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LBPH Newsletter Winter 2015

New Mexico State Library
News of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Winter 2015


Why should the kids get to have all the fun this summer? We’re trying something a little different this year with our Summer Reading program. Besides inviting our young patrons to participate, we would also like to invite any of our adult patrons who are interested in stretching their minds a little and reading some material that’s outside of their usual genres!

The theme for this year’s national Summer Reading program is sports and energizing your mind through reading. We will be picking out some sports related titles for our young patrons to read. In an effort to encourage volunteerism, we will also be inviting our young patrons into the library for a day to learn about the fine art of choosing books for others using online reviews, catalogs, and websites like Goodreads. They will be picking out some titles that will go on the list of books for the adults to read this summer!

We will be playing a sports-themed game with the adults to encourage them to read a certain number of titles outside of their usual reading habits. Many of our patrons that only like certain genres (like westerns or romance) are at a point where they’ve read most of what we have in that genre, so we’re trying to encourage folks to branch out from their comfort zone, and perhaps discover some exciting new authors in a genre that they’ve never tried before. Oh, and because our young patrons will be helping us with the reading list, you can count on probably reading at least one young adult book!

We have already mailed out letters to our young patrons inviting them to participate, so if any of our adult patrons are interested in participating as well, please call us at 800-456-5515, or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


We’ve upgraded the catalog to a new interface, which we hope everyone will find easier to use. You can access our catalog by going to:
There’s a link to this catalog off our webpage. If you encounter any issues using the catalog, please contact us for assistance. You log into the new version with the exact same login/password that you used before. If you want to start using the online catalog, call us for your patron id and to make sure your profile is set up correctly for ordering in this way.

You can use our online catalog to search for books that are available here at our library, and then place an order directly off the catalog screen for items that you want to add to your Request List. If you are interested in downloading books, you need to utilize the BARD website. Logging into BARD and logging into our catalog to order books are two separate things, each with a different login id/password.
Sometimes when you search for a title in our catalog, you will see it listed as having a status of Download Only. That means that we do not physically have a copy of the book in our library, but the title is available for download off of BARD. If you are a BARD subscriber, then you would just log into BARD to get the title. If you are not a BARD subscriber and do not have access to the Internet, then let us know when you are interested in a Download Only title and we will try to inter-library loan it for you.



On Saturday, January 30, 2016, the National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico and the LBPH hosted a BARD Download Clinic at the Albuquerque Public Library. A total of 26 people were exposed to BARD and learned how to download books as a result of signing up for the clinic. Some of these individuals figured out how to download (particularly using the mobile app) on their own after talking with us to register for the clinic, and therefore did not need to attend. We were thrilled with the overall participation and would like to thank all of the volunteers who came to help with the one-on-one training.

The LBPH is hoping to plan another similar event at our Santa Fe location in the State Library building for early summer. To help us get a better sense of how many patrons and/or their caregivers might be interested in attending, please contact Amy Boggess at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-456-5515 to be put on a mailing list for further information about a BARD download clinic in Santa Fe.


As of January 4, 2016, all braille books and magazines entering production will be transcribed in the new Unified English Braille. Although this is the first major change in braille code since the 1930s, the fundamentals are not changing. The changes in the new code deal mostly with spacing rules, formatting features, and the translation of symbols that are now common in our online age. Most regular readers of Braille should be able to make the transition with minimal effort.

We do have a few hard copies of a Braille document that the NLS produced to help explain the differences between the old and new code. It is entitled “Frequently Used UEB Symbols”. If you are one of our regular Braille patrons, you can request a copy of this document by calling us. The document is also available as a BRF file for download at:

For more general information about UEB, check out the Braille Authority of North America (BANA)’s website at:



We sent out overdue notices for first quarter 2016, so if you received one DON’T PANIC. It is our goal now to send out notices every quarter. Overdue notices are simply a friendly reminder of the items that are showing as outstanding on your account. Every public library sends out overdue notices in some form or another, so this is a standard practice, and is not meant to elicit either tears or anger. If you receive a notice, please just double check around your house for the item(s) in question, and then return what you can or call us if there’s any discrepancies. And the best way to insure that you never receive a notice in the first place, of course, is to always return your books on time!

Please remember to always leave us a complete voice mail with your full name, telephone number, and the details of your order or question. Do not assume that we will know who you are from your voice, or from your first name only. Several staff members are checking the voice mail system during operating hours, so it’s imperative that you leave us as much identifying information as possible.  



We have received questions regarding when we will stop circulating the older RC cassettes. While circulation of these items has steadily declined over the past couple of years in favor of the newer digital books, we do occasionally have individuals who want titles that are not available in digital form, or who lack the capability to download books that are only available off BARD. With this in mind, we do not have a definite cut-off date in mind for RCs. We strongly encourage everyone to focus on ordering digital titles, however, as the quality of many of the RCs has diminished over time. We will make every effort to get Download Only titles for patrons who do not have Internet access.



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. 



You may notice a different color digital cartridge with clear mailing containers in part of your order. We received a new shipment of cartridges and mailers that we will be using for our local recordings as well as making local copies of Download Only books from BARD. These cartridges are the same as the ones that you are used to, except for the lovely peach color. 



DNM00221—The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan by Christopher Benfey and narrated by John Pen La Farge. Curiosity boomed in the cultural confusion after the Civil War, when many Americans felt that European philosophy could advance no further except through mysticism, which Japan was thought to offer. Relates the lives of several Japanese eccentrics who likewise believed that a foreign culture might provide useful tools for a country similarly in the midst of dramatic change.

DNM00385—Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico by David L. Caffey and narrated by Charles Boatright. Anyone acquainted with 19th century New Mexico history has heard of the Santa Fe Ring—seekers of power and wealth in the post-Civil War period, famous for public corruption and for dispossessing land holders. Scholars have never really described this shadowy entity. Caffey looks beyond myth and symbol for the Ring's history. Who were its members? What did they do to gain their unsavory reputations? Were their actions illegal or unethical?

DNM00403—Out of Sight: Blind and Doing All Right by Art Schreiber and narrated by Mike Langner. A high level radio news broadcast exec at the top of his career, Art awoke at a resort near Santa Fe unable to see. Art's refusal to give up and his struggle to live life to the fullest is inspiring. His story is compelling in demonstrating courage, compassion, and resilience in the face of tragedy.

DNM00423—High Altitude Baking by Patricia Kendall and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. The reason for most baking problems at high altitude is lower atmospheric pressure. This affects food prep in three ways: Leavening gases expand more quickly; moisture evaporates from foods faster; and liquids boil at lower temperatures. This book includes over 200 recipes and proven tips developed to ensure baking success for cooks living between 3,500 and 10,000 feet altitude.

DNM00436 and 437—Turning Points In Women's Lives from the 20th to the 21st Century edited by Shirley L. Patterson and Susan A. Choand narrated by Patricia Jonietz. A two volume collection of stories about important junctures in the lives of remarkable older women now in a New Mexico life-care retirement community. These stories sketch a portrait of what life in the 20th century was really like, while trying to make sense of our culture and values.

DNM00439—A Taos Mosaic: Portrait of a New Mexico Village by Claire Morrill and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Co-owner of the Taos Book Shop describes the town's free spirits and the customs and folkways that intrigued her: building with adobe, Indian dances, witches that still practice in the backcountry, and the unique, eccentric quality of Taos.

DNM00442—My Own Story: The Autobiography of Billy the Kid
written and narrated by Ralph Estes. This book purports to reflect Billy the Kid's thoughts throughout his life, according to Estes' research. All the history and events up to the shooting of Billy by Pat Garrett are true to the best available historical documentation. But did Billy die, or live on as Henry Carter until done in by cancer?

DNM00443—Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time by Stephen Fried and narrated by Bruce Herr. Fred Harvey represented American hospitality for many years. This book tells the stories of the man, his family, his company, and America. He tried various roles before business instincts and ambitions merged with the Santa Fe Railroad's founding. As the railroad's growth aided rapid westward expansion, Harvey established the first chain restaurants, called Harvey House.