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.


Lifelong Learning lecture tonight

            This evening (Thursday, November 6) marks the fourth of the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Tonight’s topic is “Saving Southwest Forests” by J.R. Ford.   He will discuss forest restoration projects that protect the watershed, decrease risk of wildfires, create local jobs and bring power to our homes through biomass fuel.  The last two talks in this series are “What Does God Look Like?” by Leanne Gobel on November 13 and “Living and Working with Rescued Wolves” by Paula Watson on November 20.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.


Free Family Fridays

            Join us for the free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, November 7) and every Friday at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school.  This is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time.  Each week features a different activity.  Tomorrow is a Surprise day.


Free math club

Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to Crazy 8s, a free math club where youngsters build stuff, run, jump, make music and make a mess – a  new kind of club that makes math fun.  Registration is required for this eight-week session that continues this Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m.-noon. The group is limited to 10 kids.  Each session builds on the week before, so it’s best if your child comes to all eight events.


Free LEGO Club

            LEGO Club for kids 6-13 years meets Saturday, November 8 from 1:30 – 2:45 a.m.  Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.  Note new time for this week only.


Free tween book club

            Tweens in the fourth-sixth grades who love to read are invited to Book Busters Dare to Read book club.  This month we will discuss “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carman on Wednesday, November 12 from 4-5 p.m., when you can also pick up our next book.


Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, November 11 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.


Free card battles

Join us Monday, November 10 from 4 – 5 p.m. for Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades.  Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends.  We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.


Free adult book club

Join our book club for adults the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  November’s book is “The Innocent Man” by John Grisham to be discussed Tuesday, November 11 from 2 – 3 p.m.  Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book.  No registration required.


Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on Skype from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, November 6) to learn how to make free video calls on a computer.



            “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult follows a woman searching for her mother, who mysteriously disappeared after an accident.  “Burn” by James Patterson and Michael Ledgwidge is a Det. Michael Bennett thriller.  “Bones Never Die” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the Dr. Temperance Brennan series.  “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley follows an American family from the 1920s-1950s.  “The Perfect Witness” by Iris Johansen is a suspense story.  “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the Nichaolas Drummond thriller series.  “Paris Match” by Stuart Woods is a Stone Barrington mystery.  “The Betrayed” by Heather Graham is a paranormal mystery.



            “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe” by veteran journalist Christ Taylor explores the ups and downs of this amazing franchise.  “What If?” by Randall Munroe features answers to hypothetical scientific questions.  “The Teacher Wars” by Dana Goldstein is a history of 175 years of American public school teaching.  “World Order” by Henry Kissinger reveals his view of how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives.  In “Dataclysm,” author Christian Rudder uses our personal online data to show us who we truly are.



            “The Client” is based on the John Grisham novel.  “Joe versus the Volcano” teams Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. “The Heat” is a comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  “The Brothers Bloom” is a comedy about two con men.  “Noah” stars Russell Crowe.  “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is a NASCAR story.  “The Notebook” is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel.  “The Outlaw Josey Wales” stars Clink Eastwood.  “Henry V” is an action epic.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “Wait For Signs” by Craig Johnson is a collection of 12 short stories featuring Walt Longmire.  “Burned” by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett is the second book in the Vanessa Pierson CIA covert ops series.


Large print

            “The Mistress Memoirs” by Jillian Hunter starts a new historical romance series.  “The Wonder of all Things” by Jason Mott follows a young girl who is a healer.  “The Hexed” by Heather Graham is a romantic suspense story.  “Death of a Dog Whisperer” by Laurien Berenson is a Melanie Travis Canine mystery.  “Killing Patton” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard reveals the strange death of this WWII general.


Other new novels

“An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War” by Patrick Taylor is an Irish Country novel.  “Drift Wood” by Elizabeth Dutton explores the question of how far you would go for your family.  “The May Bride” by Suzannah Dunn is an historical novel about Jane Seymour.  “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham is a legal thriller.  “Born of Fury” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the seventh book in The League paranormal series.


Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower, Pauline Murphy, Dick Warring, Rebecca Stafford, Marge Alley and Karen Cox.

Quotable Quote 

            “There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996), Russian-American poet and essayist.



            For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

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