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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. .

LBPH Newsletter Summer 2013


              The National Library Service (NLS) has released the BARD Mobile Application (app) for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app is available for free download from the iTunes store. BARD users experiencing difficulty in finding this app are advised to search online in the app store using the term “bardmobile” or “nls.” The Mobile app enables LBPH patrons with a BARD account to download audio and braille books, magazines, and music scores directly to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

               A user guide is available in the Help section of the app and online at A video introduction to the BARD Mobile application is available at

               This app provides the convenience of being able to download NLS books to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices that can be purchased commercially and are in relatively widespread use and highly portable. As BARD book or magazine download can require many minutes of time, it is generally recommended that patrons use available wifi access, rather than more limited and costly data plans. The Mobile app requires slightly more time for downloading as it includes “unzipping” of the book or magazine. The NLS expects to be able to release a similar app for Android supported devices within the next year.


DNM00328—Fire of a Thousands Suns by George R. Caron and narrated by Michael Burgan. "Bob" Caron was the tail gunner in the B-29, Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, when he was unexpectedly handed a camera to take pictures of the explosion. While other official cameras were aboard planes that accompanied Enola Gay to that day, Caron's images of the climbing mushroom cloud were the only pictures that turned out. Bob's memories are preserved in this book that was published shortly before his death in the mid-1990's.

DNM00331—Commerce of the Prairies by Josiah Gregg and narrated by John Pound. A favorite of historians, ethnologists, naturalists, and collectors of western Americana, written as a scrupulous and definitive guidebook to the prairies and an authoritative account of early Santa Fe trade.  Josiah Gregg joined traders bound for Santa Fe in 1831.  During the ten years he engaged in the Santa Fe Trade, Gregg took copious notes on the life and landscape of the prairies, the Mexicans and their settlements, and of the Plains Indians.

DNM00338—The Detectives Who Loved Shakespeare by Barbara  Langner and narrated by Mike Langner. Monica Walters, New Mexico High School teacher and compulsive mystery reader, gets her opportunity to be a super sleuth when a man is murdered at a peace conference. In her zeal to find the killer, she dresses like Dorothy at an Oz convention where she sees a flying monkey race and meets a coven of cavorting witches.  The Albuquerque  police detective assigned to the case chuckles at her snooping but realizes she’s unearthed some pertinent clues, which lead her to the killer before the police! 

DNM00340—Gold-Mining Boomtown by Roberta K. Haldane and narrated by William Scheer. White Oaks, near Lincoln, was born in 1879, when prospectors discovered gold at Baxter Mountain.  Profiled are families and  persons who resided there during the town's heyday.  Besides outlaws, law-men, and miners, Haldane introduces ranchers, doctors, saloonkeepers, stagecoach owners, and entrepreneurs (including Billy the Kid's lawyer).  Readers also meet a Sea captain and his wife (a Samoan princess), Chinese miners, the "'cattle queen' of New Mexico," and an undertaker with an international criminal past.

DNM00344—Ghosts-Murder-Mayhem a Chronicle of Santa Fe by Allan Pacheco and narrated by Mary Jo Halpin. “Beyond belief" stories of the present and days of yore that offer compelling, serious, and humorous events woven into Santa Fe's colorful history.  Many myths/facts are revealed and many bubbles are burst.  The book is full of sensationalism, truths, lies, and pleasant distractions, mixing humor with hard-boiled memorable moments that could only happen in "The City Different."

DNM00350—Begoso Cabin: A Pecos Country Retreat by Mari Grana and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Having purchased an abandoned sheepherder's cabin on 240 acres in northern New Mexico, Mari Grana began making the cabin livable.  She meets her neighbors and begins to learn the area’s history. She describes a world where the village church comes alive on saints' days, and the spirit of the cabin's builder.

DNM00353—Perfect Crystals and Valuables Ores by Paul Kraemer and narrated by Bruce Herr. In these 20 articles, Kraemer shows a passionate interest in New Mexico history, particularly its Spanish Colonial and Mexican period.  The essays touch on topics as diverse as New Mexico's ancient salt trade, the development of New Mexico's wine industry, an alternative view of the 1837 rebellion, and a malaria outbreak at Fort Thorn.  Kraemer has a knack for mining material from a wide variety of sources, and synthesizing his findings into sometimes exciting, sometimes controversial, but always interesting views of New Mexico's past.

DNM00358—The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein by Michael Orenduff and narrated by Charles Boatright. Hubie Schuze meets a reclusive collector for a confidential appraisal. What could go wrong? His optimism fades fast when he finds three of his own Anasazi copies among the genuine pots. Then, when the driver drops him at home, he doesn’t find $2,500 the collector gave him. When Detective Fletcher drags Hubie to the morgue to identify a body—it is the collector!


               With any innovation there are costs and benefits, and digital cartridges are no exception! While the cost of two cassettes was around fifty cents, a digital cartridge may cost $5.  As part of its cost controls, the NLS is requiring its regional libraries to return a significant number of digital books for reuse.  As a result, the NLS and its regional libraries are emphasizing the return of digital books, to ensure availability for patrons.

               To encourage timely returns, we have begun to contact patrons with overdue books by phone, and send a follow-up postcard later if needed.  Books are issued for 45 days with one renewal – a potential three-month borrowing time.  Similar reminders are planned for magazines in digital format.  Magazines are borrowed for shorter periods—one week is allowed for weekly magazines, and ten days for monthly magazines.  We encourage patrons to be mindful of borrowing periods, and return items so that all may enjoy our limited resources.