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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 2009


May is springing forth with some definite developments in the digital domain. The NLS expects to begin the release of a number of digital talking books players to eight prelaunch sites (New Mexico is not a participant) for testing purposes over a ten week period. If the prelaunch goes smoothly, then all programs will begin to receive sizable allotments of digital players and media beginning sometime in August.

During the first four months of distribution of digital players, the New Mexico program will receive 128 players per month, 104 of which will be basic players and the others advanced. After the expanded four month introductory phase, New Mexico will receive 96 players monthly of which 80 will be of basic type.

Currently, New Mexico lists about 3,700 active individual and institutional patrons. Institutional patrons include such entities as public schools and libraries. At the current, projected pace of distribution, New Mexico will receive enough players to serve its current, active patron base by the fall of 2012—a transition period of slightly over three years.

Certain parameters will define the prioritization of player distribution. Military veterans are legally eligible for primary receipt of new digital players. As the program currently lists nearly 500 patrons of veterans’ status, it is estimated that the first four months of supply will be enjoyed mostly by that group.

After the veterans’ group is served, the library plans to base distribution on a formula related to patron activity and good borrowing habits (e.g. the return of materials within the 45-day and renewal borrowing times).  This approach is based in part upon the NLS’s decision to base its player allotments on 2007 Federal fiscal year active borrowing statistics. Active borrowers are those who borrow audio book, magazine, or braille materials during the 12-month reporting period. Presuming that active readership remains level, this group should receive players by about the middle of 2011.

Another significant component of the digital transition will be the availability of downloadable audio books. The next issue of this newsletter will feature details on that subject.


There is still time to register for the National Federation of the Blind Conference in Albuquerque to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from May 22nd through May 24th. Among the highlights this year is a speech by Mark Riccobono, Executive Director of the Jernigan Institute at the National Center. If interested, please contact Tonia Trapp at 505-856-5346 or Christine Hall at 505-268-3895.


RNM00149—Passion and Principle written by Sally Denton and narrated by William Scheer. Biography of John Charles Fremont, a key figure in western expansion and the first senator of California, and Jessie, his politically savvy young wife and the daughter of powerful Missouri politician Thomas Hart Benton. Together they were a formidable couple that had a profound effect on our country's history.

RNM00150—Theater of the Stars written by N.M. Kelby and narrated by Jeanne Zechmeister. It is World War II. Helene is shot and flees Paris. Many years later, she reappears in New Mexico—Los Alamos to be exact—with baby Lucienne and a secret she would tell no one—or perhaps couldn't tell. Lucienne is now grown and knows that her father is dead, but where was her mother all those years?

RNM00151—A Richer Dust written by Amy Boaz and narrated by Patricia Jonietz. Doll follows British philosopher Abe and his German wife, Vera to Taos, New Mexico where they plan to make a fresh start away from a Europe befouled by WWI. First novel by Boaz and very loosely based on the life of Dorothy Brett who followed D.H. Lawrence and his wife to Taos in 1924.

RNM00152—Riata and Spurs written by Charles Siringo and narrated by Charles Boatright. Siringo (1855-1928) was one of Santa Fe, New Mexico's most famous residents. This fascinating autobiography reads more like fiction than real life. Using Pat Garrett as a reference to become a Pinkerton detective, Siringo worked cases all over the West even infiltrating Butch Cassidy's outlaw band.

RNM00153—Once Upon Surface Creek written and narrated by Doyle Kline. Factual history of a southern sea captain and his family that use the Homestead Act to migrate west of the Mississippi after the Civil War. A well-written and truthful picture of pioneer life in the West in the area of Delta, Colorado.

RNM00159—Harvey Girl written by Sheila Wood Foard and narrated by Mary Jo Halpin. In 1919, fourteen-year-old Clara Fern Massie runs away from her family's Missouri farm to find adventure as a Harvey Girl, one of the waitresses working at Harvey House restaurants along the railroads in the Southwest U.S. Clara learns the "Harvey Way" and becomes a confident and independent woman.