CTBL News - Fall 2020

Fall 2020 - Volume 55, No. 3

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Highlighting — COVID

The library staff hope you have all been healthy and finding ways to thrive during this pandemic. At times it has felt like time slowed but here we are at the start of fall. Time seems more elastic than ever.

In March the library closed to the public and put our volunteers on hold as the Governor called for a 50% reduction of people in buildings. Since then half our staff have been working from home and the rest are in the building receiving and shipping out library materials. We quarantine material as it comes in, and staff are taking all the necessary safety measures. We are all healthy — at this writing. We are pleased that we did not have to suspend all library operations as some states had to across the network.

We have moved some volunteer work to be done at home and some volunteers are keeping busy. We are planning to bring back other volunteers, whose jobs cannot be done at home, on a limited bases in the fall. They give a lot to the library, and we are missing their contributions.

As we move through the balance of this year, we will adhere to safety protocols and wait for a vaccine or a cure that we hope will move us towards a new normal.

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2020 - 2021:

  • September 7th
  • November 26th-27th
  • December 24th-25th
  • January 1st

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From the Director

We were sad not to be able to hold the Patron Open House this year and are looking forward to hosting one next year. We hope you are all staying healthy and holding your own during this COVID crisis. 50% of the staff have been working in the building getting books out to patrons and the other 50% working from home. So far, we are all healthy and able to serve you.

Check out the Friends of CTBL Facebook page or follow on Twitter.

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Reminder to Patrons - Holiday service

The holidays are fast approaching. Unfortunately, every year the mail slows down and with vacations, there are fewer Reader Advisors on hand to take your order. To make sure you have plenty to read, we recommend ordering any specific requests by November 15th, and getting more than your usual amount so that you have a few extras.

We want to make sure you have a very happy holiday season. Just going to college in another state, CTBL will still provide service.

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CTBL Patron Survey — Coming This Fall

The biennial patron survey will be going to selected patrons later this fall. Please watch for your audio or large print announcement of invitation to participate.

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CTBL Community Reads

Fiction Selection
The Intuitionist — DB091574
Author: J. Colson Whitehead
Narrator: Peter Jay Fernandez
Length: 9 hours, 42 minutes
New York Times Notable Book

Two warring factions in the Department of Elevator Inspectors in a bustling metropolis vie for dominance: the Empiricists, who go by the book and rigorously check every structural and mechanical detail, and the Intuitionists, whose observational methods involve meditation and instinct. Lila Mae Watson, the city’s first black female inspector, who has the highest accuracy rate in the department, is at the center of the turmoil.

An elevator in a new municipal building has crashed on her watch, fanning the flames of the Empiticist-Intuitionist feud and compelling Lila Mae to go underground to investigate. As she endeavors to clear her name, she becomes entangled in a web of intrigue that leads her to a secret that will change her life forever.

Non-Fiction Selection
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative — DB091040 & BR022246
Author: Florence Williams
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 8 hours, 57 minutes
New York Times Bestseller

Florence Williams investigates the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Delving into brand-new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas — and the answers they yield — are more urgent than ever.

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Free Cloth Masks Available from CTBL Volunteers

Thanks to our volunteers who shifted to making masks from home, we are pleased to offer a packet of 3 free masks to CTBL patrons. This will help support the statewide order for residents to wear masks while in public spaces. Please contact the library and leave a message clearly stating your name and patron number or phone number. We will then mail you out a packet of masks.

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Electronic Ballot Marking System Available to Colorado Voters With Disabilities

In Colorado, people with disabilities, including the blind and print disabled, can mark their ballots using computers, smart phones, or tablets equipped with the assistive technology with which they are familiar. All that is needed is a computer, smart phone, or tablet, a printer, and an Internet connection.

CTBL has detailed instructions, written by Curtis Chong, available to send to you via email. Please contact the library at ctbl.info@cde.state.co.us requesting the voting document. We will then email you the instructions. You may also download the instructions from our website at: https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/voting-rights

Voters should visit the website https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/home.xhtml to update their voter registration information.

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Tech Talk — Duplication on Demand Service

In the Winter edition of CTBL News, we discussed our new service model, Duplication on Demand (DoD). CTBL was one of the first sites to combine this system with our library software system. Occasionally, we find another quirk or bug in how the DoD system and our library software communicate with each other.

The most current problem we’ve found is that the original cartridges made in November and December last year are counting as 2 cartridges in our circulation system. If you have 2 of these older cartridges out, the system thinks you have the 4 maximum on cartridges and won’t automatically send you out anymore.

We can manually send out more if we are notified of the problem. But we strongly encourage you to finish and return any older cartridges you have as soon as possible.

As always, if you are finding you have this or any other problems with the service, contact a Reader Advisor at 1-800-685-2136 or 303-727-9277.

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Tech Talk — Voice Dream

Voice Dream is a suite of software products created to assist those with print disabilities. For iOS, they offer a Reader, Writer and Scanner. Users can also purchase the Suite, which is the 3 apps along with two additional voices.

Voice Dream recently created their app for Android devices and currently offer the Reader and Scanner.

Reader — has multiple free voices, plus additional voices you can purchased through the app. Reader offers synchronized highlighting of the text while reading it out loud. The App reads PDF, EPUB, Daisy Audio, Daisy Text, plain text and other formats. Items can be downloaded from websites, Bookshare, Gutenberg and other sites.

Writer — speaks words out-loud while you type to assist in proofreading and editing documents.

Scanner — takes pictures of documents and reads the text out-loud.

There is a fee for these apps. However, the iOS apps are getting great reviews. From an RA at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library:
“It’s the best $14.99 I have spent this year, they have an astounding variety of text-to-speech voices and many of them sound so life like that one forgets one is listening to text-to-speech. I used to read bookshare.org books as a lamentable last resort, but thanks to Voice Dream I listen to Bookshare all the time. You can not only get Bookshare from Voice Dream but an amazing number of other book providers and document formats can be accessed…”

More information about these products is available on the Voice Dream Website: https://www.voicedream.com

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Having trouble navigating your multi-book cartridge?

Standard digital player as viewed from aboveIf the bookshelf mode or user guide is confusing a Play/Stop primer might help as this button does far more than play and stop.

The green square Play/Stop button labeled P in braille is a multi-function button.

Primary function — Pressing the Play/Stop button while the a book is stopped will start or resume playback of the book. Playback resumes from the reading position noted by the player for the current book when playback or navigation last ended. Pressing the Play/Stop button while the player is playing a book or message stops playback and silences the player. If you are at the end of a book and you press the Play/Stop button again you will be returned to the beginning of that book.

Secondary functions — When a cartridge containing more than one book is in the player, pressing and holding the Play/Stop button for 5 seconds will enter the Bookshelf mode. In this mode the user can select from the books available on the cartridge using the Rewind or Fast Forward buttons to move up and down the bookshelf and hear what is available. Pressing and releasing the Play/Stop button will exit the Bookshelf and begin to play the selected book. The player will remember the book selected even if the cartridge is removed from the player. On the Standard Player, the first book encountered on the Bookshelf will always be the User Guide. When no cartridge is inserted in the Standard player or only one book is present on a cartridge, pressing and holding the Play/Stop button for three seconds will switch playback from the talking book on the cartridge, or from the Key Describer mode without a cartridge, to the built-in User Guide. When the User Guide is enabled, it can be read just like a regular talking book. Pressing and holding the Play/Stop button for three seconds when the User Guide is enabled will return playback to the cartridge. The User Guide can be entered or exited at any time.

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Volunteers — The Hidden Benefits of Volunteering

“Go volunteer. It’s good for you,” How many of us have heard that or even said it ourselves? But what exactly does volunteering do for us?

Research shows that people who volunteer aren’t just helping their community, they experience a boost in their mental health. When we help others, we tend to experience what researchers call a warm glow. Besides, volunteering is likely to help boost our sense of social connection.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the practice of social distancing, creating feelings of stress and isolation in many of us. During this time, CTBL has worked to keep our team of dedicated volunteers feeling connected and supported. While we couldn’t have them come to our building, during the shut-down, we took work to some of them.

One team of volunteers have picked up talking book machines that need to be serviced and worked in one member’s garage. They supported our patrons by keeping enough machines serviced so they could continue listening to talking books — no report on who supplied the doughnuts for them.

Another team picked up cartridges and cases that needed new labels applied so they would be ready for Tod and Susan to use in duplication on demand. Their efforts were immensely helpful.

A few of the volunteers sewed facemasks by the dozen so we would be ready when the building opens to volunteers and patrons again.

Some staff made a point to call the volunteers to check that they had everything they need and weren’t becoming isolated in their homes. And, sometimes, volunteers called to check up on us!

But, all along, volunteers expressed how much they couldn’t wait to return to their regular schedules at the building. There is no substitute for being with the people who come every week. We share stories about our families, our latest lab results, the trips we have planned, the pictures of our grandkids. These are the connections that make volunteering a boost to our mental health.

Work is essential, but in the end, it is all about relationships.

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Wanted — Unused playback machines and finished audio books

If you have a player that you are not using, please send it back to the library so we can pass it on to another patron. Call the library if you need a post-paid mailing label. Please send back old audio books as you finish them.

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Resource of Interest — Healthy Relationships During Covid-19

People are happiest, healthiest, safest and supported when they are listened to and treated with respect by the people in their lives. In healthy relationships, people are kind and check in with you. They respect your choices and encourage you to be independent. But sometimes family members or caregivers hurt or harm others.

During COVID-19, a quiet, unseen tragedy is unfolding for the approximately 1 in 10 older adults who experience physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and spiritual abuse. While physical distancing will slow the virus, isolation is also a risk factor and a weapon of abuse. Like the pandemic itself, abuse can be a matter of life and death.

Are you or someone you know experiencing any of the following:

  • Times when people you trust or love hurt or harm you, or make you feel afraid?
  • Feel put down or made to do things you don’t want to do?
  • Does someone in your life use your things or money without your permission; keep you from seeing your doctor or friends; keep you from practicing your spiritual beliefs; threaten you?

If family members or caregivers are not treating you with respect and dignity, being hurt by someone is not your fault — do not blame yourself. You may want to consider these ideas to increase healing and connection.

  • Talk to your doctor, spiritual leader, other helping professional or people you trust.
  • Keep as physically active as possible and eat well.
  • Enjoy music and movies, see people you love if you can, and participate in activities that make you feel happy and strong.

Sometimes family or friends take money or things that do not belong to them. No one should handle your money or accounts without your permission. Has anyone without your permission:

  • Put their name on your bank account, ATM card or credit cards and withdrew money? Forged your signature on documents?
  • Taken valuable items?
  • Pressured you into changing your will or other financial documents?

If you or someone you know may have been financially exploited, you can contact the police, adult protective services or a civil lawyer for help.

Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.


National Domestic Violence National Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) for support or information about domestic violence or elder abuse

National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673 for information or support about sexual abuse

Elder locator at 800-677-1116 for information about services for older adults

To report elder abuse, call 911 or your local adult protective services

Written by Bonnie Brandl * bbrandl@ncall.us *
National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

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Collection News — Suggestions from New Additions

New DVDs with Descriptive Video

These videos have audio descriptions embedded in each disc. You can turn on this feature by following the directions starting at the disc’s main menu. Additional titles are available, please contact the library for more information.


  • MD00480 — 1917 (R)
  • MD00451 — Abominable (PG)
  • MD00467 — The Art of Racing in the Rain (PG)
  • MD00484 — Bad Boys for Life (R)
  • MD00454 — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG)
  • MD00453 — Blinded by the Light (PG-13)
  • MD00485 — Bombshell (R)
  • MD00476 — Catching Fire. Hunger Games ; #2 (PG-13)
  • MD00478 — Cats (PG)
  • MD00457 — 464 (8 parts) Country Music: A Film by Ken Burns (PG)
  • MD00466 — Downton Abbey (PG)
  • MD00472 — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG)
  • MD00474 — Ford v Ferrari (PG-13)
  • MD00473 — Frankie (PG-13)
  • MD00481 — Frozen II (PG)
  • MD00470 — The Good Liar (R)
  • MD00465 — Harriet (PG-13)
  • MD00475 — The Hunger Games. Hunger Games; #1 (PG-13)
  • MD00452 — Hustlers (R)
  • MD00468 — Jojo Rabbit (PG-13)
  • MD00450 — Joker (R)
  • MD00482 — Knives Out (PG-13)
  • MD00469 — The Lion King (PG)
  • MD00479 — Little Women (PG)
  • MD00449 — Lives Well Lived: Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age (NR)
  • MD00456 — Midway (PG-13)
  • MD00477 — Mockingjay, Part 2. Hunger Games; #4 (PG-13)
  • MD00471 — Motherless Brooklyn (R)
  • MD00448 — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R)
  • MD00455 — Pitch Perfect (PG-13)
  • MD00483 — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; #9 (PG-13)
  • MD00438 – 447 (10 parts) — The Vietnam War (TV-MA)

Note: We have added more titles in BluRay so call the library if you would like this format and check what is available.

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New Large Print Titles

Bestseller Fiction

  • PR030096 — It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan
  • PR030105 — The Mirror & The Light: Wolf Hall Trilogy #3 by Hilary Mantel
  • PR030104 — The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  • PR030094 — Long Range: Joe Pickett #20 by C. J. Box
  • PR030112 — Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Bestseller Non-Fiction

  • PR030041 — Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews
  • PR030046 — Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox
  • PR030128 — Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca
  • PR030043 — The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
  • PR030000 — Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown
  • PR030054 — The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
  • PR030084 — The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff
  • PR030091 — The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
  • PR030053 — The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power
  • PR030108 — The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott


  • PR030103 — When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald
  • PR029993 — Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • PR030092 — The Authenticity Project: A Novel by Clare Pooley
  • PR030061 — We, the Survivors: A Novel by Tash Aw
  • PR030015 — The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri


  • PR027365 — One Crazy Summer: Gaither Sisters #1 by Rita Williams-Garcia (For Grades 4 to 7)
  • PR027364 — Front Desk by Kelly Yang (For Grades 3 to 6)
  • PR025320 — Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann (For Grades 3 to 6)
  • PR025323 — Pitter and Patter by Martha Sullivan (For Grades K to 3)
  • PR025321 — Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza! by Annie Sieg (For Grades K to 3)
  • PR025322 — The Prairie That Nature Built by Marybeth Lorbiecki (For Grades K to 3)


  • PR030047 — Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by William Geist
  • PR030052 — The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony by Adam Platt
  • PR030044 — Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands by John Clayton
  • PR030089 — Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World by David Owen
  • PR030048 — The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness by Kelli Harding
  • PR030059 — The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri
  • PR030131 — The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians by David M. Rubenstein
  • PR030018 — Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs by Richard Louv
  • PR030057 — A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman’s Harrowing Escape from the Nazis by Françoise Frenkel


  • PR030078 — The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
  • PR030080 — Room to Breathe by Liz Talley
  • PR030153 — Home Sweet Home by Fern Michaels
  • PR030026 — One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
  • PR030126 — The Wonder of Now: Sanctuary Sound Series #3 by Jamie Beck
  • PR030142 — Glass Slippers, Ever After, and Me: Proper Romance Series by Julie Wright


  • PR030075 — Deadwood Ambush by Lauran Paine
  • PR030027 — The Man from Misery by David C. Noonan
  • PR030100 — The Survival of Margaret Thomas by Del Howison
  • PR030035 — Ride into Trouble by R. W. Stone
  • PR030141 — Valley of the 99: A Western Duo by Wayne D. Overholser
  • PR030063 — Gunfighter’s Revenge by James Clay

Young Adult

  • PR030073 — Supernova: Renegades #3 by Marissa Meyer
  • PR030135 — The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  • PR029990 — All for One: Alex & Eliza Trilogy #3 by Melissa De La Cruz
  • PR030083 — Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Want more large print? Call the library for a list of additional new titles.

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Series Feature — Chief Inspector Gamache Mysteries

Written by award winning author Louise Penny, these bestselling mysteries feature Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of Canada’s Surete du Quebec. Described as character driven, the books are known for their quirky characters, clever plots, and insight into life in Quebec. In the first book in the series, “Still Life,” readers travel with Inspector Gamache to Three Pines, a fictional village in the province of Quebec, to investigate a suspicious death. Currently there are fifteen books in this police procedural series and they are available from CTBL in Braille, audio, and large print.

Young Adult — Featured Large Print Book

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (PR030083)
Adapted from National Book Award winner “Stamped from the Beginning” (DB089293), this history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, also explores the many insidious forms of racist ideas—and ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. For high school and older readers. 2020.

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

The Optimistic Decade: A Novel
Author: Heather Abel
Narrator: Geri Gingras
Framed by the oil shale bust and the real estate boom, by protests against Reagan and against the Gulf War, a founder of a back-to-the-land summer camp, a pair of bankrupt former ranchers, an ex-camper-turned-activist, and a fanatical teen navigate the ups and downs of idealism and good intentions gone wrong. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2018. Adult Fiction. DBC13012

The Blue Chameleon: The Life Story of a Supercop
Author: Daril Cinquanta
Narrator: Frank Sciacca
Detective Daril Cinquanta, now retired from the Denver Police Department, evolves into a “Super Cop” during the 1970s and 80s. This autobiographical account exposes the inner mechanics of a big city police department and the world of informants, search warrants, investigations, and the creative way Detective Cinquanta produced an extraordinary conviction rate. Violence. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC13015

Every Victory Counts: Essential Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness
Author: Monique Giroux
Narrator: Sierra M. Farris
For people living with Parkinson’s, as well as their caretakers and families, this manual from the Davis Phinney Foundation provides practical information and resources that inspire action to improve quality of life from diagnosis through the later stages of the disease. Written by leading movement disorder specialists, Monique Giroux, MD and Sierra Farris, PA-C, MPAS, with 40 experts in Parkinson’s wellness from respected institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC13029

My Ranch, Too
Author: Mary Budd Flitner
Narrator: Judith Knapp
In this memoir of the Wyoming high country, Flitner offers an authentic glimpse into the daily realities of ranch life. The ranch is not Filtner’s alone to run, as she is quick to acknowledge. Everybody pitches in, but when Mary takes the responsibility of gathering a herd of cattle or makes solo rounds at the crack of dawn to check on the livestock, there is no doubt that this is indeed her ranch, too. Some strong language. 2018. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC13035

A Season to Lie. Gemma Monroe Mystery; #2
Author: Emily Littlejohn
Narrator: Laverne Rios
On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, Colorado, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school. There she finds the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. She also finds a disturbing message left by his killer promising more death to come. Some violence and some strong language. 2017. Adult Fiction. DBC13036

Jane and the Stillroom Maid. Jane Austen Mystery; #5
Author: Stephanie Barron
Narrator: Cathy Gloeckner
Jane Austen is enjoying August 1806, in Derbyshire, England. That is, until she discovers the corpse of a young gentleman. More shocking still is the coroner’s revelation: the deceased is no man but a maidservant, Tess Arnold, clad in the garb of her master, Mr. Charles Danforth of Penfolds Hall. As usual, Jane’s acute perception and her nose for trouble place her at risk. 2000. Adult Fiction. DBC13046

Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains: Volume I
Author: Barbara Smith
Narrator: Sharon Huckins
Haunting tales from the high country include mysteries surrounding many well-known buildings and landmarks with over four dozen stories from Little Bighorn, Cheyenne, Santa Fe, Denver, Butte, Salt Lake City, and more. 1999. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC13056

Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains: Volume II
Author: Barbara Smith
Narrator: Hille Dais
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. 2003. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC13065

The Bright Side of Darkness
Author: J.E. Perez Pinto
Narrator: Adam Syron
Rick is a despondent seventeen-year-old who just lost his parents in a car wreck. His family is now the four teenage buddies he’s grown up with. “The crew” is all he has — at least he thinks so until he meets Daisy, an intelligent, self-assured blind girl. Her guts in a world where she’s often painfully vulnerable intrigue Rick, and her hopeful outlook inspires him to begin believing in himself. But when the dark side of Daisy’s past catches up with her, tragedy scatters the crew and severely tests Rick’s resolve to build his promising future. Some violence. Commercial audio — adapted with permission of the author. 2015. Adult Fiction. DBC13147

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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, 2019, through June 30, 2020, 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
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Denver, CO 80226
303-727-9277—metro Denver
1-800-685-2136—outside Denver

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