Library Users of Missouri

Library Users of Missouri is a special interest affiliate of the Missouri Council of the Blind.  It is a non-profit organization established in 1988 that promotes programs that stimulate interest in reading and learning.  The Library Users of Missouri provides support and funding resources to the Wolfner Library for the Blind and other book services.  To join the  Library Users of Missouri or for more information on its programs contact us today.

The Friends of Wolfner Library

The Friends of Wolfner Library, established in 1985, support the Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped with dedication.

Transition to the Digital Talking Book, the summer reading program for children, descriptive videos and the volunteer narration project are some of the endeavors sponsored by the Friends to enhance Wolfner Library patron services.  As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the IRS, contributions, gifts and memorials to the Friends of Wolfner Library are tax-deductible.

Please join the Friends of Wolfner Library. It's great to be a FRIEND!

Friends of Wolfner Library
P.O. Box 1671
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1671

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Affiliate News

Library Users of Missouri :: September 2017

By Loretta Welch

This article is to let you know about our meeting at the Missouri Council of the Blind Convention on Saturday morning, October 7, 2017 in Kansas City. The Dues for Library Users are $10 per person and the breakfast is $12.00 each.
Our meeting will start at 7:00 am on October 7 with breakfast served to us.
You must get your money to Loretta Welch or Rhonda Jones before August 15.
The amount will be $22.00 each if you want to attend the breakfast and your dues.
Hope to see you all at the Library Users meeting in October.

Library Users of Missouri :: June 2016

By Loretta Welch

The Library Users Club will be having a breakfast at the Missouri Council of the Blind convention in St. Louis. It will be on Saturday, October 8. The Breakfast will cost $10.00.

The Dues for Library Users is $10.00, so if you are attending the breakfast, it would be a total of $20.00. This pays for the breakfast and your dues. Payment is due by August 15. Please send payment to Paul Mathews at 2126 Louis Circle, Apt. C, Jefferson City, MO 65101. We hope to see several at the meeting on Saturday.

Library Users of Missouri :: March 2016

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Hello all, I was honored to be asked to represent MCB on the Wolfner Advisory Board. Here are just a few things I thought you might like to know about:

LARGE Print for Adults: Wolfner Library is pleased to announce large print titles are now available for adults. This new collection features a wide array of genres, including mysteries, Christian fiction, westerns, romances, non-fiction and more. Patrons may check out large print books for a six-week loan period. New titles will be added monthly. A sample of the available titles includes:

Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert (LP030020)
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (LP030052)
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day (LP030032)
Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace Whitson (LP030003)
Don’t be a Stranger by John D. Nesbitt (LP030015)
A New Hope by Robyn Carr (LP030029)

When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (LP30080)
Adult Winter Reading Program: Thrillers and Killers! Whether you like your books with a dose of blood, a touch of suspense, or an element of romance, this year's Adult Winter Reading Program is for you! With the theme "Thrillers and Killers" readers will have the opportunity to sample mysteries and thrillers from the beginning of the genres to the modern era.

Registration opens on January 11th, 2016 and the program will run January 25th through March 7th. The deadline for submitting the number of books read will be March 14th.

To qualify for prizes, patrons must read at least 10 titles from the provided reading list. Included in the program are books from 10 categories of mysteries and thrillers, including fiction and nonfiction titles. Patrons may elect to enjoy the program by category or by individual title. Wolfner Library would like to thank the Library Users of Missouri for funding this year’s Adult Winter Reading Program.

This year, Wolfner Library will be offering the following ten category themes:

Detecting from the Grave: Paranormal Mysteries – Ghosts, vampires and characters with supernatural powers drive the plots of these books.

Elementary, My Dear Fellow: Golden Age Detectives – Selected works from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, including a few modern day tributes to detective fiction and one true story of a Victorian detective.

Garden of Deadly Delights: Cozy Mysteries Vol. 1 – Sometimes humorous and frequently set in a small town, you won’t find blood, guts or extreme violence in these mysteries.

Warm, Fuzzy, and Wicked: Cozy Mysteries Vol. 2 – Crime solving cats? Canines? Knitters and bakers? Only in a cozy mystery would you find such an unlikely set of sleuths!

Gruesome Ends: Gruesome Killers and Thrillers – This category doesn’t leave out any of the gory details.
Murder, Missouri Style – Featuring a combination of true Missouri crime stories, mysteries set in Missouri and whodunits by Missouri authors. These titles were all produced by the Wolfner Library Recording Studio.
Step into the Past: Historical Killers and Thrillers – Find yourself immersed in mysteries and thrillers set in multiple historic eras.

Tough Guys and Gumshoes: The Hardboiled Detective – Cynical private eyes and double-crossing femme fatales populate these gritty and dark crime novels.

Until Death: Romantic Suspense – Romance is even more exciting when tangled with the intrigues and dangers of a good mystery!

Violent Truths: True Crime Thrillers and Killers – These books chronicle the human spirit in the face of profound violence and prove that truth is stranger than fiction.

Don’t Forget about NFB Newsline! Wolfner Library offers NFB Newsline, another free service, to patrons. This toll-free service allows patrons to listen to over 300 newspapers and magazines using their telephone. There is also an option to listen on a PC or portable device. Eight Missouri newspapers are available using the service:

• Columbia Daily Tribune
• Jefferson City News Tribune
• Kansas City Star
• Saint Joseph News Press
• Saint Louis American
• Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
• Southeast Missourian
• Springfield News-Leader

To learn more or sign-up for Newsline, contact your reader advisor.

New Books from the Wolfner Library Recording Studio:

Adult Books

8 Days by Barri Bumgarner–DBC06428. The riveting story of a not-so-distant future when four scientists begin the process of cleansing humanity by releasing chemicals on cities around the world.

Dahlia’s Gone by Katie Estill–DBC01432. Horrified when the daughter of fundamentalist neighbors is brutally murdered while in her care, Sand Williams forges a tenacious but healing relationship with the girl’s mother and a woman sheriff who investigates the case.

Frontier Swashbuckler by Dick Steward–DBC06100. John Smith T--pioneer, gunfighter, entrepreneur, militia colonel, miner, judge, and folk hero epitomized frontier energy and lust for adventure. He was one of the most notorious characters in Missouri history, but had largely been forgotten by the late 19th century. Frontier Swashbuckler provides valuable insights into the economic, political and social dynamics of early Missouri history.

Indescribably Grand: Letters and Diaries from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Martha R. Clevenger–DBC06443. In 1904, more than 12 million people flocked to St. Louis to take part in that year’s World’s Fair. In this book, readers will learn exactly what was on the minds of fair visitors in the words of the visitors themselves.

Ozark Tales and Superstitions by Phillip W. Steele–DBC06427. Twenty-six stories that attempt to preserve the rich folklore indigenous to the Ozark region.

True Crime Missouri by David J. Krajicek–DBC01433. Examines criminal activity in the Show-Me state and explores the landmark cases that have received national attention.

Young Adult Books

Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader–DBC01477. Sixteen-year-old Mia longs to escape from Reverend Eden’s cult, of which she has been a member for six years, and finds support from new arrival Gabriel, but their investigation into the group’s inner workings yields disturbing discoveries. Gateway Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High. 2013.

Inhuman by Kat Falls–DBC01442. Beyond the Titan wall lies the Feral Zone, and the only people who break quarantine and venture there are the “fetches,” who are paid exorbitant sums to bring back items that were left behind when the wall went up. But Delaney McEvoy’s father is there and she is being forced to find him and bring him back. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Senior High. 2013.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Dirza–DBC01441. Sixteen-year-old Mila discovers she is not who--or what--she thought she was, which causes her to run from both the CIA and a rogue intelligence group. Truman Award nominee, 2015-2016. For Junior and Senior High. 2013.

To enter bookshelf mode on your NLS player, hold down the “play” button until you hear the player go into bookshelf mode. Release the play button. Now you can use the arrows at each end of the play button to move to the books that are available. When you hear the title you wish to read, simply hit the play button. If you have further questions about using your NLS player to play multiple books, please contact Wolfner Library.

Featured App: Be My Eyes: The Be My Eyes app assists visually impaired users by connecting them with sighted helpers. By utilizing direct video call technology, the visually impaired individual can point a device’s camera at an item or area and the sighted individual can either help by reading the information on the product or guide the visually impaired individual in locating an item. This app is useful in navigating new surroundings or reading expiration dates on perishable items or medicines. All assistance is provided by a volunteer. The Be My Eyes app is currently available for Apple devices. The Android app is under development. The idea for this app came from Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually impaired individual who realized the need through his work with the Danish Blind Society. For more information, to download the app, or to sign up for an alert when the Android version is ready, go to:

Coming Soon: Wolfner Library Book Club: Would you like to discuss what you read with other like-minded individuals? Look no further! Wolfner library is starting three new book clubs. Each book club will feature a different type of reading experience. One book club will feature a general fiction title, another will discuss a general non-fiction book, and a third club will give participants an opportunity to share a “mild” read (little to no sex, violence or strong language). Your chance to share your thoughts on the books you read is coming soon. Book availability will finally be guaranteed! Look for the book club registration coming in the spring newsletter! From one bookworm to another, I wish you happy reading!

Missouri Library Users :: June 2015

by Marie Thompson, President and Loretta Welch, Secretary

Hello, I hope things have gone well for all of you so far. Summer will be here soon and before we know it, it will be time for the MCB 2015 convention. I would like to inform all Missouri Library User members to be thinking about whom you would like for your new president to finish out my term of one more year, as I am resigning for personal reasons.

We will be having a breakfast again this year. It will begin promptly at 7:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 3 at the MCB convention. We will then have our meeting. The breakfast will cost $12.00 each. The dues for Library Users is $10.00. You must get your money to Paul Mathews before August 15 so he can give a count to the hotel. The total amount to send to Paul for breakfast and your dues is $22.00. Please send to Paul at the following address: Paul Mathews, 2126 Louis Circle, Apt. C, Jefferson City, MO 65101. Library Users welcomes anyone who would like to join. We hope to have a lovely meeting. This is the only meeting we have each year. I thought you might like to know when the Missouri Library Users became a special interest affiliate. It was October 21, 1988 at the MCB convention held in Joplin Missouri. I hope you enjoy this report. Have a safe summer.

Missouri Library Users :: December 2014

By Marie Thompson, President

Hello from Missouri Library Users. This may sound more like a thank you letter than a newsletter but here goes. A huge thanks to the Springfield Service Club for a job well done and for the beautiful hotel where the 2014 MCB convention was held. Congratulations to all of you who won awards at the MCB convention.

We now have a new vice president, Mrs. Phyllis Zirkle. Thanks Phyllis for accepting the position. Our secretary is Loretta Welch who has served Missouri Library users for many years. Paul Mathews is our treasurer who has also served us very well. Thank you to all that helped with fundraisers. We hope you enjoyed your prizes.

We welcome your suggestions to make our special interest affiliate bigger and better. My phone number is 314-352-1535. We would welcome you, MCB members and members-at-large. Dues are $10. Checks or money orders please; no cash. Send dues to Paul Mathews 2126 Lewis Circle, Apt. C. Jefferson City MO 65101.

I would like to say a big thanks to the office staff for all of the things they do for all of us throughout the year. It is a big job to put our materials in the formats for us. Thanks for all you do. Good luck to our outgoing officers and position holders. Good luck to our incoming officers and position holders.

Library Users of Missouri :: September 2008

Bu Phyllis Lovett, President of LUM

Dues were due in June and should be paid as soon as possible.  The dues are $5.00 per person.  If your dues are not paid by the time of the MCB convention, you will be required to pay the full price of the breakfast.  If your dues are paid, you will only pay $5.00 for the breakfast. 

Our breakfast meeting will be held on Saturday, October 11, at 7 a.m.  The room has not been announced by the hotel but it will be in the convention agenda.  I hope to see many of you there. 

This is also our election year so if you want to serve the Library Users as an officer, call me or Paul Mathews.  My number is 1 877 252-0074.