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Subject: Friends of Wolfner Highlights Summer 2009
FRIENDS OF WOLFNER HIGHLIGHTS
Volume 4-3: Summer 2009
A Message from the President
Isn't it just great to read books using either the new digital player or the
Victor Reader stream? It is this movement toward a new era with the NLS
and Wolfner Library that the Friends of Wolfner Library want to help
support. Keep a watch out for progress through the Wolfner Library
newsletters and emails.
In addition to helping Wolfner Library with the digital transition, our other
main task for the Friends is increasing our membership. A membership
committee has been formed. It has met and reported to the Board with a
number of ideas and plans.
Reminder that we have the Membership Challenge announced in our last
newsletter. One member, Karl Cook has done an outstanding job getting
new members since the April 25, 2009 membership meeting. At the time of
my writing this article, he had recruited 15 new members! Great job, Karl.
I encourage each of you to take up the challenge. This is not a race to find
which member can recruit the most, but a way to contribute to the strength
of this organization for now and for the future and therefore for the
betterment of Wolfner Library. If you can bring only 1 new member to the
Friends, you have made a positive contribution to the Friends.
Two other Friends members have had noteworthy accomplishments.
Francis Benham has attended her first NLS Collection Development
Committee since her appointment to that committee. Judy Redlich has
been selected newspaper woman of the year by the National Association of
Professional and Executive Women. Great going ladies!
Finally, I wish to close with a few alerts and bits. The Friends of Wolfner
Library's next Board meeting is October 15, 2009. If you have any agenda
items you wish to bring to the Board, let me know by September 30, 2009.
Do you have an idea for a speaker for our 2010 membership meeting?
Forward your idea to me. Mark your calendar for the Friends membership
meeting which is scheduled for April 24, 2010. That date can, but is
unlikely to change.
Find a cool, comfortable place and read a book using either Braille, large
print or our new technology!
The Friends Help Wolfner with Highest Prelaunch Digital
Circulation from Wolfner Library Director, Richard Smith
Because the Friends purchased 6,600 blank NLS cartridges for Wolfner
Library, the staff was able to duplicate 100 titles through the BARD
download system to make multiple copies of popular books available to
Wolfner Library patrons. All 8 prelaunch libraries, of which Wolfner was
one, received 54 titles to distribute to testers. Of those 8 libraries, only
Wolfner Library was able to purchase blank cartridges to make copies of
additional titles for distribution. That means Wolfner's 5,132 digital book
circulation during the prelaunch pilot was the highest in the country. The
Friends of Wolfner Library support helps Missourians lead the nation in the
cassette to digital book transition. Kudos Friends!
Digital Talking Book Players Available
The reviews are in and patrons are raving about the sound quality and
ease of use of the new digital talking book player. If you are a patron
of Wolfner Library but do not have a new digital player, contact
Wolfner Library at 1-800-392-2614 and get on the list today!
Wolfner Library welcomes Lisa Stamm to its staff as the new special
services librarian. Lisa is on board and ready to help you with your
reference and research questions. Lisa, the Friends welcome you too!
Trivia Question (see answers later in newsletter)
1. At what age can a child sign up for Wolfner Library services and start
using talking books?
A. Age 3
B. Age 5
C. Age 6
D. There is no set minimum age
Friends of Wolfner Library Top 10 Projects
Friends of Wolfner Library exists to help Wolfner Library with needs not
otherwise able to be funded or facilitated. Here are just a few of the items
the Friends have assisted with in the past.
1. The Friends annually sponsor the Wolfner's children summer reading
2. The Friends spent $50,000 to purchase 6,600 blank digital cartridges
for the 2009 digital transition
3. The Friends budgeted $5,000 to purchase 5,000 digital cartridge
mailing containers for the 2009 digital transition so Missourians could
be amply supplied with NLS digital books
4. The Friends budgeted for the purchase of digital duplication
equipment so that Wolfner Library can keep up with the high demand
for digital books
5. The Friends funded the "Say How" database of difficult to pronounce
words and proper names, that audio book readers and broadcasters
from around the world use. (It can be found on the Wolfner Library
website at http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/SayHow/)
6. The Friends fund the annual Wolfner Library volunteer recognition
7. The Friends purchase promotional items for distribution at Wolfner
Library outreach programs
8. The Friends underwrote the production of Wolfner's "Show Me
Missouri" braille/large print/tactile map
9. The Friends recognize Wolfner Library staff anniversaries at its
10. The Friends provide feedback concerning library services upon
Join the Team to Help Make Wolfner Library Better!
By Judy Redlich
The Friends of Wolfner Library are on the move! Please tell your friends
about some of the things the Friends are doing to help the library to better
serve its patrons. (See Friends of Wolfner Library Top 10 Projects for
We have formed a membership committee and are discussing ways to gain
new members. We would love to hear your ideas. You can contact Judy
Redlich, committee chairman at 314-577-6330 or email her at
jredlichspeaks at att.net. Other Friends serving on this committee are Chip
Hailey, Willa Patterson and Melinda Cook.
If you have not yet joined the Friends or renewed your 2009 membership in
the Friends, please do it today!
CHOOSE YOUR LEVEL OF MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION:
$ 3.00 Book-Mark (student)
$ 5.00 Book-Worm (individual)
$ 10.00 Book-Ends (family)
$ 25.00 Book-Shelf (contributor)
$ 50.00 Book-Enthusiast (donor)
$ 100.00 Book-Aficionado (patron)
$ 500.00 Book-Devotee (benefactor)
$1,000.00 Book-Lover (life membership)
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FRIENDS OF WOLFNER LIBRARY
Mail your check to: Friends of Wolfner Library
P.O. Box 1671
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1671
It's great to be a FRIEND!
Did you know October 18-24, 2009 is National Friends of Libraries Week?
What a great week to recruit a new member for the Friends of Wolfner
Summertime Arts @ Wolfner Library
By Elizabeth Lang
Wolfner Library's Youth Services Librarian
In 2009, the theme for the Wolfner summer reading program was The Arts.
Patrons ages 12 and younger were invited to Be Creative @ Your Library,
and teens ages 13 to 18 were invited to Express Yourself @ Your Library.
This summer, 29 teens registered for the Express Yourself club, and 50
younger children registered for the Be Creative club. Of those who
registered, 15 teens and 30 children completed the program.
Small participation prizes purchased with a small grant from the Missouri
State Library were awarded to all who completed the program. These fun
and creativity-inspiring tactile and audio items included harmonicas, silly
putty and finger puppets. Additionally, the 6 readers in each club who
reported the highest reading times were awarded a tote bag.
Teens who read 20 hours or more and children who read 8 hours or more
were entered into their club's grand prize drawing. The grand prizes for
each club were a Victor Reader Stream, a Franklin Talking Dictionary and
15 Louis Braille Silver Dollar commemorative coins. The coins, produced
by the United States Mint, mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis
Braille, inventor of the Braille System of reading and writing used by the
blind and visually impaired. The letters "BRL", short for "Braille", are
included in braille on the coin, and this is the first time readable braille has
appeared on a US coin. All grand prizes, which were purchased with funds
provided by the Friends of Wolfner Library, were mailed to participants in
We were pleased to have so many participants in the summer reading club
and hope the kids discovered many exciting new books. We are already
planning for next summer's program, which will feature a water theme, with
the children's slogan Make a Splash - READ and the young adult slogan
Make Waves at your library - READ.
On behalf of our young patrons, we thank you for your support of Wolfner's
annual summer reading program!
Treasurer's Report from Fran Benham
The Friends' financial situation remains stable despite the overall economy.
We are earning very little from our investments as the markets continue to
fluctuate, with bonds gaining a little improvement. As things stand, we must
rely this year on memberships and donations. Today we have only 100
members. This is an area where we have great potential to develop funds
so that we can continue to improve Wolfner patron services. If you know
other Wolfner patrons, please share with them the great support the
Friends have made to the digital transition. As your Treasurer I just had the
pleasure of paying from the bounty members have provided for 6,600
digital cartridges and the containers to mail them to our patrons. That was
over $50,000 well spent to enhance reader services. Please help us keep
up the good work by encouraging others to join the Friends.
The correct answer is D. There is no set minimum age. Books for very
young children usually contain more illustrations than text and are therefore
not part of the program. Materials in the collection begin at the preschool
level, and NLS provides a parent guide that lists other sources of audio
materials for preschool children.
Spotlight on Special Services:
Music Materials from the National Library Service
Persons interested in music materials may receive them directly from the
Music Section of the National Library Service. The collection consists of
scores in braille and large print; textbooks and books about music in braille
and large print; music appreciation cassettes, including interviews and
opera lectures; and self-instructional cassettes for voice, piano, organ,
electronic keyboard, guitar, recorder, accordion, banjo, harmonica, and
other instruments. Braille scores and books are also available on the
Internet through Web-Braille. For further information, see the NLS
Factsheet on Music Services available on the Web at
http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/factsheets/music.html or in contracted
braille at http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/factsheets/music.brf. If you wish
to sign up for the music services, please send a message via e-mail to
nls at loc.gov or call (202) 707-5100, toll-free 1-800-424-8567. .
Friends Board of Directors
Friends' members may contact any Board member through our official e-
mail address or at the e-mail addresses or phone numbers listed below.
Barbara Sheinbein , President
314-965-8006 or homeplate9 at sbcglobal.net
Judy Redlich, Vice President
314-577-6330 or jredlich6292 at att.net
Karen Skender, Secretary
314-968-9000 or kskender at slsbvi.org
Frances Benham, Treasurer
314-963-9153 or napestlouis at sbcglobal.net
Debbie Musselman, Newsletter Editor
573-761-5794 or jcmomusselman at juno.com
Melinda Cook, New Boston
New Boston, MO
573-556-6559 or j.dobbs at mchsi.com
Raymond (Chip) Hailey
417-781-6728 or chiphailey at cableone.net
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Subscription requests and address changes should
be sent to:
Friends of Wolfner Library
P.O. Box 1671
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1671
OR send an e-mail to FriendsWL at gmail.com
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