon Clemens was the love of Mark Twain’s life, the mother of his children, and his editor, critic and trusted advisor. He relied on her judgment of his writing, and in creating his public image. She encouraged him to finish his autobiography even through the last stages of her own illness.
Singing over Me: A Joplin Tornado Survivor’s Journey by Danielle Stammer—DBC06474
Danielle Stammer recounts her family’s experience during the 2011 tornado that hit Joplin, MO. They took shelter at St. John’s Hospital, which turned out to be in the direct path of the storm.
Gateway Award Nominees
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan—DBC06466
Brilliant fifteen-year-old Josie has a knack for languages, but her sister’s engagement has Josie grappling with the nature of true love, her feelings for her best friend Stu, and how anyone can be truly themself, or truly in love, in a social language that is not her own. High school and older readers.
Made for You by Melissa Marr—DBC06438
Southern small town darling Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital with the frightening ability to see through the eyes of the victims of a serial killer, and realizes that she, too, is a target of the depraved stalker. High school and older readers.
Truman Award Nominees
I Have a Bad Feeling about This by Jeff Strand—DBC06478
Everything unathletic sixteen-year-old Henry was dreading about survival camp turns out to be true--or even worse--when armed killers arrive and survival takes on a whole new meaning for the campers. Grades 5-8, 2014.
Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra—DBC06476
Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family experience hatred for being Muslim Americans. Truman
Award nominee, 2016-2017. Grades 5-8, 2014.
Mark Twain Award Nominees
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman—DBC06491
Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents. Grades 4-7.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler—DBC06467
Auggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town’s perceptions of beauty and art. For grades 3-6.
Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel—DBC06492
Propelled from coolest to lamest after trying to kiss Tom Lemmings, Lucy tries to navigate the social hierarchy of fourth grade. Grades 4-7, 2014
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas—DBC06484
After Pearl Harbor is bombed by the Japanese, twelve-year-old Tomi and her Japanese-American family are split up and forced to leave their California home to live in internment camps in New Mexico and Colorado. Grades 3-6.
Zane and the hurricane: a story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick—DBC06475
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Grades 5-8.
Show Me Award Nominees
I Love You Just Enough by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen—DBC06502
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate—DBC06504
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern—DBC06517
Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees
Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley—DBC06514
Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer—DBC06524
The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan—DBC06526
Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
November 11, 2016 Veteran’s Day
November 24 & 25th, 2016 Thanksgiving Day
December 26, 2016 Christmas Day Observed
January 2, 2017 New Year’s Day Observed
January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wolfner Library Staff Listing
Donna Riegel, Director
Abbey Rimel, Deputy Director
Deborah Stroup, Coordinator of Volunteers
Amy Nickless, Special Services Librarian
Lisa Hellman, Youth Services Librarian
Paul Mathews, Reader Advisor A-Co
Brandon Kempf, Reader Advisor Cp-G and Wi-Z
Ginny Ryan, Reader Advisor H-L
Diann Stark, Reader Advisor M-R
Carol Mathews, Reader Advisor S-Wh
Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of Secretary of State Jason Kander’s Office.
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Closed for state holidays.
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