CTBL News - Winter 2018

Winter 2018 - Volume 53, No. 1

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Highlighting — 2017 Library of the Year

On Friday October 13th CTBL accepted the Library of the Year award presented by the Colorado Association of Libraries.

We are deeply honored for the recognition of the work we do at CTBL. Our patrons tell us that we change the quality of their lives.

They are less isolated and less depressed. The work we do makes a difference in people’s lives every day.

Hillary Clinton says “It takes a village” and our village consists of a small but mighty staff, a dedicated volunteer posse and a committed Friends of CTBL.

We could not deliver the high level of customer service to our patrons without their support. Together we keep people connected to reading and adventure.

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Calendar - CTBL Will Be Closed On The Following Days

CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2018:

  • January 1st
  • January 15th
  • February 19th
  • May 28th

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From the Director

Time moves on and technology changes. As such CTBL said goodbye to cassettes and is no longer circulating them. NLS made the cassette machine obsolete and there are very few parts available to keep them running. It was a robust technology that lasted well over 40 years. If you have a cassette machine and/or books that you no longer need, please return them to the library.

The digital age has brought us a new player and cartridges as well as BARD — a download service of books, magazines in audio and braille — and BARD Mobile for your smart devices. There will be more changes to come in the next 5 years.

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Brackets for Good Fundraising Tournament 2018

The Friends of CTBL is participating in the tournament again this year. This fundraising event is modeled on the March Madness collegiate basketball tournament. It is played out on social media. There are 6 rounds starting March 2nd. Look for more information in February and March.

Help the Friends by retweeting our tweets and sharing our Facebook posts to your community. Of course you can make a donation so watch the website for the link.

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CTBL Reads — Driving Miss Norma
DB088643 & PR026639

When the author's father died unexpectedly and his ninety-year-old mother, Norma, was diagnosed with cancer, he and his coauthor wife invited Norma to join them in traveling around the country in an RV. Describes their year-long adventure that covered thirty-two states and fifteen national parks and attracted many fans. Some strong language. 2017.

Author: Tim Bauerschmidt & Raime Liddle
Narrator: Jon Pinnow ** Time: 7 hrs. 21 mins.

We will not be having a phone call in with the book this time.

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Book Club Input Requested

In the past two patron surveys, 10% of patrons indicated they would participate in a phone based book club. This translates to about 600 people. Over the past several years we have provided such an opportunity with CTBL Reads. While we had about 15 people calling in, the numbers have dwindled to 4. I am wondering why the numbers were not bigger and if a book club is something patrons want to participate in. Please let a reader advisor know your opinion in this matter.

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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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Friends of CTBL Seeking Patron Board Members

As most readers of this newsletter are aware, CTBL is blessed in having a strong Friends of CTBL whose mission is to assist the library and its ability to serve its patrons. The Board is currently seeking interested candidates who are patrons. Meetings are held the third Tuesday night of January, April, July and October from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Attendance in person is required and transportation is not reimbursed. For more information or an application, please email info@friendsofctbl.org or visit http://www.friendsofctbl.org

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Tech Talk — Updated CTBL Website

CTBL During the Spring and Summer of 2017, CTBL’s website was modernized and redesigned. The website was user tested in September and went live on October 30th.

These changes required us to change to a new URL. The website can now be found at https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us You can also still reach the site using www.myctbl.org However, if you had any pages on the old site bookmarked, you will need to update those bookmarks in your browser.

The new site gets rid of all the tables the old site used for formatting making it more accessible to screen readers. We also had the new site designed to be responsive so that it automatically resizes for use on mobile devices. If you haven’t seen the new site yet, check it out and let us know what you think.

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NLS Music Section — Music Scores and Books

The music collection includes braille and large-print musical scores, recorded instructional materials, and recorded materials about music and musicians. Materials are physical or downloadable.

Any patron is eligible for NLS music services. While patrons receive most NLS services through CTBL, music materials are circulated directly to patrons from the NLS in Washington, D.C. Call the CTBL library to complete an application.

Also check out their blog NLS Music Notes at: https://blogs.loc.gov/nls-music-notes/

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BARD Express

BARD Express, a Windows-based application, simplifies the process of downloading and transferring audio materials. The major advantage is that BARD Express unzips and transfers the files to a cartridge for you with the click of a button. You can download it from the BARD website.

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Online Databases @ www.myCTBL.org

You can access them from your computer and your patron number. For more information, to explore these databases and how learn to access them in detail, please go to: https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/databases

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Resource of Interest — Eyes on Success Podcasts

Eyes On Success is a half-hour weekly podcast discusses products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss. It is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey.

Topics range from detailed descriptions of adaptive equipment and programs such as screen readers and portable Braille displays to discussions of various accessible reading materials to personal stories of engaging in extreme sports and other hobbies. There's something for everyone on Eyes On Success. Peter is blind and Nancy is sighted.


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Volunteers — Celebrating Our Volunteers

On December 2nd the Friends of Colorado Talking Book Library hosted the annual holiday brunch to celebrate our volunteers.

A Proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper was read honoring Ted Schmidt for the 30 years he has volunteered with the Pioneer machine repair groups in Arizona and Colorado. A plaque to celebrate Ted’s work will be installed on the CTBL Volunteer honor hall.

Volunteers who were honored for reaching a milestone year include:

5-Year AwardPicture of some of our first year volunteers

  • Sharyl Baasch
  • Richard Bosler
  • Anne Brown
  • Jerrol Davis
  • Darrel Del Duca
  • Cheryl Fish
  • Susan Franklin
  • Jim Gieseman
  • Morris Jessop
  • Ronald Kurtz
  • Bill McGuireAnother picture of first year voluneers
  • Dan Messer
  • Kerrie Olsen
  • Dick Ritchie
  • Gerald Wild
  • Mitchell Woods

10-Year Award

  • Houston “Tex” Elam
  • Mary Ann McCann
  • Dolores Miller
  • Angelo Minuti
  • Nicola Najjar
  • Beverley Zier

15-Year Award

  • Sharon Huckins

20-Year AwardTed and Debbi holding the plaque Ted received for 30 years of volunteering at CTBL

  • David Knutson
  • Moni Monismith

25-Year Award

  • John Taylor

30-Year Award

  • Ted Schmidt

Congratulations to each of these volunteers; your dedication to CTBL allows us to continue providing quality service to our patrons and have made it possible for our library to be named Colorado Association of Libraries Library of the Year. Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering for CTBL, visit our website at www.myctbl.org and complete the Volunteer Application found on the volunteer page.

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Collection News — Suggestions from New Additions

New DVDs with Descriptive Video

Audio descriptions is embedded in each disc. Additional titles available, please contact the library for more information.

PBS Children’s Programs
  • MD00198 — Arthur: Binky Goes Nuts: An Arthur Adventure
  • MD00199 — Arthur’s Music Jamboree: An Arthur Adventure
Animated Book Series

Similar to the classic “Reading Rainbow” videos these DVDs feature a narrator reading the book accompanied by an animated version of the book’s original illustrations. The DVDs also have descriptive video and caption features.

  • MD00192 — All the World
  • MD00187 — And Then It’s Spring
  • MD00190 — Coretta Scott
  • MD00194 — Each Kindness
  • MD00177 — Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas
  • MD00180 — I Want My Hat Back
  • MD00195 — Inch by Inch
  • MD00179 — Ish
  • MD00178 — Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
  • MD00188 — Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
  • MD00181 — Kitten’s First Full Moon
  • MD00196 — Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
  • MD00182 — Max’s Words
  • MD00183 — Miss Rumphius
  • MD00189 — My Senator and Me
  • MD00191 — Nelson Mandela
  • MD00193 — The Curious Garden
  • MD00184 — The North Star
  • MD00185 — Too Many Tamales
  • MD00186 — Too Many Toys
Feature Films — DVD
  • MD00169 — A Dog’s Purpose (PG)
  • MD00206 — Alien: Covenant (R)
  • MD00197 — La La Land (PG-13)
  • MD00209 — Maudie (PG-13)
  • MD00205 — Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (R)
  • MD00210 — Paris Can Wait (PG)
  • MD00208 — The Gifted (PG-13)
  • MD00207 — The House (R)
  • MD00203 — The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
  • MD00175 — The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (PG)
  • MD00201 — The Zookeeper's Wife (PG-13)
  • MD00170 — Toni Erdmann (R)
  • MD00204 — Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13)
  • MD00202 — Wonder Woman (PG-13)
Feature Films — Blu-ray
  • MD00169 — A Dog’s Purpose (PG)
  • MD00171 — Can We Live Forever? NOVA Documentary Series
  • MD00172 — Ghosts of Machu Picchu: NOVA Documentary Series
  • MD00200 — Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor: NOVA Documentary Series
  • MD00173 — Prohibition
  • MD00174 — Secrets Beneath the Ice: NOVA Documentary Series
  • MD00176 — The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

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New Large Print Titles


  • PR026979 — Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis by Kathryn Sermak
  • PR026647 — Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII by Scott Miller
  • PR028049 — Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • PR026980 — Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
  • PR028048 — Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  • PR028081 — Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Thomas Clavin
  • PR028053 — Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  • PR026845 — Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War by James Edward Wright
  • PR026984 — Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • PR026783 — I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool by Lisa Scottoline
  • PR026795 — My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • PR026800 — No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weihenmayer
  • PR026797 — Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg
  • PR026977 — Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce B. Henderson
  • PR026974 — The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David G. McCullough
  • PR026643 — The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home by Sally Mott Freeman
  • PR026862 — The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • PR026648 — A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him by Jason Morgan

General Fiction

  • PR028042 — Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades
  • PR026999 — Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan
  • PR026763 — The Bertie Project: 44 Scotland Street #11 by Alexander McCall Smith
  • PR026825 — The Forbidden Garden: Sparrow Sisters #2 by Ellen Herrick


  • PR028003 — Collared: An Andy Carpenter Mystery #16 by David Rosenfelt
  • PR026841 — The Painted Queen: Amelia Peabody #20 by Elizabeth Peters
  • PR026899 — The Tell-Tale Tarte: Five-Ingredient Mystery #4 by Maya Corrigan
  • PR028099 — The Witches’ Tree: Agatha Raisin #28 by M. C. Beaton
  • PR026876 — Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Romance and Love Stories

  • PR028071 — Boomer’s Bucket List by Sue Pethick
  • PR026768 — Falling for Gracie by Susan Mallery
  • PR026932 — George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl
  • PR026926 — How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
  • PR028058 — Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert
  • PR026808 — The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Spy Fiction

  • PR026896 — A Single Spy by William Christie
  • PR028026 — Blackout by Marc Elsberg
  • PR026690 — Defectors by Joseph Kanon
  • PR026846 — House of Spies: Gabriel Allon #17 by Daniel Silva
  • PR026775 — The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • PR026928 — Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Action and Suspense

  • PR026854 — Barely Legal: Herbie Fisher #1 by Stuart Woods
  • PR026989 — Origin Robert: Langdon #5 by Dan Brown
  • PR026900 — The Romanov Ransom: Fargo Adventures #9 by Clive Cussler
  • PR026770 — DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates
  • PR026911 — The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: Millennium Series #5 by David Lagercrantz
  • PR026727 — The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense by Dean R Koontz


  • PR026952 — Winter Kill: The Last Gunfighter #21 by William W. Johnstone
  • PR028084 — Across the Rio Bravo by R. W. Stone
  • PR026916 — Death Rides the Rails: Jim Blawcyzk, Texas Ranger by James J. Griffin
  • PR028029 — Long Ride Home by W. Michael Gear
  • PR026753 — Preacher’s Hellstorm: First Mountain Man #23 by William W. Johnstone
  • PR028076 — Storm’s Thunder by Brandon Boyce
  • PR026987 — The Business of Dying: The Complete Western Stories by Richard S. Wheeler

Young Adult Fiction

  • PR028077 — Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz
  • PR028101 — Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World #1 by P. C. Cast
  • PR026713 — Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • PR026986 — The Pearl Thief: Code Name Verity #0.5 by Elizabeth Wein

Juvenile Fiction

  • PR026353 to PR026363 — Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Books 1 through 11 by Jeff Kinney, Grades 3–6 and older readers.
  • PR026467 — Mouse Mess — also available in Spanish (PR026468) by Linnea Asplind Riley, Preschool–Grade 2.
  • PR026623 — The Dark Prophecy: Trials of Apollo #2 by Rick Riordan, Grades 5–8 and older readers.

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

Appealing for Justice: One Lawyer, Four Decades and the Landmark Gay Rights Case: Romer V. Evans
Author: Susan Berry Casey
Narrator: Joanne Rudoff
This is the true story of Jean Dubofsky, who made history in 1979 when she was the first woman appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court, then made history again in 1996 at the U.S. Supreme Court when she argued and won the landmark gay rights case, Romer v. Evans. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03264

Small Wonder: The Amazing Story of the Volkswagen Beetle
Author: Walter Henry Nelson
Narrator: Hille Dais
This is the story of the birth, the development, the problems, the fantastic success, the classic ad campaign, the mystique — the whole story of the Volkswagen Beetle. 1998. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03161

Jane and the Wandering Eye: Jane Austen Mystery #3
Author: Stephanie Barron
Narrator: Cathy Gloeckner
1804. Jane Austen accepts a peculiar commission from Lord Harold Trowbridge to shadow his niece, Lady Desdemona, who has fled to Bath to avoid the attentions of the unsavory Earl of Swithin. But Jane’s idle diversion turns deadly when a man is discovered stabbed to death. 1998. Adult Fiction. DBC03166

Standing Outside of Life
Author: Scott Gibson
Narrator: Norine Domenico
A series of surprise events and chance meetings throws ZeeZee’s well-ordered, undemanding life into disarray. A causal flirtation leads to a clandestine romance with a man in the midst of divorcing his wife, her absent father returns, and her brother might just be connected to the series of armed bank robberies. 2015. Adult Fiction. DBC03198

Outlaw Tales of Colorado: True Stories of the Centennial State’s Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats
Author: Jan Elizabeth Murphy
Narrator: Lori Kinney
This is a tale of fourteen of the most dramatic events, and the most daring and despicable desperados, in the history of the Centennial State. 2017. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03261

Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe
Author: J. Stephen Freeman
Narrator: Bob Serkowski
Popular blogger and podcaster Fr. Stephen Freeman of the Orthodox Church in America makes a compelling case for becoming aware of God’s living and active presence in every moment of our lives. 2010. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03266

Baker’s Blues: Bread Alone #3
Author: Judith Ryan Hendricks
Narrator: Laverne Rios
An early morning phone call turns Wyn Morrison’s world upside down. Mac, her ex-husband, has died. She discovers divorce offers no immunity from grief. She turns to her bakery for solace and centering. Strong language. 2015. Adult Fiction. DBC03273

Secrets of the Sequoias: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Adventures with the Parkers #13
Author: Mike Graf
Narrator: Beverley Zier
Tag along with the Parkers and learn all about sequoias as they hike among the giant trees, explore dark caves, scramble up huge granite domes, and cool off in the spray from amazing waterfalls. 2016. Grades 3–6 Fiction. DBC03272

Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal
Author: Harold Schechter
Narrator: Andrea Loughry
1873. After the butchered remains of his five traveling companions were discovered in a secluded Colorado valley, Alfred Packer vanished for nine years. This is the story is a gripping tale of unspeakable suffering, the desperate struggle for survival, and the fight to uncover the truth. Violence. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03197

Sliced Vegetarian: Daisy Arthur #2
Author: Liesa Malik
Narrator: Patricia Jonietz
Retired teacher Daisy Arthur learns of the mysterious death of a young woman in the supermarket and enlists the help of an attractive police lieutenant in her investigation. Some violence and strong language. 2015. Adult Fiction. DBC03177

Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service
Author: Heather Hansen
Narrator: Stephanie Briggs
The result of extensive research, this books recounts the history that connects the dots of past to present and brings to life Park Service history and characters. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03184

The Hunter Killers: The Extraordinary Story of the First Wild Weasels, the Band of Maverick Aviators Who Flew the Most Dangerous Missions of the Vietnam War
Author: Dan Hampton
Narrator: Tom Moran
At the height of the Cold War, America’s most elite aviators bravely volunteered for a top secret program called Wild Weasel I. Their mission was to counter the Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) which were blowing USAF planes out of the skies over Vietnam. Half the pilots never returned. All became legends. Strong language and violence. 2015. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03153

When Denver and I Were Young
Author: Edwina Hume Fallis
Narrator: Dee Miller
Starting in 1872, this autobiography of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame member Edwina Fallis provides an interesting glimpse into the early days of Denver and its residents. Some strong language. 1956. Adult Non-Fiction. DBC03180

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Legacy Gifts

Legacy gifts to the Friends of CTBL are a vital way to ensure ongoing support for all the services the library provides to patrons. The Friends have established Eyes to the Future that honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of patrons, families and friends who have chosen to leave a legacy through their estates or other deferred gifts.

We invite you to become a member of Eyes to the Future. Enrollment in this honorary group is simply a matter of advising us about your plans to make a legacy gift, such as a bequest in a will or living trust, or designating The Friends of CTBL as beneficiary of an individual retirement plan, 401k or life insurance policy. The Friends of CTBL is a public 501 c 3 charity and the tax ID is 23-7243950.

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Contributions to The Friends of the Colorado Talking Book Library and The Colorado Talking Book Library

An additional way to contribute to either the Friends or to CTBL is through a charitable bequest as part of a will or through life insurance. You do not have to rewrite your current document but can add a written amendment called a codicil. Such a bequest only becomes irrevocable at your death. Giving to the library helps support the programs and service we provide to our patrons and helps to secure the future.

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The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations. If you make purchases through Amazon, try AmazonSmile and designate The Friends of CTBL as a recipient of charitable donations. Several patrons have already done this. Thanks!

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How to Reach Us:

Colorado Talking Book Library
180 Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80226
303-727-9277—metro Denver
1-800-685-2136—outside Denver

  • Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education
  • Eugene Hainer, State Librarian
  • Debbi MacLeod, Director, CTBL

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