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LBPH Newsletter Winter 2012-2013


      The Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is conducting a survey to understand how to better serve the needs of readers of talking books and braille. This survey is scheduled to be conducted from March 11–May 10, 2013.

      To take the survey online or to learn more about it, go to (link is case sensitive) or call 1-866-545-1618 to schedule a time to take the survey over the phone. You do not have to be a current NLS reader to take the survey but must be at least 18 years old, live in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be eligible for services.

      The 25 minute survey is designed to learn more about your experiences with talking books and braille services, what types of talking book and braille materials and services you are looking for, and what NLS can do to get you more interested in the free Library of Congress talking book and braille program. If you aren’t currently using NLS, let us know what services you want and how we can add you to our list of NLS readers. If you are a current NLS reader, let us know what we are doing well, where we can improve, and what new services you would like NLS to offer. Your answers to the survey questions will be kept confidential. Take the survey now to help Library of Congress NLS better serve all readers who use talking books and braille!


DNM00219—Climbing the Rainbow by Joy Hulme and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. After moving from Utah to a homestead in New Mexico, Dora can't wait to start school, to learn and make new friends. The problem is Dora is as old as the fourth graders, but she has to start in the first grade. Some kids think she's dumb, but she makes a friend in Cora Beth. Then tragedy strikes--will Dora be able to pass the test to get to the fifth grade, or are other things more important now?

DNM00237—Set in Motion by Karen McKinnon and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. A memoir in journal entries, letters, and poems begins with an encounter between the author, as a young woman returning from Europe, and sympathetic Pastor Ian MacKenzie. The pastor raises the question, "What is writing for?" that stays in the author's mind. When the two meet again after 40 years, they renew their friendship and exchange letters. The original encounter spirals into a memoir spanning the lives of both the poet and the pastor.

DNM00257—The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras by J. Michael Orenduff and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. A shady character offers Hubert Schuze $25,000 to steal a centuries old pot from a museum. He figures it can't hurt to check it out but he figured wrong. After finding the place impregnable, he returns to his shop where a BLM agent accuses him of stealing the rare pot. He stages a hoax to get the pot out of the museum and solve two murders, with complications and twists!

DNM00262—Struck by Keith Pyeatt and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Lightning strikes Barry Andrews, awakening abilities he's carried since birth. Long ago the Pueblo Indians built an advanced civilization in Chaco Canyon. Using the precise alignment of their pueblos to tap into powers they ultimately couldn't control, the Anasazi abandoned Chaco. However, one man, driven by greed, seeks to exploit the secrets of Chaco Canyon. Now Barry must join forces with a pueblo elder and accept his role as a warrior to save the earth.

DNM00305—Shadows Among the Ruins by Marie Romero Cash and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Jemimah Hodge, a cowgirl at heart, moves from Texas to New Mexico after a short visit. She moves to a small ranch located in the  foothills of the Ortiz Mountains south of Santa Fe and takes a job with the local Sheriff’s Department. Along with two handsome detectives, Jemimah finds herself knee deep in the investigation of a series of gruesome murders that took place on an ancient Indian pueblo.

DNM00313—Pecos Pueblo People Through the Ages by Carol Paradise Decker and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. These ten stories about the Pecos Pueblo people range through the centuries from stone age hunters of the distant past to the return of the ancestors in 1999. Linked by an ancient bone bead, each story describes a particular event from the perspective of a young girl and her family.

DNM00320—Forgotten Tales of New Mexico by Ellen Dornan and narrated by Charles Boatright. Stories of heroic New Mexico outcasts and scheming governors, female warriors and fierce revolutionaries. Meet the crew that accidentally dropped a hydrogen bomb on a sage-covered mesa, Union troops who surrendered after "destroying" a cache of whiskey, the governor who rerouted Route 66 to spite his successor, and the first African American woman to enlist in the U.S. Army.

DNM00322—A Rare Thing by Rudy Apodaca and narrated by Bruce Herr. A story of redemption and forgiveness. Javier Jiminez grows in San Carlos New Mexico, a motherless youth with an alcoholic father.  Javier and his Anglo girlfriend, Deborah, struggle to maintain their relationship in the face of family tragedy and cultural prejudices. Grown, Javier joins the Army and is sent to Vietnam, where he suffers from depression, and grapples with his identity and possible death.  His father's spirit appears to him, and Javier gains insight into human frailties and deals with forgiveness.

DNM00325—The Great Taos Bank Robbery by Tony Hillerman and narrated by Charles Boatright. Before he became a well-known writer of mystery novels set in the Navajo Nation, Tony Hillerman penned essays about life in New Mexico.  This classic collection first issued in 1973 is a must read for anyone looking to understand the state's unique charm. This edition includes a new introduction and foreword by Anne Hillerman.

DNM00330—Bloomfield to Baghdad by Tom Claffey and narrated by Charles Boatright with Mary Jo Halpin. The story of Jesse Harper's passage from boyhood to manhood.  From learning to drive an 18-wheeler back home in New Mexico to becoming a trucker in the Army, under fire in Iraq. His Army companion trucker is Kelsey Brannigan, a no-nonsense female gear jammer from Seattle.  Women truckers back home, and a white border collie play supporting roles.

DNM00335—Trespassers on Our Own Land by Mike Scarborough and narrated by Charles Boatright. Juan P. Valdez, born in 1938 in Canjilon, New Mexico, is removed from school to help farm.  Repeatedly denied grazing permits by the US Forest Service, he sneaks his family's cattle on and off forest pastures. Later, he meets Reies L. Tijerina, speaking out against the US having taken thousands of acres of grant lands. Juan and others members enter the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in 1967 in a failed attempt to arrest the district attorney. The author's father was the judge that day, and he assists Juan in telling his story.