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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 Winter 2009-2010


    As of this writing about 400 out of the library’s more than 3,500 patrons have received digital players. The library continues to receive players at a rate of about 80 per month.

    A current limitation of use with the digital player is fewer titles to choose from than an audiocassette player. This situation is changing as more digital books are supplied by the National Library Service. After 2010, the NLS plans to no longer provide books in audiocassette format.

    In addition to newer titles, the NLS has converted over ten thousand older titles, originally provided in audiocassette form, into digital format. Because of budgetary considerations, a limited number of these retrospective titles have been made available in cartridge form. All are available via BARD download.

    To help supplement this retrospective collection, the New Mexico library was able to obtain a grant that allowed for the purchase of 1,200 digital cartridges along with mailing containers. These cartridges will allow the library to make copies of digital titles of older titles available in digital format.

    Approximately 9,000 titles in the Retrospective collection have not been provided by the NLS in digital cartridge form; so, the 1,200 acquired by the New Mexico library will generally need to be focused on high demand titles. We hope, the library will be able to purchase more cartridges in the future.  This last order cost nearly $10,000; however, it may be some time before another order of similar size will be possible.

    We are still awaiting the delivery of mailing containers, but we hope to be able to create supplementary digital title cartridges beginning no later than April. So, if there is an older title available in digital format, we may be able to provide one for patrons using the new digital player.


RNM00173—The Lady Was a Gambler: True Stories of Notorious Women of the Old West written by Chris Enss and narrated by Jeanne Zechmeister. Fifteen profiles from "Poker Alice" Ivers to "Madam Moustache" Eleanora Dumont, to Lottie Deno, the "prettiest faro dealer to ever turn a card", take us from muddy cow towns to the posh parlors of Deadwood and Tombstone. Some of the most colorful women of the Wild West also happened to be some of its shrewdest gamblers.

RNM00174—Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? written by Jared Bernstein and narrated by William Scheer. A lively and irreverent tour through everyday economic mysteries. Helps readers decode economic "analysis"  and navigate murky ethical quandaries. If there is a stumper you've always wanted to ask an economist, it's solved in this book. Assists in making sound decisions that reflect one's deepest aspirations for themselves, their families, and their country.

RNM00176—Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range written by William De Buys and narrated by Kit Blackwood. The unique natural and human history of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains figure in this complete account of the region's rich combination of ecological and cultural diversity.

RNM00177—The Parrot Trainer written by Swain Wolfe and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. An archaeologist from the East, a former art dealer and pot thief, the spirit of the Parrot Trainer trapped in an ancient bowl, a renegade Indian, and a French social theorist and the team filming him all clash with each other during an unexpectedly dangerous trip to New Mexico. Witty, sexy, and rife with local color. Some strong language.

RNM00178—The Belen Hitch written by Pari Noskin Taichert and narrated by Jeanne Zechmeister. Public relations consultant Sasha Solomon travels to Belen, New Mexico, to help the town increase tourism. Train fanciers want to restore the former Harvey House as the main attraction. The artist faction wants to use it as a gallery featuring a local and controversial painter. When Sasha finds the painter murdered, things become much more difficult.

RNM00179—The Socorro Blast written by Pari Noskin Taichert and narrated by Jeanne Zechmeister. Sasha Solomon is in Socorro, New Mexico, to help boost area tourism and visit her grad student niece, Gabi, who is working on a new kind of explosive device. But Gabi ends up in the hospital after someone rigs her mailbox with a nasty surprise. Could this be a hate crime--or something more?


    Many of you may be aware that the New Mexico state government is requiring furlough days (i.e. days off without pay) for most state workers in order to balance the budget. Two such days (Christmas Eve and the Friday before Martin Luther King Day) have already passed. Three more are in the future: March 5th, April 2nd, and May 28th. On those days the library will be closed.

    An additional schedule change will occur on Wednesday, April 28th, when the library will be closed until about 1:00 PM as we honor our many volunteers for their efforts throughout this past year. Our scheduled guest speaker this year is Mary Woods, an accomplished narrator of audiobooks with the National Library Service and other publishers, who now resides in the Albuquerque area.