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Wolfner NEWS, Summer 2016

Jason Kander, Secretary of State


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Reminder for Wolfner Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Club

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Wolfner Library patrons ages 18 and under still have time to enjoy the 2016 Summer Reading Club. The program began on May 30th and runs through July 30th. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” To be eligible for free books and prizes, participants must track their reading times and turn in total time by the August 12th deadline. The grand prize, an iPad Air 2, will be awarded to one winner from each age category: ages 2-12 and ages 13-18. The iPad will have Wi-Fi access (cellular service is not included). Prizes are provided through the generous support of the Friends of Wolfner Library and the Missouri State Library.
Register online at http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner under“Featured Items” or call (800) 392-2614 for more details about participation.

Fall Book Club Selections

Novel Reads: A fiction book club led by Marsha Posz. 

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On August 11th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin DB078978; LP030364

After a rare volume of Poe’s Poetry is stolen, A.J. Fikry receives a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life. 

On September 15th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain DB082190; LP030240

From the author of The Paris Wife comes the story of Beryl Markham, a British aviatrix, horsewoman and adventuress who leads a convention-defying life in colonial Africa.

On October 13th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The 100-Year-OldMan Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson DB075820

On his 100th birthday, former demolitions expert Allan Karlsson escapes from an old folks’ home.

Good Books: A mild reads club led by Amy Nickless.
This club will explore fiction and non-fiction.

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On August 18th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton DB082082; LP030242
Long buried secrets forever change a family on America’s Colonial frontier when Colonial and Native American cultures collide.

On September 22nd at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Map Thief by Michael Blanding DB079531; LP030243
A true crime story featuring a man who made millions stealing priceless maps from prominent libraries worldwide.

On October 20th at 2 p.m., a discussion of The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Graynor DB081158
A dual storyline novel featuring a third-class voyage on the Titanic and a later recounting of the events.

Big Ideas: A nonfiction book club led by Marsha Posz.

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On August 25th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman DB077538; LP030241

Kerman relates her immersion into prison culture at a minimum-security facility in Connecticut.

On September 29th at 2 p.m., a discussion of West with the Night by Beryl Markham DB023744

The aviation pioneer describes her youth in British East Africa during the 1900s, hunting, training horses and her adventures as an African bush pilot. Memoir originally published in 1942.

On October 27th at 2 p.m., a discussion of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman DB083332

Focuses on the aftermath of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the counterrevolution seeking to limit voting rights.

Pulitzer Winners Announced


The winners of the 100th Annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 18th. Wolfner Library is proud to present five of those winners to you. The winners are as follows:

Fiction - The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen DB082047; LP030239
History - Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles DB083009
Biography - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan DB082098
Nonfiction - Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick DB082561
Drama – Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda DB084175

Care and Feeding of your Digital Player

Feed your digital player lots of books and keep it plugged in when not in use. This practice keeps the battery charged and ready for next time. If the player is unplugged for an extended period of time, the battery power could drop to a level low enough that it will not recharge. If your player refuses to hold a charge, please contact Wolfner Library. We will arrange to have a new player mailed to you and the old
one can be returned for repair.

New From Wolfner Library Recording Studio

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And God Answered by Jean Bell Mosley DBC06472 

Jean Bell Mosley was raised on a farm in the southwest portion of the Ozark Mountains, and lived a quiet, unassuming life in Cape Girardeau, Mo. From the publisher “She writes of simpler times and homemade happiness, of small graces and abundant blessings, of the fine art that nature unveils and the fine company that loving family provides.”

Accessory to Murder by Elaine Viets DBC06473
Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper and a single mom, goes to uncover the truth behind a hot young designer’s murder in the mall’s parking lot, not believing that her best friend’s husband committed the crime. Some strong language and descriptions of sex. Josie Marcus series, book 3.

Evening News by Marly Swick DBC06454
After nine-year-old Teddy accidentally shoots his two-year-old half-sister while playing with a gun, Teddy’s stepfather finds himself unable to forgive him and even Teddy’s mother begins to wonder why she cannot love her son unconditionally.

King of the Ring: The Harley Race Story by Harley Race and Gerry Tritz DBC06446
Harley Race became a professional wrestler in 1959 at the age of 15, becoming one of the three biggest names in wrestling during the 1970s and early 1980s. He won the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) championship on eight occasions, and was dubbed World Wrestling Entertainment’s first “King of the Ring” in 1986. King of the Ring explores his life and career.

Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State by John Brown DBC06485
John Brown has been a Missouri radio personality, reporter and news anchor who says no matter what happens in the world, there is usually someone from Missouri involved. Here, he writes about famous Missourians who were raised or spent their formative years in the state.

Plenty Ladylike by Claire McCaskill DBC06465
Missouri’s first woman senator recounts her coming-of-age in a political family at a time when women were held back from their ambitions. The book describes her failed first marriage, her unconventional choices in office and her relationships with fellow politicians.

South of Haunted Dreams by Eddy L. Harris DBC06471
The author reflects on the emotions he experienced and lessons he learned about the legacy of slavery and the attitudes of modern-day southerners while traveling on a motorcycle through the American South.

White Trash River Boys: Casting About for the Meaning of Life by Fred J. Fischer DBC06097
Fred J. Fischer and five of his closest friends take an annual float trip on a Missouri stream. This is a collection of stories about their adventures floating and camping, their friendship and enjoyment of spending time together in the outdoors.



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Albert Bond Lambert, Aviation Pioneer by Christopher Lynch DBC06448
In the early 20th century, Albert Lambert promoted St. Louis as a center for the new aviation industry. In 1923, he opened the St. Louis Flying Field, which later developed into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Alphonso Wetmore: Soldier, Adventurer, and Writer by Mary Barile DBC06451
Alphonso Wetmore wanted adventure. He lost his arm in battle in the War of 1812, but stayed in the army and joined an expedition down the Missouri River. He was a trader on the Santa Fe Trail, and visited California. He wrote stories for newspapers and published a book about Missouri.

As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck DBC06447
A 13-year-old African-American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement. Based on true events. Mark Twain Award nominee.

Jeffrey Deroine: From Slave to World Traveler by Greg Olson DBC06452
While traveling with his master, a fur trader, slave Jeffrey Deroine met and worked with Native American groups, making many friends and learning five languages. A friend bought his freedom so he could work as a translator. He translated for the Ioway as they negotiated treaties with the government, traveled to Europe with the Ioway and met many famous people, including kings and queens.

Loot by Jude Watson DBC06468
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to “find jewels.” This instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business. Mark Twain Award nominee.

Sam Nightingale: Slave, Storyteller, and Conjure Man by Mary Barile DBC06434
Sam Nightingale was a slave who moved to Boonville, Missouri after the Civil War. He became a healer, using old African traditions to help people who were sick. He was also a wonderful storyteller and known for using magic.

New Descriptive DVDs

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Wolfner Library has been busy adding new descriptive DVDs to the collection. These movies feature narration to describe what is occurring on screen. The following films and many others are now available:
Alice in Wonderland DVD00608; PG
Bridge of Spies DVD00042; PG-13
Creed DVD00039; PG-13
Fantastic Four DVD00046; PG-13
Furious 7 DVD00027; PG-13
The Intern DVD00041; PG-13
Insurgent DVD00007; PG-13
Minions DVD00047; PG
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation DVD00044; PG-13
Selma DVD00013; PG-13

Accessing Locally Produced Books on BARD

We have heard from patrons who want to know how to access Wolfner Library’s locally recorded books on BARD. These titles can easily be accessed from WolfPAC, Wolfner Library’s online catalog. Here are the steps:
1. Visit https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/
2. Click on “Patron Information” and enter your user ID and password.
3. In the “search for” box, type “Wolfner.”
4. Under “search index” select “subject.”
5. Select “Browse Index.”
6. Click on the top result, “Wolfner Volunteer Produced Audio WVPA.”
7. Scroll through the results for a title of interest.
8. Click on a title of interest.
9. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Downloadable Talking Book.”
10. If you are logged into BARD, the download will begin automatically. If you are not logged into BARD, you will be asked to sign in and the download will begin afterward.
If you have further questions, please call (800) 392-2614.

Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk


Microsoft offers a Disability Answer Desk (DAD) to assist individuals of all abilities who utilize Microsoft products. The DAD team consists of Windows and Office specialists who can provide assistance
to those with disabilities or otherwise using accessibility settings on Windows products or within Microsoft Office programs. Types of assistance provided include use of screen magnifiers, speech recognition software and Microsoft devices with accessibility features. The DAD help desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at (800) 936-5900. An online chat option is also available at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/answerdesk/accessibility#. For those who use American Sign Language, communication by videophone is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time by calling (503) 427-1234.

iBlink Radio App


The iBlink Radio app offers radio stations, podcasts and reading services of special interest to individuals with blindness or visual impairments. Each station offered is part of Community Radio and/or operated by persons with limited-to-no eyesight. Music offered spans various genres from classics of the 1950s to modern alternative rock. Reading services offered by the app include thousands of narrated newspapers, magazines and periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The available podcasts are produced by blind or visually-impaired individuals on a variety of topics, including technology, independent living and travel. iBlink Radio can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play for Android devices, Amazon App Store for Kindle Fire and the Mac App Store for Apple computers.

Custom Tactile Cards

Looking for a card with a special touch? Cozy Custom Cards on Etsy has the visually impaired community in mind. Joan, the owner of the shop, says this about her cards: “We are committed to tactile features such as paper flowers, embossed backgrounds, rhinestones and buttons, ribbons, pop-up features -- anything that creates tactile interest. We braille the message by request only, but we will sign and mail the card for you if requested. All cards are $4, including shipping and handling.” Joan also assures her customers that the cards are visually interesting and appealing. These cards are all handmade and have features that can be enjoyed by anyone. Check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CozyCustomCards.

Wolfner Library on the Road


August 8th, 2016: National Church Conference for the Blind, Kansas City, Mo.
August 9th, 2016: Baue Healthy Living Senior Fair, St. Charles, Mo.
August 17th, 2016: Missouri State Fair Senior Day, Sedalia, Mo.
September 22nd, 2016: Platte County Senior Health and Caregiver Expo, Platte County Community Center North, Platte City, Mo.
October 7-9th, 2016: Missouri Council of the Blind Convention, Kansas City, Mo.

Upcoming Holidays

Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
September 5th, 2016, Labor Day
October 10th, 2016, Columbus Day

Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Donna Riegel
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Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director for Public
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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
[email protected]

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G and
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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
[email protected]

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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Closed for state holidays.
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Jefferson City area (573) 751-8720
local phone number
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Email address [email protected]
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