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This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) 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 LBPD 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. .

LBPD-Newsletter-Fall-2020

New Mexico State Library

 

News of the Library for the Blind

and Print Disabled

Fall 2020

 

This newsletter is published by the New Mexico Regional Library for the Blind and Print Disabled (LBPD) and is distributed free to patrons and other interested parties.  In addition to large print, the newsletter can be requested in braille, heard in audio on New Mexico Newsline for the Blind, or viewed at the State Library’s web site at www.nmstatelibrary.org/lbph For information, call LBPD 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. .

Library Status – No News Is Good News

No major status changes for the State Library or us in the LBPD.  Most of us are still working safely from home, with a select few going into the office to make sure all of your books are sent out and received.  We hope to be able to offer curbside service, but for now please continue to send everything through the mail.  All of us at the library would like to thank you for your understanding and patience as we keep everyone safe.  We would especially like to thank everyone who has asked after our health.  We are well, and we hope you are well too.

Recent Local Book

Although our recording studio is still closed, we’ve been able to complete work on one special project.

 

DBC10290 – Victory from the Shadows: Growing Up in a New Mexico School For the Blind and Beyond

By Gary Montague and Elaine Montague; read by William Scheer.

 

Celebrate the human spirit with this true story of love by authors who understand the complexities of being a child who needs educational modifications.  Pull on Gary's cowboy boots to see his world with low vision as he abruptly leaves his farm home at age eight and enrolls in a residential school for the blind.

DB100000 and Beyond

You’ll very soon start to see new books with a 6 digit ID number.  Up until now, all of our books have had a prefix of “DB0” followed by a 5 digit ID number.  That “0” placeholder will finally become a “1” for the newest titles, so be sure to include all 6 digits when ordering.

Books recorded by the various local libraries around the country will continue to have a prefix of “DBC” followed by a 5 digit ID number.

 

Holiday Closings 2020-2021

 

November 26 & 27 –

Thanksgiving

December 1, 2, & 3 –

NLS Annual Conference

December 25 – Christmas Day

January 1 – New Year’s Day

 

January 18 –

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

May 31 – Memorial Day

July 5 – Independence Day

September 6 – Labor Day

October 11 –

Indigenous People’s Day

 

 

Rating Unrated Books

The Rating Unrated Books program has just hit a milestone of 5,000 books reviewed.  This nationwide effort by local Talking Book Libraries works to add content ratings to as many books as possible to help our patrons avoid books they may find objectionable or unpleasant.  The NLS provides this content information for the books they produce, but commercially produced books don’t come with rating information.  This is where the Rating Unrated Books program comes in to fill the gap.  New Mexico has ramped up our participation recently, with staff rating more than 110 books in the last 6 months.

 

If you’d like to review the content exclusions on your account, or if you’d like to participate as a volunteer rater, please give us a call and talk with a Reader Advisor! 

‘Tis the Season

With snow on the ground in Santa Fe and the holiday season fast approaching, we collected a few classic holiday stories to enjoy.

 

DB043546 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Classic Christmas story in which the miser Scrooge finds the true spirit of Christmas. For readers young and old.

 

DB034232 – A New Christmas Treasury by Jack Newcombe

Eighty-seven old-fashioned and contemporary poems, stories, and essays that celebrate the joys of the Christmas season. Traditional tales and modern stories.

 

DB063808 – Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien

A collection of Christmas letters penned by J.R.R. Tolkien and signed as Father Christmas that were sent to Tolkien's children from 1920-1943. Each recapped activities of the preceding year at the North Pole, including reindeer running amok and the North Polar Bear breaking the moon into four pieces.

 

DB080443 – The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries by Various

Anthology of fifty-nine holiday crime stories from Victorian to twenty-first century authors, including Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, John D. MacDonald, Mary Higgins Clark, and O. Henry.

 

DB030913 – A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A late November morning and the exclamation "Oh my, it's fruitcake weather," conjure up for Truman Capote the memory of a beloved cousin, Miss Sook Faulk, and Queenie, a little rat terrier "who has survived distemper and two rattlesnake bites." They make fruitcake on this, their last Christmas together.

What is your State Library Reading?

Your reader advisors aren’t the only ones at the New Mexico State Library who enjoy a good book.  Here is what just a few staff members from around the State Library have been reading this year:

Eli (New Mexico State Librarian)

“Unlike any other book I’ve read, A Man Called Ove (DB084392), is a series of vignettes about the life of one grumpy and very particular man who is pretty sure he is right about everything and everyone else is wrong.  Surprisingly touching, it is full of gut punches of emotion that you don’t see coming.   Ove may not be very likeable but by the end you will find him loveable.”

 

Deanne (Youth Services & Outreach Consultant)

Fountains of Silence (DB097331) by Ruta Sepetys.  A young adult novel that takes place in Fascist Spain 1957, young American Daniel travels with his parents to Madrid. There he meets Ana, a maid in his hotel, who begins to show him the real Spain under a dictator. Ana's brother is working with a young matador while her cousin works in an orphanage - horrors of the time shown from all of their viewpoints.”

 

Liana (Rural Bookmobile West Manager)

“I listened to Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (DB094175) last month and since then, it has become a new favorite! I found the story to be entertaining and realistically told in the point of view of former rock stars. If you are interested in checking out stories based on Greek mythology, I definitely recommend trying Circe by Madeline Miller (DB090711) for a fresh retelling of The Odyssey through the eyes of the outcast and misunderstood witch, Circe. For something off-kilter, I recently started The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (DB099550), a gruesome supernatural thriller if you’re wanting to check out something spooky.

Erin (Circulation Staffer; Library for the Blind and Print Disabled)

"I couldn't wait to read An Unkindness of Ghosts (DB091322) by Rivers Solomon, and I wasn't disappointed. It's a dystopian sci-fi allegory set aboard the racially-stratified generation starship Matilda, and perfectly illustrates the pain and trauma of oppression, as well as how resilience and resistance help people thrive in the worst conditions.

I'm currently reading The Starless Sea (DB097441), a wide-ranging fantasy by Erin Morgenstern. It's a story nested within a story, nested within another story--and they all lead back to a mysterious, timeless library. This is a book written for people who love books, for their own sake as well as for the stories they contain.

 

John (Regional Librarian; Library for the Blind and Print Disabled)

“As winter approaches, armchair readings about polar explorers may seem apropos. Of course, not all of the endings are happy.

Few polar explorers have gained more recent recognition than Ernest Shackleton, skipper of the aptly named Endurance. For those interested in these endeavors, two audio books may prove of interest, both by Caroline Alexander (DB047531) is titled The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, while (DB046193) is about Mrs. Chippy, a male cat that sailed with Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to Antarctica.

An explorer of both North and South Poles was Norwegian, Roald Amundsen. His story can be found in The Last Viking (DB075917).

Finally, in the spirit of competition and mystery, listeners may enjoy True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole (DB059671).”

 

 

 

 

What Are Your Reader Advisors Reading? End of Year Edition

Berdina – “Currently Reading: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (DB086934). Hardworking Sunja has certainly had a lot thrown at her in life. She lost her father, was misled by the man she loved, left her home to marry a kind man only to lose him to the Japanese empire, and raise her two sons during World War II. There is a lot to take in, and it is a great read.

Empowered me: Crazy Brave: a memoir by Joy Harjo (DB097592). Framed by the four sacred directions, this memoir tells of Harjo’s struggles and lessons learned through her life. In its pages lie her hope and love for everyone who have struggled to find their true selves.

Inspired me: Blowing the Bloody Doors Off and Other Lessons in Life by Michael Caine (DB092894) While it may seem like common advice that everything a person does shapes their life, Caine’s memoir highlights the importance of it while inviting the reader to reflect on their own small roles.

Stunned me: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter (DB082937) Claire had it all with Paul until he was brutally murdered in front of her. Teaming up with her estranged sister Lydia, they find a darker secret concerning both Paul and their long lost sister.

Amused me: I Could Pee on This & Other Poems by Cats (DB075270) If you have cats, this book will certainly give you a laugh. For dog owners I also suggest checking out I Could Chew On This & Other Poems by Dogs (DB077296)

 

Sam – “Not a book in the classic sense, but I think my favorite thing I read this year was the full-cast audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman graphic novel series (DB10083).  More a radio drama than a book, it was absolutely engrossing with an all-star cast of voice actors.  Be warned, however, it gets a bit gruesome at times.

I’ve also been participating in a book club, which has exposed me to a variety of books I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise.  The most eye-opening was certainly Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning (DB089293), an exhaustive history of racism in the United States.  Less important but more enjoyable was Red, White, and Royal Blue (DB095171) a romance between a prince of England and the son of the president of the United States.  It had awkward advances, stupid misunderstandings, and a happy ending, basically everything you want in a political romance.

Finally, because I’m still a Science Fiction & Fantasy reader above all, I have to mention the wonderful new book by local author Rebecca Roanhorse: Black Sun (In Production).  Keep an eye out for it in the TBT catalog, because it’s a masterful fantasy epic set in a world inspired by pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

 

Tim – “Continuing to read John Steinbeck novels out loud to each other this year, my family and I just finished Cannery Row (DB050061). It's about the scenes and happenings of residents and stragglers that live on the Monterey, California, waterfront in the 1940s.  They include a happy-go-lucky colony of bums, Madame Dora and a house of ladies of easy virtue, Lee Chong the Chinese grocer, Doc the philosophical marine biologist, and Henri the painter.

Now I'm getting started on a very different type of author and I'm not yet quite sure what to say about V. (DB043066) by Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon is considered to be one on the densest and most complex of American writers. V. is his first novel. I haven't discerned a plot yet, but I did enjoy a 14 page descriptive passage about the works inside a spring loaded timepiece adorned with leering brass gargoyles. Also interesting is that characters starring at themselves through mirrors begin to sense reverse time and start travelling backwards. Like many who read Pynchon, if I make it to the end of this book I'm likely to be more confused than when I began.  Highly Recommended for those who enjoy a good challenge!"

Donating to the Friends of the Library

Our library is supported in all that we do by the Friends of the New Mexico Library for the Blind.  This organization helps fund our recording studio, along with other supplies to help the library run smoothly.  We simply couldn’t provide the same high level of service without the support of the Friends.

This time of year, we often get inquiries about how to donate to the library.  While we are not able to accept donations directly, you can make a gift to the Friends of the Library.  To donate, simply make out a check to “Friends of the New Mexico Library for the Blind” and mail it to the New Mexico State Library (Our return mailing address below).

 

 

 

 

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