May 21, 2022

Listen Online: Radio Interview with Debbi MacLeod, Director of the Colorado Talking Book Library

Below is a link to a Colorado Public Radio interview with Debbi MacLeod, Director of the Colorado Talking Book Library. It runs about 7.5 minutes.

From a Text Summary 

“We provide free audio, braille, and large print books,” explains Debbi MacLeod, director of the Colorado Talking Book Library.

Those materials are sent to people with visual impairment, those with learning disabilities and those who find it physically difficult to hold a book, such as sufferers of arthritis or Parkinson’s.

“These kinds of things can interfere with your ability to read for pleasure,” MacLeod says. “Many people can manage their mail, but to read for pleasure makes it a little more difficult.

Patrons also receive government documents, government information, blue books and voting materials. MacLeod says the impact of these simple items on patrons can be profound.


[Our emphasis] At the moment though, the library faces an uncertain future. President Trump’s preliminary budget calls for eliminating the Institute for Museums and Libraries Services, a move Colorado Talking Book Library officials say would cut funding by a quarter and seriously compromise its services. If the cuts make it to the final budget, MacLeod says they would have to increase their reliance on volunteers and donations to continue on.

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