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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. .



New Mexico State Library



News of the Library for the Blind

and Print Disabled


Summer 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 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. .



Services Update


We’re happy to announce that we have resumed many of our library services that had been delayed or stopped by COVID-19.


Phone Service – Normal Hours

We’ve resumed live phone support during our normal business hours 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday. 


In Person Service – Closed

The State Library building is closed to the public, so we are still unable to offer in-person pickup.


New Book Release – BARD and Custom Cartridges

New titles are available through BARD and on our new custom cartridges. NLS production of new books is returning to normal levels.


Magazine On Cartridge Distribution – Normal Service

Magazine service should be back to normal.  Please contact us if you are a subscriber but haven’t received any magazines recently.


Local Recordings – Still on Hold

We will bring back our volunteers to record as soon as it is safe to do so.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.





We invite all of our patrons to participate in the 2020 Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Imagine Your Story”!


Take this opportunity to explore the myths, legends, folklore and tales from around the world.  Check out our selected booklist, or let us know what stories you want to read!


We also want to hear YOUR stories.  Send us your local legend or story and we’ll publish our favorites!


Suggested Summer Reading Stories for Adults

DB017076 – Cuentos: Tales from the Hispanic Southwest; based on stories originally collected by Juan B. Rael adapted in Spanish by Jose Griego y Maestas; retold in English by Rudolfo A. Anaya.

Collection of twenty-three short folk tales that evoke the wisdom, customs, and values of the early Spanish settlers of the Southwest and their descendants. In English and Spanish language.


DBC13065 – Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains by Barbara Smith

A recording of the Colorado Talking Book Library

This collection of paranormal tales from the Rocky Mountain states of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico recounts more than three dozen stories, including a ghost seen cleaning up the site of the 1903 Frank Slide; Idaho's phantom white stallion that rescues people lost in the high country; a ghostly bookworm in Colorado who haunts a used bookstore; and more.


DBC03321 – Mysterious New Mexico: Miracles, Magic, and Monsters in the Land of Enchantment by Benjamin Radford, read by Joe Chapman.

Investigations of the unexplained. Scientific investigative methods are used to analyze New Mexico’s strange tales of ghosts, lost treasure, miracles, UFOs, and monsters. Radford uses folklore, sociology, history, psychology, and forensic science to reveal the truths and myths behind New Mexico’s greatest mysteries.


DB087395 – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Award-winning fantasy author provides his interpretation of classic Norse mythology and its pantheon. Provides a novelistic arc to the retelling that begins with the genesis of the nine worlds and culminates with the Ragnarok apocalypse.

DB097936 – Mythos by Stephen Fry

Comedian, novelist, and actor provides his own spin on the classic Greek myths for the modern age. Retells the stories of the titans and gods as a light account of ribaldry, revelry, warfare, worship, love affairs, slayings, suicides, triumphs, and tragedies.


DB050702 – Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland by W.B. Yeats

A collection of folk tales, songs, poems, and legends gathered by Yeats and first published separately as Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry in 1888 and Irish Fairy Tales in 1892.


DB080914 – The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, translated & edited by Jack Zipes

All of the Grimms’ 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions have been collected together. This 2014 translation attempts to retain the spare descriptions and storytelling style of the originals.


DB077131 – One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling

by Hanan al-Shaykh

Reimagining of nineteen stories from the classic Arabic folk-tale compilation.


Connecting With Your Library and Each Other


What Are You Reading?

We want to know what books you’ve been reading and enjoying!

Did you find a new favorite book recently?  Do you have a classic you could read over and over?  Send us a review!  We’ll publish one in each newsletter, and all submissions will go on our Facebook page.

What Are You Cooking?

Do you have a favorite recipe?  Did you learn how to cook something from one of our books?  Our next newsletter is in October, perfect timing to include some holiday treats.  Send in your favorite recipe!

What Are You Making?

We also want to know what you’re making.  Do you have a craft that you practice?  Have you made something impressive you’d like to share?  Knitting, gardening, carpentry, whatever it is, we’d love to help you show it off and inspire other patrons.  Send us a picture by email or USPS and we can publish it on Facebook and in the Newsletter.

How to Share

Whatever you want to share with us and your fellow patrons, we’d love to see it!  Email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call us at 800-456-5515, or send it in the mail as “Free Matter for the Blind” to:

New Mexico State Library


1209 Camino Carlos Rey

Santa Fe, NM 87507


You can also share your photos, recipes, crafts, and reviews directly on our Facebook page:

New Mexico History

Our recording studio has been closed since March with no new titles released, so we’ve decided to highlight books from the catalog with a New Mexico setting or theme.


DBC14470 – Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon by Stephen A. Bly

A recording of the Texas Talking Book Program

In 1954, six men, who spent their young lives as cowboys in the Southwest, now gather at the Matador Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. One rainy afternoon, one of the men brings his ten-year-old grandson with him.  Many years later, the boy looks back and remembers the stories he heard and the lessons he learned on that day he became a "Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon."

DB045490 – Between Earth and Sky by Karen Osborn

Starting in 1867, Abigail Conklin sends letters about the wagon journey west to her sister Maggie in Virginia. Conklin's family faces adventures and hardships as they settle in New Mexico. Conklin vividly describes the beauty of the landscape. Her correspondence offers a bridge to her great-great-granddaughter Abigail, who visits New Mexico years later.


DB029277 – Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico by Stanley G. Crawford

A season-by-season journal of a year's work on an irrigation ditch in the semiarid mountains of New Mexico. Crawford portrays a microcosm that develops into an extended metaphor of the human condition in the natural world and in society. He addresses the ecological crises of the 1980s. 

His memoir is continued in DB037580 – A Garlic Testament


DB050241 – The Scalpel and the Silver Bear by Lori Arviso Alvord

Raised on the reservation near Gallup, New Mexico, half-Navajo Alvord graduated from Dartmouth and then went to Stanford for her medical degree. She describes her career as the first Navajo woman surgeon and her belief that integrating tribal ways into traditional western medicine improves healing


DB062268 – Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life

By Bill Richardson

Autobiography of a Democratic politician from New Mexico who has served as a congressional representative, ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy, and governor of his state. Describes his childhood in Mexico City, U.S. government service, negotiations with warring nations, and vision for America

New Mexico Fiction


DB037376 – Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford

A boy of seventeen accompanies his mother to their summer home in New Mexico while his father is serving in World War II. He describes their life in the remote mountain village and the comic escapades that occur. Through it all runs the strain of holding the family together


DB039865 – The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

In the 1930s, two brothers live on a New Mexico ranch with their parents. After trapping a pregnant wolf who wandered in from Mexico, sixteen-year-old Billy takes her back to her home. He returns to find the ranch plundered and his younger brother Boyd all that remains of his family. The two go back to Mexico and life-changing experiences. Companion to All the Pretty Horses (DB034043). Contains strong language and violence. Bestseller.


DBC04869 – Bone Horses by Lesley Poling-Kempes

A recording of the Texas Talking Book Program

New York school teacher Charlotte Lambert is practical and predictable, and never allows life to veer off course. Until she comes to New Mexico. During one summer in Agua Dulce, a village haunted by a phantom herd of wild horses and where ravens embody the spirits of ancestors, Charlotte’s world is upended as she unearths the details of her mother’s forbidden love affair, chilling murder, and courageous last act of redemption. Contains explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and strong language.


DB096790 – Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza

When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. She uncovers a threat that strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Fire-Sky Native. Unrated commercial audiobook. Tony Hillerman Prize.


DB013366 – Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko


Haunting novel traces the efforts of a young World War II veteran, born of a Navajo mother and a nameless white father, to become whole again on a reservation in New Mexico. Piercing portrait of a dispossessed people. Contains some strong language.


DB014897 – The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols

New Mexico Trilogy book 1


Joe Mondragon, a feisty Chicano hustler with a talent for trouble sets off the great beanfield war by illegally irrigating an arid patch in which to grow beans. A ribald novel about injustice endured and assaulted. Contains strong language.



What Are Your Reader Advisors Reading?

Berdina – “Amy Westervelt’s Forget “Having It All”: How America Messed Up Motherhood and How to Fix it (DB 93233) was originally chosen for work yet I found myself engrossed in it. It explores subjects ranging from racial issues like Indian Boarding Schools, feminism, work environments, and common lessons on parenting.”


Sam – “I just recently read Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime (DB086608) the story of his childhood in South Africa near the end of apartheid.  The autobiography, read wonderfully by Noah himself, is as much the story of his mother’s struggle to give him a chance as his story of mischief and struggling to belong.  A funny but touching read.”


Tim – “It's been 30 years since I first read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (DB048515), so I read it again with my family outside on our summer patio over the course of a few days. Lenny and George are travelling hobos and farm workers trying to have a place of their own, but always running into trouble. This time around it really goes all wrong, leading to one of the saddest and most beautiful endings in all of American literature.”