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Wolfner News Spring 2010 


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Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Spring 2010

A productive year

Wolfner Library was especially productive last year due to the emergence of the digital book and player. Here are some highlights of 2009:

The entire Wolfner team thanks you for a successful 2009!

Mark your calendars for the 2010 Summer Reading Club

Wolfner patrons under the age of 18 are invited to join Wolfner Library’s Summer Reading Club from June 14 to July 23, 2010. Club members will count reading time and each reading time goal met earns a reward. Those who meet all four reading time goals will be entered in the grand prize drawing. Young readers, watch for more information about the Summer Reading Club in your mailbox in May!

Early literacy for braille readers

The National Federation of the Blind is offering a Braille Reading Pals Club for children from infancy to age seven who are blind or have low vision. The mission of the club is to introduce young children to braille and provide parents with information and resources relating to literacy. Participants receive a print-braille book, a monthly parent e-newsletter, and braille activity sheets and birthday cards. To learn more about the program, visit or call The National Federation of the Blind at 410-659-9314.

Introducing the Patron Corner

Wolfner Library is pleased to announce the Patron Corner, a new addition to the quarterly newsletter. The Patron Corner will consist of select submissions of personal essays, poetry, and experiences with Wolfner Library by patrons. Thank you to patron Nicholas Adam Gallamore for suggesting the idea to us! Nicholas wrote, “Wolfner Library provides exceptional service to its patrons. I would recommend that all people with print disabilities join the library.”

Patron Corner rules:

  1. The personal essay, poetry, or experience with Wolfner Library must be an original, unpublished work by the patron.

  2. Not all submissions will be published in the newsletter.

  3. Submissions must not exceed 150 words.

  4. All submissions are subject to editing for content and length.

  5. Submissions will not be returned or acknowledged.

  6. Submissions must be received in written form, either by e-mail or posted mail. You may also bring a copy into the library in person. Whichever method you choose, please do not submit multiple copies of the same piece.

E-mail submissions to, with “Patron Corner” in the subject line.

Or mail or deliver submissions in person to:

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Attn. Patron Corner
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0387

We look forward to hearing from you!

From the Volunteer Office

The recording program has several new volunteers:

Walter Bargen, the first Poet Laureate of Missouri, has recorded one of his poetry books, Harmonic Balance, and it will be available this summer.

The following Missouri books are now available:

Billie Standish Was Here by Nancy Crocker MOD 181
The river jeopardizes the levee and most of the town leaves, but Miss Lydia, an elderly neighbor, and Billie form a friendship that withstands tragedy and time. Some violence.

Boot Camp by Todd Strasser MOD 183
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents.

A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard MOD 184
Living on the Kansas plains, Mercy Malloy’s family endures Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, and an abandoned baby. Through it all, Mercy’s faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty.

Outlaw Tales of Missouri by Sean McLachlan MOD 185
Missouri never had to settle for average everyday gunmen - not when it had such outlaws as Jesse James and Cole Younger to call its own. Outlaw Tales introduces 12 of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the show Me State.

Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets MOD 186
Helen Hawthorne, on the run from her ex-husband and the St. Louis courts, takes a job in a high-end boutique in Fort Lauderdale that is willing to pay her cash, but her attempt to keep her name off the books is put at risk when her boss—a drug dealing embezzler—is found murdered, and Helen is nabbed as the prime suspect in the killing.

Dying to Call You by Elaine Viets MOD 187
While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer.

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell MOD 188
Shug and his mother Glenda live in a shack on the grounds of the cemetery they maintain. Here they are plagued by the abusive Red. Red may or may not be Shug’s biological father. Shug’s world is full of dysfunction. He has been exposed to drug and alcohol abuse, hardened criminality, illicit sexual behavior and all manner of wickedness. But he doesn’t know any better. And in the course of this novel, things go from bad to worse. Violence, strong language, sexually explicit.

Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Richard J. Smith
Director of Wolfner Library

Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers

Archie Andrews
Machines Coordinator

Lisa Stamm
Special Services Librarian

Elizabeth Lang
Youth Services Librarian

Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G

Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L

Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R

Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Z

Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions

Wolfner News is a quarterly publication of
Secretary of State
Robin Carnahan's office.

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 local phone number (573) 751-8720
Toll-free TDD phone number (573) 347-1379
E-mail address
Web site address
Wolfner's online catalog


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