May 17, 2018
Colorado Talking Book Library named Network Library of the Year
DENVER - Colorado’s Talking Book Library on Thursday was named the Network Library of the Year for 2017 by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is part of the Library of Congress.
The Colorado Talking Book Library provides materials for people who can’t read standard print, such as audiobooks, books in Braille and large print books. The Colorado Talking Book Library is part of a network of libraries nationwide that partners with the Library of Congress and, in particular, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, to deliver services to the print disabled.
The award that was presented during a luncheon at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., commends excellence, innovation and special achievement in providing library service during the calendar year to individuals who are blind or have a physical disability. The library received a $1,000 cash award.
In receiving the award, the Colorado Talking Book Library was commended for its work with volunteers. More than 200 volunteers supplement the work of the CTBL’s 13 staff members, contributing 25,000 hours in patron services and facility support last year. The library, which has more than 7,200 individual and organizational patrons, has achieved at least a 98 percent patron satisfaction score since 2004 as measured in biennial surveys. CTBL volunteers have recorded 256 books of regional interest to add to the national NLS collection, and the library last year partnered with the U.S. Department of State to host official visitors from Ukraine and Egypt.
This summer the Colorado Talking Book Library will participate in the national summer reading program and will hold a patron open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10. The Talking Book Library in 2017 was named Library of the Year by the Colorado Association of Libraries.