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This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) 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 LBPD 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 Print Disabled

Winter 2021


This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) and is distributed free to patrons and other interested parties. In addition to large print, the newsletter can be requested in braille, heard in audio on New Mexico Newsline for the Blind, or viewed at the State Library’s web site at For information, call LBPD 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. .

Library Status - Unchanged

The New Mexico LBPD is still operating under our COVID-19 safe procedures, including most staff working from home and our building remaining closed to the public. We will alert you here to any reopening or changes to our procedures.

NLS Aspiring Leaders Internship Opportunity

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), supported by the National Library for the Blind Endowment, has launched a paid internship that offers legally blind individuals the opportunity to gain work career experience and explore career options working in the areas of collections building, program delivery, and business oversight and management. Application details can be found at The deadline for the summer 2021 session is March 1. All interns will work remotely.

For more information, please contact:


Erica Vaughns

Head, Administrative Services

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Find Out About the Newest Books First

Did you know, we post highlights of the newest and most interesting books added to the program each day on our Facebook page? You can find out about bestsellers and New Mexico titles weeks or months before they appear in Talking Book Topics.

Follow us to find your next read

Non-English Titles

Thanks to the Marrakesh Treaty, the NLS is now able to share and make available titles from similar programs around the globe. Just this year, dozens of new books have been added in a variety of languages. Some of these are translations of English books, but many are original compositions being made available in their first language.

You can look for all the books in a specific language on BARD. Search for the phrase “Spanish Language”, including the quotation marks, to look for books in Spanish. “French Language” will return books in French. Or you can follow this pattern for any language you’re interested in.

We can also send any of these books in the mail, just give us a call!

So far, we’ve added at least one book in:



Chinese (Cantonese)


























Personal Stories

DB096188 – Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law; Written and read by Haben Girma

The autobiography of the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. Girma describes her childhood, world travels, development of a text-to-braille communication system, and time at Harvard Law, as well as the ways she uses her talents to advocate for those with disabilities.


DB090729 – Unforeseen: The First Blind Rhodes Scholar, A Memoir by James J. Barnes

A historian's memoir of becoming the first blind Rhodes Scholar in the mid-1950s. Describes the deterioration of the author's eyesight during his first year at Oxford and his determination to press on. Relates his subsequent personal and educational achievements, including a PhD from Harvard and a distinguished forty-four year teaching career.


DB072036 – Words in My Hands: A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind man, an Unforgettable Journey by Diane Chambers

Sign-language teacher/interpreter discusses her occupation and her introduction to eighty-six-year-old deaf-blind musician Bert Riedel, a former dentist who has Usher syndrome. Describes the tactile signing lessons she gave Riedel and his family and explains the role of their PowerBraille Display machine. 2005.


DB093150 – Volver a Correr; by Carlos Serván

Carlos Serván reflects upon his life's trajectory, including becoming blind as a result of a grenade blast as a Peruvian police cadet, and his subsequent career as an educator and blind advocate in the United States. Spanish language.


2020’s Top Books

2020 is in the books. Once again, we’ve collected the numbers and counted the circulations on all the books read by you here in NM.

194,908 Total Books Checked Out

105,727 Books Sent on Custom Cartridges

47,409 Books Downloaded from BARD

29,897 Unique Titles Read

1,602 Patrons Actively Reading


Our Top 10 Most Popular Books:

1. DNM00552 The House at Otowi Bridge by Peggy Church

2. DNM00547 Santa Fe 1880: Chronicles from the Year of the Railroad by Allen R. Steele

3. DB098839 Preacher’s Rage by William W. Johnstone

4. DB096732 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

5. DB098743 The Horse Creek Incident by Dusty Richards

6. DBC07188 The Pot Thief Who Studied Georgia O'Keeffe

by J. Michael Orenduff

7. DB097346 A Month of Sundays: Thirty-one Days of Wrestling with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John by Eugene H. Peterson

8. DB099093 Ride the High Lonesome by Roseanne Bittner

9. DB099196 Walk The Wire by David Baldacci

10. DB099042 Cold Hearts by Sharon Sala


Top Authors by Genre

Top 5 Mystery

John Grisham 704 checkouts across 45 books

Tony Hillerman 657 checkouts across 27 books

Mary Higgins Clark 549 checkouts across 56 books

Agatha Christie 459 checkouts across 100 books

J.D. Robb 460 checkouts across 53 books

Top 5 Western

William W. Johnstone 3958 checkouts across 192 books

Louis L’Amour 1906 checkouts across 140 books

Zane Grey 815 checkouts across 75 books

Max Brand 729 checkouts across 108 books

Dusty Richards 510 checkouts across 20 books

Top 5 Romance

Danielle Steel 1716 checkouts across 144 books

Nora Roberts 882 checkouts across 135 books

Janet Evanovich 604 checkouts across 63 books

Fern Michaels 601 checkouts across 110 books

Debbie Macomber 544 checkouts across 112 books

Top 5 Suspense / Thriller

James Patterson 2057 checkouts across 201 books

J.A. Jance (Judith A.) 1043 checkouts across 61 books

Stuart Woods 751 checkouts across 85 books

Michael Connelly 517 checkouts across 37 books

C.J. Box 513 checkouts across 28 books

Special Mention

Clive Cussler 1193 checkouts across 82 books

Alexander McCall Smith 377 checkouts across 54 books

Three Top Classic Spy Novelists

Len Deighton is a British author. His publications have included cookery books, history and military history, but he is best known for his spy novels.


DB020207 – Berlin Game

Bernard Samson, a forty-year-old British Secret Service agent relegated to a desk job, returns to East Berlin to rescue a fellow agent who had once saved his life. But even before he sets out on his mission, he finds that there is a traitor among his colleagues – a traitor planted by Moscow Center.


DB028040 – Spy Hook

British intelligence agent Bernard Samson meets in Washington with former colleague Jim Prettyman, who denies any knowledge of the slush fund Samson has been ordered to trace. Later, in London, Samson learns that Prettyman has been killed, and the investigation widens to East and West Berlin, and eventually to France.



Robert Ludlum was an American author of 27 thriller novels, best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series. His books in print are estimated between 300 million and 500 million copies and have been published in 33 languages.


DB015085 – The Bourne Identity

First in the Bourne series. An adventure thriller of espionage. Rescued from a Mediterranean storm with a head wound that has induced amnesia, the protagonist struggles to discover who he really is. His only clue is a strip of film, found sewn into his skin, bearing a Zurich bank account number under the name "Bourne."

DB026963 – The Icarus Agenda

A young congressman accepts a secret mission to rescue Americans held hostage by terrorists in the Middle East. Returning home a hero, he becomes embroiled in another plot – to murder the president.



John le Carré was a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works.


DB016772 – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

After the last British agent behind the Iron Curtain has been killed by an East German agent, the British send a secret agent, posing as a defector, to trap the East German and destroy him.

DB051467 – The Constant Gardener

After his young wife Tessa's murder in Kenya, British diplomat Justin Quayle investigates her death and the disappearance of her African colleague. He eventually discovers that Tessa had uncovered a scheme involving a multinational pharmaceutical company that unethically tests drugs on the local populace.


DB030959 – The Russia House

Is Russia's defense system as good as they say it is? Documents have been smuggled out of Russia indicating that the Soviet defense system is in utter shambles, but England and the United States are uncertain about the validity of the information. London publisher "Barley" Blair is recruited to go to Russia and uncover the facts, but no one plans on his falling in love with Katya. 

What Are Your Reader Advisors Reading?

Berdina – “Realizing that I was spending far too much time online, I found Digital Minimalism (DB094076) by Cal Newport a helpful guide in mindfully filtering negativity while keeping real friends and fun things in my digital bubble. I've also started Into Thin Air (DB044525) by Jon Krakauer. This is the author's report of the surprise storm that claimed 9 adventurers on Mt. Everest in May 1996.”


Sam – “I’ve just finished the Poppy War trilogy by R.F. Kuang. This gripping fantasy series is as engrossing as it is rough to read. These books are intense, with drug abuse and brutality throughout, but the characters are compelling and the world is rich. (DB092191, DB097920)

Tim – “I'm currently listening to The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. In an immense castle, filled with hundreds of rooms and miles of hallways, myriad strange characters serve the Earl of Groan and his family. Follow the life of young Titus Groan as he battles for political survival within the castle walls, then ventures forth into the unknown. Highly original, really weird, and superbly written.” (DB051703)