Free Talking Book Library ideal for those with difficulty reading
The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) is a free service from your library that lends audio and Braille books and magazines, as well as large print books, for people who have eye issues, or have physical or learning disabilities that make it difficult to read regular books. All of the audio books and most Braille books are also available for on-demand downloads.
CTBL wants you to know that Talking Books are not just for blind people – although they are a godsend for people unable to see. The service is also available to people who experience physical disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from holding a book, sitting up for longer periods of time, have a learning disability or difficulty turning the pages of a book.
Importantly, Talking Books are completely free – no charge for the books, no charge for the talking book player and no charge for the postage to mail the books back to the library. Your books come through the U.S. Postal Service with all postage paid.
CTBL, located in Denver, serves people of all ages. Their youngest user is three years old and the oldest is 104. The library has more than 35,000 audio books, 7,000 Braille books and 22,000 large print books, with new books added each month. You can even tell your preferences to CTBL.
To sign up, get an application from the library staff or go to http://www2.cde.state.co.us/ctbl/tbservices.htm and click on Getting Started/Application. Fill it out and have the first page signed a nurse, doctor, librarian, therapist, activity director, social worker or teacher. In the case of a learning disability, a doctor must sign the application. Then send it in. You’ll receive a welcome packet and a player and a couple of audio books to get you started.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.
Change of day for some tech sessions
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. Most of the more formal sessions requiring advance registration will now be held on Fridays. The next one is Friday, March 25 – iPad Intermediate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. You must provide your own registered iPad.
Free all-ages gaming
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 18) from 2-3:15 p.m. for an all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.
Free Otaku for teens
The Otaku (Anime/Manga) Club meets on Monday, March 21 from 4-5 p.m. Join us to watch anime, talk about manga and Asian cultures, and enjoy snacks. This club is for fifth-12 grades.
Teen advisory board
Today (Thursday, March 17) the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m. We hope you will bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs you will enjoy.
Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby and toddler storytimes
Stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays. Note split sessions: Baby time from 9:05 to 9:25 for 0 to 12 months. Toddlers from 9:30 – 10 a.m. for 12-36 months. If you have multiple little ones, please come to whatever storytime is most convenient for you and your family.
New free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.
Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Memoirs and biographies
“Stories I Tell Myself” by Juan F. Thompson is the story of the author and his father over 41 difficult years. “Every Last Tie” by David Kacynski is a memoir by the brother of the Unabomber. “The Fight” by Dan Bongino is a Secret Service agent’s inside account of security failings in the political world. “Hitler’s Forgotten Children” by Ingrid Von Oelhafen and Tim Tate is the true story of the Lebensborn program and the author’s search for her real identity. “Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart” by Claire Harman is a biography issued on the 200th anniversary of Bronte’s birth. “The Immortal Irishman” by Timothy Egan chronicles the life of an Irish revolutionary who became an American hero.
“The Deep State” by Mike Lofgren exposes the author’s view of the power of invisible bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. “Cure” by Jo Marchant uncovers the scientific power of mind over body. “The Brain’s Way of Healing” by Norman Doige, M.D. describes discoveries and recoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity. “Political Animals” by Rick Shenkman explores the science of how our brains malfunction when it comes to politics. “From Junk Food to Joy Food” by nutritionist Joy Bauer shows you how to use substitutions and innovative combinations to cut calories on indulgent food.
“Deer Walking Upside Down” is a collection of short stories about western Montana by Jerry McGahan.
“The Art of War” by Stephen Coonts is a suspense story.
Mysteries, thrillers and suspense
“The Last Weynfeldt” by Martin Suter is a psychological thriller set in the art world. “The Man on the Washington Machine” by Susan Cox is a debut mystery that won Writers of America First Crime Novel. “When Falcons Fail” is a historical mystery set in England in the 1800s. “Devonshire Cream” by Laura Childs is a Tes Shop mystery with recipes. “The Passenger” by Lisa Lutz follows a woman on the run, shedding identities as she goes.
“A Girls’ Guide to Moving On” by Debbie Macomber follows a mother and daughter who both are moving on from failed marriages. “The Mad Woman Upstairs” by Catherine Lowell features Samantha, the last remaining descendant of the Bronte family. “The Last Days of Magic” by Mark Tompkins is a novel of magic and mysticism set in medieval Ireland. “Be Frank with Me” by Julia Claiborne Johnson tells of a woman who becomes the companion of an eccentric nine-year-old boy. “The Weeping Woman” by Zoe Valdes features a mysterious trip to Venice by Picasso’s wife Dora Maar. “Marked in Flesh” by Anne Bishop is the fourth in the Others series.
“Riding for the Flag” by Jim R. Woolard is a novel of the Civil War. “Destiny, Texas” by Brett Cogburn is a family story of Lone Star grit. “Those Jensen Boys!” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is another in the Jensen family western stories.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Mike Johnson plus our many anonymous donors. For his generous monetary donation, we are grateful to Jim Miller.
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