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

LBPH Newsletter Fall 2016



        About eight years ago, the National Library Service (NLS) began to introduce digital cartridges and players for borrowing. At that time, the New Mexico program held over 200,000 cassette title copies.


        In line with the transition to digital cartridges, New Mexico and other programs have been gradually recycling cassette copies. As of early December, the New Mexico cassette collection has been reduced to less than 60,000 copies representing over 57,000 titles. At the current rate of recycling, it is expected that the cassette book collection will be completely removed in about another year. Cassette circulation now represents less than five percent of monthly book circulation.


        With these changes in mind, LBPH plans to discontinue cassette book circulation as of July 1, 2017. This six month advance announcement should enable those persons still requesting cassette copies to plan a full transition to digital book borrowing by next July. During this full transition to digital book and player borrowing, patrons are encouraged to return their cassette books and players.


        We appreciate your cooperation.  As cassette books are discontinued, we plan to improve our ability to duplicate to digital cartridges older titles that are only available via BARD download.  




        In early November, the library welcomed Tim Donahue, whose job title is Readers Services and Outreach Librarian. Tim is scheduled to work 20 hours (half-time) per week.


        A Maryland native and Navy veteran, Tim and his family have settled in Santa Fe after living in the Bozeman, Montana area. Tim has mostly served in college libraries, having, also, worked at Skidmore College. He obtained his library degree at the University at Albany. A jazz music enthusiast,  Tim is a talented trumpeter.


        Coincidentally, Katherine (Katie) Miles, who has been serving as a half-time Reader Advisor since January, will be leaving in late December to become a full-time Youth Services Librarian at the Farmington Public Library in New Mexico.


        A Santa Fe native, Katie volunteered with LBPH before beginning as a Reader Advisor. She obtained her library degree from the University of Texas. We wish Katie the best as she further develops her library career in the Four Corners region.


Please help us to serve you clearly


        When leaving book orders or general messages on the phone please tell us the name of the patron (spelling out the patron’s last name is very helpful), the phone number associated with the patron account, and the city where the patron resides. Some of us know you by the sound of your voices or even your nicknames, but most of us do not.


        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, so that we can send you the books that you are planning to order.






DNM00163—In Search of the Lost Feminine : Decoding the Myths that Radically Reshaped Civilization   by Craig S. Barnes and narrated by Zella Cox. The ancient world had not only treated women with respect, but had been more resistant to war, more attentive to earth's cycles, more ecstatic. This book traces the archaeological and societal forces that shaped the current culture of war and misogyny, with a revelation at every turn.


DNM00402—The Hi-Lo Country by Max Evans and narrated by John Pound. They were two cowboys out of the New Mexico dust. Cow punchers and man punchers, they hit hard, lived raw, and rode the beautiful Hi-Lo country as best friends and comrades. Until one night, when they fell in love with the same woman—a beautiful, irresistible, married woman.


DNM00404—Rollover: A Dan Mahoney Mystery by Susan Slater and narrated by Lorna Alesi. A bank heist hits Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Ace insurance investigator, Dan Mahoney, soon learns his life is in danger, and when people close to the case turn up dead, he suspects there's more than just robbery going on.


DNM00429—Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in the Rio Abajo  edited by Richard Melzer and narrated by Jack Sweeny. Incidents of murder, mystery, mayhem, and tragedy that took place from the 1500s to today in what are now Valencia, Socorro, and Cibola counties in New Mexico. Some are the most famous as well as the least-known histories of this region.  Most of the mysteries remain unsolved.


DNM00455—Emilio: A People's Politician: The Life and Times of Emilio Naranjo by Robert McGeagh and narrated by William Scheer. Emilio Naranjo was a powerful figure in the political landscape of northern New Mexico. His influence spanned more than 40 years in varying positions ranging from sheriff to state senator. With Naranjo at the reins, the Democratic Party became more widespread and more powerful than it had been in previous decades.


DNM00461—Bitter Waters: The Struggles of the Pecos River by Patrick Dearen and narrated by Maggie Zysk. The first book-length study of the entire Pecos, tracing the river's environmental history from the arrival of the first Europeans in the 16th century to today.








        The Friends of the NMLBPH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that can accept and maintain tax-deductible donations for the benefit of the library program.


        The Friends’ support is used for supplemental funding of materials or travel, where state funding has been reduced, or in areas such as our local recording program, which may not routinely be supported by state or federal funding.  Contributions to the Friends may be addressed to Friends of the NMLBPH, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507.