CTBL News - Fall 2017

Fall 2017 - Volume 52, No. 3

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Highlighting — Senior Center Without Walls

This is a national program offering activities, education, friendly conversation, classes and support groups to older adults. Groups are available online or by phone. Play a game, write a poem, go on a virtual tour, meditate, share a gratitude, get support and most importantly, connect and engage with others every day from across the country.

SCWW programs are free and accessible to vision-impaired and blind participants. Their materials are available in large print, Braille and audio formats. You can find their program catalog online.

Logo and Tagline for SCWWSCWW currently serves people from 29 states. They are a part of Episcopal Senior Communities.

For more information:
call 1-877-797-7299 or email scww@jtm-esc.org

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2017 & 2018:

  • September 4th
  • November 23rd and 24th
  • December 25th and 26th
  • January 1st

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From the Director

We have had another staff change in the Reader Advisor Librarian position. Anne Alderete left us in July for a job in New Mexico. She will be closer to her family as she starts one of her own.

We are pleased to welcome Megan Blinov to the Colorado Talking Book Library as a reader advisor librarian on August 7th. She comes to us from the Texas Talking Book Library where she has been a reader advisor librarian for over 4 years. She received her MLIS from Drexel University and holds and MA in Heritage Resources from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She is an avid outdoors person, rides her bike to work and has two dogs.

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The End of an Era: Circulation of Cassettes Ends January 1st

On January 1, 2018 CTBL will no longer circulate cassettes. NLS has obsoleted the cassette machines and there are very few parts available to keep them running. NLS has also completed the conversion process of any RC book that can be transferred to digital. So all of your old RC favorites should be available on cartridge. Given this, we felt it was time to end circulation of the RC's.

If you have not made the transition to digital, please let the reader advisor librarians know and we will get you a digital player and books.

If you have a cassette machine and books that you no longer need, please return them back to the library.

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Wanted — Finished reading your books & magazines?

Please send them back when you have finished reading. Other patrons may be waiting to read those titles. And for the newsletters and magazines the cartridges need to be reused.

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CTBL Reads - To Race the Wind: An Autobiography

Author: Harold Krents
Narrator: Fred Major
Time: 8 hours 18 minutes
Recollections of a former Harvard law student who is blind. Krents fell in love, graduated with honors, and passed the New York State bar exam. Recalls childhood loneliness and being taunted in public school. Credits family support for his perseverance. His experiences inspired the popular play and movie Butterflies Are Free. 1972. DB053815 The regular participants of the CTBL Reads group selected this title.

CTBL Reads begins September 11th and the book talk is October 19th at 3 p.m.

Call the library to sign up, have a copy of the book sent to you and get on the list for the book talk, phone number and passcode.

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Patron Stories

Here at CTBL we are always interested in hearing your stories. If you would like to share your CTBL experience with others, feel free to email or snail mail your stories. We would use them on our website, in social media or in our mailings. We would only use first names to protect your privacy. If you would like to share a video for the CTBL YouTube channel, we would love that.

You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/CTBLYouTube

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Tech Talk — Turnaround Service

CTBL uses a turnaround service to send books out to our patrons. The turnaround system works in the following way:

Patrons are assigned a maximum number of books that will be sent out to them.

  • This number includes books in the mail going to the patron or coming back to the library and books in the patron’s home.
  • We usually start patrons with a 5 book maximum. This number can be adjusted to anywhere from 1 – 20 books depending on how fast the patron reads and the mail service in their area.
  • The computer checks the each patrons’ account nightly to see if the number of books they have checked out is below their maximum number. If the number out is less than the maximum, the computer will assign books to the patron. If not, nothing is done on that account.
  • We can also adjust the shipment size (how many books are sent out at one time) to anywhere from 1 – 20.

Example — Jane has a maximum of 10 books on her account. Her account is set to only replace books 1 at a time. Jane returns 5 books on the same day. The computer checks her account and sees she only has 5 books out, but has a maximum of 10 set. The computer will send 1 book a day for 5 days to get her account back to the maximum of 10. Jane could also choose to have her books replaced at a faster rate by changing her shipment size to a number higher than 1.

The maximum number only works with the computer and the nightly selection system. A reader advisor can override that number to send you an additional books — up to the library cap of 20 — if you find yourself short of books.

If you are having problems with the number of books you receive, please call the library and speak with a reader advisor to adjust your maximum book number.

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BARD Express

BARD Express simplifies the process of downloading and transferring audio books from BARD to a cartridge. BARD Express is a Windows-based application. The major advantage is that BARD Express unzips and transfers the files to a cartridge for you with the click of a button. It is available from NLS and is free.

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Online Databases Now Available @www.myCTBL.org

We have databases that patrons can access from your computer. You will need your patron number to access them. A highlight of the individual databases available is: Consumer Health Complete — provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. For more information and to explore these databases and how to access them in detail, please go to Information Resources - Databases.

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Resource of Interest - Vision Resource Expo Hosted by DVR

Thursday, October 5, 2017 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Library 21C - Pikes Peak Library
1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
**Accessible from Bus Route 39**

Resources for individuals with vision loss. Need more specifics?
Call DVR at 719-635-3585
ask for Liz Robertson, Megann Karch, or Tim Richard.

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How to Organize Your Home to Accommodate Visual Impairment

You need to consider organization as people with low or no vision are more confident and independent when they can find their way around and locate items they want and need quickly and easily. Below are two tips from Jackie Waters on how to organize to make it more accessible.


Draw organizers are handy tools that you can place in drawers of nearly any size and group similar items together. Organizers for silverware and kitchen tool drawers are especially important for keeping people safe from wayward knives, peelers, and other sharp instruments. If you want to save some money, use containers such as short PVC pipes, discarded shoe boxes and Q-Tip holders, and mason jars to hold small objects in your drawers.


People with visual impairment struggle to match clothes and put together outfits. Proper closet organization helps to locate clothing items and get dressed in no time. Installing tension rods and sliding or folding racks beneath traditional hanger rods makes it possible to place pants, skirts, shorts, belts, and other pieces of clothing directly beneath matching tops. Or, you can put dividers between hangers and place coordinated outfits in a row in the closet; some people hang seven outfits at a time so they have clothing ready for the entire week.

Other people with visual impairment organize clothing in closets and dressers by color. A consistent clothes organization system such as this makes it possible for people to mix and match outfits because they easily can find clothing items and pair them together.

Stay tuned for two more tips in our next newsletter.

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Volunteers — As Big as an Iceberg

The CTBL volunteer corps is like an iceberg with about 90% of their work beneath the surface. When most people refer to our volunteers they usually think of the narrators who record books, magazines, and other material for our collection. We are very proud of the well-trained narrators we have at CTBL. You could say they are above sea-level on our iceberg.

But, look carefully and it is easy to see that just below the surface are many other volunteers supporting their work. There are the reviewers, monitors, and editors who ensure that the books are recorded accurately, catching and correcting even those minor errors and glitches.

Then there are the volunteers who work in cataloguing to give each book a correct description and subject codes making it possible to search and find the right books. It can be difficult and time-consuming. Speaking of time, the RUB detectives are busy listening to a select group of books to find incidents of violence, strong language, or other offensive material to be indicated in the catalog record.

Not a single book would ever leave our building if it weren’t for the team working in our mailroom. They process more than a thousand books and machines every day, inspecting each incoming piece, pulling and addressing every outgoing piece. Some help inventory every shelf looking for misplaced books. When a book is hot, the duplication team jumps in and makes sure available copies can be ordered from any computer day or night.

You see, it takes a lot of people to keep things afloat at CTBL and we are always ready to find room for one more qualified person to join our crew.

If you are interested in volunteering for CTBL, visit our website at www.myctbl.org and complete the Volunteer Application found on the volunteer page.

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Collection News — Suggestions from New Additions

New DVDs with Descriptive Video

Audio descriptions is embedded in each disc. Additional titles available, please contact the library for more information.

Children’s PBS Programs
  • MD00154 — Arthur: Hooray for Health!
  • MD00152 — Martha Goes to School: Martha Speaks Series
  • MD00153 — Martha Says it with Flowers: Martha Speaks Series
Feature Films
  • MD00147 — A Monster Calls (PG-13)
  • MD00141 — Almost Christmas (PG-13)
  • MD00139 — Arrival (PG-13)
  • MD00145 — Collateral Beauty (PG-13)
  • MD00142 — Doctor Strange (PG-13)
  • MD00146 — Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)
  • MD00143 — Fences (PG-13)
  • MD00129 — Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13)
  • MD00138 — Hacksaw Ridge (R)
  • MD00150 — Hidden Figures (PG)
  • MD00144 — Moana (PG)
  • MD00151 — Patriots Day (R)
  • MD00149 — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
  • MD00148 — Sing (PG)
  • MD00137 — Trolls (PG)
  • MD00161 — America’s Stone Age Explorers
  • MD00162 — Building the Great Cathedrals
  • MD00158 — Doctors’ Diaries
  • MD00163 — Dogs & More Dogs: The True Story of Man’s Best Friend
  • MD00166 — Facing Death: Confronting End-of-Life Choices
  • MD00168 — God in America: How Religious Liberty Shaped America
  • MD00155 — How Smart Are Animals?
  • MD00157 — NOVA ScienceNOW: Episode 8
  • MD00135 — The Eagle Huntress
  • MD00131 — The Birth of a Nation (R)

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New Large Print Titles


  • PR026410 — The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
  • PR026411 — A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming
  • PR026412 — Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman
  • PR026414 — The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease by Niki Kapsambelis
  • PR026415 — Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
  • PR026416 — Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder
  • PR026464 — The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
  • PR026475 — Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith
  • PR026476 — The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers
  • PR026481 — The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog by Patricia B. McConnell
  • PR026482 — Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by Nicholas E. Reynolds
  • PR026484 — Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves by Kat Kinsman
  • PR026575 — The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  • PR026578 — A Life Well Played: My Stories by Arnold Palmer
  • PR026579 — Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
  • PR026581 — Are You Anybody?: A Memoir by Jeffrey Tambor
  • PR026582 — MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II by Peter Eisner
  • PR026583 — Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin

General Fiction

  • PR026388 — The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • PR026456 — Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • PR026724 — A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • PR026369 — My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  • PR026496 — The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
  • PR026681 — Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin
  • PR026666 — A Dog’s Way Home: Dog's Purpose #3 by W. Bruce Cameron


  • PR026370 — The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P. D. James
  • PR026393 — The White Mirror: Li Du Mystery #2 by Elsa Hart
  • PR026424 — His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme MaCrae Burnet
  • PR026491 — The Murder of Mary Russell: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #14 by Laurie R. King
  • PR026601 — Celine by Peter Heller
  • PR026616 — Plain Missing: Amish Mystery #4 by Emma Miller

Romance and Love Stories

  • PR026436 — The Heart of Henry Quantum by Pepper Harding
  • PR026366 — An Amish Man of Ice Mountain: Amish of Ice Mountain #2 by Kelly Long
  • PR026404 — Lady Pirate by Lynsay Sands
  • PR026419 — The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
  • PR026506 — The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes
  • PR026512 — Forever a Hero: Carsons of Mustang Creek #3 by Linda Lael Miller
  • PR026559 — The Road to Enchantment by Kaya McLaren
  • PR026603 — Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Spy and Suspense

  • PR026390 — The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
  • PR026396 — Pines: A Wayward Pines Novel by Blake Crouch
  • PR026399 — The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies
  • PR026488 — Kill the Next One by Federico Axat
  • PR026520 — Nest: A Thriller by Terry Goodkind
  • PR026594 — No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child
  • PR026667 — What You Don’t Know by JoAnn Chaney


  • PR026378 — The Western Double by Max Brand
  • PR026443 — Showdown by Louis L’Amour
  • PR026495 — Bill Doolin: American Outlaw by Bill Brooks
  • PR026525 — World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman
  • PR026562 — Dead Man’s Cañon by Lauran Paine
  • PR026628 — The Teton Bunch: A Western Trio by Les Savage Jr.
  • PR026654 — The Kansas City Cowboys by Johnny D. Boggs

Young Adult Fiction

  • PR026420 — Ashes: Seeds of America Trilogy #3 by Laurie Halse Anderson, Grades 7 and up.

Juvenile Fiction

  • PR026353 to PR026363 — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Books 1 through 11 by Jeff Kinney, Grades 3-6 and older readers.
  • PR026467 — Mouse Mess - also available in Spanish (PR026468) by Linnea Asplind Riley, Preschool-Grade 2.
  • PR026623 — The Dark Prophecy: Trials of Apollo #2 by Rick Riordan, Grades 5-8 and older readers.

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

Blindsided: Surviving a Grizzly Attack and Still Loving the Great Bear
Author: Jim Cole
Narrator: Visvaldis Jaunarajs
Jim Cole spent years observing grizzlies in the wild. Then in 2007 he was attacked by a mother grizzly who nearly killed him. This is the story of the attack, Jim’s fight for survival and recovery, and most of all it is a love story between man and animal. Contains some violence. 2010. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03151

Dana Crawford: 50 Years Saving the Soul of a City
Author: Mike McPhee
Narrator: Sharon Huckins
In 1965, Dana Crawford convinced a group of wealthy investors to buy a block of wobbly buildings on Jack Kerouac’s Skid Row, which she renovated into Larimer Square. Fifty years later, it is still one of Denver’s most popular destinations. Dana’s passion for giving new economic life to historic buildings has become a catalyst throughout the city. This is the story of a determined woman and her role in a city’s transformation. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03179

Lost Denver
Author: Amy B. Zimmer
Narrator: Stacey Donaldson
In a little over 150 years Denver has evolved from a gold camp to a busting metropolis, and in that time the city has constantly reinvented itself. In the process, numerous architectural treasures have vanished as the city transformed. This book looks at the many aspects of the city that have disappeared. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03169

San Domingo: The Medicine Hat Stallion
Author: Marguerite Henry
Narrator: Timothy Englert
In pre-Civil War Wyoming, a teenager’s life is complicated when his strangely hostile father trades the boy’s beloved horse to the pony express. 1972. Grades 5–8. DBC03219

Debt Of Honor
Author: Luke Short
Narrator: Nelson Grabenstetter
Reeves Cable had ridden 200 tough miles to answer his foster mother’s plea for help. When he arrived, he found the widow Traver’s name being dragged through the mud. Someone had started the rumor and someone had to pay for it. Adult Fiction. DBC03206

Hi Lo Country
Author: Max Evans
Narrator: Bill Brown
The classic novel of post-WWII cowboys ranching in the Ho Lo country of New Mexico that centers on a tumultuous and tangled love triangle, unrequited love, and adultery. It laments the coming of the pickup truck replacing horses and big ranching squeezing out independent outfits. Strong language. 1961. Adult Fiction. DBC03138

Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, and Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders
Author: Philip Anschutz
Narrator: Louise Lederhos
Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. This volume profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03076

Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles
Author: Rivvy Neshama
Narrator: Joanne Rudoff
From dancing to forgiving, from walking at dawn to sharing dinner with a stranger, Rivvy Neshama invites us to find the sacred — in unexpected places and everyday life. These short true tales are magical yet down to earth and filled with heart and humor, connecting us more deeply with love, joy, and purpose. 2013. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03176

The Low End of Nowhere
Author: Michael Stone
Narrator: Patricia Jonietz
Denver bounty hunter, Streeter is on double alert when blonde bombshell, Story Moffatt, hires him for a job with a lot of money at stake. Throw in a crooked cop, and a sharp and sexy paralegal who does her best work on top of the desk, and you’ve got a colorful Rocky Mountain mystery. Strong language and some violence. 1996. Adult Fiction. DBC03199

The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back
Author: Clark Elliott
Narrator: Bob Serkowski
In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. In one final effort to recover, he crossed paths with two research-clinicians working on the leading edge of brain plasticity. Within weeks the ghost of who he had been started to re-emerge. This book provides a unique and informative window into the human brain. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03159

To the Top of the Grand: Grand Teton National Park. Adventures with the Parkers #12
Author: Mike Graf
Narrator: Judy Early
In this latest installment in the series, the Parkers journey to Grand Teton National Park, where they see moose, grizzly bears, elk and other animals while hiking the Teton Crest Trail. But when the parents hire a guide and attempt to scale the Grand Teton, things get dicey in the extreme mountain environment. 2013. Grades 3-6. Realistic Fiction. DBC03250

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Contributors to The Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library and The Colorado Talking Book Library

The list of contributors to Colorado Talking Book Library and the Friends of CTBL from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, has been omitted from this format. Interested parties may access this information through the PDF version of our newsletter. Further assistance may be requested through the Reader Advisors.

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Legacy Gifts

Legacy gifts to the Friends of CTBL are a vital way to ensure ongoing support for all the services the library provides to patrons. The Friends have established Eyes to the Future that honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of patrons, families and friends who have chosen to leave a legacy through their estates or other deferred gifts.

We invite you to become a member of Eyes to the Future. Enrollment in this honorary group is simply a matter of advising us about your plans to make a legacy gift, such as a bequest in a will or living trust, or designating The Friends of CTBL as beneficiary of an individual retirement plan, 401k or life insurance policy. The Friends of CTBL is a public 501 c 3 charity and the tax ID is 23-7243950.

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Contributions to The Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library and The Colorado Talking Book Library

An additional way to contribute to either the Friends or to CTBL is through a charitable bequest as part of a will or through life insurance. You do not have to rewrite your current document but can add a written amendment called a codicil. Such a bequest only becomes irrevocable at your death. Giving to the library helps support the programs and service we provide to our patrons and helps to secure the future.

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The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations. If you make purchases through Amazon, try AmazonSmile and designate The Friends of CTBL as a recipient of charitable donations. Several patrons have already done this. Thanks!

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How to Reach Us:

Colorado Talking Book Library
180 Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80226
303-727-9277—metro Denver
1-800-685-2136—outside Denver

  • Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education
  • Eugene Hainer, State Librarian
  • Debbi MacLeod, Director, CTBL

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