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This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) and is distributed free to the patrons and other interested parties. The newsletter can be requested in large print or Braille versions, and an audio version can be accessed on NEWSLINE. For information, call LBPH at 1-800-456-5515 or 505-476-9770, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LBPH Newsletter Spring 2013

NLS AUDIO MAGAZINES NOW ON DIGITAL CARTRIDGE

     Recently, the NLS launched its transition of the magazine program from analog cassettes to digital cartridges. Now, all NLS produced magazines will circulate on digital cartridge. These magazines require return to help reduce costs and potentially expand the magazine program. The cartridge loan period for weekly publications is one week after receipt. The loan period for monthly, bimonthly, and quarterly publications is one month after receipt. After reading your digital magazines, please return the cartridge to the matching, red mailing container, flip the mailing card on the container, and place it with your outgoing mail. Timely reading and returning of magazine cartridges will help NLS continue to provide the high-quality audio-magazine program.

     In some cases you may receive a magazine cartridge containing more than one magazine. The NLS digital talking-book player is equipped with a bookshelf feature to assist in navigating your digital cartridge. To activate the bookshelf feature, press and hold the green, rectangular Play/Stop button on the player until a beep is heard. Audio instructions for using the bookshelf feature are included on all cartridges containing more than one magazine issue. Please remember that any magazine cartridge that has a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly publication on it—even if it also has a weekly publication on it—will have a loan period of one month after you receive it.

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

DNM00157—Tortilla Chronicles: Growing Up in Santa Fe by Marie Romero Cash and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Serves up a hearty dose of the "City Different" as seen by the humble, hardworking Romeros, a family honored for its contributions to regional folk arts. One of the main characters is Santa Fe itself, and the narrative tours the city's streets, shops, plaza and surrounding hills in some detail. Explores the ancestry, family life, culture and religion of northern New Mexico. Strong language, descriptions of sex.

DNM00268—A Woman's Place: Women Writing in New Mexico by Maureen Reed and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. This collective biography of six twentieth-century New Mexican women looks at multi-culturalism. The author recounts the lives of Mary Austin and Mabel Dodge Luhan, both Anglo American literary figures; Cleofas Jaramillo and Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, both Hispanic authors and folklorists; Kay Bennett, a Navajo writer and political activist; and Pablita Velarde, a Pueblo Indian painter and author.

DNM00276—The Whole Damned World by Martha Shipman Andrews and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. World War II Correspondence of Dean Daniel B. Jett, the Dean of Engineering from 1938 to 1947 at what was known then as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later NMSU), carried on a personal correspondence with hundreds of his former students during World War II. Jett's students wrote to him as well. These letters provide indelible insights into the lives of young men and women involved in cataclysmic world events.

DNM00290—Audrey of the Mountains by Dorothy Audrey Simpson and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Audrey Clements Simpson was one of the first female journalists in New Mexico. After marrying and raising two children, she moved back to her mountain ranch near Las Vegas, New Mexico and dealt with elements and wildlife, while pursuing her free lance writing career. Audrey's years from 1912 to 1997 are rich in experiences of a world now past.

DNM00327—On Top of Spoon Mountain by John Nichols and narrated by Bruce Herr. A hilarious and poignant tale of love, anarchy, and the awesome New Mexico mountains. It is drop-dead comedy with an inspiring and beautiful message. Jonathan Kepler wants to climb Spoon Mountain with his grown son and daughter on his sixty-fifth birthday. His health is terrible and his kids think he's crazy. Does the trip offer redemption or annihilation? And why is getting there so laden with pratfalls?

DNM00332—Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions by Elizabeth West and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. This Q&A book contains 400 reminders of what is known and what is sometimes forgotten or misunderstood about a city founded more than four hundred years ago. Questions are presented in various order. Answers will stimulate your curiosity.

DNM00337—Navajo Trading: The End of an Era by Willow R. Powers and narrated by Bruce Herr. In the 1870s, peddlers began travel onto the Navajo Reservation to barter wares for wool, sheep, rugs, or silver jewelry.  By early 20th century, trading posts developed, providing an exchange of culture and services, groceries, banks, post offices, and hiring offices. Traders were the link between Anglo-American culture and the Navajos.  At first agents of change, by 1950 they were maintainers of tradition, and obstacles to modernization.  Investigation of trading practices by the Federal Trade Commission resulted in the demise of most trading posts.  

DNM00343—Hard to Have Heroes by Buddy May and narrated by Bruce Herr. Fourteen-year old Noah Odell and his widowed mother move from Oregon to Uncle Bud's rundown ranch in New Mexico.  Hot and dry, the land supports only rattlesnakes, buzzards, scrawny cattle, and black widow spiders in the outhouse.  Noah, a mule named Brimstone, and new friends explore the desolate area.  They meet a cast of extraordinary characters, along with folklore, and lost gold. For grades 5-9 and older.

DNM00345—In the Country of Empty Crosses by Auturo Madrid and narrated by Bruce Herr. A complex, affirming memoir about places in which Madrid's ancestors predate those who landed at Plymouth Rock; places once among the most remote in the nation.  As Hispanic Protestants, Madrid's family was a minority among politically dominant Anglo Protestants and within an overwhelmingly Catholic Hispanic populace.

VOLUNTEER EVENT

     The ninth annual volunteer recognition event, sponsored by the Friends of the Library,  took place at the State Library on June 26th. Guest presenter was Adam Harvey, Santa Fe area actor, known for his performances of the works of Irish author James Joyce, particularly Finnegan’s Wake (DB021424). Mr. Harvey became interested in the LBPH program largely due to the NLS narrative productions of Joyce’s works by prolific narrator Patrick Horgan, perhaps best known for his narrations of the works of Sherlock Holmes.

     Recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award was Walter McWalter, a volunteer narrator of over 12 titles for the New Mexico program as well as board member of the Friends of the Library. Mr. McWalter has narrated books mostly featuring mystery and western themes. A New York area native, he moved with his wife to the Santa Fe area about 20 years ago after a career in the graphic arts field. In addition to that career, he has performed professionally on stage as an actor and comedian, and has enjoyed small roles in a number of motion pictures.