open book logoWOLFNER NEWS, Spring 2016

Jason Kander, Secretary of State

Owl Book Club     New Book Clubs for Adults!

Share your reading experiences and gain insight while getting to know other readers from all across the state. Wolfner Library proudly announces THREE new book clubs for your reading pleasure! Starting in May, we offer a club for fiction lovers, one for nonfiction lovers (both led by Marsha Posz, reader advisor) and one for those who prefer a mild read with little to no sex, violence or strong language (led by Amy Nickless, special services librarian). These clubs will meet via conference call line.

How the club works:

1. Call Wolfner Library to register for the club or clubs you are interested in. Your books will be sent to you. We recommend registering at least two weeks in advance of your club meeting date.

2. Read the book for your club(s).

3. On the appointed day and time, call the toll-free number which will be provided at the time of registration.

4. Once everyone is on the line, we will discuss the book we have read!

See below for club schedules and a list of book selections. We hope you enjoy this new program brought to you by Wolfner Library!

Novel Reads

A fiction book club led by Marsha Posz.

On May 12th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison (DB026026)

Immediately after the Civil War, Sethe, a former slave, must come to terms with a horrific secret from her past.


On June 16th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Still Alice by Lisa Genova (DB068429, LP0302035)

After Alice Howland is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, she must deal with the many ways it affects her life.


On July 14th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Dietland by Sarai Walker (DB082248)

Dreaming of weight loss surgery, Plum meets a young woman who changes her view of the beauty industry and herself.


Big Ideas

A nonfiction book club led by Marsha Posz.

On May 26th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (DB078463)

Examines five previous mass extinctions on Earth and posits that we are near a sixth and that humanity is the primary cause.


On June 30th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (DB046906)

An account of the unusual relationship between the Oxford English Dictionary editor and a prolific American criminal.


On July 28th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (DB055748, LP030203)

Traces the crimes of the serial killer who preyed on young women during the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.


Good Books

A mild reads club led by Amy Nickless.

On May 19th at 2 p.m., a discussion of One of Ours by Willa Cather (DB027930, LP030236)

A coming of age story of a young small town man in the years before and during World War I.


On June 23rd at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer (DB078327)

Discusses how Pope Pius XI and Benito Mussolini used each other to achieve their own goals and the pope’s regret over the bargain.


On July 21st at 2 p.m., a discussion of Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh (DB062632)

During World War II, an American nurse must maintain her faith while she is trapped behind enemy lines with a wounded German.


Beloved book coverOne of Ours book coverThe Sixth Extinction book cover

As a special tribute, during our first month, each club will read a Pulitzer Prize winner in honor of the Prize’s 100th anniversary. The prize winners are Beloved by Toni Morrison, One of Ours by Willa Cather, and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.



New Wolfner Library Staff

Mary Adams

Wolfner Library is pleased to announce new staff member, Mary Adams. Mary started her new position at our front desk in mid-December. On most days, Mary’s voice will be the first one you hear when you call our toll-free number. Before working at Wolfner Library, Mary served as a circulation clerk at Missouri River Regional Library’s Jefferson City location. Currently, Mary has embarked on a project to read classic books, including titles such as Lord of the Rings, The Canterbury Tales, and Frankenstein. Mary’s other hobbies include going to see movies and concerts and watching or playing sports. 



On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!
Wolfner Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Club

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Patrons ages 18 and under are invited to join this year’s Summer Reading Club: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! This year’s theme not only includes books about sports and gaming, but also ways to stay healthy both in mind and body. The club will run from May 30th through July 30th.A man and woman cooking healthy foods, the woman juggles fruit.

Participants will keep track of time read and turn in their total time at the end of the program in order to receive prizes.

An iPad (Wi-Fi service not included) will be awarded as the grand prize for two age categories: ages 2-12 and 13-18. Prizes will be purchased by the Friends of Wolfner Library.

Register online between May 16th and July 16th by calling us at (800) 392-2614.

 Children standing on grandstand wearing medals.




Adult Books

 At Your Service book coverBad Medicine book coverCrossing the Tracks book coverInescapable Cover

 Running Gun CoverSummer of Secrets book cover

At Your Service by Sandra Hardy Chinn


In 1960, KMOX radio established the first complete information-based format with local, national and international news, sports coverage and listener call-ins.


Bad Medicine by Eileen Dreyer


A surge in suicide deaths among local lawyers alarms trauma nurse and death investigator Molly Burke, and she quickly learns that some very powerful people are trying to keep her quiet and that she cannot trust her friends.


Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber


In Missouri in 1926, fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what family truly means when her father hires her out for the summer as a companion to a country doctor's invalid mother.


Inescapable by Nancy Mehl


After receiving threatening letters from a stalker, Lizzie is forced to return to her childhood Mennonite home and reconsiders her initial judgments of her community and faith only to discover that the danger she ran from is closer than ever.


The Running Gun by Jory Sherman


Dan Cord and his brother are hired to deliver horses to Abilene, only to find the law waiting when they get there, accusing them of stealing the horses. Contains some strong language and some violence.


Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard


Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a stranger arrives claiming to be her long-lost sister, Rachel and Micah learn that God's plan will lead them back to each other.


Young Adult

 All Our Yesterdays Cover     Pivot Point book cover     Rapunzel Untangled book cover


All our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


"Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves."  Gateway Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High.


Pivot Point by Kasie West


A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss, and ultimately she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High.


Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett


Living inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion, Rapunzel, a girl with hair fifteen feet long, sets out on a quest to discover her real identity after meeting a boy named Fame through Facebook. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For grades 6-9.




Notable Missourians series

Helen Stephens book cover Marie Meyer Fower book cover Oliv eBoone book cover Stan Musial book cover 

Helen Stephens: the Fulton Flash by Jason Offutt


Helen Stephens was a remarkable athlete who broke world records and won two gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. For grades 4-6.


Marie Meyer Fower: Barnstormer by Christine Montgomery


When Marie Meyer got her pilot's license in 1921, she was one of the first women in Missouri to qualify to fly an airplane. But Marie was not just a pilot, she was a barnstormer and wing-walker. For grades 4-6.


Olive Boone: Frontier Woman by Greta Russell


Olive Boone lived in Missouri in the early 1800s. Her husband, Daniel, was often away on hunting and trading trips, leaving her to maintain the family farm and raise their fourteen children alone. She helped her family survive and prosper on the dangerous American frontier. For grades 4-6.


Stan Musial: Baseball Hero by James N. Giglio


Stan Musial was one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time. The records he set may be broken, but nobody will ever forget his devotion to baseball, his friendliness and endless good spirits, and his love of people. It is with good reason that Stan Musial is still known affectionately as Stan the Man. For grades 4-6.


Picture Books

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Find a Cow Now! by Janet Stevens


Tired of hearing Dog yipping at chairs and trying to round up rugs, Bird tells him to go to the country to find a cow, but this is one cattle dog who does not know a cow when he sees one.


Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos


A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure out if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache.


Mustache Baby Meets his Match by Bridget Heos


A play date goes awry when Baby Billy and his mustache meet Beard Baby until they realize that they can be partners rather than rivals.


Pete the Cat's groovy guide to life by James Dean


A collection of feel-good quotes by famous notables, including Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, and Abraham Lincoln, echoes Pete the Cat's glass-half-full outlook on life.


BARD Available on Kindle Fire and Other BARD Updates

The BARD Mobile app for Android devices can now be downloaded to any second generation Kindle Fire device. The app is available for free on Amazon. If you are having trouble using BARD on any Android device, including the Kindle Fire, make sure you have version 1.0.2 downloaded. This update requires Android OS 4.1 or later.

BARD has been updated for those with iOS devices as well. The App Store now has version 1.1 available. This release is packed with features, including a sleep timer, enhanced braille search, improved Magic Tap response and more, and is compatible with iOS9.


2016 Adult Winter Reading Program Wraps Up

Woman Screaming

Thanks to all who participated in Wolfner Library’s 2016 Adult Winter Reading Program! The program ended March 7th and was a great success. This year’s theme, “Thrillers and Killers,” provided something for everyone, especially those interested in suspense and mysteries.

Those who contacted Wolfner Library by March 14th and stated that they read 10 or more books were entered into drawings for prizes. The grand prize, given to the person who read the most, was a rechargeable portable wireless speaker. Participants that read the second and third most each received a chenille knitted blanket. Additional prizes included headphones, wind chimes and magnet sets. We want to thank the Library Users of Missouri, a special interest group of the Missouri Council of the Blind, for providing the funding for the prizes. Staff is already working on ideas for next year’s Adult Winter Reading Program!


Award-Winning Narrator Passes

Roy Avers passed away on November 13th, 2015, at his home in Indiana at the age of 82. Avers began recording books for the talking book program in 1971, and in 1990 he was awarded the first Alexander Scourby Award which honors excellence in talking book narration. Over his lifetime, Avers recorded 1,750 books.


Borrow, Renew, Return

Every year, Wolfner Library lends thousands of accessible materials to our patrons. We encourage you to read at your own pace, but please remember that each item does have a loan period and will become overdue. There may be other patrons waiting for that book, DVD, or game. To return your item, simply reverse the address card on the container the item came in and put the container in the mail. No postage is necessary. If you wish to keep something for a longer period of time, please contact your reader advisor and have them renew your item. See below for the loan periods of different materials we provide.

  • Audio, Braille, and Large Print Books: 6 weeks
  • Magazines: Return when you wish to receive the next issue
  • Descriptive DVDs: 1 week from the date received
  • Print/Braille Games: 2 weeks


Spring Cleaning

Cassette player machine and tape

Spring cleaning may unearth forgotten items, especially unused cassette players and cassette tapes from Wolfner Library. Readers may keep their playback devices as long as they are using our services. However, audiobook equipment like the cassette players and the digital players are federal government property and must be returned to the lending library when not in use.  If you are not sure how to return your player, please contact us at (800) 392-2614 and a staff member will assist you.


Upcoming Holidays

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

May 9, 2016        Truman’s Birthday (Observed)

May 30, 2016       Memorial Day

July 4, 2016          Independence Day

Tomb of the Unknown Solider

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library Staff Listing

Donna Riegel
[email protected]

Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director for Public
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Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers
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Amy Nickless
Special Services Librarian
[email protected]

Lisa Hellman
Youth Services Librarian
[email protected]

Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co
[email protected]

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

Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of Secretary
of State Jason Kander’s Office.

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Wolfner Library is open Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Closed for state holidays.

Contact Information

Toll-free in-state phone number (800) 392-2614
Jefferson City area (573) 751-8720
local phone number
FAX number (573) 751-3612
Email address [email protected]
Web site address
Wolfner’s online catalog