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This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) and is distributed free to the patrons and other interested parties. The newsletter can be requested in large print or Braille versions, and an audio version can be accessed on NEWSLINE. For information, call LBPH at 1-800-456-5515 or 505-476-9770, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New Mexico State Library

News of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Summer 2017




BARD Express provides NLS patrons with an easy way to access BARD. Use BARD Express to browse thousands of audio books and magazines, download them to your Windows-based computer, and transfer them to an NLS cartridge. BARD Express simplifies the process by providing a menu-driven interface, reducing the need to memorize a complex set of keyboard commands. What does this mean? BARD Express can be used with as few as four keys, while providing advanced functionality for the more adventurous user.



Download BARD Express at After saving it to your computer, locate the file and open it. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. If you have questions contact us.



   The New Mexico State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is encouraging our young patrons up to age 17 to participate in the 2017 Statewide Summer Reading Program for children and young adults.  The theme this year is Building a Better World through reading.  We will keep a record of books read by your child, issue a participation certificate, and even award some small prizes.

   If your child is interested in participating in the LBPH summer reading, please contact us for more information.  Our phone number is (505)476-9770 or Toll Free 1-800-456-5515.   If you would like assistance in finding out what your local public library is doing for the Summer Reading Program, please call us and we will help you get in contact with them. Please join us this summer as we encourage children and families to share books and build a better world through reading.



        The Friends of the NMLBPH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that can accept and maintain tax-deductible donations for the benefit of the library program.

        The Friends’ support is used for supplemental funding of materials or travel, where state funding has been reduced, or in areas such as our local recording program, which may not routinely be supported by state or federal funding.  Contributions to the Friends may be addressed to Friends of the NMLBPH, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507.



   Please do not put notes pertaining to orders, etc. inside of a digital book mailing container when you return a book.  That is not a reliable way to communicate with us, as these types of notes sometimes get lost.  If you wish to write us a letter or mail in an order, please do so using a separate envelope.  If you are returning a defective cartridge, please just put a checkmark in the upper left-hand corner of the return address card.  Call us if you’d like to reorder a different copy of a defective book, as we will not automatically resend the title.



   The library successfully hosted theNational Library Service joint conference of the Western and Southern Regionalin Santa Fe, New Mexico from Tuesday, May 9 through Thursday, May 11.  More than 50 Librarians and NLS-affiliates attended presentations and discussions about the current state of Talking Book Libraries and technological possibilities for the future.



The announcement of our latest recording studio productions always elicits a great number of requests for those new books. Since there is only a limited number of each book the new books often end up on your request list until they become available. To help satisfy your interest in local productions we would like to point you to our online catalog. Finding New Mexico interest books just takes a few steps:

First go to our catalog at .

Input the search term “DNM” and then hit Search. Your results will appear.

Next, click on “Hardcopies Available” on the left hand side of the screen. This will filter the results to show what is available to send out right away.

Next order the book either through the catalog or by calling or emailing us directly.



DNM00444—Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain by Corey Recko and narrated by John Pound.  On a cold February evening in 1896, prominent attorney Col. Albert Jennings Fountain and his eight-year-old son Henry rode home across the White Sands of New Mexico.  It was a trip the father and son would not complete--they both disappeared in a suspected ambush and murder at the hands of cattle thieves Fountain was prosecuting.

DNM00472—Miera y Pacheco— A Renaissance Spaniard in Eighteenth-Century New Mexico by John Kessel and narrated by Bruce Herr.  A biography of the eighteenth-century cartographer and explorer Bernardo Miera y Pacheco in Spanish colonial New Mexico.

DNM00473—Serafina's Stories by Rudolfo Anaya and narrated by Lorna Alesi.  The author tells a series of stories in the tradition of the Arabian nights, only these are tales with a Southwestern Pueblo Indian theme.


 Please remember to hang onto the original box that your talking book player comes in.  That will make it easier to return the player to us when you are no longer using the service, or if your player needs repairs.  We are not allowed to mail you an empty box through the US Mail, so if you do not retain the original box, you will need to find a box to package up the player for returning.  Postage is still free.  We are happy to send you a mailing label if needed.