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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 Spring 2016

STAFF CHANGES AT LBPH

Changes are happening here at the library. Amy Bogess, who has been with LBPH for almost 3 years, has accepted a position at a new library; her last day is May 27, 2016. Please, join us in wishing Amy well in her new endeavor. She will be greatly missed. But never fear, Kathy and Katie are still here to answer your calls.
Since, we will be short staffed after May 27th we appreciate your patience when placing a call to the library. Please remember to always leave us a complete voice mail with your full name, telephone number, and the details of your book order or other inquiry. Several staff members are checking the voice mail system during the operating hours, so it’s imperative that you leave us as much identifying information as possible.
As a note, if you leave us a message with your book order we will order the books but we will NOT call you back unless there is an issue with the order. Again, we appreciate your understanding of this process as we work to serve all our patrons during this busy time.


ANNUAL VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON

Our annual Volunteer Luncheon took place on May 17, 2016 bringing together several special LBPH support groups: Friends of the Library, volunteers (including narrators, editors and machine repair persons), NMSL administration, library staff, and a few other just plain friends.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and has been dubbed “The Year of the Bard”. In light of this our featured guest speaker was John F. Andrews a Carlsbad, New Mexico native. He is the founder and president of The Shakespeare Guild. The National Library Service’s (NLS) affiliation with the works of Shakespeare date to the first talking-book titles produced in 1934. Currently, the NLS catalog includes 35 works of Shakespeare.

Following Mr. Andrews, LBPH announced the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. This year the award is shared by the three cassette machine repairmen in the Santa Fe office, working together in this configuration since 2008. Honors were shared by Bob Peck, Daniel Koenig and George Auchampaugh. We do appreciate the skill these of these over qualified gentlemen have shared in doctoring these old cantankerous machines for so many years. Their time and energy and that offered by all of our volunteers is much appreciated.
The luncheon buffet was catered by Joe’s Diner. Our thanks to the Friends of the Library for hosting the event and for all that they do for us in the library year round. Patron contributions may be mailed to Friends of the Library at LBPH.

 

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

DNM00274—Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare? by Robin P. Williams and narrated by John Pen La Farge. With so little information about William Shakespeare, and even less evidence connecting him to the plays and sonnets, what can and what can’t we assume about the author of the greatest works of the English language?

DNM00346—Sandpapers: The Lives and Letters of Eugene Manlove Rhodes and Charles Fletcher Lummis by Frank M. Clark and narrated by Charles Boatright. Rhodes spent much of his life in untamed New Mexico as a horseman and cowman, and later in life wrote western novels and short stories about his escapades. He knew men whose lives changed the West and New Mexico - like Pat Garrett, Senator Albert Fall, and Oliver Lee. Sandpapers offers readers the letters between Rhodes and his friend, editor and publisher Charles Lummis.

DNM00430—At Home on the Slopes of Mountains: The Story of Peggy Pond Church by Sharon Snyder and narrated by Jo Chapman. Peggy Pond Church is called the First Lady of New Mexico Poetry. Her life saw canyons, trails and pines, a flood, and the loss of her home to World War II's Manhattan Project. Born in 1903 on a New Mexico ranch, Church lived the second half of her life in Taos, Berkeley, and Santa Fe. Of her poetry's observations of land and people, she commented, "It's the land that wants to be said." New Mexico-Arizona Book Award

DNM00449—Girl on a Pony by Laverne Hanners and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. The author describes ranch life in the Cimarron Valley of New Mexico between the world wars. Her book offers chapters on women, cowboys, children, the drought, and the Great Depression. Her childhood reminiscences and anecdotes make for picturesque reading; especially vivid are the characterizations of the cowboys and their way of life.

DNM00452—Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books by Kathryn Kramer and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Missing History is a kind of revisionist intellectual autobiography. Instead of tracing her progress from a state of sin to a state of grace, the author revisits her school years to figure out how she was indoctrinated into thinking that she should embark upon this classic journey. An idiosyncratic and affectionate book, Missing History is part educational memoir, part meditation which runs the gamut from St. Augustine's Confessions to Alice Kaplan's French Lessons.

SPRING CLEANING

We usually ask everyone this time of year to check around your house for any talking books and/or book mailing cases that need to be returned. As more and more people prefer digital recordings, you may also find that you are not using your old cassette player any longer. If that’s the case, then please go ahead and return it to us.
If you do send back a player for return or repairs make sure to tell us why you are sending it back, just drop a quick note in the box. This is particularly important when you want to exchange your old player; your replacement machine will be delayed if you don’t inform us of your needs.