CTBL News - Fall 2018

Fall 2018 - Volume 53, No. 3

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Highlighting — NLS Network Library of the Year

On May 17th Gene Hainer and I attended the NLS/Library of Congress luncheon that honored this year’s winners of the Network Library of the Year and the Sub-regional Network Library of the Year.Karen Kenniger, Director NLS with Debbi and Gene accepting the award. We were honored to receive the award on a rainy Thursday.

We met Senator Cory Gardner and Senator Michael Bennett in person to receive their congratulations! Representative DeGette was tied up in budget negotiations so Matthew Allen, her legislative aid, represented her at the luncheon.

Serving our patrons is why we come to work everyday and it is nice for the staff and volunteers to be recognized for doing this work.

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From the Director

From June 17–21 I attended the NLS National Biennial Conference in Nashville, TN. We heard about the changes that will be coming to the program over the next 5 years, listened to some local music and heard Ronnie Milsap tell his story about being a patron and a musician. He has won 6 Grammys, has 40 hits and is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. His book is titled Almost Like a Song – DB 032896. I will write more details of some upcoming changes in the September newsletter.

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NLS Music Notes — Blog from NLS

The music section writes a blog on all kinds of topics. You can find the blog here: https://blogs.loc.gov/nls-music-notes/

Here are a couple of their posts:

  • Getting Over the Hump with Midweek Music
  • Something’s Coming, Something Good!
  • Carnegie Hall of the South: Nashville’s Musical Legacy

For those of you who are interested in music, you can receive materials from NLS. Contact a reader advisor for more information.

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2018:

  • November 22nd and 23rd
  • December 24th and 25th
  • January 1st

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CTBL Community Reads

Non-Fiction Selection

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit — PR028154 & DB090311
Author: Christopher Matthews
Narrator: Ray Foushee
Length: 10 hours, 29 minutes
New York Times Bestseller
Journalist and political commentator provides a celebration of the life and work of Robert Francis Kennedy. Discusses his time in the Navy, his role as attorney general in his brother’s administration, his 1968 presidential campaign, and more.

Fiction Selection

Children of Blood and Bone — BR022258 & DB090928
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Length: 17 hours, 47 minutes
New York Times Bestseller
Zelie remembers when the soil hummed with magic. Everything changed the night it disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now she has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Note: Tomi Adeyemi is a 23-year old Nigerian-American writer, a Harvard graduate, and creative writing coach. Children of Blood and Bone was an instant New York Time’s bestseller and will soon be adapted into a movie.

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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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Tech Talk — BARD Security Updates

NLS initiated a change to BARD user accounts in an effort to enhance security and prevent misuse. Each day, the BARD system checks patron accounts to see when a book was last downloaded. Any accounts that haven’t been used in over a year are placed in an inactive/suspended status.

If you are unable to log into BARD, chances are your account has been suspended. You will need to call a Reader Advisor at 800-685-2136 to have your account reactivated. Part of the process of re-enabling a BARD account requires the password to be reset.

The temporary password you receive needs to be used within 24 hours. Once you have logged into BARD and created a new password, you will need to download a book right away or the BARD system will automatically suspend your account again the next day.

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Resource of Interest — Envision

Envision is a non-profit which helps the blind and low vision community with services and support in these categories:
Employment, Outreach, Rehabilitation, Education and Research

Their website is https://www.envisionus.com/
For more information contact Bob Weinberg — 303-800-3528.

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Resource of Interest — VA Services for Veterans

Did you know that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides health and Rehabilitative Services to help veterans overcome the everyday challenges of vision loss? All U.S. military veterans, whether they served during war or peace, service connected or non-service connected may be eligible.

They offer a wide range of services to eligible veterans including these areas:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Brain Injury Team, and Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders Team

Veterans can contact there VA primary care physician for a referral.

For additional information, VA website: http://www.va.gov/blindrehab

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This year's meet and greet format at the Open House was very successful.

Volunteers — Quietly and Behind the Scenes

At the end of every movie the credits roll. Streaming by at nearly lightning speed is that long list of names and jobs that we seldom pay attention to. But we know that movies aren’t made by just the actors we see on the screen. There is a small army of people with various talents and skills that work together behind the scenes to make a movie happen.

This is true at CTBL, too. There are many volunteers who work with our staff behind the scenes to make audiobooks, Braille, and large print books available to our patrons. In fact, without their help, most books would never leave our building to later show up in your mailbox or be available for download on BARD.

There isn’t room enough in this newsletter to list everyone who contributes to the success of our library, but we see them every week. They come in and use their talents and skills to make our books available to you. Some are here working in the stacks to pull or to shelve books, or audit our inventory. They may work at home on one of the off-site assignments and then bring in the finished work to complete a larger project. They may donate financially to our Friends organization to help fund the library. They may carry applications in their purse or car just so they can recruit new patrons wherever they go. Each one of them contribute to the whole production of our award-winning program and before the lights come up, their names should scroll across the screen to acknowledge their dedication to CTBL. And a thundering round of applause would be heard!

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.

Feature Films — DVD’s
  • MD00272 — 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers (R)
    (Also in Blu-Ray: MB00065)
  • MD00244 — A Question of Faith (PG)
  • MD00245 — American Made (R)
  • MD00248 — Battle of the Sexes (PG-13)
  • MD00247 — Blade Runner 2049 (R)
  • MD00243 — Breathe (PG-13)
  • MD00259 — Call Me by Your Name (R)
  • MD00269 — Coco (PG)
  • MD00270 — Darkest Hour (PG-13)
  • MD00255 — Downsizing (R)
  • MD00252 — Ferdinand (PG)
  • MD00242 — Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)
  • MD00258 — Justice League (PG-13)
    (Also in Blu-Ray: MB00064)
  • MD00246 — Marshall (PG-13)
  • MD00264 — Molly’s Game (R)
  • MD00241 — Mother! (R)
  • MD00266 — Murder of the Orient Express (PG-13)
  • MD00257 — Only the Brave (PG-13)
  • MD00268 — Peter Rabbit (PG)
  • MD00263 — Phantom Thread (R)
  • MD00256 — Roman J. Israel, Esq. (PG-13)
  • MD00271 — Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13)
  • MD00254 — Suburbicon (R)
  • MD00265 — The Commuter (PG-13)
  • MD00261 — The Greatest Showman (PG)
  • MD00249 — The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG)
    (Also in Blu-Ray: MB00063)
  • MD00260 — The Post (PG-13)
  • MD00250 — The Shape of Water (R)
  • MD00251 — The Star (PG)
  • MD00267 — Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13)
  • MD00262 — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (R)
  • MD00253 — Wonder (PG)

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New Large Print Titles

A Baker’s Dozen of CTBL’s most popular large print books — Fiction

  • PR017049 — Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • PR020653 — His Love Endures Forever: Land Of Canaan Series #3 by Beth Wiseman
  • PR026151 — Solitude Creek: Kathryn Dance #4 by Jeffery Deaver
  • PR026260 — Cross the Line: Alex Cross #24 by James Patterson
  • PR020477 — Sneaky Pie F=for President: Mrs. Murphy Mystery #21 by Rita Mae Brown
  • PR021002 — The Last Girls by Lee Smith
  • PR028012 — The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
  • PR028071 — Boomer’s Bucket List by Sue Pethick
  • PR000141 — The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • PR001331 — The Brethren by John Grisham
  • PR006002 — “H” Is For Homicide: Kinsey Millhone #8 by Sue Grafton
  • PR026590 — Traveling Light by Lynne Branard
  • PR026288 — A Terrible Beauty: Lady Emily Mystery #11 by Tasha Alexander

A Baker’s Dozen of CTBL’s most popular large print books — Non-Fiction

  • PR028344 — Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
  • PR026167 — How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie
  • PR026329 — Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission that Changed the Course of WWII by John R. Bruning
  • PR021086 — Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • PR026327 — The Cancer Whisperer: Finding Courage, Direction, and the Unlikely Gifts of Cancer by Sophie Sabbage
  • PR021598 — The Yelling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti
  • PR028185 — The Power Of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath
  • PR024948 — Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry
  • PR026478 — Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
  • PR026481 — The Education Of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog by Patricia B. McConnell
  • PR026865 — Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way by Ryan White
  • PR028054 — God Is For Real: And He Longs to Answer Your Most Difficult Questions by Todd Burpo
  • PR028089 — The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior, and Decisions by Joyce Meyer

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Recommended Local Series — The Asphalt Warrior

Written by Gary Reilly, The Asphalt Warrior series tells the story of Denver cabbie, Brendan “Murph” Murphy who has two main goals in life. First, to earn no more from driving his cab than it takes to keep his bohemian lifestyle afloat. Second, never, under any circumstance, get involved in the lives of his fares. He’s not very good at the first and spectacularly bad at the second.

Denver is a featured “character” in this cleverly written series, along with a quick-witted cabbie, and a host of eccentric locals. Recommended for cozy mystery lovers, as well as readers who enjoy interesting characters and a bit of Denver history.

Recorded in CTBL’s Denver studio, the first four books in the series include:

  • DBC00656 — The Asphalt Warrior
  • DBC03075 — Ticket To Hollywood
  • DBC03174 — The Heart of Darkness Club
  • DBC03268 — Home for the Holidays

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

Colorado history is one of our patrons’ favorite topics. Just check out these titles recorded at CTBL. They are our twelve most popular local recordings and they are all about Colorado and its history. Enjoy!

12 Most Popular Audio Books Produced in the CTBL Studios March thru June 2018

Mountains of Silver: The Story of Colorado’s Red Mountain Mining District
Author: P. David Smith
Narrator: Nelson Grabenstetter
The history of the communities that sprang into being around the rich mines of the Red Mountain Mining District in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. 1994. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03123

Outlaw Tales of Colorado: True Stories of the Centennial State’s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats
Author: Jan Elizabeth Murphy
Narrator: Lori Kinney
This book tells the tale of fourteen of the most dramatic events, and the most daring and despicable desperados, in the history of the Centennial State. Ride with horse thieves and cattle rustlers, duck the bullets of murderers, plot strategies with con artists, and hiss at lawmen turned outlaws. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03261

Ladies of The Brown: A Women’s History of Denver’s Most Elegant Hotel
Author: Ebra B. Faulkner
Narrator: Patricia Jonietz
Since the day it opened in 1892, Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel has been the Mile High City’s foremost destination for high-powered business travelers, celebrities, royalty, and politicians. In this book, hotel historian and archivist Debra B. Faulkner introduces readers to some of the hotel’s most fascinating and famous female visitors, residents, and employees. Includes six recipes from the Brown Palace Hotel’s restaurants. 2010. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03172

Timberline Tailings: Tales of Colorado’s Ghost Towns and Mining Camps
Author: Muriel Sibell Wolle
Narrator: Nelson Embleton
Includes letters written by and interviews of the hardy men and women who met the challenges of the gold and silver mining camps of Colorado with stamina, ingenuity, and a keen love of life. 1993. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03121

The Song of the Hammer and Drill: The Colorado San Juans, 1860-1914
Author: Duane A. Smith
Narrator: Nelson Grabenstetter
Traces the mining and urban history of the San Juans from 1860 to 1914 through the lives of people who opened, settled, and developed the beautiful, but rugged mineral-laden peaks of southwestern Colorado. 2001. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03128

Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
Author: Harold Schechter
Narrator: Andrea Loughry
In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, only one of them emerged — Alfred Packer. Dubbed “the Man-Eater,” Packer disappeared for nine years and became the West’s most wanted man. This is the story of a legendary crime — a gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth. Violence. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03197

Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy
Author: Ariana Harner
Narrator: Laverne Rios
On the morning of March 26, 1931, students excitedly boarded a bus for a routine ride to the Pleasant Hill School. By the time they arrived at the school, the weather had turned snowy and the children were sent home. Confused by weather conditions, the driver lost his sense of direction and lodged the bus in a ditch. When rescuers found the vehicle, a day and a half later, the blizzard had taken its deadly toll. 2016. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03140

Cherry Creek Gothic
Author: Sandra Dallas
Narrator: Jim Wheelock
Illustrated and annotated volume of Denver’s famous Victorian buildings. Appeals not only to architecture students, but also to persons interested in the flamboyant personality of the time. 1971. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03143

The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics
Author: John Hickenlooper
Narrator: John Hickenlooper
The maverick (and very funny) governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to remarkable business and political success. Some strong language. 2016. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03186

Colorado's Colorful Characters
Author: Gladys R. Bueler
Narrator: Nelson Grabenstetter
The author introduces the reader to 83 people who had an impact on Colorado’s history. Included is a comprehensive chronology which tells of many more “Colorado characters.” Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03149

Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, and Wyatt Earp: Their Colorado Careers
Author: E. Richard Churchill
Narrator: Valerie O'Neill
Traces the Colorado careers of the three best-known gunmen in the West. 1974. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03013

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. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03076

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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, 2017, through June 30, 2018, 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

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  • Debbi MacLeod, Director, CTBL

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