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Wolfner News Spring 2011 


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Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Spring 2011

Friends of Wolfner Library

The annual meeting of The Friends of Wolfner Library will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Jefferson City in the Interpretive Center of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center at 600 W. Main Street. Wolfner Library is located on the first floor of this building.

Greg Olson, an archivist with the Missouri State Archives, will be the annual meeting speaker. He has prepared a wonderful exhibit of great interest to many Wolfner Library patrons named "Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri Archives". It is available in the lobby of the Kirkpatrick Building through May 21st. He will talk about the exhibit and about conflicts among Missouri citizens leading up to and during the Civil War.

You may wish to plan time to tour the exhibit after the meeting. An audio companion to the exhibit is available which takes about 45 minutes to complete.

The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m., and the building and auditorium will open at 10:00 a.m. Feel free to bring along a sandwich for an early lunch. The Friends will provide veggies with dip, fruit, coffee, tea and bottled water.

For more information about the Friends of Wolfner Library, please call your reader advisor for a membership application

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Summer Reading Club

Wolfner patrons under the age of 18 are invited to join Wolfner Library's Summer Reading Club. This summer the theme for younger children is One World, Many Stories and the theme for teens is You Are Here. Participants 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 held at the end of the program. Young readers, watch for more information about the Summer Reading Club in your mailbox in May!

Elizabeth Lang
Youth Services Librarian

Mystery Loves Company- 2011 Adult Winter Reading Program

Adult Winter Reading Program Update

This year's program was a great success! Of the 82 readers who signed up for the program, 65 reported their reading results resulting in these top three winners.

Program participants are reporting that they have discovered new (to them) authors that they are now enjoying. Wolfner staff has also received numerous suggestions for next year's theme.


Wolfner Library’s Online Catalog

WolfPAC is the library’s online catalog of books. Using WolfPAC, patrons can place requests for books or even download digital titles. Here are the steps to search the catalog for digital books:

  1. Go to the WolfPAC at

  2. Select Keyword, Author, Title or Subject

  3. Enter a search term

  4. From the Media pull down menu select Digital

  5. Click Submit Search

All titles listed will be digital. Click Add BookBasket for mail delivery or download the book from the link to BARD.

KLAS basic search screen

Call a reader advisor to learn more about ordering books using WolfPAC.

Staff Notes

Congratulations To:

Don Branch: Fifteen Years of Service

Don has the daunting task of monitoring the 9 Missouri newspapers available to Wolfner patrons through Newsline, the library’s telephone news service. This has become increasingly important as all Newsline papers rely on Internet feeds which are in continuous flux. In addition, over the past three years, Don has been Wolfner’s mainstay in digital book downloading and duplication. Indeed, it is quite possible Don has downloaded and copied more digital books than any other person in the entire National Library Service system. Way to go Don!

Diann Stark: Fifteen Years of Service

In her 15+ years with Wolfner Library, Diann has worked in a number of departments including duplication, machines and special services.  She has found her niche in the library by providing reader services for Missourians. Her previous work in nursing homes allows her to provide exemplary services as Reader Advisor to the over 1,000 retirement homes, nursing homes, veterans’ hospitals, and other organizations served by Wolfner.

Richard Smith: Ten Years of Service

Richard has directed Wolfner Library for 10 years, and overseen such programs as the installation of the recording booth to enable recording Missouri authors and titles, the “You Say It How” audio directory of names, and last but not least, the transition to digital media.  Richard is a tireless promoter of Wolfner services and an advocate for his patrons.  He is an “idea” man who is willing to try new things.

New to Wolfner

Hello! My name is Natalie Junkin and I am the new Special Services Librarian for Wolfner Library. My responsibilities include editing The Wolfner News, cataloging our adult books and answering patron reference questions.

I have relocated to our state’s capital from St. Charles, MO where I worked in the Reference Department of the St. Charles City-County Library District. I have been so happy getting to know the fantastic Wolfner staff and also being able to speak with some of you on the phone or through email. Please let me know how I may be of assistance to you.

Volunteer Spotlight

Bob and Grace Rogers started recording books for Wolfner in December, 2010. Grace reads the books, and Bob is her monitor.  They just started on their second book, and are enjoying their Wednesdays in the library – well, according to Grace, what Bob enjoys is bossing her around!

Bob and Grace are both retired state employees. Bob worked for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), developing training and educational materials. He was Manager of the State Operation Center when he retired. Grace worked for the Missouri State Employee Retirement System (MOSERS), and most recently as Director of Customer Support for the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP). In that capacity, she oversaw the Call Center, Communications, and the development of educational materials.

Both Bob and Grace enjoy reading, and consider volunteering at Wolfner a good way to help others enjoy it, too.

Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers

New Missouri Digital Books

The following Wolfner volunteer-produced digital titles are now available.

Angels of Mercy Series by Charlotte Hubbard
Four books, available as individual books, or with all four books on one cartridge:

A Patchwork Family
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.

Journey to Love
This second book in the Angels of Mercy series is a tender, touching story of love and family and one girl’s search for both. Christine Bristol’s inspirational tale will move you as she tries to reunite her “real” family and explore the possibility of love with a former admirer.

Angel’s Embrace
In Angel’s Embrace, Billy, who was abandoned by his Mother in ‘A Patchwork Family’ after his Father and twin brother were killed, learns his brother was not killed, but became a renegade. Billy returns to Missouri to reclaim the family farm and deal with his brother.

Gabriel’s Lady
Twice Gabriel convinced himself that Solace Monroe was too young for him, and eventually marries someone else. After he loses his wife in childbirth, and Solace is accused of murder, he decides he must defend her. Can he prove that she has been framed?

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell
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.

A Kiss of Adventure by Catherine Palmer
Tillie, who lives in Kenya, is betrothed to a businesslike man, Arthur. She is bored with her monotonous life. Suddenly she is into an adventure, almost gets kidnapped, and is thrust into a strange partnership with the handsome Graeme. Mystery, romance and suspense deep in the jungles of Africa.

A Whisper of Danger by Catherine Palmer
Jessica Thornton is ready for a fresh start for herself and her irrepressible son, Splinter. An unexpected, unusual inheritance—a remote island mansion—seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But when she arrives, she stumbles into a dangerous web of deception, greed, and murder.

Children’s Books

The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner
Rhyming text welcomes the reader to a dog wash that goes awry when someone brings their cat. Building Block award nominee, 2010. For pre-school through grade 2.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diessen
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise. Building Block award Nominee, 2010. For pre-school through grade 2.

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Young Violet’s only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble. For grades K-3.

Titanicat by Marty Crisp
A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship’s cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her. For grades K-3.

Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays by Laura Nielsen
Although accustomed to celebrating nearly all the holidays on the calendar, the Maple Street neighbors are surprised by the newly-moved-in Mrs. Muddle’s definition of a holiday. For grades K-3.

My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers
Julie, having worked year-round to save money to buy her first Chincoteague pony, realizes she doesn’t have enough, but when Pony Penning Day arrives strangers help her make her purchase. For grades K-3.

Institutional Accounts for the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)  

NLS anticipates opening the BARD service to institutional accounts in May 2011. This is a welcomed addition for many Missouri schools, hospitals, nursing and convalescent homes and other institutions wanting to assist students, clients and residents to download talking books.  In addition, NLS is developing a demonstration-only (DEMO/Only) account for public libraries to assist eligible patrons.

The following criteria will be applied to institutional deposit collections applying for BARD service:

Schools currently using Wolfner services will receive further information about BARD via email in May. Please call Wolfner Library for additional information about institutional BARD accounts .

Wolfner Library Staff Listing

Richard J. Smith
Director of Wolfner Library

Deborah Stroup
Coordinator of Volunteers

Archie Andrews
Machines Coordinator

Natalie Junkin
Special Services Librarian

Elizabeth Lang
Youth Services Librarian

Paul Mathews
Reader Advisor A-Co

Brandon Kempf
Reader Advisor Cp-G and

Ginny Ryan
Reader Advisor H-L

Cheryl Hassler
Reader Advisor M-R

Carol Mathews
Reader Advisor S-Wh

Diann Stark
Reader Advisor Institutions

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

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8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed for state holidays.

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