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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-Summer 2011

THE NEWSLETTER RETURNS

    A combination of factors resulted in the spring and summer newsletters being combined into a single issue. In addition to the staffing challenges mentioned in previous issues, mailroom equipment that folds and tabs the newsletter needed replacement. We hope to be able to establish our quarterly newsletter cycle again.

    Some of you may recall the last newsletter mentioning the distribution of a survey. During the wait for new mailroom equipment, we considered the possibility of narrowing the survey to a sample group of patrons. With about 3,500 patrons, our sample group would be about 350 or ten per cent of total patrons.

    Using the last survey as a guide, we have created a list of about 350 patrons based on zip code distribution and recent activity. Our plan is to contact these patrons by telephone during the next two months. Those chosen to participate in the survey will receive an insert announcement within this newsletter. Responses to the survey should require about ten minutes to complete.

    We hope those chosen will agree to participate. This sampling model should allow us to complete the survey more quickly and possibly offer more frequent surveys as need and interest develop.

RECENT RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTIONS

    Most of our active patrons have and prefer the digital book player. With this fact in mind, we plan to begin distributing local productions in digital format.

    The preparation of a digital book is more complex than an audiocassette book as it requires the insertion of navigational pointers, the conversion of the book to digital format, and the application of a security code to avoid misuse of the cartridge. We are developing experience with the process, but listeners may occasionally encounter an anomaly in playback. We encourage listeners to report any unusual experiences with the playback of locally produced titles.

     Because of the complexity of the process, we have focused our efforts on titles by experienced narrators; so listeners, at first, may find that local productions in digital format feature a narrower range of volunteer narrators.

     Listed below and on the next two pages are local productions available in digital book format:

DNM00189—Searching for C.W. McCall written by Tom Claffey and narrated by Mary Jo Halpin. Searching for C.W. McCall reads like a trucker's canon: do what you love, stand by your friends, and honor the rules of the road. Santiago Lopez and his faithful dog, Sloan, depart Pecos, New Mexico in an old F-150 pickup to search for Santiago's hero of more than thirty years, C.W. McCall. Do Santiago and Sloan find C.W. McCall? Read the story of their journey and find out!

DNM00229—Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture written by Ellen Ruppel Shell and narrated by William Scheer. A correspondent from the Atlantic magazine uncovers the true cost in economic, political, and psychic terms of our penchant for making and buying things as cheaply as possible. This pervasive yet little examined obsession is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time—the engine of globalization, outsourcing, planned obsolescence, and economic instability in an increasingly unsettled world.

DNM00240—Hoot 'N' Holler written by Tom Claffey and narrated by Mary Jo Halpin. Two women, in their mid-fifties, seek adventure and a new career so they become women truckers. After getting their commercial driver licenses, they purchase an eighteen-wheeler, and adopt the handle, "Hoot N' Holler." Sub-characters include a young trucker, Slim Perkins, and his love interest, Alexis Stephenson. There is Doc Morgan, who gives up a medical practice to become a trucker, and Vicky Lovato, his secretary.

DNM00277—Lonesome Dave: The Story of New Mexico Governor David Francis Cargo written by  David Francis Cargo and narrated by William Scheer. The life of New Mexico Governor David Cargo, attorney to the downtrodden, changer of legislative reapportionment, inventor of the first Governor's State Film Commission in the United States and dedicated promoter of many films shooting in our state. Imagine, a Republican became beloved by the liberal Democrats of Hollywood. And now, while writing his memoir, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build or maintain twelve libraries in isolated New Mexico towns.

DNM00278—Winner-Take-All Politics written by Paul Pierson and Jacob S. Hacker and narrated by William Scheer. How did the widening gap between haves and have-nots come about? The authors painstakingly detail the gap between the superrich and everyone else. Whodunit? The U.S. government, with changes in taxation and public policy, particularly regarding the financial markets, which have favored the wealthy over the last 30 years. Finally, they consider the long-term implications of this troubling trend and a growing discontent with the status quo.

DNM00292—Blindness Should Not Be A Burden written by Archie Silago and narrated by Bruce Herr. A member of the Navajo Nation, Archie was left blind in one eye at age 17. Five years later, he lost sight in the other eye. Subsequently, he attended college, receiving both a Bachelor and Master's degree, becoming a counselor. This memoir is intended to inspire and motivate other individuals with disabilities to help themselves to move forward with life.

DNM00297—La Conquistadora: Unveiling the History of Santa Fe's Six Hundred Year Old Religious Icon written by Jaima Chevalier and narrated by William Scheer. An overview of the physical and cultural history of La Conquistadora, Santa Fe's and America's oldest Madonna, already aged when she reached Santa Fe in 1626. Scientific discoveries are melded with stories and legends, providing glimpses of her history across two continents and amidst several cultures.