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LBPH Newsletter Winter 2007-08

DATABASE CONVERSION SCHEDULE

Most patrons are familiar with the library’s KLAS database through the online catalog that allows for book searching and ordering. For the library staff, KLAS is an everyday essential tool for fulfilling patron requests and maintaining patron records.

Every few years a major upgrade is required to keep KLAS current. The next one is scheduled for the dates of April 18-21. These dates include a Friday and Monday. While staff may be available part of those days, we do encourage patrons to plan ordering books as much as possible around those dates, so as to help smooth the transition process. Additionally, staff will begin training for the conversion for about one hour a day from March 18-April 17. Times for these trainings will generally be at either 10 AM or 1 PM. We will need to put the phones on voicemail during these times.

We appreciate our patron’s patience during this upcoming training and transition phase. Once completed, the upgrade to KLAS version 7 should enable us to provide ongoing quality service as we prepare for the NLS transition to digital media.

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

RNM00121—Yellowcake written by Ann Cummins and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. A story of straddling cultures and trying to cheat fate in the American Southwest when a Navajo family's daughter, involved with a group seeking to
recover damages for those harmed by uranium dust from mining in the fifties, tries to enlist the testimony of the reluctant mining supervisor.

RNM00136—Far from Cibola written by Paul Horgan and narrated by William Scheer. A lyrical novel that welds ancient mystery with the actual lives of workaday
people. Taking place in the time of the Great Depression, Far From Cibola is set in Roswell, New Mexico, a region where "nature's favors were fitfully bestowed.” Poverty, violence, and racial cruelty are all part of the picture. Some violence.

RNM00139—Under the Sangre de Cristo written by Paul Horgan and narrated by William Scheer. The imagery and intrigue of the Southwest cities of Santa Fe and Taos are
gathered here in short stories and allegories from different times in the area's past.

RNM00143—Obsessions Can be Murder written by Connie Shelton and narrated by Catherine Staton. A Charlie Parker mystery. A small lakeside town in northern New Mexico has a little unsolved mystery. Four years ago a showplace home blew up, an apparent gas leak. A young woman died and the owner disappeared. His gold-digging wife wants the insurance money, and his daughter wants to know what happened.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Catch the Reading Bug this summer at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and discover the amazing world of insects! The 2008 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adults. Those who participate in the free program will receive a certificate and small gift at the end of the summer.

Bella Lucero will be mailing invitation announcements with reading logs later in the spring. The program runs from June to August. Those seeking additional information may contact either Bella or Lucy Dix

Join in for good fun and great reading!

NFB—NEW MEXICO POSSIBILITIES FAIR

The National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico Possibilities Fair will provide a hands-on opportunity for those fifty-five and older who are losing vision (and for their families and friends) to learn how to improve their lives. The event occurs on Thursday, April 10, 2008, from 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM at the Hilton Albuquerque. Cost is $15.00 with a lunch included.

Community partners participating in the fair include the
New Mexico Commission for the Blind, The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the City of Albuquerque, Department of Senior Affairs, the Blinded Veterans’ Association, La Vida Llena, Lions Clubs, and Montebello.
Those interested in attending may contact Christine Hall at 505-268-3895 or Art Schreiber at 505-243-6165.

The NFB State Convention takes place at the same location from April 11-13. The Library for the Blind will be represented by Bella Lucero on both Thursday and Friday.

Alice Baker, Assistant to the Chief of the Materials Development Division of the National Library Service, will be at the Convention to demonstrate the use of the Digital Talking Book player and speak to the general audience.

 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION EVENT

This year’s event is planned for Monday, May 12 at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The library will be closed from about 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Friends of the Library will be sponsoring the event with the additional support of the Department of Cultural Affairs.