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LBPH Newsletter Winter 2017


News of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Winter 2017

This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) 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 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. .



    When placing book orders or leaving general messages by phone:

        1. Please speak as clearly as possible.

        2. Spell the patron’s last name.

        3. Tell us the phone number associated with the account.

    Some of us know you by the sound of your voices or even your nicknames, but most of us do not. Two new part-time employees have joined the library in the last several months.

     We depend upon various staff members at times to transcribe messages clearly—especially when one of the “usual” reader advisors is out sick or on vacation. Also, when reading lists of book numbers, we would appreciate your speaking slowly and clearly.

        Thanks for your efforts in aiding us to serve you as effectively as possible and ensure you are receiving your audio book requests.



        In early March, the library welcomed Norma Perez, our newest Reader Advisor, to our staff.  She filled the position left by Katie Miles in December. Norma will be working with us 20 hours per week.  Norma is a native of Orense, Spain, but grew up in New Jersey.  She also spent some years in Baltimore and Iowa City.  Some of her hobbies are gardening, hiking with her dogs, Brody and Honey, playing Ping Pong, poetry, and chess.  Prior to joining our staff, she worked at the Environment Department for about 6 years.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are her bribe food!



        As we near fulfillment of the NLS’s directive to recycle cassette books and discontinue cassette book circulation, it is important to know that of the thousands of cassette titles converted to digital, only a small amount have been provided by the NLS in cartridge form. This reality will require regional libraries of dramatically differing sizes to become primarily responsible for the duplication or interlibrary loan ordering of digital books only found in downloadable form. Consequently, patrons may want to seriously consider selection alternatives to book titles found in the DB006000 through DB067000 range. As we gradually add copies in that range, availability will improve; however, patrons are encouraged to consider ordering more actively from the increased number of new titles provided by the NLS.



        The library will be hosting the National Library Service joint conference of the Western and Southern Regionalin Santa Fe, New Mexico. It will begin at noon on Tuesday, May 9 and end at noon on Thursday, May 11.  To allow our staff to attend some of the events and presentations, this week may include some scheduling changes.  Some of you may wish to place your orders during the week prior to the conference.



DNM00459—Stories and Stone: Writing the Ancestral Pueblo Homeland by Reuben Ellis and narrated by Bruce Herr.  This collection of over fifty selections about the prehistoric Southwest—essays, stories, travelers' reports, and poems spanning more than four centuries of visitation—includes timeless writings such as John Wesley Powell's “The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Tributaries” and Frank Hamilton Cushing's "Life at Zuni," along with contemporary classics ranging from Colin Fletcher's “The Man Who Walked Through Time” to Wallace Stegner's “Beyond the Hundredth Meridian” and Edward Abbey's "The Great American Desert."

DNM00464—Hoe, Heaven, and Hell : My Boyhood in Rural New Mexico by Nazario Garcia and narrated by Bruce Herr.  Nasario Garcia grew up in Ojo del Padre, a village in the Rio Puerco Valley northwest of Albuquerque, the way rural New Mexicans had for generations. His parents built their own adobe house, raised their own food, hauled their water, and brought up their children to respect the old ways. When he was young, Garcia's mother taught him to mend his clothes and enlisted his aid in slaughtering chickens. Here he offers detailed accounts of these and other mundane tasks, explaining that doing laundry in tin tubs with a washboard represented progress for people accustomed to washing their clothes in the Rio Puerco and scrubbing them with stones. Life is an adventure, from hauling wood down from the mountains to getting a haircut to family dinners and celebration.

DNM00471—Valles Caldera : A Vision for New Mexico's National Preserve by William de Buys and narrated by Maggie Zysk.  In 2000, President Clinton signed into law the Valles Caldera Preservation Act—a visionary piece of legislation establishing the process by which an 89,000-acre ranch in northern New Mexico's Jemez Mountains would be transferred to the federal government and managed for public use. The Valles Caldera had already been the focus of intense public interest for decades for good reason: it is a land of superlatives. In beauty, productivity, ecological and geological significance, scientific interest, cultural importance, and in its sheer magnificence, it is a landscape of the first rankDNM00457—True Brit: Beatrice, 1940 by Rosemary Zibart and narrated by Jo Chapman.  In 1940, Beatrice Sims, a spoiled English girl arrives in Santa Fe to escape the war in London. At first the twelve year old hates the dusty little town. But soon Beatrice makes friends with goofy Arabella, develops a crush on handsome Esteban and aids Ana, a shy Indian girl. First accused of being stuck up, Beatrice learns to change tires and ride wild ponies. This book is inspired by accounts of children who were sent to Santa Fe and elsewhere in the United States to escape the war in Europe.