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LBPH Newsletter Winter/Spring 2014

Magazine Subscriptions

The change in magazine subscriptions from cassettes to digital has brought up a number of questions from patrons, so we’d like to just review how the subscription process works.  First of all, magazine subscriptions are coming to you from a different vendor.  You subscribe to a title through us, but then it is shipped to you from an NLS vendor that handles subscriptions.  Your digital subscriptions will arrive in a red plastic case labeled “Magazines” in braille.  Instead of receiving each magazine on its own cassette as before, you will receive the current issues of all your subscriptions on a single digital cartridge.  The only alternative to receiving magazines on a digital cartridge is to download them through BARD.   For those you who used to get the bi-monthly book catalog on cassette, Talking Book Topics is now a subscription item, also coming in a red case.

These digital subscriptions must be returned.  You have about 1-2 weeks to listen to a digital subscription cartridge, and then you must return it in the mail the same way you do the audiobooks.  Turn the card over on the front of the red mailer and drop it in the mail.   The vendor reuses the same cartridges to send you subsequent issues of your subscriptions, so you will receive overdue notices if the cartridge is late.  If you do not return your subscriptions, the vendor will no longer send them out to you. 

There has also been confusion about multiple magazine titles on a single cartridge.  If you have multiple subscriptions, the NLS vendor will try to group as many titles on a single cartridge as possible, which can sometimes result in a delay for a particular title.  For example, say you are subscribed to Talking Book Topics plus a monthly magazine such as National Geographic.  If TBT is due to come out at the middle of a particular month, but National Geographic is due to come out at the end of that same month, then the vendor will wait on National Geographic to put both titles on the same cartridge before mailing it out to you.  This results in a delay for the Talking Book Topics. 

The NLS digital talking-book player is equipped with a bookshelf feature to assist you in navigating through multiple titles on a single cartridge.  To activate the bookshelf feature, press and hold the green, rectangular Play/Stop button on your player until you hear a beep.   Even if there are multiple titles on a cartridge, you still have the same amount of time to return it; therefore, it’s advisable to only subscribe to however many titles you can complete in about a week.  So please, everyone, remember to return those red subscription mailers, and avoid the overdue notices and cancellation of your subscriptions!  

Voice Mail Tips

To help us process your voice mail orders as quickly and as correctly as possible, please make sure you leave your full name (and the name of the person you are placing the order for) and phone number, as well as the relevant information about your order or question.  If we are unable to understand your message and you do not leave a call back number, we cannot proceed with the order on our end.

Please keep in mind that there are several individuals who retrieve messages from our voice mail line now, so do not assume that we can all recognize your voice or know you only by first name.  The best way to ensure that your order is processed correctly is to leave as much information as you can.  If there is a problem with your order or if you leave a question as a message, we will return your call as quickly as we can.  Orders that contain just book numbers are processed as soon as we receive them, and there is no need for any call backs.  

Recent Recording Studio Productions

DNM00370—History of Billy the Kid by Charles A. Siringo and narrated by John Pound.  Charles Siringo, a cowboy, Pinkerton detective, writer, and Hollywood advisor, crossed paths with Billy the Kid a time or two.  His account, originally published in 1920 and now reprinted, has inaccuracies, but offers genuine nuggets, such as Jim East’s eyewitness account of the Kid’s capture by Pat Garrett.  Historian Frederick Nolan discusses Siringo’s account in this book’s Preface.

DNM00379—The Sorrow of Archaeology by Russell Martin and narrated by Bruce Herr. Sarah MacLeish unearths the skeleton of an ancient Puebloan girl with a deformed leg during an archaeological dig near Mesa Verde. Struggling with multiple sclerosis, and aware that her husband, discontented in a childless marriage, is having an affair, Sarah confronts her own history and whether she has the power or the will to shape the days that remain to her. With archaeology as subject and metaphor, the book’s characters grapple with the deepest human questions: How can we know who we really are? What is best for us? How do we construct satisfying narratives of our lives out of the broken materials fate hands us?

DNM00321—Fire Season by Philip Connors and narrated by Jo Chapman. The Gila landscape, rugged and roadless, - and the 1st region in the world to be officially off-limits to industrial machines - is typically hit by lightning more than 30,000 times per year.  Written with startling beauty from a 10,000 foot firewatch perch, the book is filled with reflections on nature and historic events of the region, as well as musings on other writers who had served as lookouts before him.

DNM00329—The Buffalo Head: A Century of Mercantile Pioneering in the Southwest by Daniel T. Kelly and narrated by John Pen La Farge. The Gross and Kelly families were early dry goods and grocery merchants in Santa Fe, and later throughout northern and central New Mexico.  Daniel Kelly describes growing up in the early 1900's, as well as the growth of mercantile activity from the turn of the century until after WW II.  He discusses the national economics and politics that shaped products entering and leaving the state, as well as the development of markets for New Mexico's agricultural products.

DNM00351—The Pot Thief Who Studied D.H. Lawrence by J. Michael Orenduff and narrated by Charles Boatright. Hubie is visiting the Lawrence Ranch high on Taos Mountain to entertain donors with a presentation about ancient pottery.  But his real goal is to find the pot Fidelio Duran presented to D.H. Lawrence as a welcoming gift.  Then a snowstorm strands everyone at the Ranch Conference Center, and Hubie's new goal is survival! 

DNM00356—The King's Lizard: A Tale of Murder and Deception in Old Santa Fe by Pamela Christie and narrated by William Scheer.  In 1782 New Mexico, gangs of slavers scour the land.  Priests deal in captives and guns, and there's a traitor deep within.  The drama takes place in Santa Fe, the province's capital,  populated by stubborn people struggling for life on the furthest edge of the known world.  Daily life is dangerous and impoverished.  While officially forbidden, the slave trade is rampant, with the Spanish, Apaches, Comanches and Utes selling one another's people.  Someone is killing soldiers quartered in the Palace of the Governors, capturing wagon trains, killing settlers in villages, and kidnapping and wounding members of a prominent Santa Fe family.  Solving the crime is only one of the pleasures of this tale.  The force at the very core of it all, revealed late in the book, will be a surprise to all but those most knowledgeable of New Mexico's early history.