open book logoWOLFNER NEWS, Winter 2016

Jason Kander, Secretary of State

Announcing: LARGE Print for Adults

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Wolfner Library is pleased to announce large print titles are now available for adults. This new collection features a wide array of genres, including mysteries, Christian fiction, westerns, romances, non-fiction and more. Patrons may check out large print books for a six-week loan period. New titles will be added monthly. A sample of the available titles includes:

Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert (LP030020)

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (LP030052)

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day (LP030032)

Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson (LP030003)

Don’t be a Stranger by John D. Nesbitt (LP030015)

A New Hope by Robyn Carr (LP030029)

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (LP30080)


Adult Winter Reading Program: Thrillers and Killers!

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Whether you like your books with a dose of blood, a touch of suspense, or an element of romance, this year's Adult Winter Reading Program is for you! With the theme "Thrillers and Killers" readers will have the opportunity to sample mysteries and thrillers from the beginning of the genres to the modern era.

Registration opens on January 11th, 2016 and the program will run January 25th through March 7th. The deadline for submitting the number of books read will be March 14th.

To qualify for prizes, patrons must read at least 10 titles from the provided reading list. Included in the program are books from 10 categories of mysteries and thrillers, including fiction and nonfiction titles. Patrons may elect to enjoy the program by category or by individual title. Wolfner Library would like to thank the Library Users of Missouri for funding this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program.

This year, Wolfner Library will be offering the following ten category themes:

Detecting from the Grave: Paranormal Mysteries – Ghosts, vampires and characters with supernatural powers drive the plots of these books.

Elementary, My Dear Fellow: Golden Age Detectives – Selected works from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, including a few modern day tributes to detective fiction and one true story of a Victorian detective.

Garden of Deadly Delights: Cozy Mysteries Vol. 1 – Sometimes humorous and frequently set in a small town, you won’t find blood, guts or extreme violence in these mysteries.

Warm, Fuzzy, and Wicked: Cozy Mysteries Vol. 2 – Crime solving cats? Canines? Knitters and bakers? Only in a cozy mystery would you find such an unlikely set of sleuths!

Gruesome Ends: Gruesome Killers and Thrillers – This category doesn’t leave out any of the gory details.

Murder, Missouri Style – Featuring a combination of true Missouri crime stories, mysteries set in Missouri and whodunits by Missouri authors. These titles were all produced by the Wolfner Library Recording Studio.
Step into the Past: Historical Killers and Thrillers – Find yourself immersed in mysteries and thrillers set in multiple historic eras.

Tough Guys and Gumshoes: The Hardboiled Detective – Cynical private eyes and double-crossing femme fatales populate these
gritty and dark crime novels.

Until Death: Romantic Suspense – Romance is even more exciting when tangled with the intrigues and dangers of a good mystery!

Violent Truths: True Crime Thrillers and Killers – These books chronicle the human spirit in the face of profound violence and prove that truth is stranger than fiction.


Don’t Forget about NFB Newsline!

Wolfner Library offers NFB Newsline, another free service, to patrons. This toll-free service allows patrons to listen to over 300 newspapers and magazines using their telephone. There is also an option to listen on a PC or portable device. Eight Missouri newspapers are available using the service:

• Columbia Daily Tribune

•Jefferson City News Tribune

• Kansas City Star

• Saint Joseph News Press

• Saint Louis American

• Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

• Southeast Missourian

• Springfield News-Leader

To learn more or sign-up for Newsline, contact your reader advisor.


New Books from the Wolfner Library Recording Studio

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Adult Books

8 Days by Barri Bumgarner–DBC06428
The riveting story of a not-so-distant future when four scientists begin the process of cleansing humanity by releasing chemicals on cities around the world.

Dahlia’s Gone by Katie Estill–DBC01432
Horrified when the daughter of fundamentalist neighbors is brutally murdered while in her care, Sand Williams forges a tenacious but healing relationship with the girl’s mother and a woman sheriff who investigates the case.

Frontier Swashbuckler by Dick Steward–DBC06100
John Smith T--pioneer, gunfighter, entrepreneur, militia colonel, miner, judge, and folk hero epitomized frontier energy and lust for adventure. He was one of the most notorious characters in Missouri history, but had largely been forgotten by the late 19th century. Frontier Swashbuckler provides valuable insights into the economic, political and social dynamics of early Missouri history.

Indescribably Grand: Letters and Diaries from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Martha R. Clevenger–DBC06443
In 1904, more than 12 million people flocked to St. Louis to take part in that year’s World’s Fair. In this book, readers will learn exactly what was on the minds of fair visitors in the words of the visitors themselves.

Ozark Tales and Superstitions by Phillip W. Steele–DBC06427
Twenty-six stories that attempt to preserve the rich folklore indigenous to the Ozark region.

True Crime Missouri by David J. Krajicek–DBC01433
Examines criminal activity in the Show-Me state and explores the landmark cases that have received national attention.


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Young Adult Books

Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader–DBC01477
Sixteen-year-old Mia longs to escape from Reverend Eden’s cult, of which she has been a member for six years, and finds support from new arrival Gabriel, but their investigation into the group’s inner workings yields disturbing discoveries. Gateway Award
Nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High. 2013.

Inhuman by Kat Falls–DBC01442
Beyond the Titan wall lies the Feral Zone, and the only people who break quarantine and venture there are the “fetches,” who are paid exorbitant sums to bring back items that were left behind when the wall went up. But Delaney McEvoy’s father is there and she is being forced to find him and bring him back. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High. 2013.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Dirza–DBC01441
Sixteen-year-old Mila discovers she is not who--or what--she thought she was, which causes her to run from both the CIA and a rogue intelligence group. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Junior and Senior High. 2013.

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore–DBC05775
Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving
hidden passageways, family rivalries and healing waters. Grades 4 to 7.


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Juvenile Books
Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth by DonaldMcManus–DBC01466
During the Great Depression in the 1930s, Emmett Kelly decided to be a different type of clown - a sad-faced clown who reminded
people of their struggles, but still made them laugh. His clown character, Weary Willie, inspired people to keep going during hard
times. He became the most famous clown in the world. Grades 4 to 7.

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman–DBC06432
Follows a girl’s perusal of her great-grandfather’s collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant
immigration journey from Italy to a new country. Kindergarten to grade 3.


Frequently Asked Questions: How Do I Use Bookshelf Mode for Cartridges Which Hold Multiple Titles?


To enter bookshelf mode on your NLS player, hold down the “play” button until you hear the player go into bookshelf mode. Release
the play button. Now you can use the arrows at each end of the play button to move to the books that are available. When you hear the
title you wish to read, simply hit the play button. If you have further questions about using your NLS player to play multiple books, please contact Wolfner Library.

Featured App: Be My Eyes

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The Be My Eyes app assists visually impaired users by connecting them with sighted helpers. By utilizing direct video call technology, the visually impaired individual can point a device’s camera at an item or area and the sighted individual can either help by reading the information on the product or guide the visually impaired individual in locating an item. This app is useful in navigating new surroundings or reading expiration dates on perishable items or medicines. All assistance is provided by a volunteer. The Be My Eyes app is currently available for Apple devices. The Android app is under development. The idea for this app came from Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually impaired individual who realized the need through his work with the Danish Blind Society. For more information, to download the app, or to sign up for an alert when the Android version is ready, go to:


Coming Soon: Wolfner Library Book Club

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Would you like to discuss what you read with other like-minded individuals? Look no further! Wolfner library is starting three new book clubs. Each book club will feature a different type of reading experience. One book club will feature a general fiction title, another will discuss a general non-fiction book, and a third club will give participants an opportunity to share a “mild” read (little to no sex, violence or strong language). Your chance to share your thoughts on the books you read is coming soon. Book availability will finally be guaranteed! Look for the book club registration coming in the spring newsletter!

Upcoming Holidays

Just a reminder to patrons Wolfner Library will be closed on the
following holidays:
February 12, 2016 Lincoln’s Birthday
February 15, 2016 Washington’s Birthday

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille 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
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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
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Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Wh
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Marsha Posz
Reader Advisor Institutions
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Closed for state holidays.

Contact Information

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local phone number
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