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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/Summer 2015

NLS Commercial Audio Books

The NLS is receiving an increasing number of commercially produced audio books, which means more new titles are becoming available for patrons!  Unfortunately, these commercially produced titles are often not catalogued to the extent that NLS productions are, so they may not all contain the appropriate labeling to indicate content that includes strong language, violence, or sex.  These titles are given an "Unrated" label.  About 500 commercially originated titles from leading audio book sources such as Audible, Hachette, Random House, and Scholastic were produced in 2014 without ratings.

We are attempting to rate many of these titles ourselves to help screen out excluded material for patrons.  This is a time-consuming endeavor, however, and many of you may receive titles that are still "Unrated", particularly if our system is automatically choosing titles for you.  If you do receive a title with content that you do not like, just return the title and let us know if you want us to exclude that author from your profile.  Understand that we do our best to send you books that match your preferences, but it is impossible for us to know the content of every new title.

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.

We are doing our part this year by cleaning out our database and sending out notices for items that are overdue. If you receive an overdue notice, don't panic!  Please do check around your house for the item, though, before calling us.  We want to make sure that everyone who is waiting for a title has a chance to read it.

Autoselect

We made some changes to our system a couple months ago that resulted in many people receiving some extra titles in the mail.  The individuals affected were set up on an Autoselect feature where our system chooses books for them based on specified preferences.

Aside from this recent computer glitch, Autoselect can be an effective way to manage your ordering, particularly if your reading interests are varied.  We set up a profile for you based on the preferences you specify, or you can send us specific titles that we use to maintain a Request list for you.  The computer then picks titles at a specified interval either from your preferences or your list for mailing.  This alleviates the need to call in your orders, as titles are sent out automatically.  Autoselect works best if you are returning each book as you finish it; the system will not send anything else out if you already have too many titles.

If you would like to try Autoselect, please give us a call and we can work with you to set up a profile that matches your needs.  You can always switch back to just sending in orders if you find you do not like what the system is sending you.

Volunteer Appreciation Event

We will be having our Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on March 25th this year, so the library will be closed for a few hours that day.  This is our chance to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for the great work that they do to help support our program!

Looking for your Talking Book Topics?

You can receive Talking Book Topics in different formats, like large print, braille, or audio on digital cartridge.  The digital version is treated as a subscription, and must be returned in the mail the same way you would return any digital talking book.  If you have other subscriptions, then your issue of Talking Book Topics will likely arrive on a cartridge with other titles, and can be accessed by utilizing the Bookshelf feature on your digital player.  If you are having difficulty using the Bookshelf feature please give us a call and we will walk you through it over the phone.

Recent Recording Studio Productions

DNM00383--Edmund G Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist by Richard A. Ruddy and narrated by William Scheer.  Ross was an eloquent journalist, abolitionist, civil war volunteer, founder of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, and, eventually, a territorial governor of New Mexico.  His life reveals much about the U.S. in the late 19th century, including the Gilded Age with its greedy politicians and businessmen, and the expansion of the U.S. into the Southwest.  His vote in the U.S. Senate prevented the conviction of President Andrew Johnson.

DNM00391--Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community edited by Tey Diana Rebolledo and Maria Teresa and narrated by Bruce herr.  This is a civic and sociological account of Los Alamos, birthplace of the atom bomb, from 1942-1957.  Hunner taps into memoirs of physicists and their children, but also the experiences of guards and maids.  He studies how the city ultimately lost its security fence and tracks development of civic organizatioins, governance structures, and the city's then business--designing and testing nuclear weapons.

DNM00396--Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter and narrated by Patricia Jonietz.  Cultural anthropologist Erin Dawson searches Navajo canyons for a woman who disappeared in 1906, crossing paths with tribal policeman Adam Silverhorn.  They fight their feelings for each other while also fighting recent drug-related gang violence on the reservation.

DNM00406--Pie Town by Lynne Hinton and narrated by Patricia Jonietz.  Pie Town, New mexico, was once legendary for its pies, but it's been a while.  The townspeople think of themselves as family, when it comes to caring for Alex, a disabled boy being raised by his grand-parents.  But the arrival of a new priest, Father George Morris, who seems woefully unprepared for his assignment, and a young hitchhiker Trina, who folk just know is trouble will change the town's fortunes.