CTBL News - Spring 2019

Spring 2019 - Volume 54, No. 2

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Highlighting — Marrakesh Treaty Takes Effect May 8, 2019

The Long Wait is over. Adopted on June 27, 2013 and in effect in 2016 when Canada ratified the treaty. On February 8, 2019 the United States officially became a party to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, joining 48 other countries and the 28-member European Union. Among other things, the treaty makes it easier for organizations such as NLS that serve people with visual impairments and print disabilities to share books in accessible formats across international borders.

NLS has been working with other offices in the Library of Congress and the Legislative Branch to determine the full implications of the treaty and how it will impact NLS and network libraries.

Ultimately this should enrich the collection of materials available to patrons.

You can familiarize yourself with the treaty here: www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/marrakesh/

Congress’s Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act is here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2559

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2019:

  • May 27th
  • July 4th
  • September 2nd

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From the Director

The Colorado State Library is thrilled to welcome our new state librarian and assistant commissioner, Nicolle Ingui Davies, to the team and back to her Colorado home. Nicolle holds both a master’s in public administration (MPA) and a master’s in library and information sciences (MLIS), making her perfectly suited for this leadership role. She returns to Colorado from her position as executive director of the Charleston County Public Library in South Carolina, where she has been since she left her role as executive director of the Arapahoe Library District in 2016.

During her 12 years with the Arapahoe Library District, Davies was named Library Journal’s 2016 librarian of the year, in part for her role in securing a $6 million budget increase for the district’s libraries.

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Patron Open House Moves to a Different Day

The open house moves to Thursday! Come join us for the 11th annual open house:

July 11th, 10 am until 1 pm

Join your fellow patrons for conversation and refreshments, have a tour of the library, meet the staff and hear a presentation at noon.

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CTBL Community Reads

Fiction Selection

Quiet Neighbors — DB090891 & PR026117
Author: Catriona McPherson
Narrator: Carol Jacobanis
Length: 12 hours, 44 minutes
Best Contemporary Novel finalist, Agatha Awards and Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist

Afraid she is wanted by the police, London librarian Jude flees to a small Scottish town where bookshop owner Lowell offers her both work and lodging. The gravedigger’s cottage isn’t perfect for a woman alone, but at least she has quiet neighbors. Quiet, but not silent. The long dead and the books they left behind both have tales to tell, and the dusty rooms of the bookshop are not the haven they seem to be. Lowell’s past and Jude’s present are a dangerous cocktail of secrets and lies, and someone is coming in to light the taper that could destroy everything. Strong language. Slight British accent. 2016.

Non-Fiction Selection

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle — DB093791 & PR029047
Author: Hampton Sides
Narrator: David Pittu
Length: 12 hours, 9 minutes

In October 1950, a small group of Marines were heavily outnumbered by not only the Koreans, but Mao’s Chinese troops as well. What followed was one of the most heroic and harrowing operations in American military history. Faced with annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded Marines fought through the enemy forces. Draws from archival research and interviews with American and Korean survivors. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

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Tech Talk — Resources for Coding

CTBL was contacted by an agency interested in resources for visually impaired students wanting to learn computer coding. For anyone interested here are some of the resources I found for them.

Apple has a programming language, SWIFT, that is supposed to be very accessible. Here is a link to an article written by the Perkins School for the Blind:

And information on the Apple site:

The site below lists some specific programs that are supposed to be user friendly to blind or low-vision people wanting to learn to code:

Another article on the accessibility of some popular coding sites:

Here is a blog post written by a programmer who is blind. He lists some of the tools he uses when writing code:

There are also IDE (integrated development environments) that are accessible. These sites don’t teach coding, but rather offer a place to build code. One of the accessible sites is Eclipse: https://www.eclipse.org/

And finally for anyone interested in the Linux operating system there is:

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Event of Interest — Narrator Johnny Heller @ Denver Public Library


Image of narrator Johnny Heller

Join DPL for a humorous and enlightening presentation on audiobook creation and narration, followed by lively Q&A, with Johnny Heller, a multi-award winning voice actor and coach. He has narrated over 700 titles for adults, young adults and children. Sponsored by RBDigital.

Friday, June 21, 2019, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Syntax Physic Opera 554 S Broadway Denver

To register: https://www.denverlibrary.org/event/johnny-heller-audiobook-experience

The books in the NLS collection that Heller has narrated are:

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction — DB82509
Author: Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried
Narrator: Johnny Heller
Time: 12 hours, 28 minutes
Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

John Quincy Adams — DB76340
Author: Harlow G. Unger
Narrator: Johnny Heller
Time: 9 hours, 45 minutes.
Commercial audiobook. 2012.

Third Grade Angels — DB79882
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Narrator: Johnny Heller
Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes.
Commercial audiobook. 2012. For grades 3-6.

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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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Volunteers — Small Investment, Big Impact

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
― Helen Keller

The volunteers at Colorado Talking Book Library have a big impact on our services. Each volunteer is able to turn a few hours each week into significant results. In 2018 they contributed more than 27,915 volunteer hours. Here are a few of the ways they made a difference last year.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…56 new books recorded, and patrons could listen to 36 old favorite books which were restored.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…A new project was adopted, and now our patrons can get their Braille Writers cleaned and repaired.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…2,997 digital talking book machines were repaired and returned to circulation.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…More than 900 new patrons were welcomed to our services, learned how to use the talking book machine, and also learned to download books from BARD.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…We reached 787 new contacts and sent 721 outreach packets to them. Also, our traveling displays were sent to libraries around the state.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…Our patrons had 2,386 new large print books to read.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…350,000 books were inspected, checked in, and were ready to send out to another reader.

Because of CTBL Volunteers…The catalog records in KLAS are more complete and accurate making it easier to find the right book for each patron.

Our Volunteers have a significant impact on our services by investing a few hours every week. Indeed a substantial return on investment!

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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

  • MD00287 — 7 Days in Entebbe (PG-13)
  • MD00290 — A Wrinkle in Time (PG)
  • MD00278 — Action Point (R)
  • MD00280 — Adrift (PG-13)
  • MD00317 — Alpha (PG-13)
  • MD00302 — Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG-13)
  • MD00323 — Bears of the Last Frontier (Not Rated)
  • MD00314 — Beirut (R)
  • MD00286 — Black Panther (PG-13)
  • MD00303 — BlacKkKlansman (R)
  • MD00313 — Book Club (PG-13)
  • MD00300 — Christopher Robin (PG)
  • MD00308 — Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
  • MD00283 — Deadpool 2 (R)
  • MD00312 — Final Portrait (R)
  • MD00305 — Game Night (R)
  • MD00294 — Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)
  • MD00289 — I Feel Pretty (PG-13)
  • MD00301 — Incredibles 2 (PG)
  • MD00296 — Itzhak (Not Rated)
  • MD00295 — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (PG-13)
  • MD00319 — Leave No Trace (PG)
  • MD00307 — Life of the Party (PG-13)
  • MD00320 — Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13)
  • MD00315 — Mile 22 (R)
  • MD00291 — Notes on Blindness (Not Rated)
  • MD00279 — Ocean’s 8 (PG-13)
  • MD00299 — Overboard (PG-13)
  • MD00311 — Puzzle (R)
  • MD00306 — Ready Player One (PG-13)
  • MD00321 — Reuse Number (R)
  • MD00318 — Show Dogs (PG)
  • MD00316 — Sicario: Day of the Soldado (R)
  • MD00310 — Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
  • MD00309 — Super Troopers 2 (R)
  • MD00284 — Superfly (R)
  • MD00322 — Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (PG)
  • MD00297 — The Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13)
  • MD00285 — The Leisure Seeker (R)
  • MD00281 — The Miracle Season (PG)
  • MD00282 — The Rider (R)
  • MD00288 — The Seagull (PG-13)
  • MD00298 — The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)
  • MD00304 — Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13)

Feature Films — Blu-rays

  • MB00075 — 2001: A Space Odyssey (G)
  • MB00076 — A Fantastic Woman (R)
  • MB00068 — Action Point (R)
  • MB00074 — Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
  • MB00071 — Hell or High Water (R)
  • MB00070 — Murder on the Orient Express (PG-13)
  • MB00069 — Ocean’s 8 (PG-13)
  • MB00077 — Teen Titans Go! to the Movies (PG)
  • MB00072 — The Shape of Water (R)
  • MB00073 — The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)

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Narrator Recommended — Beneath Wandering Stars

Author: Ashlee Cowles
Narrator: Laverne Rios
Winner of the 2017 Colorado Book Award
Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother’s best friend — a boy she has despised all her life. 2017. Fiction. For high school and adult readers. DBC12912.

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Featured Series — Sullivan’s Crossing by Robyn Carr

According to the author this series is set, “high in the Rocky Mountains, at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails, where campers and hikers, bikers, rock climbers, fishermen and nature lovers refuel, refresh and recharge. Strangers warm by the fire of a general store passed down through the generations, an outpost now owned by a friendly guy named Sully.” Interested? Give us a call at 303-727-9277 and we can add Sullivan's Crossing to your reading list. This series is available in Braille, audio, and large print.


  • BR021531 — What We Find: Sullivan’s Crossing #1
  • BR021972 — Any Day Now: Sullivan’s Crossing #2
  • BR022285 — The Family Gathering: Sullivan’s Crossing #3


  • DB084639 — What We Find: Sullivan’s Crossing #1
  • DB087789 — Any Day Now: Sullivan’s Crossing #2
  • DB091179 — The Family Gathering: Sullivan’s Crossing #3

Large Print

  • PR024440 — What We Find: Sullivan’s Crossing #1
  • PR026593 — Any Day Now: Sullivan’s Crossing #2
  • PR028590 — The Family Gathering: Sullivan’s Crossing #3
  • PR027287 — The Best of Us: Sullivan’s Crossing #4

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New Large Print Titles

Bestseller Fiction

  • PR028994 — A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  • PR029083 — Elevation by Stephen King
  • PR029091 — Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • PR029031 — The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly: League of Pensioners by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • PR029155 — The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French
  • PR028945 — There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange
  • PR029107 — Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  • PR029016 — Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaëlle Giordano

Bestseller Non-Fiction

  • PR029104 — Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott
  • PR029008 — Every Day Is Extra by John Kerry
  • PR029005 — Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  • PR029007 — Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • PR029037 — Presidents of War by Michael R. Beschloss
  • PR029045 — The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • PR029011 — The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
  • PR027256 — War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

Mystery & Detective Fiction

  • PR028940 — Depth of Winter: Walt Longmire #14 by Craig Johnson
  • PR028983 — The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • PR029151 — The A. B. C. Murders: A Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie
  • PR029088 — The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #19 by Alexander McCall Smith
  • PR027283 — Thread Herrings: Mainely Neelepoint #6 by Lea Wait
  • PR029126 — Tropical Blues: Two Molly DeWitt Mysteries by Sherryl Woods

Christian & Amish Fiction

  • PR029118 — Bathed in Prayer: Father Tim’s Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series #26 by Jan Karon
  • PR029057 — Lethal Licorice: Amish Candy Shop #2 by Amanda Flower
  • PR029097 — The Mending by Susan Lantz Simpson
  • PR029085 — When We Were Young: Baxter Family #6 by Karen Kingsbury
  • PR029138 — Where the Heart Takes You: An Amish New World Novel by Virginia Wise

Young Adult

  • PR027312 — Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles by Natalie C. Parker (Fiction)
  • PR027320 — On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (Fiction)
  • PR027321 — The Martian: Classroom Edition by Andy Weir (Fiction)
  • PR027322 — Endurance: A Year in Space and How I Got There Young Readers Edition by Scott Kelly (Non-Fiction)
  • PR027324 — Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Fiction)
  • PR029142 — We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai (Non-Fiction)

Romance & Love Stories

  • PR029100 — An Irish Country Cottage: Irish Country #13 by Patrick Taylor
  • PR029108 — Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • PR029122 — Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade
  • PR029136 — Miss Bingley Requests by Judy McCrosky
  • PR029130 — Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown
  • PR027264 — Wind River Cowboy: Wind River Valley #3 by Lindsay McKenna

Spy Fiction

  • PR027210 — Bloody Sunday: Dewey Andreas #8 by Ben Coes
  • PR029157 — Mission Critical: A Gray Man Novel by Mark Greaney
  • PR029090 — Red War: Mitch Rapp #17 by Vince Flynn
  • PR029065 — The Fox by Frederick Forsyth
  • PR027238 — The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer
  • PR029159 — The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk


  • PR028928 — Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire: Two Complete Novels by Elmer Kelton
  • PR027265 — Castle Butte by John D. Nesbitt
  • PR029119 — Return to Vengeance Creek: Sons of Daniel Shaye by Robert J. Randisi
  • PR029073 — Sunset Wins: A Western Trio by Max Brand
  • PR027280 — Ten Feet Tall: Collected Stories by Wayne D. Overholser
  • PR027317 — The Range Detectives by William W. Johnstone
  • PR027269 — The Trading Post and Other Frontier Stories by Hazel Rumney
  • PR029086 – Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

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

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

Doctor Lovebeads: Asphalt Warrior #5
Gary Reilly
Narrator: Mark Hintz
Denver taxi driver Brendan Murphy, known to all as “Murph,” ignores the little voice in the back of his head that says to stay out of the lives of his passengers. Instead, he goes undercover as a hippie — muslin, sandals, VW van and all — to rescue two girls he believes have been brainwashed by a cult leader. 2013. Adult Fiction. DBC03297

Documents That Changed the Way We Live
Author: Joseph Janes
Narrator: Bob Serkowski
Documents are milestones and markers of human activity, part of who and what we are. This volume examines dozens of compelling stories that describe these documents. 2018. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC12908

Author: Jayme H. Mansfield
Narrator: Lori Kinney
Mary Louisa Roberts stakes her claim in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893 and now owns 160 acres. A naïve school teacher and young mother abandoned by her husband, Mary is faced with a past riddled with loss and hardship. Daniel McKenzie, a journalist on assignment to document the land rush, has his own past to forget. Will two broken hearts find forgiveness and love in the wild plains of the Midwest? 2017. Adult Fiction. DBC12940

Invisible Rainbow: A Physicist’s Introduction to the Science Behind Classical Chinese Medicine
Author: Changlin Zhang
Narrator: Hille Dais
The author provides a scientific basis for the success behind alternative therapies such as acupuncture, qigong, Ayurveda, and other traditional therapies in a discussion that explains the efficacy of these approaches in treating a number of chronic conditions. 2016. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC12921

Gracious Uncertainty: Faith in the Second Half of Life
Author: Jane Sigloh
Narrator: Stephanie Briggs
Reflections on issues concerning everyone, but which intensify with age: loving more fully, dealing with loss, finding consolation, and having the courage to gaze at the nearing reality of death. The author, a retired Episcopal priest, blends personal stories, Scriptural insights, and lessons drawn from years in ministry into insightful reflections on the beauty and challenges of aging. 2018. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC12930

Growing Young Together
Author: Lorraine M. Theall
Narrator: Sheila Halstead
At age 65, Jenny has to retire from her job as President of a small college in Colorado. Sophie is the widow of a professor who retired from the same school. At Jenny’s retirement party, Sophie proposes that Jenny occupy a part of her large home. Life begins anew for the two women as they make new friends, travel, and enjoy every day. Includes recipes. 2015. Adult Fiction. DBC03280

Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother
Author: Eve LaPlante
Narrator: Sharon Huckins
The author mines the Alcotts' intimate diaries and other private papers, some recently discovered in a family attic, to revive this history of Louisa May Alcott and her mother, Abigail, the real “Marmee.” Long dismissed as a quiet, self-effacing background figure, Abigail comes to life as a gifted writer and thinker. 2018. Adult Fiction. DBC03290

Gil: Some Gifts Come with a Price
Author: Darin Gibby
Narrator: Shawn Hertel
When high school coach Gil Gilbert miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful coaching career and comfortable family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies. Some strong language, some violence, and descriptions of sex. 2016. Adult Fiction. DBC12933

Not to Be Forgiven
Author: Nancy Mayborn Peterson
Narrator: Norine Domenico
After Sis Greggory's brother, Danny, is sent overseas to fight the Nazis, she throws herself into home-front activities in Hiram Springs, Nebraska. While working in the family Victory Garden she meets Horst, a German from the local POW camp. Some violence. 2013. Adult Fiction. DBC12920

The San Clemente Bait Shop and Telephony
Author: Patti Hill
Narrator: Margo Goodwin
Something wondrous happens in the telephony where Jenna Archer is the de facto curator. Regular visitors receive calls from their pasts with hopes of regaining their futures. One day the telephone rings for Jenna. She speaks to the last person to see her brother who went missing seventeen years ago. Some descriptions of sex. 2016. Adult Fiction. DBC12910

Previously recorded books in Analog converted to Digital:

  • DBC03232 — Anam Cara: A Book Of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue
  • DBC12960 — Augusta Tabor: Her Side of the Scandal by Caroline Bancroft
  • DBC12962 — Rolling Nowhere by Ted Conover
  • DBC12963 — Joseph Brant: Mohawk Chief by Jonathan Bolton
  • DBC12964 — Seasons On A Ranch by Cynthia Vannoy-Rhoades
  • DBC12968 — Death of a Blue Movie Star by Jeffery Deaver
  • DBC12969 — To Kill an Eagle: Indian Views on the Death of Crazy Horse by Edward Kadlecek
  • DBC12970 — One-Eyed Dream by Terry C. Johnston
  • DBC12971 — Anna’s Story by Betty Hale Hyatt
  • DBC12972 — Fortune’s Fancy by Anne Avery
  • DBC12975 — Star Man’s Son, 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton
  • DBC12977 — Hiawatha: Founder of the Iroquois Confederacy by Nancy Bonvillain
  • DBC12978 — Father Struck It Rich by Evalyn Walsh McLean
  • DBC12979 — King Philip: Wampanoag Rebel by Joseph Roman
  • DBC12980 — Pocahontas: Powhatan Peacemaker by Anne Holler
  • DBC13006 — Colorado Driver Handbook, 2017 by State of Colorado

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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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