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LBPH Newsletter Spring 2010


    This year’s volunteer event was held on April 28th and featured a presentation by Mary Woods, an Albuquerque based actress and broadcaster, who has professionally narrated about 400 books, many for the National Library Service. She is a past recipient of an Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year award.

    Ms. Woods spoke on her experience as a narrator, which began with the National Library Service in 1979. She moved to Colorado in the early 1990s, where she continued to narrate for Talking Book Publishers in Denver. Additionally, she has narrated for Blackstone Audio and Books on Tape. She presented a reading excerpt from Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman (RC034039), which she had read when accepting the Scourby award. Currently, she performs in regional theatrical productions and hosts a daily radio program for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

    This year’s volunteer of the year recipient was William Scheer. He has narrated nearly 20 books for the program and is the first to have converted an audiocassette book to digital cartridge. Additionally, he assisted in the transfer copy of over 15,000 digital titles from the Colorado Talking Book program to digital storage in New Mexico for duplication purposes.


RNM00181—Katherine's Wish written by Linda Lappin and narrated by Joyce Townsend. Fictional biography of short story writer Katherine Mansfield, whose talented life was cut short by tuberculosis, amidst the glitz and talented swirl of the “Roaring Twenties”.

RNM00182—A Woman Walking written by Nancy King and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. A young woman named Ninian is a traveling storyteller following in the footsteps of her grandfather. But she is weary of the nomadic life and yearns for love and comfort, so wandering is not a joy. She walks on though, on a journey of self-discovery, learning that every story is a kind of magic 'til she finally accepts--and ultimately embraces her life as a woman walking.

RNM00183—The Complete History of New Mexico: Stories written by Kevin McIlvoy and narrated by Bruce Herr. A disparate collection of fictional short stories that take place in or are about New Mexico. the author intersperses the title novella with equally distinctive stories set in New Mexico.

RNM00185—Ode to the Wart Hog written by Sandy Scruggs and narrated by Mary Jo Halpin. The trials, tribulations and adventures of a grouchy old blue healer dog, and his two little puppy friends Marty and Sparkplug, who live in Mesilla, New Mexico. For grades 3 and up.

RNM00186—The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa written by Eileen Welsome and narrated by Jose Sanchez. It was cold on that dark night of March 9, 1916, when Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa -"el Jaguar"- and his marauders crossed the border and raided the village of Columbus, New Mexico. General John "Blackjack" Pershing was dispatched into Mexico to get Villa dead or alive, which brought the U.S. and Mexico nearly to the brink of war but also restored greatness to both prey and predator.

RNM00187—River of Souls: A Novel of the American Myth written by Ivon B. Blum and narrated by Harriet Meryash. Historically based, this is the epic saga of Pedro Cortez, an 1840s Taos boy, who struggles to manhood during the bloody Pueblo revolt. He confronts betrayal and the murder of his father, and while pursuing his mother's attacker meets up with majestic mountain man Long John Hatcher and trapper Louy Simonds who teach Pedro the true measure of friendship. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex.

RNM00188—The Death at Awahi written by Harold Burton Meyers and narrated by Bruce Herr. Set in the 1920s a young U.S. Indian Service teacher and his wife are posted to a remote New Mexico pueblo and battle government policies and local corruption in order to win over a wary people.

RNM00190—Sunlight and Shadows written by Sue Boggio and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. After a traumatic robbery at their popular restaurant in San Diego and news of the death of Bobby's father, a happily married couple move to Esperanza, New Mexico, to pursue a simpler life. But, there is a secret in Bobby's past, he goes out to deal with it but never comes home. Now Abby begins to discover how many secrets a heart—and a town—can hold...

RNM00191—Son of Old Man Hat edited by Walter Dyk and narrated by Bruce Herr. Memoir by Navajo Native American Left Handed, told from childhood to maturity. Simple and frank he tells of shared family tasks, of a life founded upon principle and honesty. Eventually understanding as he is charged with the accumulated wisdom of his race, as it is made known and told to him in a richly meaningful and flowing freshness. Strong language and descriptions of sex.


    As an increasing number of patrons receive digital players, a new concern is developing regarding patrons placing the incorrect cartridge or no cartridge at all in the mailing container. Because of the higher cost and lower availability of these digital books, we encourage all patrons to take care when returning a book cartridge to its matching mailing container.

    Patrons receiving digital players are still encouraged to keep audio cassette players if they have an interest in accessing older titles (such as the previously mentioned Turtle Moon) that have not been converted to digital format.


The library will be closed on Friday, May 28th. The library is, also, closed on Memorial Day—Monday, May 31st.