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Wolfner News Fall 2012
Robin Carnahan, Secretary of State
Wolfner Readers use BARD
More than 1,500 Missourians are registered to download talking books from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. The National Library Service (NLS) reports that Wolfner patrons downloaded more than 84,000 books during the federal fiscal year. Magazines also continue to be popular, as additional titles are added to BARD. Here are the numbers:
BARD – Download Statistics
Period covered: October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012
1,537 total download readers
56 total download institutions
|Quantity of reader book downloads
|Quantity of reader magazine downloads
|Quantity of institution book downloads
Why wait for the postal service to deliver books when Wolfner's BARD website has more than 27,000 digital books and 50+ digital magazines available for download 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
To participate, you must have—
- High-speed Internet;
- Someone who can help fi ll out online forms and download and unzip large files;
- and an NLS digital talking book player.
Remember, a friend, relative or caretaker can assist with downloading books from BARD. Register today by using the BARD application found at nlsbard.loc.gov. A Wolfner staff member will contact you after the application is reviewed.
Summer Readers Stay Sharp!
Research shows that children who read during the summer maintain their reading skills better than those who don't read during the summer. For this reason, Wolfner offers a summer reading club each year for patrons under 18.
This year, Dream Big: Read was the slogan for the kids' 12-and-under club and Own the Night was the slogan for the teens' club.
Club members worked to meet reading time goals and win prizes by reading books and magazines on any topic and in any format. This summer, 39 patrons completed the program and received a free book of their choice.
Those who completed the program were also entered into a grand-prize drawing for an iPad. The lucky winner was Justin Wood of Columbia. Congratulations, Justin!
The iPad and free books were purchased with funds provided by the Friends of Wolfner Library, and smaller participation prizes were purchased with funds provided by the Library Development Division of the Missouri State Library.
Pictured at left, Wolfner Library Director Richard Smith and Youth Services Librarian Elizabeth Lang draw for the winner of the grand-prize iPad.
Donna Neal featured in NLS News Release
A national public service announcement recently issued by the NLS featured Wolfner Library reader Donna Neal.
Bringing Joys of a Great Book to Blind and Visually Impaired Readers
"When I finish a book, I applaud," said Donna Neal of Missouri. "No one's in the room, but I applaud." Neal's enthusiastic appreciation is not just for the book itself, but also for the opportunity to read it: Neal is blind.
For blind and physically disabled readers, getting a hold of the latest bestseller isn't as simple as pulling a book off the nearest bookstore shelf. Books have to be made accessible.
At the forefront of providing such materials as braille and audiobooks to readers like Neal is the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress.
"Our primary goal is to ensure that our patrons have the reading materials that they need to increase their quality of life. This is what we're all about," said Karen Keninger, NLS director – the first blind person to hold that position.
Having provided audio and braille reading materials free of charge to people of all ages for more than 80 years, NLS recently introduced a digital talking-book system, which includes an audiobook player and cartridges. The system offers high-quality sound, easy navigation between book chapters and a sleep button.
Unlike cassettes, which require multiple units for a lengthy book, each cartridge will hold a complete book. People with access to the Internet can download audiobooks and magazines using the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), the NLS online delivery system.
NLS patrons have eagerly embraced the new technology. "I think it's a service that entertains you, it educates you and it delights you," Neal said. "It will change everything you ever thought about a book in print."
The NLS collection includes a wide variety of bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance novels and books of other genres, as well as magazines and newspapers, to delight even the most selective of readers. This free library service is available to residents of the United States and its territories and American citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness or physical handicap makes reading regular print difficult.
From the Wolfner Recording Studio
This month, two new books in the popular Dead-End Job Mystery Series have been added, as well as books by Wolfner patrons Danny Sisco and Ronda Del Boccio.
A number of books for school award programs have also been recorded. These books range from preschool picture books to high school titles. More of these books are available to Wolfner patrons this year than ever before; some recorded by NLS and others by other network libraries. Additional recordings are in progress and will be available within a few months. Be sure to check the catalog to see if a book is available.
Many of the young adult books recorded for the Gateway and Truman Awards are suitable for, and will be enjoyed by, adult readers.
New Adult Books
Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets—MDB 10063
Helen Hawthorne, working in Miguel Angel's exclusive Fort Lauderdale hair salon, gets involved in trying to find a killer when Miguel becomes a suspect in the murder of one of the salon's clients. Dead-End Job Mystery Series, Book #8.
Half-Price Homicide by Elaine Viets—MDB 10069
Chrissy Martlet, a wealthy developer's trophy wife, is found dead in the dressing room of a high-end designer consignment shop, and Helen, part-owner of the shop, ends up being high on the police suspect list. Dead-End Job Mystery Series, Book #9.
Scared Blind by Danny Sisco—MDB 11147
Randy Franklin, a 35-year-old blind newspaper columnist, tries to find logic for everything. After working and saving, he has finally purchased his dream home. However, he is unaware that there are residents already residing in his humble abode. But who, or what, is in this house? Doors slam. Furniture moves. Pictures fall off walls. Should he be scared? Unexplained events and unusual interviews unlock the town's mysterious history.
I'll Push, You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie
Cancer survivor Bonnie Tesh and legally blind Ronda Del Boccio have written a book that contains stories about their struggles (they call them "speed bumps") and how they manage to deal with them by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude.
Building Block Picture Book Award 2012
MDB 10025 (All of the books are on one cartridge.)
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert—MDB 11206
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs—MDB 11195
The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore—MDB 11216
Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley—MDB 11196
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre —MDB 11215
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea— MDB 11207
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas—MDB 11208
Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand—MDB 11210
Hugless Douglas by David Melling—MDB 11213
Show Me Books
MDB 10026 (All of the books are on one cartridge.)
Fly Free by Roseanne Thong—MDB 11198
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills—MDB 11187
Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story by M.G. King—MDB 11188
Lucky Beans by Becky Birtha—MDB 11201
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian—MDB 11199
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story by Jean Marzollo—MDB 11205
Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise—MDB 11189
Sylvia Jean, Scout Supreme by Lisa Campbell Ernst—MDB 11190
The Can Man by Laura Williams—MDB 11200
Mark Twain Award Books 2012
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea—MDB 11180
Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve—MDB 11181
Gateway Award Books 2012
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman—MDB 11182
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder—MDB 11185
Message from the Friends of Wolfner Library
Do you enjoy your digital books from Wolfner Library? If the answer is yes — and I am sure it is — you can thank the Friends of Wolfner Library for making the transition from the old system possible.
The Friends of Wolfner Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the patron services you receive from Wolfner Library. Each year, the Board of Directors of the Friends receives a request from the library director for funds that will help in carrying out that mission. During the transition to digital, the Friends provided $70,000 to purchase cartridges used in the program. Every year, the Friends purchase books for recording and prizes for the Children's Summer Reading Program. The Friends also provide funds for marketing/ outreach in the state, the tactile map program and an appreciation event for the staff and volunteers.
Membership dues for the Friends of Wolfner Library are only $5 annually. Of the thousands of Wolfner patrons, just over 100 are members of the Friends. We need each of you to join us in our efforts to enhance the services you receive from Wolfner. The Friends Board is comprised of people from around the state. We meet quarterly by teleconference, and our annual meeting is held each spring in Jefferson City. Current Board members are Karen Skender, President; Joe Dobbs, Vice-President; Donna Neal, Secretary; and Fran Benham, Treasurer, as well as Karl Cook, Zeze Miller, Jackie Peters, Jeremiah Wells and Bob Williams. Board members have membership applications, or you can email Fran Benham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen Skender at 314-481-8184.
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