CTBL News - Winter 2023

Winter 2023 - Volume 58, No. 1

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Braille E-Readers Now Available at CTBL

In late October, the Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) staff were thrilled to start distributing HumanWare braille e-readers to patrons.

For three weeks the library was a hive of activity as the staff geared up to send out machines. The mailroom staff, Reader Advisors, and volunteers did everything from updating the software on the e-reader machines to learning how to troubleshoot potential technical issues.

Tamara Rorie from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) did three online trainings with library staff teaching everyone the basics of the e-readers and how to help patrons get started reading using their new machines. It’s been a learning curve for everyone, but CTBL staff knew patrons were anxiously awaiting their e-readers and staff were committed to making the e-reader launch a success. The excitement at the library was palpable.

The first machines were mailed to patrons who were on the waiting list. NLS Braille eReaderThese were patrons who expressed an interest in getting an e-reader as soon as Colorado received them. Our next step was to contact the rest of the patrons who read braille to gauge their interest and get an e-reader sent to them. Did we miss you? If so, contact us at 1-800-685-2136 and a Reader Advisor can get a braille e-reader sent to you. They can also sign you up for the national e-reader listserv.

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From the Director

Happy New Year! It’s been an interesting first year for me as director of the Colorado Talking Book Library. With the help of colleagues, volunteers, and patrons, I learned so much last year and I predict this year will be equally interesting.

In 2022 there were a few exciting changes at the library—from welcoming a new Reader Advisor to the distribution of braille e-readers to patrons. As usual, CTBL staff and volunteer rose to the many challenges the year brought and kept the library running smoothly.

In this edition of the CTBL News were excited to share news about Beep Ball and our dedicated group of volunteers that help make the game possible for visually impaired players everywhere. You’ll also find news about the new NLS listserv for patrons, Bookshare, assistive technology, and the Winter of Reading, an adult book reading challenge. Finally, to help readers find books they enjoy, we’ve recently added articles about genre fiction and read-a-likes.


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Winter of Reading: An Adult Book Reading Challenge

Did you participate in your library’s summer reading program as a child? Well, the fun doesn’t stop just because you’ve grown up. Join CTBL as we partner with Denver Public Library (DPL) in celebrating a Winter of Reading! Take on this adult reading challenge to find your next favorite book, explore what CTBL has to offer, and connect with other readers. Check out the activity brochure linked on the CTBL home page (https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/), complete five of the activities, then trade in your brochure for a limited-edition DPL carabiner mug or sturdy canvas tote bag.

Winter of Reading runs all of January and February. To learn more, visit https://myctbl.cde.state.co.us/ or give a CTBL Reader Advisor a call (1-800-685-2136) and they will be happy to sign you up for the Winter of Reading. Thanks to DPL for including CTBL patrons in this fun—and rewarding—reading challenge!

Look for information about an all-ages summer reading program in the Spring 2023 newsletter.

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New from NLS

Did you know the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled—known to most of us as NLS— recently added three new magazines to its collection, two in audio and one in braille? The three new titles are:

  • Harvard Women’s Health Watch, available in audio, shares information on new prevention strategies, diagnostic techniques, medications, and treatments.
  • Psychology Today, available in audio, is a general-interest psychology magazine representing a variety of perspectives and approaches.
  • Guideposts, available in braille, shares inspirational stories.

All three magazines can be downloaded from BARD. To subscribe to them on cartridge or in hard-copy braille, please contact CTBL at 1-800-685-2136.

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CTBL will be closed on the following days in 2023:

  • January 2nd
  • January 16th
  • February 20th
  • May 29th

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Bookshare Memberships

CTBL has purchased a block of memberships for Bookshare that we are offering to our patrons. This is not part of CTBL’s direct service, but one the library offers as an additional resource. Bookshare is a separate organization that provides e-books to individuals who have a qualifying reading or perceptual disability, a visual impairment, or a physical disability that affects their ability to read printed works.

If you are currently downloading books from BARD, but would like more variety, Bookshare may be another option for you. Bookshare also provides Braille (.brf files) that are compatible with the Braille e-Reader CTBL is now sending out.

Bookshare has many books geared towards learning since they provide materials to students. Their books are provided in a daisy format, meaning the audio books are text-to-speech as opposed to human narrated. More information is available on the Bookshare website: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/bookshare-me/adults.

To use Bookshare, you need to have a high-speed internet connection, an email address, and knowledge of navigating the web and downloading items. If you are interested, please contact the library at 800-635-2186 or ctbl.info@cde.state.co.us.

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NLS Patron Announcement Listserv

Want to get the latest news and updates from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled? NLS’s Patron Engagement Section now hosts an announce-only listserv that will include announcements about NLS programs, services, and products that might be of interest to patrons. New announcements will be posted to the list a few times a week. If you are interested in signing up for this listserv, please send your name and email address to the Patron Engagement Section at NLSPES@loc.gov. You will be able to unsubscribe yourself from the list at any time.

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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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Genre Fiction: Finding the Books You Like to Read

Are you a fan of mystery with a bit of thriller thrown in for excitement? Is it even better if it’s takes place in the great outdoors? Why not try a book or two from the series listed below? The list was compiled especially for readers who love the wilderness thriller genre. Reader advisors recommend them for fans of C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett, Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire, and Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon.

Cork O’Connor Mysteries by William Kent Krueger — An intense mystery series that can be read either as a series, or as stand-alone novels. Start with:
Cork O’Connor #1–3 (Iron Lake, Boundary Waters, Purgatory Ridge)
Written by William Kent Krueger
Narrated by Andy Pyle
Features ex-Chicago cop and former Aurora sheriff Cork O’Connor, who is now living in the Minnesota woods and continuing to solve cases—a murdered judge, a missing country-western singer, and a deadly explosion in a mill. Some violence and some strong language. DB078912

Kevin Kerney Mysteries by Michael McGarrity — Follow Kevin Kerney, ex-chief of detectives for Santa Fe PD as he solves mysteries against a New Mexico backdrop. Start with:
Written by Michael McGarrity
Narrated by Gregory Gorton
Retired Santa Fe detective Kevin Kerney goes back into action when his former partner’s soldier-son disappears. Kerney joins forces with army investigator Sara Brannon in the search and makes a tragic discovery that sets them on a perilous trail of smuggling, treason, and murder. Strong language and violence. DB043385 (Also available in large print — PR007275)

Mike Bowditch Series by Paul Doiron — Plenty of vivid details and suspense make this series a great pick for fans of C.J. Box. Start with:
The Poacher’s Son
Written by Paul Doiron
Narrated by Mark Delgado
Maine game warden Mike Bowditch listens to an odd message from his estranged father Jack, then learns that Jack is a suspect in a double murder and on the run. Not believing Jack is capable of killing someone, Mike sets out to find him. Violence and strong language. DB072532 ( Also available in large print — PR018580)

Alaska Mysteries by Sue Henry — State Trooper Alex Jensen solves mysteries in a wild Alaskan setting. Start with:
Murder on the Iditarod Trail
Written by Sue Henry
Narrated by Gary Tipton
Critical injuries are rare during the Iditarod dogsled race, but on day two musher George Koptak is found dead. While Alaska state trooper Alex Jensen is investigating, he learns that another contestant has died. Violence and strong language. DB055480

Allison Coil Mystery Series by Mark Stevens — In Colorado’s Flat Tops wilderness, hunting guide and amateur detective Allison Coil must rely on her instincts to unravel mysterious murders. Start with:
Antler Dust
Written by Mark Stevens
Narrated by Karen Cranford
On the opening day of the hunting season, two men go missing. The first is a hunting guide. The second is an animal rights protester who believes his creative suicide will galvanize the animal rights movement. Hunting guide Allison Coil hears a distant rifle shot and sees just enough through the swirling snow to believe something isn’t right. Some explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and violence. DBC03085

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Colorado Beep Ball Volunteers Win Award

Some of you may have seen on Channel 7 News that Colorado‛s beep ball group received the 7Everyday Hero Award for their work supplying equipment to beep ball teams across the country and around the world. CTBL provides the workspace, and every Friday the volunteers make the Beep Balls. It was great to see this group of dedicated volunteers be honored and it was an opportunity for people outside the blind and visually disabled community to learn more about Beep Ball. Want to know more about Beep Ball? Read on. The following article is courtesy of the Nevada Talking Book Services.

Ten members of Colorado's Beepball volunteers group holding their 7Everday Hero certificate

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Beep Baseball:
America’s Favorite Pastime Adapted for the Blind

Imagine for a moment a baseball field, but instead of three low bases arranged around the diamond, there are two large, foam columns (not unlike tackling dummies) located where first and third base would be in a traditional game. The ball is beeping like an alarm clock. “Ready. Pitch,” announces the pitcher, and throws the ball to the batter, who, like the rest of her teammates, is blindfolded. The batter swings and connects. The ball flies into the air. One of the bases at random begins to buzz and the batter takes off towards it at a sprint “Three!” shouts a person standing near the baseline.

The audience may not know what that means, but the outfielders do. They converge, trying to locate the beeping ball as it lands. One of them sweeps his hands over the grass and touches the ball! He grabs it and raises it in the air just as the batter dives for the tall, buzzing base and falls to the ground, her arms wrapped around the soft foam. Everyone waits with bated breath for the umpire to call it.

Have you heard of this sport before? It’s called beep baseball, and it’s been around for decades. Beep baseball was started all the way back in 1964, when the Colorado School for the Blind and Deaf enlisted the help of telephone engineer Charlie Fairbanks to help them find a schoolyard game their blind students could play. He rigged up a ball with the ringer from a telephone and beep baseball was born. The first World Series beep baseball tournament was played just over 10 years later in 1975, and the National Beep Baseball Association was founded the year after.

Certain changes were made to mainstream baseball to make beep baseball accessible to the blind. Only the pitcher, the catcher, and the spotters for each team are fully sighted. All the other players are blind or visually impaired. To make sure no one has an unfair advantage, everyone but the fully sighted players are fitted with blindfolds to make sure that those who retain some vision are on equal footing with their fully blind teammates. The pitchers throw to their own teammates and the spotters are allowed to call out single word hints to the outfielders once the ball has been hit. Scoring is simplified. There’s no circling the bases in beep baseball. Once the ball is hit, the batter must reach their designated base and touch it to get a run. If the opposing team gets the ball before the batter can touch their base, they are out.

You can find more info about this invigorating sport at NBBA.org, or watch a few World Series games (featuring live descriptive audio provided by the game announcers) on the NBBA YouTube channel at https://tinyurl.com/ytun7tu5. For more on the history, the rules, and how the beep balls are made, check out this very informative Popular Mechanics article at https://tinyurl.com/3uzbj4ef.

Reprinted with permission from the Nevada Talking Book Services. From the Autumn 2022 SilverLining newsletter.

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Tech Talk — GPS Backpack for Independent Navigation

Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a backpack to help individuals with vision-impairment navigate independently. The backpack uses Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) software and a spatial camera. The camera, which captures depth information as well as color images, is packed inside a vest or fanny pack. The system can run for up to eight hours, using a pocket-sized battery housed in the fanny pack. The backpack holds a lightweight computing device with a GPS unit.

The researchers say their system can detect obstacles (including overhead ones) and tell the wearer where they are through audio prompts. It can also read traffic signs and identify changes in elevation. It can, for instance, inform the wearer that there’s a stop sign by a crosswalk or let them know when there’s a curb in front of them.

The backpack was revealed in the spring of 2021 but needs more development before a consumer-ready version can be launched. The next step is to raise funds and expand testing. The researchers hope to one day unleash an open-source, AI-based, visual-assistance system.

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Read-a-Likes — Amish Fiction

The following is a list of titles compiled by CTBL’s Reader Advisors that readers of Amish fiction might enjoy.

The Mitford Years by Jan Karon — Christian fiction series set in the small town of Mitford, North Carolina. Spans 14 books plus several companion books. Start with: At Home in Mitford
Written by Jan Karon
Narrated by Gary Tipton
After years as a priest in the Southern village of Mitford, Father Tim wonders if he should move on. Then on the day a letter from the bishop tells him to “hang in there . . . give it a year,” things begin to change. DB044194 (Also available in large print — PR008219)

Morrie Morgan Series by Ivan Doig — Nostalgic historical fiction series of 3 books, set in turn of the century Montana. Start with: The Whistling Season Written by Ivan Doig
Narrated by L. J. Ganser
1957. Paul Milliron recalls the year 1909, when his widowed father hired housekeeper Rose Llewellyn. Rose brought her brother, Morris, who became the teacher at thirteen-year-old Paul’s one-room schoolhouse and imparted not only textbook but life lessons. DB063216

Red River of the North Series by Lauraine Snelling — Over the course of 7 books, this heartwarming Christian historical fiction highlights the challenges faced by the Bjorklund family as they make their home on the North Dakota prairie. Start with:
An Untamed Heart
Written by Lauraine Snelling
Narrated by Catherine Byers
Norway, 1878. Ingeborg falls in love with university student Nils one summer. But after a tragedy she agrees to marry widower Roald Bjorklund and join him and his son on their voyage to America. DB078099

Loves Come Softly Series by Janette Oke — Tragedy may have brought Marty and Clark Davis together, but their faith provides a solid foundation to build their prairie life through this 8-book series set in the 1880’s. Start with:
Love Comes Softly Written by Janette Oke
Narrated by Laura Giannarelli
Marty, a young, independent girl of nineteen travels West with her new husband, seeking adventure and fortune. Soon tragedy strikes and Marty is alone learning firsthand the lessons of pain, heartache, and anger. Through her patience and faith in God she becomes whole again. DB022376 (Also available in large print — PR000517)

American Wonders Collection by Regina Scott — Set in different National Parks, during America’s Western Expansion, this gentle romance series features determined female protagonists who find love when they least expect it. Start with:
A Distance Too Grand
Written by Regina Clark
Narrated by Rachel Botchan
When Meg Pero’s photographer father dies, she takes his place on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry. DB099046

Cimarron Creek Series by Amanda Cabot — This Christian historical fiction series blends mystery and romance in the 1880’s Texas Hill Country community of Cimarron Creek. Start with:
A Stolen Heart
Written by Amanda Cabot
Narrated by Gabriella Cavallero
Northerner Lydia Crawford comes to Cimarron Creek, Texas, in 1880 to be reunited with her fiancé, only to find he has disappeared, leaving a pregnant wife behind. Lydia is not sure where to turn, but the local sheriff offers to help. DB089553

Amish Stand-alone and Single Books From a Series

A Promise to Love
Written by Serena Miller
Narrated by Jean Cochran
Searching for her brother, missing in the lumber camps, Ingrid Larsen travels from her home in Sweden to Michigan in 1871. The first job she takes falls through, leaving her destitute. She meets a widower with five children and proposes marriage as a way to solve both their problems. Part of the Michigan Northwoods series. DB090443

The Sunroom
Written by Beverly Lewis
Narrated by Kristin Allison
When she was twelve, Rebekah Owens, a minister’s daughter from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, made a pact with God to keep her critically ill mother alive. Now, as an adult, Rebekah rereads the journal she kept when her mother was in the hospital and revisits her childhood surroundings. DB054270

A Promise Kept
Written by Robin Lee Hatcher
Narrated by Jennifer Hubbard
2011. Allison Kavanagh has moved to her late great-aunt Emma’s log home in Idaho after her divorce from Tony. There, she discovers Emma’s diaries and finds out about Emma’s early trials in life. The lessons she learns cause Allison to reevaluate her relationship with God. Part of the King’s Meadow series. DB078997 (Also Available in large print — PR021803)

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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 Mysteries and Thrillers

  • PR031725 — A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham
  • PR027537 — Beautiful by Danielle Steel
  • PR027542 — Sparring Partners by John Grisham
  • PR031720 — Suspects by Danielle Steel
  • PR031643 — The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
  • PR032071 — The Investigator: Letty Davenport Series #1 by John Sanford
  • PR031848 — The It Girl by Ruth Ware
  • PR027617 — The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh
  • PR031949 — The Maid by Nita Prose

Bestseller Romance Fiction

  • PR031641 — Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
  • PR031927 — Bewilderment by Richard Powers
  • PR031707 — Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • PR032146 — Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
  • PR032004 — Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
  • PR031965 — My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee
  • PR027546 — Neighbors by Danielle Steel
  • PR031721 — One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
  • PR032002 — Summer Love by Nancy Thayer
  • PR027536 — The Affair by Danielle Steel
  • PR027640 — The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
  • PR031601 — The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
  • PR027633 — This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub
  • PR031595 — We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange

Bestseller Non-Fiction

  • PR027576 — Against All Odds: A True Story of Ultimate Courage and Survival in World War II by Alex Kershaw
  • PR031734 — Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior by Ric Prado
  • PR032138 — Deaf Utopia: A Memoir - and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco
  • PR031631 — Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath by Bill Browder
  • PR031661 — From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks
  • PR031594 — Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists by Bill O’Reilly
  • PR031961 — River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard
  • PR031947 — The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor — The Truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown

Award Winning Fiction

  • PR027646 — Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • PR031941 — Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
  • PR032020 — How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
  • PR031588 — My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  • PR031628 — The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  • PR031926 — The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
  • PR031942 — The Push by Ashley Audrain
  • PR031640 — The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin
  • PR031940 — The Turnout by Megan E. Abbott
  • PR027634 — The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • PR027639 — What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

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Books Made into Movies in 2022

Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
In late 1969, when Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2018. Available in Audio (DB092245), Large Print (PR027558), and Braille (BR022862)

The Nightingale
Author: Kristin Hannah
Narrator: Laura Giannarelli
France, 1939. Vianne Mauriac sends her husband off to war, while her younger sister Isabelle runs off to Paris and becomes involved in the Resistance. Meanwhile, Vianne’s home is occupied by the invading Nazis. Bestseller. Violence and some descriptions of sex. 2015. Available in Audio (DB081189), Large Print (PR023517), and Braille (BR023299)

Death on the Nile
Author: Agatha Christie
Narrator: Earl Keyes
A tiny, round, bullet hole interrupts what seems to be the perfect honeymoon, and not even the great Hercule Poirot can work fast enough to prevent the murderer from striking again. 1937. Available in Audio (DB012724) and Large Print (PR000123)

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Narrator: Laura Giannarelli
In this fictionalized biography of Marilyn Monroe, Oates chooses to elaborate on symbolic events in the actress’s life and to explore her interior world. She presents her interpretation of Monroe’s childhood, her marriages, and career. New York Times Notable Book and bestseller. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000. Available in Audio (DB050255)

Author: Jane Austen
Narrator: Carmen Mathews
Eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded not to marry a dashing man of humble origins, they meet again. Will she seize her second chance at true love? 1818. Available in Audio (DB010475), Large Print (PR008857), and Braille (BR012975)

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Author: Paul Gallico
Narrator: Juliet Stevenson
During the 1950s, the irrepressible Mrs. Harris—part charlady, part fairy godmother—finds humorous and inspiring adventures in London, Paris, and New York. 1963. Available in Audio (DB109201)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Author: David Grann
Narrators: Ann Marie Lee, Will Patton, and Danny Campbell
An examination of the 1920s murders of wealthy Osage Indian Nation members in Oklahoma. When the newly formed FBI bungled the investigation, young Director Hoover turned to ex-Texas Ranger Tom White, who put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the Bureau. Some strong language (including racial slurs), and violence. Spur Award winner. 2017. Available in Audio (DB087767) and Large Print (PR027554)

All Quiet On The Western Front
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
Narrator: Mark Ashby
Classic World War I novel depicting the horrors and futility of armed conflict. Violence and some strong language. 1929. Available in Audio (DB054896), Large Print (PR007827), and Braille (BR011984)

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From the Colorado Collection — Audio Books:

These recently recorded books were produced at the CTBL studios.

Heroes, Villains, Dames and Disasters: 150 Years of Front-Page Stories From the Rocky Mountain News
Author: Mike Madigan
Narrator: Andrea Loughry
The author chose 150 events and characters of historical or cultural significance to Colorado and our nation and reprised them with original news reports and the actual front pages from the newspaper. 2009. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13069

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Author: Ryan Holiday
Narrator: Mathew Ballantine
366 days of Stoic insights and exercises. Featuring translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a glossary of Greek terms. 2016. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13081

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
Author: Susan Devan Harness
Narrator: Stephanie Briggs
Bitterroot traces Susan Devan Harness’s journey to overcome the struggles of being an American Indian child, adopted by a white couple, and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive dad about her “real” parents. He replied that they’d died in a car accident not long after she was born. Except they hadn’t, as Harness would find out in a conversation with a social worker a few years later. 2018. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13108

How Money Works: Stop being a Sucker
Author: Tom Mathew
Narrator: James Ryder
Financial illiteracy is an economic crisis, impacting more than 5 billion people across the planet. This book is designed to help you break the cycle of endless debt, foolish spending and financial cluelessness so you can stop being a sucker, start being a student, and take control of your financial future. 2019. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13193

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom
Author: Conrad Black
Narrators: Jim Foster and Mark Hintz
Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands astride American history like a colossus, having pulled the nation out of the Great Depression and led it to victory in the Second World War. Elected to four terms as president, he transformed an inward-looking country into the greatest superpower the world had ever known. 2003. Adult Nonfiction. DBC13194

Remastered Audio Books

The following locally recorded titles have been remastered and are now available from CTBL and BARD.


  • DBC26049 — The Colorado Almanac: Facts About Colorado by Thomas J. Noel
  • DBC26051 — Growing up True by Craig S. Barnes
  • DBC26053 — Thunder and Mud by Julia Brown Tobias
  • DBC26054 — The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge
  • DBC26062 — The Visitation: An Archangel’s Prophecy by Mary Summer Rain
  • DBC26033 — Train Your Mind, Change your Brain by Sharon Begley
  • DBC26035 — White Grizzly by Mary Peace Finley
  • DBC26038 — Stetson by S.L. Rottman
  • DBC26039 — The Inheritance by Samantha Jadin
  • DBC26040 — Show Me the Evidence by Alane Ferguson
  • DBC26041 — Crossroads by Chip Smith
  • DBC26042 — Amole, One More Time by Gene Amole
  • DBC26043 — Side Canyons by Laurie Wagner Buyer
  • DBC26044 — Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • DBC26045 — Telling Christina Goodbye by Lurlene McDaniel
  • DBC26046 — I Told the Mountain to Move by Patricia Raybon
  • DBC26047 — Faces of a Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1917–1991 by Dmitri Baltermants
  • DBC26048 — Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers
  • DBC26050 — Passionate Gardening by Lauren S. Springer
  • DBC26052 — Pride of the Rockies: The Life of Colorado’s Premiere Irish Patron, John Kernan Mullen by William Joseph Convery
  • DBC26056 — Let’s Face the Music and Die by Sandra Scoppettone
  • DBC26057 — Gonna Take a Homicidal Journey by Sandra Scoppettone
  • DBC26058 — Brilliant by Marne Davis Kellogg
  • DBC26059 — Priceless by Marne Davis Kellogg
  • DBC26061 — A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Charmichael by Elizabeth Elliot

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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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