90th Anniversary Celebration Events

The Pratt-Smoot Act became law on March 3, 1931, setting the groundwork for the network of libraries that exist today serving those individuals with a print disability. Since the CTBL was one of the orignal 19 regional libraries that started providing services under the Pratt-Smoot Act, we are celebrating our 90 years of service along with NLS.

Colorado Talking Book Library Events

  • Videos congratulating CTBL on 90 years
  • 90th Anniversary Kick-off Event

    Our kickoff event was held Thursday March 4th at 2 pm.

    We spoke with Colorado Book Award-winning author Mark Stevens and CTBL narrator Karen Cranford, who narrates Mark's Allison Coil Series, for a talk about writing and recording the books. Bring your observations and questions to share with the author and narrator.

    Also along for the ride was Gary Reilly--in absentia--with Mark Hintz who narrates Reilly's Asphalt Warrior series. This Denver-based series is published by Stevens through Running Meter Press.
    Tyler Kottmann, CTBL’s studio director, was our MC for the event.

    Mark is the author of the Allison Coil Mystery series:

    • Antler Dust - DBC03085
    • Buried by the Roan - DBC03189
    • Trapline –


    Gary Reilly books from The Asphalt Warrior series:

    • Asphalt Warrior - DBC00656
    • Ticket to Hollywood - DBC03075
    • Heart of Darkness Club - DBC03174
    • Home for the Holidays - DBC03268
    • Doctor Lovebeads - DBC03297
    • Dark Night of the Soul - DBC12945
    • Pickup from Union Station - DBC13045


National Library Service

Read more about the history of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at: https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/organization/

  • Matthew Whitaker virtual jazz concert

    NLS is celebrating its 90th anniversary with special digital content and features throughout the year—beginning with the March 3 virtual concert by acclaimed jazz pianist and NLS patron Matthew Whitaker. If you missed the concert, or want an encore performance, it’s archived on the Library of Congress YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/loc).

  • 90th Anniversary Webpage

    NLS has created a 90th anniversary page on their website (www.loc.gov/nls/90th-anniversary), where you can find a timeline of significant events in NLS history, including the year when each library joined the network. There is also a video message from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and links to congratulatory remarks in the Congressional Record from the chairperson and ranking member of the House of Representatives and Senate committees that oversee the Library of Congress: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (California), Rep. Rodney Davis (Illinois), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), and Sen. Roy Blunt (Missouri).

    Future special anniversary content on our website and Facebook page to look for:

    • Features on the NLS program and its history. Look for the first—about the connections between World War I veterans and the founding of NLS—on the website by the end of the month.
    • Interviews with patrons of all ages, to highlight the ways NLS and its network serve everyone from children to nonagenarians.
    • A minibibliography of books by popular authors born in 1931.
    • Historical documents, such as old issues of Talking Book Topics.