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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. .

LBPH Newsletter Summer 2016

 

Summer Reading Book Review

     As part of our summer reading program we asked our younger readers to submit a review of one of the books they read this summer. We are featuring one young reader’s review so that all can be inspired by the young people of our community and their love of reading and learning. It is also a great example for us to follow in exploring new ideas and book genres. Thank you to all our summer reading participants! And now Miss Deedee’s review:

 

Dribbling, Moving, Grooving, Rockin’ Summer Reading

“Dribbling at the top of the key I'm moving and grooving, rocking.” The first line of The Crossover [by Kwame Alexander] describes the novel.  This is one rockin’ book. I would give it three out of four stars. I had low expectations to start with as I'm not into basketball.  I thought, however, it would be cool to read out of my comfort zone and boy was I right.

This book uses slam poetry to tell a story. It is smooth and despite the storyline being told totally through poetry it is easy to follow. Normally this would make it difficult for me to follow the plot. It shows emotion without making the entire book an emotion.

The reason I took one star away was because the collapse of Josh Bell and Jordan Bell’s (JB’s) father happens too late in the book and he dies too late in the story. I wish the book would have gone into more detail about how they dealt with this death.

But it deserves at least three stars because it was funny and witty and the reader got to know the characters really well. For example, the reader learns that Jordan Bell likes to be called JB because he doesn't want to feel like a copy of Michael Jordan. The reader also learns that Miss Sweet Tea (Jordan’s girlfriend) will stand up for her boyfriend even when the argument is with his brother.

As the reader I learned about each character in depth from the most insignificant character to the most major character. Also the slam rap poetry highlighted and brought out each character’s essence. I love how it gives you life lessons using rules of basketball. It made it easy to understand both basketball and important life lessons.   It made life and basketball a little bit more clear. That's why it deserves three out of four stars.

 

Accessible Games on Your Smart Device

     If you have never heard of Marty’s Blindfold games you should look them up online at https://blindfoldgames.org/apps-we-built/. Marty Schultz, the creator, has produced more than 40 game apps that use sounds and movements instead of visuals. An example of one of these games is Blindfold Bowling where you use a flick of your finger across your device screen to roll the ball and then you hear the ball go down the lane and hit the pins. You can play people across the country or in the same room. (We are not affiliated with Blindfold games this is just a friendly recommendation.)

 

Music Section of the NLS

     We are often asked if we provide music on our digital cartridges; the answer is no and yes. In our local collection we have many books about music and musicians; these works do not contain music to listen to. However, the NLS Music Section does provide “music appreciation presentations” for your listening enjoyment.  These audio materials not only discuss the composers and their compositions but they also play, in varying lengths, the music they created.

     An article entitled “Musical Paintings” by Mary Dell Jenkins brought these great works to our attention in her discussion of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, DBM 00891. Further exploration through the music section provides many great works for consideration. Another worth mentioning is, And All That Jazz, DBM 00838,a production of Mike Whorf Inc. It discusses jazz in Chicago from 1923-1928 and features Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and W.C. Handy.

     One element that makes these downloads so wonderful is that they were originally recorded by dynamic orators from commercial productions; such great voices and enjoyable music. You can peruse the Music Section through BARD or we can get you connected with the NLS Music Section to order items on cartridge, just give us a call with any questions you may have.

 

Recent Recording Studio Productions

DNM00318La Ranfla & Other New Mexico Stories by Martha Eagan and narrated by Martha Eagan. There is only one New Mexico.  This book of tales is full of wild magic and the unconquered, unvanquished human spirit that will foster in readers a love for a place that is still the Wild West.The author captures the quirkiness of northern New Mexico in a series of colorfully drawn short stories rich with wonderfully authentic characters.

DNM00409 Follow the Stone by John Locke and narrated by Phil Torres. A good-hearted rollicking story about a former gunslinger and his crablike scout, who journey west with a mail order bride, a witch, and a wagon full of prostitutes! [Modern Western]

DNM00410Don't Poke the Bear by John Locke and narrated by Phil Torres. After the former gunslinger and prostitute open a saloon on Dodge City, Emmett kills a man in self-defense and ends up inheriting a dancing bear.  But that surprise pales in comparison to the secret his witchy friend, Rose, has been keeping from him since the day they met. [Modern Western]

DNM00411 Emmett and Gentry by John Locke and narrated by Phil Torres.  Still in chains after serving 28 months for a crime he didn't commit, former gunslinger and sheriff, Emmett Love, heads to Dodge City to find Gentry, the love of his life.  What he finds instead is a ghost town ravaged by the Civil War, and ten windows who are determined to make him forget about his sweetheart. [Modern Western]

DNM00445Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest by Lesley Poling-Kempes and narrated by Jo Chapman. True story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of Victorian society to journey to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.  Natalie Curtis. Carol Stanley. Alice Klauber. Mary Cabot Wheelwright.

DNM00451Abbey in America: A Philosopher's Legacy in a New Century by John A. Murray narrated by Maggie Zysk. More than twenty-five years after his death, iconic writer and nature activist Edward Abbey (1927-1989) remains an influential presence in the American environmental movement. Abbey's best known works continue to be widely read and inspire discourse on the key issues facing contemporary American society, particularly with respect to urbanization and technology. Abbey in America, features an all-star list of contributors, including journalists, authors, scholars, and two of Abbey's best friends as they explore Abbey's ideas and legacy through their unique literary, personal, and scholarly perspectives.

DNM00453New Mexico: A History by Joseph P. Sanchez, Robert L. Spude, and Arthur R. Gomez; narrated by Bruce Herr. Since the earliest days of Spanish exploration and settlement, New Mexico has been known for lying off the beaten track. But this new history reminds readers that the world has been beating paths to New Mexico for hundreds of years, via the Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail, several railroads, Route 66, the interstate highway system, and now the Internet.

DNM00454 Pie Town Woman: The Hard Life and Good Times of a New Mexico Homesteader by Joan Meyers and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Pie Town, New Mexico, was immortalized in 1940 in the photographs of Russell Lee, who documented life in the high, dry farming community as part of the Farm Security Administration's New Deal survey of American life. Woven through Myers's narrative are her musings on the relationships among memory, photographs, and actual events. Included are a selection of Lee's iconic photographs, Doris's family snapshots, and photographs taken by Myers herself showing the visual residue of those bygone years.

 

Finding Our Locally Produced Books in the Online Catalog

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:

  1. First go to our catalog at https://klas.nmstatelibrary.org/nm1aopac/index.jsf .
  2. Input the search term “DNM” and then hit Search. Your results will appear.
  3. 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.
  4. Next order the book either through the catalog or by calling or emailing us directly.

 

Audiobook Benefits

Learning Ally is a wealth of information and according to their resources Audiobooks can help make us better readers especially those of us with reading disabilities. Most of the information is geared toward younger readers learning to read but it is important to remember the positive affect audiobooks have on us all.  Audiobooks can:

  • Help bridge the gap between decoding and assigning meaning
  • Improve our listening comprehension
  • Increase our self esteem and confidence
  • Encourage a natural love of literature, reading, and story telling

To learn more about Learning Ally go to www.learningally.org

 

Upcoming Closures

The library will be closed for some upcoming federal holidays. If you think you will need a few extra books to get you through the long weekend get us your order early.

  • Closed: September 5, 2016 (Labor Day)
  • Order by: Wednesday August 31, 2016
  • Closed: Monday October 10, 2016 (Columbus Day)
  • Order by: Wednesday October 5, 2016
  • Closed: Friday November 11, 2016 (Veteran’s Day)
  • Order by: Tuesday November 8, 2016  

You can call in to speak with a Reader’s Advisor or to leave a message with your book order by calling 1-800-456-5515. You may also e-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

DONATING TO THE FRIENDS OF THE NMLBPH

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

 

Update from NLS on Audio Talking Book Topics

If you subscribe to the audio version of the Talking Book Topics (TBT) catalog you will begin receiving the order form in the same package as your TBT cartridge. This will begin with the September-October 2016 issue with the hope that the order forms will no longer get lost or separated form the magazine cartridge.

 

Have You Returned Your Library Books?

Soon we will be sending out overdue notices so check around and make sure you don’t have any books that need to be returned. Books can be borrowed for up to 45 days and renewed if there is not a waiting list for copies.

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