Talking Book Library services available free to readers with sight problems

Readers with disabilities have a wide variety of services available for free – and yet many people are not aware that the services are there at all. Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL), based in Denver, is a free service to Colorado residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities, whether permanent or temporary.

CTBL provides recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a small collection of descriptive videos. More than 50,000 titles are available for adults and students. Podcasts also are available, as is an audio version of the Colorado Blue Book, an analysis of ballot issues for current and past elections, produced by the Colorado Legislative Council. Textbooks are not available. CTBL services include:

• Free reading material for people with print limitations such as vision impairments, macular degeneration, injuries or learning disabilities.

• Postage-free mailing to your home or post office box, or to a hospital or nursing home.

• Free playback machines.

• Foreign-language materials including Spanish audio and Braille books.

• Foreign-language audio magazines in Spanish, French and German.

• Music materials in Braille, digital Braille, large print and audio.

• Toll-free broadcasts from Channel 6 KRMA Denver, Channel 8 KTSC Pueblo/Colorado Springs and Channel 18 KRMJ Grand Junction.

• Online catalogs, including a kids catalog.

• Various reference publications.

• By law, preference in lending of books and equipment is given to veterans.

Future services will include new digital talking book machines. The machines will be distributed to veterans first, then go to patrons who read the most, based on reading levels in the past 12 months. Currently there are some 13,000 users in the state — with 20 here in Archuleta County, and only 15 of those active.

Any Colorado resident who meets one of the criteria (such as legal blindness or organic dysfunction) is eligible. Patrons must apply and have a signature from a certifying authority such as a doctor, optometrist or human services agency. More detailed information is available on the CTBL Web site at Or call toll-free, (800) 685-2136.

Applications also are available locally, at your Sisson Library. There are different applications for adults and children/teens. We hope anyone with any type of reading impairment will take advantage of this wonderful free service.

Civic Club bazaar

We hope you’re planning to attend the Women’s Civic Club Bazaar this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the community center.  Booths will offer a wide variety of treasures including fine art, pottery, jewelry, knitwear, weavings, holiday decorations, dried mixes for drinks and dips as well as jams and jellies. The library will have a booth where we’ll be selling hardback adult books, novels, nonfiction and mysteries.  As in previous years, there will be a bake sale, silent auction and raffle – and the Club Café serving lunch.  All proceeds benefit the library.

How-to and self-help

“Duct Tape Marketing” by John Jantsch bills itself as the world’s most practical small business marketing guide.

“The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don’t” by Forbes magazine columnist Ken Fisher is a guide to achieving investment success.

“Lifelike Portraits from Photographs” by Lee Hammond is from the How to Draw series.

Religious books

“The Jesus I Never Knew” by Christian journalist Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work.

“The Wise Heart” by spiritual teacher Jack Kornfield is a guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology.

New novels

“Indignation” by Philip Roth tells the story of a young man’s education in life, set in 1951 in America.

“The Lost Constitution” by William Martin is another book featuring rare book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, this one focused on an early, annotated stolen draft of the Constitution.

“The Keepsake” by Tess Gerritsen is a suspense story about the rediscovery of a perfectly preserved mummy from the basement of a Boston museum.

“American Wife” by Curtis Sittenfeld is the story of a Democrat librarian who falls in love with a Republican who becomes president of the U.S.

“The Book of Lies” by Brad Meltzer is a thriller based on the chase for the murder weapon when Cain killed Abel.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson is about the disappearance 40 years ago of a wealthy young Swedish woman, and her uncle who is determined to know the truth of what he believes was her murder.

Large print

“The Quilter’s Kitchen” by Jennifer Chiaverini is another of the Elm Street Quilts novel with recipes.

“The Whiskey Rebels” by David Liss is an historical novel set on the western Pennsylvania frontier.

“Rough Weather” is another Spenser mystery by Robert B. Parker.

Fantasy and sci-fi

“The Child of the Holy Grail” by Rosalind Miles is the third of the Guenevere novels.

“Crystal Gorge” by David and Leigh Eddings is book three of the epic Dreamers saga. We now have all nine of the books in the Foreigner Universe series by C. J. Cherryh, having most recently acquired the seventh, eighth and ninth books.

“Anathem” by Neal Stephenson is the latest by the New York Times bestselling author of the Baroque Cycle.

Quotable quote

“I never hesitated, if I happened to finish a particularly wonderful book, to turn around and read it again, right there. I devoured them so quickly, one after another, I’m sure the librarian eyes me as quite peculiar. I simply adored the printed page, just loved it.” — 20th century American author and photographer Eudora Welty, who wrote about the American South.

Thanks to our donors

We are grateful to Carol White for her donation to the library. For books and materials this week we thank Don Adams, Laurie Anderson, George Barter, Daniel Dorr, Sharee Grazda, Debbie Montoya, Eb Overly and Nancy Ray.