Wolfner LogoWolfner News, Spring 2017

John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State


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Paul Mathews Retires

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After 44 years of dedicated service to Wolfner Library patrons, Paul Mathews has retired.  Paul, who is known for his April Fools jokes and love of unusual foods, will be greatly missed by his colleagues and patrons.  His humor, kindness, and wide knowledge of reading made using Wolfner Library a pleasure for so many.  Please join Wolfner Library staff in wishing Paul a very happy retirement!*

*At the original time of publication, Paul was still with us.  We regret to announce that Paul passed away on April 13th, 2017.  An article memorializing Paul's life and his service at Wolfner Library will be published in the Wolfner News, Summer 2017.


New Staff Announcement

Meghan McCormack

Meghan McCormack began working at Wolfner Library as the new Reader Advisor for institutions in December 2016. She earned her B.A. in Biology from William Woods University in 2010. After completing her degree, she worked as a substitute teacher and a paraprofessional at area schools. She plans to begin working on a master’s degree as soon as she finds the right degree and program for her.


Wolfner Library’s Teen Poetry Contest Update

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Wolfner Library is excited to announce the winners of our first ever Teen Poetry Contest! We received many great entries. Walter Bargen, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, served as our guest judge. He selected three winners: Best Overall, Most Original, and an Honorable Mention. Along with their poems published in this newsletter, winners will receive a plushie of Wolfie, the Wolfner Library mascot, and their work will be recorded and transcribed into braille! Thank you to Mr. Bargen and to all participants!


Best Overall

The Things I Think by Jessica Johnson


The things I think,

The things I worry about,

The things they say are crazy

They are all reality.


I think of Open Fields,

I think about the animals hurt every day,

I think about the house up on the hill,

I think about the weather and hope it won’t be stale.


I worry about my Sisterhood and my brothers,

I worry about the plants and animals that cry and say goodbye,

I worry about the ones that are lost and need to be found

I think about what the world could be for the rest of Eternity.


People say you should not believe in this or that,

People say do this or do that,

They try to take away the free will we have,

Saying I know what is best if only you would try this.


People don’t realize the real in reality,

Daydream of things that could be but never will be,

Joining people together as one is the key

But thus Unity is harder than reality.


Most Original

Poem Just For You by Nicole Motley


I have secrets, hopes, and dreams

things that will never happen so it seems

I’m stuck in chains, not of the devil, not of pain

but something that’s driving me insane


I would tell you but why waste my time

I would be destroyed like a melted dime.


I could say and it would be the happiest day

But what if it isn’t


I’m full of fear

That’s not my fault


I’d rather stay awake than go to sleep

Talk to you rather than weep


Yes I’m weak I know it’s true

I wish I could just tell you!!


Honorable Mention

Ride or Die by Desirée Lasky


Ride or die with me baby?

Just a caution I'm crazy

The pain made me this way

So what do you say?

Will you stay?

Do with me what you may

Cuz trust me I've felt worse pain

Just don't think this is a game

I want you but I don't just wanna for a minute

Don't just hold me for a bit

Baby and let me go

Cuz I promise I'll be the best you ever had

Cuz I give everything I have

When I give you my all

Just please don't let me fall

Love me like you say you do

Keep me and don't leave me

Imma ride or die for you

It'll be easy baby

Just not all the time

I'll be yours and you'll be mine

Do what you do that's fine

Just don't leave me forever

And hurt me like all the others do

Don't tell me this isn't what you consented to

Ride or die with me?


Independent Living Resource Centers

Missouri has 22 independent living resource centers statewide.  Chances are, one is near you. Each center provides access to information and a variety of services geared towards helping those with disabilities live more independent lives while remaining in their homes and community. A list of these centers and their contact information can be found at http://www.mosilc.org/mo-centers-db/.


Missouri Council of the Blind

The Missouri Council of the Blind (MCB) is the state’s “largest consumer based assistance organization.”  It is also an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. MCB offers educational scholarships, health benefits, summer camps, special services programs, public awareness programs, and adaptive technology information.  The organization also provides advocacy for employment and at the legislative level to assist those with visual impairments.

To learn more, contact MCB by phone at 800-342-5632.  Their website is at http://www.missouricounciloftheblind.org.


Build a Better World with Wolfner Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Club!

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Wolfner Library is once again excited to announce the Summer Reading Club for our patrons ages 18 and under. This year’s theme is Build a Better World. The club will run from May 30th through July 30th.

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Just like last year, participants will keep track of time read and turn in their total time at the end of the program in order to receive prizes. Though Wolfner Library provides lists of books based on the theme, participants are encouraged to read whatever titles they want.

Summer Reading image, hand holding plant

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 are provided by the Friends of Wolfner Library.

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Online registration will be available on Wolfner Library’s website between May 1st and July 16th. Potential participants may also register by calling us at 800-392-2614.


Spring Book Club Selections

Novel Reads: A fiction book club

Rebel Queen book coverThe Martian book coverLast Days of Night book cover

On May 11 at 2 PM, a discussion of Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran DB081227. Narrated by Jennifer Hubbard.

In India, in the 1850s, Sita serves in the guard of the Rani Lakshmi, in the kingdom of Jhansi. When British East India soldiers come to claim control, the Rani leads a resistance using dual armies of men and women. As Sita grows more involved in the rebellion, danger threatens her family. Contains some violence. 2015.

On June 15 at 2 PM, a discussion of The Martian by Andy Weir DB078389; BR021144. Narrated by J.P. Linton.

Six days after becoming the first man to walk on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is caught in a windstorm. Though his support crew thinks he died, Mark survived and now faces abandonment, failed machinery, and a hostile environment. Contains strong language. Bestseller. 2011.

On July 13 at 2 PM, a discussion of The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore DB085501. Narrated by Johnathan McClain.

Paul Cravath, fresh from Columbia Law School, has been hired by electricity pioneer George Westinghouse as part of his legal team fighting Thomas Edison. Cravath searches out Nikola Tesla in hopes that Tesla will assist Westinghouse. However, these giants of innovation lead Cravath on a merry dance. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Good Books: A mild reads club

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On May 18 at 2 PM, a discussion of A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich DB024820. Narrated by Carol McCartney.

The story of a pioneer woman who, as a bride, accompanied her husband to Nebraska by covered wagon and lived there for the rest of her eighty years. It tells of her courage and devotion to her large family through poverty and hardship. 1928.

On June 22 at 2 PM, a discussion of Crossing on the Paris by Dana Gynther DB076439. Narrated by Nicola Daval.

In 1921, three women cross paths and find their lives changed on the trans-Atlantic maiden voyage of the SS Paris. Constance deals with her failure to convince her sister to return home from Paris, Vera prepares herself for her inevitable death from cancer, and Julie starts her first job as a waitress. 2012.

On July 20 at 2 PM, a discussion of The Summer of Beer and Whiskey by Edward Achorn DB079767. Narrated by Kurt Elftmann.

Describes how German-born beer garden owner Chris Von der Ahe, who knew nothing about baseball, bought the St. Louis Browns baseball team in an effort to sell more beer--and unwittingly formed the American League and revitalized the sport in the 1880s. 2013.

Big Ideas: A nonfiction club

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On May 25 at 2 PM, a discussion of Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff DB072130. Narrated by Annie Wauters.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author portrays Cleopatra VII (69-30 B.C.E.), the last Egyptian pharaoh of the Greek Ptolemy dynasty, a woman of great wealth, education, and political acumen. Describes Cleopatra's relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Highlights the city of Alexandria's luxury, Egypt's culture, and its conquest by Rome. Bestseller. 2010.

On June 29 at 2 PM, a discussion of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester DB055879. Narrated by Mary Kane.

This book chronicles "the most devastating volcanic event in modern recorded human history," a cataclysmic eruption near Java in the Indian Ocean that killed 36,000 people. 2003.

On July 27 at 2 PM, a discussion of Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose DB080827. Narrated by Kevin Pariseau.

Historian Alexander Rose reveals the story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. Rose explores the shadowy underworld of double agents, covert operations, and code breaking, and unmasks the individuals at the heart of the operation, including spymaster George Washington. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2013.


New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio

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Across Our Wide Missouri, Volume II: July through December by Bob Priddy DBC06042

"On this date in Missouri history" something interesting happened. For more than twenty years, Bob Priddy has been telling us what that something was in a radio series. Now he has published these true stories of Missouri men and women; stories of outlaws and lawyers, sports figures and politicians, cities and small towns, colleges and prisons and more! Across Our Wide Missouri series, book 2.


Autumn Winds by Charlotte Hubbard DBC06470

The leaves are falling and there's a chill in the air in Willow Ridge, a quaint Amish town where love, loyalty and faith in the Old Ways are about to be put to the test.


Bearing Witness by Michael Kahn DBC06449

Rachel Gold, a St. Louis attorney, doesn't think much of her client's chances for succeeding in an age-discrimination suit against one of the city's biggest engineering firms. But Rachel soon uncovers a conspiracy that's more than an illegal bidding scam and much older than she is.


Big Muddy Blues: True Tales and Twisted Politics Along Lewis and Clark's Missouri River by Bill Lambrecht DBC06522

This is the story of the Missouri River; of its influence on the formation and stability of our nation and of its place in the center of an escalating river war that will set the stage for water wars in the decades to come.

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Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder DBC06513

Bitter Brew tells the story of the Busch family of St. Louis, Missouri, the founders of the legendary Anheuser-Busch company who turned a small brewery into a huge corporation and made Budweiser the "King of Beers."


Final Sail by Elaine Viets DBC09589

To catch a jewel smuggler on a luxury yacht, Helen needs to pose as the ship's new stewardess. While Helen is cruising to the Bahamas, Phil's got his own job--trying to catch a sexy gold digger who may have killed her elderly new husband for his fortune.


I Will Not Leave You Comfortless by Jeremy Jackson DBC06040

In this memoir, Jeremy Jackson recalls his childhood in rural Missouri. He writes about the year he turns eleven, the year his grandmother dies, his sister goes off to college, and he loses his first love.


Stories from the Heart: Missouri's African American Heritage by Gladys Cairns Coggswell DBC06521

Gladys Coggswell has gathered stories and traditional tales about all walks of African American life in Missouri, from Hannibal to St. Louis, from the Bootheel west to Kansas City. These stories have been passed down from grandparents and great-grandparents

Young Adult

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Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne DBC06497

Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city. Truman Award nominee, 2016-2017.


Introducing BARD Express

BARD Express

The National Library Service has introduced a new desktop application to make downloading from your computer easier.

BARD Express simplifies the process by providing a menu-based interface.  Instead of having to download books, unzip the files, and move them to a cartridge or SD card, the new software will do this for you with a few simple steps.

BARD users may download the BARD Express program to their Windows-based computer by first logging into their BARD Account.  The link for BARD Express is listed under Additional Links.  On the BARD Express page, the option to download the application is under the heading “How to get BARD Express.” After downloading BARD Express, run the program to complete the process.  You will find a BARD Express icon on your desktop.  Clicking that icon will prompt you to log into BARD.  You will only have to log in once; after the initial set-up, the login is automatic.  You may then use BARD Express to seamlessly search and download from your desktop.

Currently, BARD Express is only available for computers that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

If you have questions about BARD Express please call us at 800-392-2614, e-mail us at [email protected].


Upcoming Holidays

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

May 8, 2017    Truman’s Birthday

May 29, 2017  Memorial Day

July 4, 2017    Independence Day



Wolfner Library Staff Listing


Donna Riegel
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Abbey Rimel
Deputy Director
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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]


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
[email protected]


Meghan McCormack
Reader Advisor Institutions
[email protected]


Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of Secretary
of State John Ashcroft’s Office.


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