Wolfner NEWS, Summer 2017
John R. Ashcroft, Secretary of State
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Volunteer Appreciation/Friends Annual Meeting
On Saturday, April 29th, the Friends of Wolfner Library hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for Wolfner Library volunteers. The luncheon was attended by the Friends of Wolfner Library, Wolfner Library volunteers and staff. The luncheon was followed by an old time radio show, performed by Wolfner Library staff and volunteers.
The lobby of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center (Wolfner Library’s home) was transformed for the occasion. Girl Scouts from troops 71030, 70800 and 70920 helped to serve the food. Braille and large print menus were available for those who needed them. The Girl Scouts took orders and served our guests.
The theme was “Hear! Here! Wolfner Talking Books through the Years.” On display were various types of devices and materials that have been available since the service began.
Trish Vincent, Executive Deputy Secretary of State/Chief of Staff, represented Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft by offering greetings and expressing appreciation for the volunteers.
Ms. Vincent also presented three proclamations from Secretary Ashcroft.
Paul Otto retired in 2016 after working as a volunteer narrator, reviewer and monitor in the Wolfner Recording Studio, beginning in 2005. For several years, he worked at Wolfner Library four days a week. Over those years, Paul worked on more than 75 books for an accumulation of over 2,775 hours.
The Newman family started their journey at Wolfner Library when Jessie Newman became a narrator and monitor in 2006. Her sister Rachel began working with her in 2007, and a third sister, Mary Grace, became a narrator in 2009 at the age of 12.
Jessie and Rachel left for college, and Mary Grace continued to narrate until she graduated from high school, eventually bringing her father, Steve Newman, in to monitor her, and then to become a narrator himself. Mary Grace has recorded over 200 children’s books.
After the luncheon, Wolfner Library staff and volunteers staged an old time radio show. The Missing Pieces bluegrass band provided toe-tapping music. Bonnie Verdot, Wolfner Library volunteer, plays bass in the band.
The other members are Matt Morris, John Howland, Donna Rehagen, Emma Ray and Rosie Hudson.
Volunteer narrators Laramie Thompson and Keith Krueger performed a George Burns and Gracie Allen skit about volunteering, and Wolfner Library director Donna Riegel staged an original skit about a day in the life of a reader advisor. Reader advisor Ginny Ryan wrote the skit. Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hellman performed several songs about volunteers, one of which she wrote herself. Lisa also served as the announcer for the second segment of the show. Deputy Director Abbey Rimel also performed several songs, and her husband, Michael Salmons, was the announcer for the first segment of the show. Reader advisor Diann Stark also sang a volunteer jingle.
Names were drawn for three door prizes.
Volunteer narrator/monitor Mary Schantz received a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Narrator Laramie Thompson and monitor/reviewer Lauren Cameron both received commemorative Louis Braille coins.
Reader advisors Ginny Ryan and Diann Stark, duplication technician Stacy Jo Butler, and volunteer Lauren Cameron served on this year’s planning committee.
Volunteer Perspective by Vaughn Whiting
Wow! I’ve never before felt so genuinely appreciated at a worker-appreciation event as I did today. Wolfner Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in late April was not just the usual recitation of who did what, when, and for how long, but a very creative effort by many members of the staff. Cleverly-written “proclamations” that sounded almost like celebrity roasts of the volunteers spiced up the lunch-time program.
After a brief intermission, volunteers and staff reassembled in the auditorium to hear a send-up of an old-fashioned radio show, complete with live music from a blue-grass band. The program included a humorous skit about a true-to-life, though not exactly typical day of a reader advisor. The skit showed these “telephone-answerers” must be extremely well-read, patient and keenly interested in people and what they want from Wolfner Library. My take-away from this inspiring afternoon was that Wolfner Library is about more than what I mostly see: readers in the sound booth, monitors at the controls, and reviewers at computer screens catching mistakes and marking them for re-recording. It is about a small army of staff and volunteers working together to produce and distribute materials that would not otherwise be available.
New Staff Announcement
Lori Brown began working at Wolfner Library in April, 2017, as the new Reader Advisor for those with last names beginning with A-Co. She earned her B.S. in Management and B.S. in Finance at Central Missouri State University. Lori worked at the Jefferson City Barnes and Noble from 2003 until the store closed in 2017. Lori also loves to spend time with her family and her dogs as well as working in her flower garden.
Wolfner Library 2017 Youth Summer Reading Club Reminder
Wolfner Library’s 2017 Youth Summer Reading Club, “Build a Better World” ends July 30th. To get a free book, participants must track their reading times and turn in their total times by August 12th. The grand prize, an iPad, will be awarded to one winner from each age category: ages 2-12 and ages 13-18. The iPad will have Wi-Fi access only (cellular service is not included). Books and iPads are provided through the generous support of the Friends of Wolfner Library.
Teen Poetry Contest
This fall, Wolfner Library will be hosting another teen poetry contest for patrons age 13-18. The submission period is October 15th-December 12th. Winners will have their poems published in Wolfner Library’s spring newsletter, receive a plush Wolfie, and have their work recorded and brailled. Parents and teachers, keep our contest in mind as you plan creative curriculum/outlets for your teens. More information on this program will be in Wolfner Library’s Fall Newsletter.
Fall Book Club Selections:
August 17th at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie DB079102, LP030860
Narrated by Mare Trevathan.
Nineteen years after her ship was destroyed, artificial intelligence Breq travels across space in the body of Lieutenant Awn. After finding the frozen body of a former officer thought long dead, Breq begins to unravel a conspiracy that leads to revenge. Imperial Radch series, book 1. Violence and strong language.
Nebula Award, Clarke Award. 2013.
August 24th at 2 p.m. Good Books: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Narrated by Emily Ellet.
Daughter of a NASA engineer profiles the black women who worked for NASA, and its predecessor NACA, as human computers. Discusses their lives prior to joining NACA/NASA, the challenges they faced due to gender and race discrimination, and their impact on the space program. Basis for the 2016 movie. 2016.
August 31st at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren DB087308
Narrated by Tyler Nordgren.
Astronomer examines the many ways humans have reacted to and interacted with the phenomenon of a total solar eclipse. Explains the planetary mechanics and physics behind eclipses and discusses scientific discoveries that eclipses have helped make possible. Provides advice on viewing eclipses. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
September 14th at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: A Good American by Alex
Narrated by Laramie Thompson.
The Meisenheimer family struggles to find their place among the colorful residents of their new American hometown, including a giant teenage boy, a pretty schoolteacher whose lessons consist of more than music, and a spiteful, bicycle-riding dwarf. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex.
September 21st at 2 p.m. Good Books: The Moonflower Vine by
Jetta Carlson DBC05393
Narrated by Laramie Thompson.
The four daughters of Matthew and Callie Soames grow up and make their own paths away from their family’s farm in western
Missouri, but never shirk the bonds of family.
September 28th at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Wanted, Frank and Jesse
James: The Real Story by Margaret Baldwin and Par O’Brien
Narrated by Dick Jenkins.
A biography of the notorious outlaw brothers who fought as
Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War and led a gang of bank and train robbers during the late 1860s and 1870s.
October 12th at 2 p.m. Novel Reads: Gremlins by George Gipe
Narrated by Julian Gamble.
Billy Peltzer receives an unusual pet called a Mogwai for Christmas. He is warned that the pet must not be exposed to direct light, must not be gotten wet, and above all it must not be fed after midnight. The warnings are ignored with dire consequences for the entire town. Story based on the motion picture.
October 19th at 2 p.m. Good Books: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley DB025835, BR012173, LP000009
Narrated by Ronald B. Meyer.
Classic horror story. A monster, endowed with life by a young scientist named Frankenstein, later turns on his creator. Originally published in 1818.
October 26th at 2 p.m. Big Ideas: Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde by Giles Fowler DBC05375
Narrated by Keith Krueger.
Reconstructs the 1909 murder case that shocked early twentieth-century America. Kansas City doctor Bennett Clark Hyde was accused of poisoning his wife’s uncle, philanthropist Colonel Thomas Swope, and creating a typhoid outbreak among the Swope family to inherit their fortune. Details Hyde’s initial trial and subsequent appeals. Some violence. 2009.
Do you have questions about using BARD? Whether your questions are about the BARD website, BARD Mobile or the new BARD Express, Wolfner Library is here to help you. On September 19th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Reader Advisor and BARD Specialist Brandon Kempf and Adult Services Librarian Amy Nickless will be hosting a BARD Workshop on our conference call line. If you would like to participate, please call your reader advisor to sign up. At that point, you will be given the conference call phone number. On the day of the workshop, call in during that time and your questions will be answered. We do ask that once all of your questions are answered that you allow others to ask their questions. A help page based on the questions answered during the workshop will be created for our website.
New Books from the Wolfner Recording Studio
At this time of year the studio staff is concentrating on the Missouri Association of School Librarians Award book nominees. Most of the new books this time are for younger readers. However, many may be interested in the Young Adult titles in the Gateway and Truman Awards lists. They are often quite interesting to adults.
Gateway Award Nominees
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway DBC09592
Since her best friend Oliver was kidnapped ten years ago, Emmy’s parents have smothered her with their relentless worry. When Oliver suddenly reappears in his hometown, he and Emmy struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of the crime.
Gateway Award nominee, 2017-2018. For Senior High and older.
Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers DBC09599
Avery is the black sheep of the wealthy Van Demere clan—the ostracized illegitimate daughter. So she’s less than excited when her grandmother ropes her into a competition to determine the Van Demere most worthy of inheriting the family fortune, until a chance to gain information about her long-lost mother motivates Avery to try to win the game. Gateway Award Nominee,
2017-2018. For Junior and Senior High.
The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher DBC09600
Ana is an honor student obsessed with being successful at everything academic, Clayton is her thirteen-year-old genius brother, the youngest student in their high school and Zak is a gamer who is forced to join the quiz team by his teacher. When Clayton sneaks off to a science fiction convention in Seattle while they are all there for a quiz bowl tournament, Ana is forced to rely on the unreliable Zak to find him. Gateway Award nominee, 2017-2018. For Junior and Senior High.
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams DBC09594
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become this serial-killer’s next trophy. After she’s able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness. Gateway Award Nominee, 2017-2018. For Senior High.
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure DBC09601
Seventeen-year-old Lucille is struggling to get through each day, paying bills and looking after her little sister, Wren, while her father is institutionalized after a breakdown and her mother is “on vacation,” but nothing else seems to matter when she is with Digby Jones, her best friend’s twin brother. Gateway Award Nominee, 2017-2018. For Senior High readers.
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart DBC09595
Mark, a boy who is tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau. But with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on, nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading. Truman Award nominee, 2017-2018. For grades 5-8.
Mark Twain Award
The Doublecross: (and Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) by Jackson Pearce DBC09587
Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent. At least, not until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo mission to save them. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2017-2018. For grades 4-7. 2015.
The Only Game by Mike Lupica DBC09593
Sixth grade is supposed to be the year that Jack Callahan would lead his team to a record-shattering season and the Little League World Series, but after the death of his brother he loses interest in baseball and only Cassie, star of the girls’ softball team, seems to understand. Mark Twain Award nominee, 2017-2018. For grades 4-7.
Show Me Award Nominees
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox DBC06506
Elizabeth, a confused elephant seal, made a home in New Zealand’s narrow Avon River and loved to stretch out across a two-lane road, requiring volunteers to tow her farther out to sea after she kept returning repeatedly. For preschool through grade 2.
Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo by Cassandre Maxwell DBC09602
With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell’s book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo. For kindergarten through grade 3.
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena DBC09598
In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals. For preschool through grade 2.
Wolfner Library has recently added over 150 new descriptive DVDs, including:
Captain America: Civil War (DVD00278)
Finding Dory (DVD00022)
The Girl on the Train (DVD00183)
Hidden Figures (DVD00276)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (DVD00270)
La La Land (DVD00282)
The Light Between the Oceans (DVD00221)
Me Before You (DVD00198)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (DVD00292)
Star Trek Beyond (DVD0065)
X-Men: Apocalypse (DVD00214)
New Wolfner Library Advisory Council Members
Wolfner Library is pleased to announce Missouri Secretary of State
Jay Ashcroft has appointed two new members to fill open positions on the advisory council.
Kathleen Gallagher, head of Adult Services at University City Public Library, will serve as a member-at-large on the council. Kathleen makes service to blind and disabled patrons a priority in numerous programs like the Big Book Challenge, where the UCPL staff works with Wolfner Library to ensure blind and physically disabled patrons have access to the “Big Book” title in the format of their choice. Kathleen is grateful to be able to work with Wolfner Library to expand service to visually impaired patrons and is honored to continue that work as a member of the Wolfner Advisory Council.
Walter Ross, a Wolfner Library patron from the North Kansas City area, will serve as a member-at-large. Walter is a regular participant in the Wolfner Library Book Club. Walter believes a person can learn anything they want at the public library, and he regularly does so through Wolfner Library’s services. Advisory council members represent our patrons and put forth an effort to advise Wolfner Library staff on how services may be improved. They also communicate the value of library services to people throughout the state, particularly those eligible for Wolfner Library services. Welcome new members!
Memorial to Paul Mathews
Wolfner Library reader advisor Paul Mathews passed away on Thursday, April 13th, 2017, at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility in Jefferson City, Missouri. Paul was born on March 6th, 1949, in St. Louis, Missouri. Paul was an important member of the Wolfner Library family. He started work for Wolfner Library in 1972, answering phones and greeting patrons. Paul found his niche as a reader advisor and later married fellow reader advisor, Carol Wilson, on June 28th, 1985.
Paul performed his job with excellence until his retirement in February, 2017. As an avid reader, Paul knew his books, even regularly penning a book review in the newsletter. We were blessed to have him among us for 44 happy years. His generous spirit lives on in all that we do to serve our wonderful patrons.
Along with his wife, Carol, he is survived by his two daughters: Cherie Coleman of St. Louis and Jennifer Mathews of Jefferson City and two grandchildren: Larry and Laila Mason. A celebration of life and full military honors took place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, at the Houser Millard Funeral Home in Jefferson City, Missouri. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.millardfamilychapels.com.
Just a reminder to patrons, Wolfner Library will be closed on the following holidays:
September 4th, 2017 Labor Day
October 9th, 2017 Columbus Day
Wolfner Library Staff Listing
Donna Riegel, Director
Abbey Rimel, Deputy Director for Public Services
Deborah Stroup, Coordinator of Volunteers
Amy Nickless, Special Services Librarian
Lisa Hellman, Youth Services Librarian
Lori Brown, 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
Meghan McCormack, Reader Advisor Institutions
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