CTBL News - Fall 2022

Fall 2022 - Volume 57, No. 3

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Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

This year we’d like to call out a very special organization that supports the library—the Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library.

Organized in 1972, the Friends are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. For the past five decades, this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of dedicated volunteers has supported many of the programs and services the library provides to patrons. CTBL is ever grateful for the donors to the Friends that enable this support.

For example, the Friends support CTBL’s recording studio program. Guided by the studio director, Tyler Kottmann, narrators record books and magazines in three on-site recording booths. These recordings add to the library’s collection of local interest books, including books by Colorado authors and nonfiction books about the state and the West. The studio program also produces special publications like the annual election guide (aka the Blue Book), and a guide to Colorado’s 41 state parks (DBC13184).

This and many other programs are supported by funding from the Friends group. A heartfelt thank you to CTBL’s Friends organization for their fifty years of service and support. May they celebrate another fifty!

More information about the Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library can be found online at: https://www.friendsofctbl.org/

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From the Director

On the last few pages of the newsletter, you’ll find a list of donors to the Colorado Talking Book Library and the Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library. Regardless of how much they give or how often, these generous people contribute to the smooth running of the library. Without their support CTBL would be a much different place. We appreciate all our donors and say: THANK YOU!

CTBL services are free to all blind and print disabled residents of Colorado and that won’t change. But the donations to the library and the Friends group help the library provide a wider variety of services and books. And, that is what it’s all about — books and magazines provided to our patrons keeping them connected, entertained, and informed.


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Contacting the Library

Whether you need help with your account, want new books, or just moved, Reader Advisors can help.

Contact us by phone or email:

303-727-9277—metro Denver
1-800-685-2136—outside Denver

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2022 - 2023:

  • September 5th
  • November 24th-25th
  • December 23rd-26th
  • January 2nd
  • January 16th

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Finding the Books You Like to Read:
Award Winning Genre Fiction

Are you interested in reading more award-winning books in your favorite genre? We’ve always had the general “award winner” subject, but we’ve added some specific awards in popular categories.

  • Mystery: the Edgar Allen Poe Awards by the Mystery Writers of America
  • Romance: the VIVIAN by the Romance Writers of America
  • Western: the Spur Awards by the Western Writers of America
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy: the Nebula Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Hugo award by the members of the World Science Fiction Society

Unfortunately, not all the titles are available in Braille, audio, or large print, but CTBL has many of them and we’ll be happy to send them out to you. Call the library (800-685-2136) and we can add one or more of these award categories to your preferences list.

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Social Media Connections

Check out the FCTBL Facebook page for updates about the library’s services, collection, hours, and more. It also features news and special interest stories about the blind and print disabled community.

Is Twitter more your style? Check out what CTBL is tweeting @friendsofctbl

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Calling All Gamers!

Have you been craving a rousing adventure in tabletop RP? (That’s role-playing games to the uninitiated.) Check out our Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) resources in digital books! Wizards of the Coast, the publishers of D&D, has worked with the National Library Service to produce fully navigable versions of the Player’s Handbook (DB091838), the Monster Manual (DB091840), and the Dungeon Master’s Guide (DB091839).

Utilizing an advanced digital player, you can move between chapters and sections and subsections, learning the ins and outs of the game and game play, delve deep into the intricacies of class, weapons, and magics, create characters, or design your own campaign to lead. Skilled narrators and producers have made this guide more accessible than ever, guiding daring patrons into this magical world.

Don’t miss out on creating your own fantasy experience: contact a Reader Advisor (800-685-2136) to get a hold of your own Dungeons & Dragons handbooks on DB cartridge today!

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Tech Talk — Biped

AI Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired People

Biped unveiled their AI (artificial intelligence) copilot at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device straps onto shoulders like a backpack and films the surroundings with 3D cameras. Biped analyzes the environment to detect and predict obstacles several seconds in advance. It then filters the relevant information and warns the wearer via immersive 3D sounds transmitted through bone conduction earphones.

Biped is currently conducting beta testing and is hoping to launch the device in the US in early 2023. For more information visit: https://www.designboom.com/technology/biped-ai-copilot-blind-visually-im...

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Personal Adjustment Training

The Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) has produced five videos previewing and explaining their Personal Adjustment Training (PAT) for the blind and low vision community.

In the overview video the training is explained this way: “Specifically, the PAT unit provides specialized training to individuals who are blind or have low vision to become independent in their home, community, and at employment. Individualized training is tailored to meet each individual’s unique vision loss, needs, experiences, and employment goals. Training can occur in a variety of settings including the home, community, and various DVR offices.”

Want more information? Check out the PAT videos using the links listed below. The videos include an overview of the trainings, as well as testimonials from individuals that have benefited from PAT.

Video 1 — General Program Overview:

Video 2 — Orientation and Mobility Training:

Video 3 — Daily Living Skills & Adaptive Communication:

Video 4 — Assistive Technology:

Video 5 — Low Vision:

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NLS Updates

Patron Corner Programming
The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), as part of the Patron Engagement Section’s (PES) mission to offer services, resources, and programs to enrich the library experience for patrons, will host a quarterly Patron Corner virtual event where patrons can learn more about various services directly from NLS staff. Three upcoming dates for sessions are: September 12, 2022; December 12, 2022; and March 13, 2023.

Coming up in September is a session titled “Narration: The Art of Telling the Story.” The guest speakers will include Celeste Lawson, narrator and head of the NLS Media Lab.

For information about upcoming sessions visit the Patron Corner on the NLS website at https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/services/patron-corner/.

Braille on Demand
As part of its braille modernization initiative, NLS launched the Braille-on-Demand pilot. This project allows active NLS patrons to request and receive one hard-copy braille title per month, which they can retain for their personal use. If an individual who is not registered as a patron submits an order, NLS will refer the individual to their local network library to begin the process of becoming a patron.

Braille titles will be limited to books that are currently available on BARD, the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download service. Requests are limited to one book per patron per month. Only complete titles will be distributed. Requests for partial titles (for example, volume one of a three-volume book) will result in receiving the entire book.

The form to request a braille-on-demand book can be found linked from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLSbrailleondemand. Patrons may complete the form themselves or contact CTBL for assistance.

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iBill Currency Readers

front of currency reader showing slit where bill is insertedThe U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing provides currency readers, free of charge, to all eligible blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and national residents.

The device is small, compact, and runs on a triple-A battery, which is included. To use the currency reader, simply insert a U.S. bill into the reader and press the button. The device will tell the note’s denomination.

CTBL has recently become a distributor of the currency readers. Call the library and a Reader Advisor can complete the application over the phone with you.

Or download an application, fill out the top section, and return it to CTBL through the mail, as an email attachment, or via fax for staff to complete as the certifying authority. Download the application at:

Once we complete your application, we will send you a currency reader through the mail. Limit one per patron.

Phone: 303-727-9277 or 800-685-2136
Fax: 303-727-9281
Email: ctbl.info@cde.state.co.us

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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.


  • MD00553 — Dear Evan Hansen (PG-13)
  • MD00554 — F9: Fast and Furious; #9 (PG-13)
  • MD00555 — Respect (PG-13)
  • MD00556 — Cry Macho (PG-13)
  • MD00557 — Ron’s Gone Wrong (PG)
  • MD00558 — Boss Baby: Family Business (PG)
  • MD00559 — Paw Patrol: The Movie (G)
  • MD00560 — Jungle Cruise (PG-13)
  • MD00561 — The Green Knight (R)
  • MD00562 — One Night in Miami (R)
  • MD00563 — Sing 2 (PG)
  • MD00564 — Marry Me (PG-13)
  • MD00565 — Promising Young Woman (R)
  • MD00566 — Last Night in Soho (R)
  • MD00567 — Blue Bayou (R)
  • MD00568 — Freaky (R)
  • MD00569 — Copshop (R)
  • MD00570 — The Suicide Squad (R)
  • MD00571 — The Matrix: Resurrections (R)
  • MD00572 — Dune (PG-13)
  • MD00573 — Reminiscence (PG-13)
  • MD00574 — King Richard (PG-13)
  • MD00575 — Free Guy (PG-13)
  • MD00576 — The Eyes of Tammy Faye (PG-13)
  • MD00577 — Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (PG-13)
  • MD00578 — Antlers (R)
  • MD00579 — Black Widow (PG-13)
  • MD00580 — Eternals (PG-13)
  • MD00581 — Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings (PG-13)
  • MD00582 — Blithe Spirit (PG-13)
  • MD00583 — My Salinger Year (R)
  • MD00584 — A Call to Spy (PG-13)
  • MD00585 — Moffie (Unrated)
  • MD00586 — Sputnik (Unrated)
  • MD00587 — The Last Duel (R)
  • MD00588 — West Side Story (PG-13)
  • MD00589 — Coming 2 America (PG-13)
  • MD00590 — Love and Monsters (PG-13)
  • MD00591 — Clifford the Big Red Dog (PG)
  • MD00592 — Red Rocket (R)
  • MD00593 — American Underdog (PG)
  • MD00594 — For the Love of Money (R)
  • MD00595 — House of Gucci (R)
  • MD00596 — No Time to Die (PG-13)
  • MD00597 — Candyman (R)
  • MD00598 — Encanto (PG-13)
  • MD00599 — Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13)
  • MD00600 — Shithouse (R)
  • MD00601 — Belfast (PG-13)
  • MD00602 — The Climb (R)
  • MD00603 — Beasts of No Nation (Unrated)
  • MD00604 — The Mitchells vs the Machines (PG)

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New Large Print Titles

Bestseller Fiction

  • PR031883 — Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • PR031686 — The Atlas Six: Atlas Six Series #1 by Olivie Blake
  • PR031237 — The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont
  • PR031702 — The Judge’s List by John Grisham
  • PR031515 — The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  • PR031791 — The Recovery Agent: Gabriela Rose Series #1 by Janet Evanovich
  • PR027521 — The Red Book by James Patterson
  • PR031479 — The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

Bestseller Non-Fiction

  • PR031241 — Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach
  • PR031874 — In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom
  • PR031876 — The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • PR031546 — The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream by David M. Rubenstein
  • PR031539 — The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall

Biography & Autobiography

  • PR031678 — Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan by Christopher P. Andersen
  • PR031758 — Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era by Laurence Leamer
  • PR031301 — Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind by Julie Metz
  • PR031536 — How to Stitch an American Dream: A Story of Family, Faith & the Power of Giving by Jenny Doan
  • PR031550 — Led Zeppelin: The Biography by Bob Spitz
  • PR031877 — The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters by Rachel Trethewey
  • PR031098 — The Day the Nazis Came: The True Story of a Childhood Journey to the Dark Heart of a German Prison Camp by Stephen Matthews
  • PR031314 — The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss
  • PR031551 — This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir by Cecily Strong

Mystery Fiction

  • PR031231 — A Darker Reality by Anne Perry
  • PR031253 — Danger in Numbers by Heather Graham
  • PR031489 — Everything We Didn’t Say by Nicole Baart
  • PR031782 — Fear Thy Neighbor by Fern Michaels
  • PR031523 — For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
  • PR031562 — Hidden: Texas Murder Files Series #1 by Laura Griffin
  • PR031775 — Little Bookshop of Murder: Beach Read #1 by Maggie Blackburn
  • PR031075 — Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: Marion Lane #1 by T. A. Willberg
  • PR027523 — Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose: Marion Lane #2 by T. A. Willberg
  • PR031777 — Murder at the Mena House: Jane Wunderly #1 by Erica Ruth Neubauer
  • PR031700 — Olive Bright, Pigeoneer: Olive Bright Mysteries #1 by Stephanie Graves
  • PR031569 — Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  • PR031531 — Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
  • PR031882 — The Chase by Candice Fox
  • PR031764 — The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks
  • PR031688 — The Last Daughter of York by Nicola Cornick
  • PR031611 — The Last Goodnight: Blood Ties Series #1 by Kat Martin
  • PR031239 — The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf
  • PR031576 — The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson
  • PR031484 — The Umbrella Lady: Umbrella Series #1 by V. C. Andrews
  • PR031810 — Wolf Stockburn, Railroad Detective: Railroad Detective Mystery #1 by Max O’Hara

Romance Fiction

  • PR031768 — A Girl During the War by Anita Abriel
  • PR031765 — A Reckless Match: Ruthless Rivals #1 by Kate Bateman
  • PR031506 — Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown
  • PR031235 — Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
  • PR031561 — Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves
  • PR031746 — It Had To Be You by Georgia Clark
  • PR031514 — Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
  • PR031868 — Last Duke Standing: Royal Match Series #1 by Julia London
  • PR031615 — Like Cats and Dogs: Cat Café Series #1 by Kate McMurray
  • PR031780 — Montana Dawn: McCutcheon Family #1 by Caroline Fyffe
  • PR031753 — Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson
  • PR031752 — Never Fall for your Fiancée by Virginia Heath
  • PR031572 — Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
  • PR031475 — The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser
  • PR031516 — The Inn at Harts Haven: Matchmakers of Harts Haven Series #1 by Patricia Davids
  • PR031228 — The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
  • PR031570 — The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
  • PR031519 — The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson
  • PR031573 — The Princess Stakes by Amalie Howard
  • PR031482 — The Second Mrs. Astor of the Titanic by Shana Abé
  • PR031248 — The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery
  • PR031738 — The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley
  • PR031773 — To Have and to Hoax: Regency Vows Series #1 by Martha Waters
  • PR031567 — Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • PR031778 — Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • PR031236 — Winner Takes All by Sandra Kitt

Need more ideas for which large print book to read next? You can find more large print book lists on the CTBL website at: https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/large-print-collection

Or you can request the latest lists by calling the library at 800-685-2136.

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

These newly recorded books were produced at the CTBL studios.

Devil’s Night. Asphalt Warrior #8
Author: Gary Reilly
Narrator: Mark Hintz
Denver cab driver, Brendan Murphy drops off four costumed teens at a Halloween-themed haunted house party. Later, worried about whether the kids made it home safely, he is pulled into the vortex of an eerie con game. 2016. Adult Fiction. DBC13072

False Faces: Twenty Stories About the Masks We Wear
Authors: Multiple Authors
Narrator: Patricia Jonietz
This collection of twenty tales by members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers explores what happens when we conceal ourselves behind carefully constructed identities. And what happens when at last the masks come off? Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2018. Adult Fiction. DBC13120

The Silver Baron’s Wife
Author: Donna Baier Stein
Narrator: Louise Lederhos
Fictional account of the life of Baby Doe Tabor (1854 – 1935). 2016. Adult fiction. DBC13186

Lost Lake: Gemma Monroe Mystery #3
Author: Emily Littlejohn
Narrator: Laverne Rios
Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake in Colorado. She meets three friends who have been camping there: the fourth, Sari, having disappeared in the night. Some strong language. 2018. Adult fiction. DBC13096

Lake of Fire: Allison Coil Series #4
Author: Mark Stevens
Narrator: Karen Cranford
Allison and longtime friend Trudy are shocked to learn that a body has been found in a fire ravaged forest, and it’s a friend who was a reclusive environmentalist with an unorthodox idea for the battle against global warming. Along with reporter Duncan Bloom, Allison burrows into an underground group of anti-government extremists. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2015. Adult fiction. DBC13097

The All You Can Dream Buffet: A Novel
Author: Barbara O’Neal
Narrator: Norine Domenico
Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills owns a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. She invites her three closest online friends — fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds — out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it. 2014. Adult fiction. DBC13121

The Spiritual Life: And How to Be Attuned to It
Author: Feofan
Narrator: Bob Serkowski
Steeped in the Philokalic tradition, the holy Hierarch Theophan was a prolific writer and interpreter of the holy Fathers of the Church, making them accessible to contemporary Christians. St. Theophan keeps this traditional model sharp and clear, presenting it in an approachable language. 2017. Adult nonfiction. DBC13088

Don Mahoney: Television Star
Author: Peggy Chong
Narrator: Louise Lederhos
Don Mahoney told the truth to the studios in Hollywood, and it almost cost him his dignity. Don packed up his dreams, headed back to Texas, and re-invented himself, becoming the biggest Kiddie TV show host in the state. For ten years, the television stations had no idea their star was blind. Read how he kept his disability a secret and why. 2021. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13188

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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, 2021, through June 30, 2022, 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

  • Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education
  • Nicolle Davies, State Librarian
  • Nicolle Steffen, CTBL Director

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This newsletter was published with funding from the Friends of CTBL and was made possible in part by the institute of Museum and Library Services.

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