CTBL News - Spring 2023

Spring 2023 - Volume 58, No. 2

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Aira Assistance for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

State employee Theresa Montano holding a phone up to hear directions from an Aira agent as she navigates through a building with text overlaying the bottom of the photo, Navigate state buildings and websites more easily with Aira and the URL oit.colorado.gov/accessibility/aira.

In February, Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera announced a new tool called Aira to assist blind and low-vision Coloradans navigate state locations and digital services. Aira is a live, human-to-human service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Through the Aira app, your smartphone camera streams secure, live video to a professionally trained agent who visually interprets what is shared, from describing and reading to explaining and navigating, just about anything safely and securely.

To use Aira, simply download the app to your smartphone, press a large button on your screen, and your phone’s camera streams a live video to a trained Aira agent — providing instant access to visual information.

Aira can be used by anyone navigating State of Colorado owned and managed government buildings or visiting state-run websites and web applications, for example, URLs that include “colorado.gov” and “state.co.us”. Aira agents are always available and do not require advanced reservations.Mobile phone showing the Aira application home screen displaying a message showing access is available at the location, a large white and blue Aira logo at center, the Become an Explorer button, and bottom navigation

Aira is free to Coloradans for the first 30 minutes per session. However, call time beyond 30 minutes will be charged based on Aira’s pricing plans.

To get started with Aira follow these steps:

  1. Download the app from your mobile device via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app and register your phone number.
  3. Click the link in the text message Aira sends, which will log you into the app.
  4. Make a free call to learn how it works.
  5. The next time you’re navigating a state-operated building or visiting a state website, make a call of up to 30 minutes through the Aira app.

Need help with Aira? The Aira Customer Care team is available seven days a week at 1-800-835-1934 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

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From the Director

What a winter! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to warmer weather and lots of Colorado sunshine. Of course, because this is Colorado, you never know what mother nature might have in store for us. But one thing I can always count on every summer is good books! Whether you call them your vacation books or beach reads, summer is a good time to read. Get ready to indulge in that tome on U.S. history or savor that guilty-pleasure mystery while you relax in the sunshine.

Now is the time to pick your summer reads and get them in your queue. While you’re at it why not join us for our all-ages summer reading program? This year’s theme is “All Together Now” and everyone can participate regardless of where they live in the state, their age, or their reading interests. This year’s summer reading program includes lots of fun reader-centric activities — from attending an online event to reading a book with a family member or friend. Also, there will be several national online programs for patrons. See pages 4 and 5 for more about CTBL’s summer reading program. Hope you’ll join us “All Together Now” for a summer of reading!.


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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2023:

  • May 29th
  • June 19th
  • July 4th
  • September 4th

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Summer Reading 2023 - Reading for All!A tablet, braille book, compact disc, and headphones to the left of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) slogan All Together Now above the Colorado Talking Book Library Logo.

When you think about summer reading you might think that it’s just for kids, or that it requires meticulously keeping track of each minute spent reading. This year we’re changing things a bit and CTBL’s Summer Reading program, All Together Now™, will be open to all library patrons — from preschoolers to those whose school days were long ago and everyone in between! Instead of tracking minutes, this year you’ll complete ten activities from our Activity Guide. Starting June 5th call (303-727-9277) or email ctbl.info@cde.state.co.us to let us know you would like to participate, and we’ll send you a small prize just for signing up!

In the spirit of this year’s All Together Now™ theme, when you sign-up you will have a chance to vote for an organization that the Friends of CTBL will donate to at the end of the program. The more people who complete the program, the larger the donation will be. There will also be online programs hosted by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) throughout the summer, including a special kick-off event June 26th. See page 5 for details or go to myctbl.org.

Activity Guides and Reading Lists will be posted on myctbl.org or can be requested by phone or email beginning June 5th. You will have until August 11th to call or email CTBL to let us know which ten activities you did. Remember, the more people complete the program, the bigger impact we can make for our community!

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Summer Reading Program Online Events for Everyone

In conjunction with their Summer Reading Program, the National Library Service is sponsoring seven online events. There is an event for every age group and guests include bestselling authors and award winners. All five of the Summer Reading Program author speakers have multiple books in the CTBL collection in audio and braille.

  • Kickoff event (all ages): Monday, June 26 at 2:00 pm MDT
  • Shelby Van Pelt, Remarkably Bright Creatures (Adult):
    Thursday, June 29 at 5:00 pm MDT
  • Story time and music: Turtle Dance Music (K–3rd Grade):
    Thursday, July 6 at 5:00 pm MDT
  • Celia Perez, The First Rule of Punk (Middle Grades):
    Tuesday, July 11 at 5:00 pm MDT
  • Annette Bay Pimentel and Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything (K–5th Grade):
    Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 am MDT
  • Kwame Alexander, The Crossover (YA and Middle Grades):
    Thursday, July 27 at 5:00 pm MDT
  • Jenny Torres Sanchez, We Are Not from Here (YA):
    Thursday, August 3 at 5:00 pm MDT

Please note that due to contractual limitations with the authors and performers, these programs will be live-streamed only and will not be recorded. All CTBL patrons are welcome to attend the programs and do not need to be signed up for the Summer Reading program to participate, although we encourage it.

Links to the programs will be posted on the CTBL website at myctbl.org.

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What's New at the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)

Spanish-language Website
NLS has launched a Spanish-language website to help connect Spanish speakers to their large and growing collection of books and magazines in Spanish. Readers with low vision or blindness, or a disability that prevents them from using regular print materials, can get information about NLS, apply for service, and find resources and library materials in Spanish with ease. Link: www.loc.gov/nls/es.

Redesigned NLS Catalog
NLS Catalog boasts a new, clean design and advanced search functionality, direct links to BARD from catalog listings for quick downloads, and for the first time, patrons can directly request books to add to the NLS collection. There are also links to other resources, including how to contact a librarian. Link: https://nlscatalog.loc.gov.

NLS Patron Programs
NLS’s Patron Corner, presented on the second Monday of the third month of the quarter, shares specific information of interest to patrons regarding an announced topic. To learn more about the next Patron Corner, visit www.loc.gov/nls/about/services/patron-corner.

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Key to Book Numbers

Each book number is proceeded by two or three letters. These letters indicate the book’s format, for example audio or braille. Here’s a quick guide to help you get the book you want in the format that works best for you.

  • BR = braille book
  • DB = digital audio book
  • DBC = locally recorded digital audio book
  • PR = large print book

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Genre Fiction: Finding the Books You Like to Read

Modern Westerns
Have you run out of classic Westerns to read? Give these recently published Westerns a try.

Written by Michael Punke
Narrated by Amanda Stribling
In 1866, with the country recovering from the Civil War, new war breaks out on the western frontier — a clash of cultures between a young, ambitious nation and the Native tribes who have lived on the land for centuries. Fiction.Audio DB110055

In the Distance
Written by Hernán Díaz
Narrated by Peter Berkrot
A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, meeting all sorts and his exploits turn him into a legend. Unrated. Fiction. Audio DB108120; Braille BR024216

Whiskey When We’re Dry
Written by John Larison
Narrated by Sophie Amoss
1885. Orphaned seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney disguises herself as a boy and sets out to track down her outlaw brother and bring him home. Violence. Fiction. Audio DB092608; Large Print PR029086

All Things Left Wild
Written by James Wade
Narrated by Bradord Hastings
Caleb and his older brother Shelby commit a horse theft gone wrong and flee. As they wander the American Southwest, they are being tracked by bookish and inexperienced-despite-his-age Randall. Unrated. Fiction. Audio DB101305

All God’s Children
Written by Aaron Gwyn
Narrated by James Johnson
1827. Duncan Lammons has left his home in Kentucky, on his way to Texas to seek his fortune. In his travels, he meets frontiersman Sam Fisk and Cecelia, an enslaved woman who keeps escaping. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Fiction. Audio DB101813

The High Divide
Written by Lin Enger
Narrated by Mary Hall
In 1886, on the western Minnesota prairie, Gretta Pope discovers that her husband is gone. Their two young boys set out after him, leaving Gretta no choice but to seek her sons and husband. Some strong language. Fiction. Audio DBC02607; Large Print PR023215

News of the World
Written by Paulette Jiles
Narrated by Clay Teunis
1870. Captain Kidd rides across Texas delivering the news of the day. He is asked to take ten-year-old Johanna, recently rescued from a Kiowa tribe, to her family near San Antonio. The captain must deal with Johanna’s inability to reacclimate to white culture. Made into a feature film starring Tom Hanks. Some violence and some strong language. Fiction. Audio DB086668; Large Print PR026236; Braille BR021741

West: A Novel
Written by Carys Davies
Narrated by Marilyn Rodgers
Frontier Pennsylvania. Cy Bellman learns that colossal ancient bones were discovered in Kentucky. He feels the creatures still exist and he journeys west to find them. Meanwhile, his 10-year-old daughter Bess is left with only her stern aunt, her father’s mules, and a neighbor who helps on the farm. Some violence. Fiction. Audio DBC15952; Large Print PR028845

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Nonfiction Feature - Celebrity Biographies

Ten timely nonfiction titles about some of today’s most interesting public figures — from Queen Elizabeth to Bo Jackson. You know their names now get to know them better with these biographies and memoirs.

The Queen: Her Life
Written by Andrew Morton
Narrated by Judy Bennett and Andrew Morton
An in-depth look at Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. Bestseller. 2022. Audio DB111274; Large Print PR032230

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and Glamour of an Icon
Written by Kate Andersen Brower
Narrated by Eleanor Caudill
The author uses unpublished letters, diary entries, off-the-record interview transcripts, and interviews to tell Taylor’s story. Some strong language. 2022 Audio DB111652; Large Print PR027865

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder
Written and Narrated by William Shatner
By revealing stories of his life, Shatner reflects on what he has learned along the way to his ninth decade and how important it is to apply the joy of exploration to our own lives. Strong language. 2022. Audio DB110790; Large Print PR027744

Killing the Legends: The Lethal Danger of Celebrity
Written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Narrated by Robert Petkoff
The authors explore the lives, legacies, and tragic deaths of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Muhammad Ali. Strong language and some violence. 2022. Audio DB110641; Large Print PR027755

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times
Written and Narrated by Michelle Obama
Obama offers readers a series of reflections on change, challenge, and power. Drawing from her experiences, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles. Bestseller. 2022. Audio DB111237; Large Print PR027872; Braille BR024710

The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson
Written by Jeff Pearlman
Narrated by JD Jackson
Arguably the greatest athlete of all time, Jackson became the first person to simultaneously star in two major professional sports. Drawing on 720 original interviews, the author captures the elusive truth about the athlete who took the world by storm. Then, almost overnight, he was gone. Strong language. 2022. Audio DB112203; Large Print PR027873

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir — And a Love Letter to a Way of Life
Written by Nyle DiMarco and Robert Siebert
Narrated by Dan Bittner
Memoir and celebration of deaf culture by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer and two-time reality show winner. Through his stories and those of his deaf brothers, parents, and grandparents, Nyle opens many windows into the deaf experience. 2022. Audio DB108286; Large Print PR032138

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Collection News - What's New and Notable

From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

These newly recorded audio books were produced in the CTBL studios and feature Colorado authors and local history, as well as books of general interest.

The Next Step: The Rehabilitation Journey After Lower Limb Amputation
Author: Department of Veterans Affairs
Narrator: Stephanie Briggs
This handbook, written by clinicians and members of rehabilitation teams at the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense who care for patients who have had a lower limb amputation, is based on the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) that describe the best methods for treating veterans and service members with amputation. 2008. Nonfiction. DBC02993

Varmint Rumble. Asphalt Warrior #9
Author: Gary Reilly
Narrator: Mark Hintz
A broken body lying in the street derails his plans and draws Murph into the shady world of Denver’s most notorious outlaw biker gang: The Varmints. A string of misadventures ensues. 2020. Fiction. DBC25788

The Melancholy Howl. Allison Coil Mystery #5
Author: Mark Stevens
Narrator: Karen Cranford
Circling vultures lead hunting outfitter Allison Coil to an angry man tied to a tree. The man will answer none of Allison’s obvious questions. Strong language and descriptions of sex. 2018. Fiction. DBC13098

Dancing to Memories
Author: Joanne M. Brand
Narrator: Norine Domenico
Grace, a young teacher, suddenly finds her life threatened and ends up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, lost and lonely. Jack‘s childhood ended when he became an orphan and then a wandering cowboy searching for peace. By the 1930’s he too landed in the Black Hills. Would Grace’s faith, Jack’s searching, and the Great Depression prepare them for what was to come? 2015. Fiction. DBC13152

The Dead Husband
Author: Carter Wilson
Narrator: Margo Goodwin
Rose Yates seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn’t as happy as she’d led everyone to believe, and worse, she’s connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won’t let her or her family escape justice this time around. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Fiction. DBC13187

The Still of the Night. A Rush of Wings #2
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Narrator: Geri Gingras
Years after giving up a baby for adoption, successful businessman Morgan is haunted by the child he never knew and is surprised by the reappearance of the baby’s mother, Jill, who shares disturbing news. 2003. Fiction. DBC13094

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New Large Print Titles

Here’s a sampling of a few of the large print titles CTBL has added to the collection recently.

Bestseller Fiction

  • PR032183 — Babel or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R. F. Kuang
  • PR027825 — Dark Music: Rekke & Vargas Series #1 by David Lagercrantz
  • PR027689 — Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
  • PR032196 — Overkill by Sandra Brown
  • PR032120 — The Challenge by Danielle Steel
  • PR025803 — The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown: Lady Whistledown Series #1 by Julia Quinn
  • PR027812 — The High Notes by Danielle Steel
  • PR027811 — The Whittiers by Danielle Steel

Bestseller Nonfiction

  • PR032177 — Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom by Carl Bernstein
  • PR032192 — Diana, William, and Harry by James Patterson
  • PR032189 — Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg
  • PR032205 — Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional by Isaac Fitzgerald
  • PR032176 — Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure by Rinker Buck
  • PR032186 — Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • PR027724 — We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife by Matt Fraser

American Historical Fiction

  • PR027791 — A Most Clever Girl: A Novel of an American Spy by Stephanie Thornton
  • PR027788 — Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander
  • PR032198 — Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
  • PR027770 — Fire Season by Leyna Krow
  • PR027701 — Last Dance on the Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird
  • PR027830 — Marmee: A Novel of Little Women by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
  • PR032161 — Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera
  • PR027786 — Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak
  • PR032214 — Rebel: Women Who Dare Series #1 by Beverly Jenkins
  • PR032036 — The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman
  • PR027768 — The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All by Josh Ritter
  • PR027717 — The Heart’s Frontier: Amish of Apple Grove Series #1 by Lori Copeland
  • PR027805 — The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green
  • PR027772 — The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss
  • PR032038 — The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
  • PR027766 — The Woman Who Built a Bridge by C. K. Crigger
  • PR032076 — When the Missouri Ran Red: A Novel of the Civil War by Jim R. Woolard

Family Fiction

  • PR032077 — Confessions From the Quilting Circle by Maisey Yates
  • PR032173 — Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
  • PR027826 — Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: Ernest Cunningham Series #1 by Benjamin Stevenson
  • PR032041 — Gilt by Jamie Brenner
  • PR032044 — In Her Boots by K. J. Dell’Antonia
  • PR032060 — In the Middle of Hickory Lane by Heather S. Webber
  • PR027803 — The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream by Jeannie Zusy
  • PR032045 — The Last Dance of the Debutante by Julia Kelly
  • PR032104 — The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber
  • PR032046 — The Liz Taylor Ring by Brenda Janowitz
  • PR027802 — The Marsh Queen by Virginia Hartman
  • PR032047 — The Marvelous Monroe Girls: Harbor Cove Series # 1 by Shirley Jump

Psychology Nonfiction

  • PR027749 — A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence by Mary Pipher
  • PR027835 — Embrace Your Almost: Find Clarity and Contentment in the In-Betweens, Not-Quites, and Unknowns by Jordan Lee Dooley
  • PR027836 — Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking by Leonard Mlodinow
  • PR027739 — Getting Real about Getting Older: Conversations about Aging Better by Linda K. Stroh
  • PR027735 — Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes
  • PR027819 — The Miracle Equation: The Two Decisions That Move Your Biggest Goals From Possible, to Probable, to Inevitable by Hal Elrod
  • PR027834 — The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self by Martha Nibley Beck
  • PR027722 — Think Like a Horse: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Empathy from an Unconventional Cowboy by Grant Golliher

Western Fiction

  • PR032061 — And the River Ran Red: A Novel of the Massacre at Bear River by Rod Miller
  • PR032096 — Brannigan’s Land: Brannigan’s Series #1 by J. A. Johnstone
  • PR027702 — Great Lonesome by John D. Nesbitt
  • PR032051 — Indigo Heaven by Mark Warren
  • PR027703 — Silver Grass by John D. Nesbitt
  • PR032209 — The Artist: West of The Big River by Jackson Lowry


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New Descriptive Videos on DVD and Blu-ray

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. Includes DVD and Blu-ray, but not all videos are available in both formats.


  • MD00627 — Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13)
  • MD00607 — Ambulance (R)
  • MD00631 — Bumblebee: Transformers #6 (PG-13)
  • MD00616 — Chaos Walking (PG-13)
  • MD00609 — Cyrano (PG-13)
  • MD00619 — Dog (PG-13)
  • MD00625 — Father Stu (R)
  • MD00620 — Godzilla vs. Kong (PG-13)
  • MD00612 — John Wick (R)
  • MD00613 — John Wick 3: Parabellum (R)
  • MD00614 — Moonfall (PG-13)
  • MD00621 — Morbius (PG-13)
  • MD00605 — Old (PG-13)
  • MD00618 — Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG)
  • MD00623 — Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13)
  • MD00610 — Stillwater (R)
  • MD00608 — The 355 (PG-13)
  • MD00611 — The Adams Family 2 (PG)
  • MD00617 — The Batman (PG-13)
  • MD00606 — The Forever Purge (R)
  • MD00633 — Turning Red (PG)
  • MD00624 — Uncharted (PG-13)
  • MD00622 — Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG-13)


  • MB00158 — Alita: Battle Angel (PG-13)
  • MB00138 — Ambulance (R)
  • MB00147 — Chaos Walking (PG-13)
  • MB00140 — Cyrano (PG-13)
  • MB00160 — Death on the Nile (PG-13)
  • MB00150 — Dog (PG-13)
  • MB00157 — Fatherhood (PG-13)
  • MB00151 — Godzilla vs. Kong (PG-13)
  • MB00143 — John Wick (R)
  • MB00144 — John Wick 3: Parabellum (R)
  • MB00164 — Luca (PG)
  • MB00145 — Moonfall (PG-13)
  • MB00152 — Morbius (PG-13)
  • MB00161 — Nightmare Alley (R)
  • MB00136 — Old (PG-13)
  • MB00163 — Scream #6 (R)
  • MB00149 — Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG)
  • MB00154 — Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13)
  • MB00167 — Spirit Untamed: The Movie (PG)
  • MB00141 — Stillwater (R)
  • MB00139 — The 355 (PG-13)
  • MB00142 — The Addams Family 2 (PG)
  • MB00148 — The Batman (PG-13)
  • MB00137 — The Forever Purge (R)
  • MB00146 — The Humans (R)
  • MB00159 — The King’s Man (R)
  • MB00166 — The Mitchells vs. the Machines (PG)
  • MB00165 — Turning Red (PG)
  • MB00155 — Uncharted (PG-13)
  • MB00153 — Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG-13)

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Out and About with the FriendsLogo for the Friends of CTBL

In March, the Friends of the Colorado Talking Library (FCTBL) was a Charitable Partner at one of the events in the Denver Post Pen & Podium Series. Held at the University of Denver’s Newman Center, the event featured award-winning author Imbolo Mbue who wrote the bestselling novels “Behold the Dreamers” and “How Beautiful We Were.” FCTBL board members attended the lecture and reception where they met the author. One board member commented, “It was a very interesting evening. We had a chance to talk with the author, Imbolo Mbue, who greeted us warmly and asked questions about CTBL.”

Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library with author Imbolo Mbue. Left to right: Norine Domenico, Imbolo Mbue, Hank Braaksma, Pamela Newton, and Jadwiga BrownFriends of the Colorado Talking Book Library with author Imbolo Mbue.
Left to right: Norine Domenico, Imbolo Mbue, Hank Braaksma, Pamela Newton, and Jadwiga Brown

Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library with author Imbolo Mbue. Jadwiga Brown, Pamela Newton, Imbolo Mbue, Norine Domenico, and Hank BraaksmaFriends of the Colorado Talking Book Library with author Imbolo Mbue.
Jadwiga Brown, Pamela Newton, Imbolo Mbue, Norine Domenico, and Hank Braaksma

Two of Imbolo Mbue’s books are available from CTBL in audio and large print book formats.

Behold the Dreamers
Audio DB085537; Large Print PR026556

How Beautiful We Were
Audio DB102942; Large Print PR027649

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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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In Remembrance

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our friend and colleague, Dennis Petro. A former CTBL Reader Advisor, he will be remembered by patrons, volunteers, and staff for his dedication to serving the blind and print disabled community with kindness and compassion. Dennis Wesley Petro, 71, passed away March 27, 2023, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/cdapress/name/dennis-petro-obituary?id=51545528

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How to Reach Us:

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Denver, CO 80226

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  • Nicolle Davies, State Librarian
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