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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. .



News of the Library for the Blind

and Physically Handicapped

Fall 2019


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. .


Any Book Any Time

We are now able to create customized book cartridges that can hold 5 or more digital books based on your requests and preferences! Since each cartridge is custom made, we are never out of copies of any book. We can send you more books with less mail items and you can enjoy each cartridge for as long as you like - there are no due dates! Simply return it when you’re finished and request more books.


This new program will use all the same equipment you’re used to. You’ll receive the same style containers and your current player already has the functions it needs to move back and forth between the books. Contact us to get you started or if you have any questions!


Giving to the Friends of the LBPH


We’re often asked around the holidays about giving back to the LBPH. While we cannot accept donations directly, you can give to Friends of the NMLBPH, a 501(c) (3) non-profit that supports our library’s staff, volunteers, and mission. Contributions should be addressed to Friends of the NMLBPH, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey | Santa Fe, NM 87507


A Library by Any Other Name


The Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which provides braille and audio materials to the New Mexico Library, has changed its name. As of October 1, 2019, it will be known as “National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.” The new name addresses the use of outdated language and more clearly communicates the breadth of those served. NLS sought input on this name change implementation from stakeholder groups and gathered data through various public channels, including its users.


“We’ve been considering a change for some time, so we’re happy to see this day arrive,” NLS Director Karen Keninger said. “We are very pleased to share our new name and accompanying graphic identity with the public and feel that the new name, as with all of NLS’s work, puts the emphasis on the people we serve.”


This name change will not affect the acronym by which the program is known generally, so NLS will still be NLS.


Holiday Closings


The library will be closed for the following holidays in the coming year. As we enter the winter months, please understand we may also close unexpectedly for inclement weather, and that mail delays are possible.


11/28/19 Thanksgiving

11/29/19 President’s Day

12/25/19 Christmas

1/1/20 New Year’s Day

1/20/20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

5/25/20 Memorial Day

7/4/20 Independence Day

9/7/20 Labor Day

10/12/20 Indigenous Peoples’ Day

11/11/20 Veterans Day


Re-Releasing Old Favorites

DNM00047 – From Calcutta with Love: The WWII letters of Richard and Reva Beard by Richard and Reva Beard, read by Elaine Pinkerton.

Presents an insight to the tragedy of war in one of World War II's forgotten areas of operation, the China-Burma-India Theater, as seen through the eyes of an army psychologist in daily letters to his wife, Reva, back home half a world away. Told with tenderness, passion, and exquisite detail.


DNM00063 – The Wind Leaves No Shadow

by Ruth Laughlin, read by Maria Felt.

History and fiction converge to tell the tale of a fiery red-haired beauty from Santa Fe's colorful past. This is the story (based on fact) of Dona Tules Barcelo, a gambling queen and mistress to the governor who became a rich, powerful woman in the 1830s when the territory still belonged to Mexico.


DNM 00117 – New Mexico Past and Future

by Thomas E. Chavez, read by Charles Boatright.

Approaches the state's history in a different way. Uses relative time and cause and effect as important keys to make sense of history. Divides New Mexico's history into five sections; the time before Europeans arrived; the Spanish colonial period; Mexican independence; Territorial; and statehood.


DNM00152 – Riata and Spurs: The Story of a Lifetime Spent in the Saddle as Cowboy and Detective

by Charlie Siringo, read by Charles Boatright.

Siringo (1855-1928) was one of Santa Fe, New Mexico's most famous residents. This fascinating autobiography reads more like fiction than real life. Using Pat Garrett as a reference to become a Pinkerton detective, Siringo worked cases all over the West even infiltrating Butch Cassidy's outlaw band.

Recent Recording Studio Productions

DNM00415 – Suzanna by Irene I. Blea, read by Carole Albrecht.

A coming of age story of a young Spanish girl in territorial New Mexico tossed into marriage by her grandparents. Conflicts develop involving gender, culture, inequality, as Suzanna's isolation and economic hardship cause her to use her wits to resolve an untenable situation.


DNM00424 – Poor People’s Flowers

by Irene I. Blea, read by Carole Albrecht.

Second book in the Suzanna trilogy. Her much older husband has beaten Suzanna, and the family has moved to Colorado. Suzanna escaped, but left her sons. Now she meets people who help her recover her health and self-esteem, as she reclaims her right to become her own person.


DNM00514 – Leaving Tulsa

by Jennifer Elise Foerster, read by Jo Chapman.

The author offers an exploration of a woman's coming of age. The poems travel from Oklahoma to the edges of the American continent through landscapes stark, lush, ancient and apocalyptic. Imagery based on fire, shell, highway, and wing cycle through the poems, giving the collection a rich lyrical-dramatic texture.


DNM00545 – The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey

By Michael J. Orenduff, read by Bruce Herr.

Before making a somewhat notorious name for himself as a salvager of antiquated pottery and other desert artifacts, Hubie Schuze was an eager student at the University of New Mexico until they expelled him. Now, he's back at UNM as a pottery teacher. It should be a breeze, but campus life has changed dramatically in the past twenty-five years.


DNM00547 – Santa Fe 1880: Chronicles from the Year of the Railroad by Allen Steele, read by Jo Chapman.


The sleepy frontier capital of Santa Fe transformed abruptly in 1880. The city, already a vibrant mix of cultures, jolted suddenly into the industrial age, when it was inundated with newcomers from the East. The freshly laid tracks of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway provided easy access to the Wild West and changed the city overnight.


DNM00293 – Los Alamos Light

by Larry Bograd, read by Carylee Kensler.

Maggie's enforced move to New Mexico during World War II with her scientist father creates friction between them as he becomes more and more involved in his secret work.


DNM00527 – Sweet Nata by Gloria Zamora, read by Lorna Alesi.

Set during the 1950s and 1960s in Mora and Corrales, New Mexico, this title reveals the author’s interaction with her parents, grandparents, and other extended family members who influenced her life. Portraying an image of native New Mexican culture and history for the young, this memoir should prove nostalgic for older generations.


Collection Highlights from the NLS Music Section


Did you know that the NLS braille and talking-book program has its own music library? NLS has music instruction and appreciation materials in braille, audio, and large print, and you don’t have to play an instrument or read music to check them out. The collection includes recorded materials on a wide variety of musicians and types of music. And if you’re interested in making your own music, we have audio courses that teach you to play various instruments, songs, and styles. We also have large-print sheet music with enlarged staff notation—and the largest collection of braille sheet music in the world. The collection and staff are located in Washington, D.C., but serve all NLS patrons. All materials are circulated postage free, and many are available for download from the Music Collection on BARD.


Here are a few of the Music Section’s best-loved books:


Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collectionby Bill Malone (DBM03645). Bill Malone provides an excellent overview of the sources, evolution, and styles of country music, from the Carter Family to Dolly Parton. Dozens of full-length songs are included. The Music Section has numerous Smithsonian Folkways titles in its music appreciation collection, especially for gospel and country music.


Who’s Afraid of Braille Music: A Short Introduction and Resource Handbook for Parents and Studentsby Richard Taesch and William McCann (BRM32949). If you’ve ever been curious about learning to read braille music, this book provides an excellent and fun introduction to the basics. We have it in both braille and large print (LPM00660) so that blind and sighted teachers and students can work together. We also have more advanced books on braille music code as well as dictionaries of braille music signs.


Swingin’: Big Band Swing and Jazz from the 1930’s and 1940’sby Samuel Charters (DBM03697).Revisit the early years of big band swing with this recording of groups including Gene Krupa and his Chicagoans and Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra. Narrated liner notes explain the history behind the music.


Narrated Life History of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartby Marcia Dangerfield (DBM03393). If you’ve always wanted to learn more about opera and other types of classical music, the NLS Music Section has you covered. Our music appreciation talking books include many composer biographies, opera summaries, and introductions to music concepts, all with musical excerpts.


Intro to the Guitar for the Visually Impairedby Bill Brown (DBM02984). This course teaches you to play guitar entirely through audio instruction, starting with how to hold and tune a guitar. From there, it teaches chords, rhythm patterns, and all notes in first position. You’ll also learn to play songs including “Amazing Grace,” with tracks to play along to. This course is also available in Spanish as Introducción a la Guitarra para Discapacitados Visuales (DBM02982).


Intro to the Piano for the Visually Impairedby Bill Brown (DBM01719). Have you always wanted to play piano? With this course, you can learn at your own pace with detailed audio instruction. You’ll learn the basics and begin playing songs. From there, you can enjoy many other piano lessons and courses that the Music Section has in audio format. Learn to play styles such as jazz, blues, rock, and ragtime, as well as songs like “Feliz Navidad” (DBM03934).


To borrow any materials mentioned in this article, you may access the Music Collection on BARD or contact the Music Section by phone at 1-800-424-8567, option 2, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about the Music Section, visit and read our NLS Music Notes blog.

What Are Your Reader Advisors Reading?


Berdina – “Because I spring-clean in fall, I’m rereading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (DB080607). It has taught me new levels of appreciation not only for the objects in my life, but for the life I have created. It is also a good read for the upcoming New Year. For Halloween, I read Dracula by Bram Stoker (DB031689) because a creepy, unsympathetic, blood-sucking vampire with world domination on his mind is simply scary.”


Sam – “I’m not usually a mystery fan, but Magic for Liars (DB095390) has me reconsidering that. I couldn’t stop reading Sarah Gailey’s gritty, noir murder mystery about a PI with no magic investigating a murder in a high school for magic teenagers.”


Tim – “I'm a Navy Veteran and I love Sea Adventures so I try to read a few a year. Right now I'm reading Hornblower and the Hotspur (DB046118). The 2nd book of the Horatio Hornblower series, it follows the young captain and his ship at the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars during the early 1800's. Full of war gore and colorful seamanship!”