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LBPH Newsletter Spring 2008


The fourth annual Volunteer Recognition Party took place on May 12th at the Stewart L. Udall Center for Museum Resources, which is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in Santa Fe.

The featured speaker was John Pen La Farge, who spoke on the art and discipline of collecting and organizing oral histories. Mr. La Farge is the author of Turn Left at the Sleeping Dog, which he narrated for our local recording program. He cited Studs Terkel as an inspiration and recommended that anyone may take an interest in collecting oral histories and organizing historical materials related to family and friends.

This year’s honored volunteer was Norm Snider, who, along with his wife, has greatly benefited patrons through the repair of playback equipment. Mr. Snider repairs the equipment from his home in Roswell, New Mexico.

This year’s event was funded by the Friends of the NMLBPH and included light refreshments along with the gift of an imprinted water bottle, and museum passes from the DCA.


RNM00104—Ace Flies Like an Eagle written and narrated by Barbara Beasley Murphy. After learning that his father was adopted, Ace Hobart joins him in a journey from New York to New Mexico, during which they meet Ace's great-grandmother, a circus performer, his grandfather, a Tewa Indian, and other relatives he never knew existed.

RNM00107—The Real Billy the Kid: With New Light on the Lincoln County War written by Miguel Antonio Otero and narrated by Walter McWalter. Written by the first Hispanic governor of the Territory of New Mexico, who wanted to write without embellishment a book on the Kid. Otero had known the outlaw briefly and also had known Sheriff Pat Garrett who recalled regretting having to slay the kid, saying it was just a case of who got the first shot.

RNM00111—The Hart Brand written by Johnny D. Boggs and narrated by Charles Boatright. Fourteen-year-old Caleb Hart is packed off on a train from St. Louis to his uncle's ranch in New Mexico where he learns that he "rides for the brand," "real cowboys don't wear denim," and rustlers are a plague. A fine story about family ties and loyalty, set among cowboys rather than gunslingers.

RNM00116—Night Wind written by Stephen Mertz and narrated by Julie Kirk. Robin Curtis and her son have come to Devil Creek, New Mexico, to start over after her bitter divorce. Also new to the area is Mike Landware, a writer haunted by the death of his wife. At first Devil Creek seems idyllic, but soon things begin to go horribly wrong.

RNM00117—New Mexico Past and Future written by Thomas Chavez and narrated 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.

RNM00123—Literary Pilgrims written by Lynn Cline Otero and narrated by Charles Boatright. After World War I, American writers flocked to the landscapes of Northern
New Mexico for inspiration. Discusses sixteen writers concluding with walking and driving tours of Santa Fe and Taos, where interested readers can visit former homes, gathering places, and public sites talked about in the book.

RNM00133—Piranha to Scurfy and Other Stories written by Ruth Rendell and narrated by William Scheer. Nine exquisitely crafted and expertly rendered tales of psychological terror set in England. Combines the macabre imagination of Shirley Jackson with the elegant prose of Henry James. Suspenseful and viscerally compelling.

RNM00134—Season of the Burning Souls written by Ken Hodgson and narrated by Charles Boatright. In the town of Silver City, New Mexico, residents have begun to burn up-- literally. Cases of spontaneous human combustion have claimed a banjo player in a travelling show, a 101 year-old nun, and a cave-dwelling prophet. The sheriff and county coroner must stop this rash of immolations.


Periodically, we like to remind our patrons of some practices that will allow us to serve better all patrons:

  1. Please do not deface or use markers on the books and labels of your audio books. Doing so can make it difficult or impossible to electronically scan the barcode.
  2. Please rewind in consideration of the next patron who will listen to the book. The playback equipment is designed to efficiently allow for rewinding or fast forward.
  3. Please do not mix cassettes from multiple titles. Such mixing effectively removes at least two books from being circulated until the mix-up is discovered.