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LBPH Newsletter Fall 2007

FAREWELL TO ART HEMMINDINGER

After 27 years of volunteer work in the area of playback equipment repair, Arthur Hemmindinger, and his wife Peggy, left the Santa Fe area in October to reside in Manhattan, Kansas, to be closer to one of their children. Before leaving, Arthur inquired as to whether his new community might offer volunteer opportunities with a Talking Book program. Sadly, it has been learned that Peggy passed away in December.

A retired experimental physicist and a veteran of the Manhattan Project, Arthur received the library’s first Volunteer of the Year award in 2005. Born in 1912, he earned degrees from Cornell University and the California Institute of Technology, and taught at the University of Oklahoma prior to beginning work with the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

RNM00057 - Cottonwood Saints written by Gene Guerin and narrated by Joyce Townsend. Based on a journal left by Guerin's mother, we follow the thwarted life of Margarita Juana Galvan, born in 1913 to poor laborers in New Mexico. Taken in by an affluent great-aunt and uncle she grows up trying to escape to a more perfect fantasyland, finally living in resentment within a loveless marriage.

RNM00091 - No Ordinary Man written by Donald McCrory and narrated by Jose Sanchez. Cervantes was a spy, adventurer, soldier, hostage, tax collector, pirate, poet, playwright, creator of the first European novel, and author of the timeless and undisputed classic Don Quixote. Sometimes called the Shakespeare of Spain, Cervantes rubbed shoulders with royalty and luminaries of the day.

RNM00100 - Dancing Gods: Indian Ceremonials of New Mexico and Arizona written by Erna Fergusson and narrated by John Pen La Farge. The best single reference for visitors to dances and ceremonies that are open to the public in the Southwest. Includes background information on the dances performed by Native American peoples from the various pueblos along the Rio Grande, the Hopi Mesas, and Navajo and Apache reservations.

RNM00112 - Tales from the Bed written by Jenifer Estess and narrated by Sat Nirmal Khalsa. Touching and inspiring memoir of a beautiful, thirty-something New Yorker that though stricken with ALS forces us to reconsider society's notion of "having it all," and illustrates, more than anything, the power of memory, work, and most of all, love.

RNM00113 - Changing Light written by Nora Gallagher and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Artist Eleanor Garrigue flees a bad marriage, settles in a small adobe house in Santa Fe and one day finds a stumbling man in her arroyo. She takes in the handsome stranger who turns out to be a scientist at Los Alamos working on the bomb. Now add to the mix a spy on the loose that must be caught.

RNM00114 - The Royal City written by Les Savage, Jr., and narrated by William Scheer. In 1680, Santa Fe was little more than an adobe village. Yet, as the capital of the New Mexico Territory, it was the stronghold of Spanish tyranny over the area's Pueblo Indians. In the Royal City, events were moving swiftly to violent climax and there were those who would play their part in this drama.

RNM00125 - Catching Heaven written by Sands Hall and narrated by Joyce Townsend. The complex bond and resentment between sisters and the aching search for home and connection are woven against the immutable backdrop of the American Southwest. This novel illuminates that place in the heart where solitude embraces serenity and dreams meet possibility.

RNM00131 - J. Frank Torres Crusader and Judge: An Oral History written by Lois Gerber Franke and narrated by Charles Boatright. Jose Francisco Torres was born in Trinidad, Colorado. He faced discrimination and disrespect but honorably prevailed by getting a law degree, defending the poor and disadvantaged, married his Crusita, reared three children, and became a judge.

Arthur was instrumental in encouraging the volunteer participation of a number of other former LANL employees. It is estimated that he provided over 4,000 hours of support during his time with the library.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY UPDATE

The Friends of the New Mexico Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped recently agreed to fund some useful improvements. The library will be acquiring a computer device that will allow it to transfer tape recordings to digital format so that they will be available for the digital talking book player in the future.

Also, the Friends agreed to the purchase of a new Braille embosser that will allow connection through a computer network and can emboss Braille on both sides of a page. This new equipment will include an acoustic enclosure that will substantially reduce the significant sound that occurs during the embossing process.