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Volunteer FAQ


Who can volunteer at CTBL?
Almost anyone, age 16 or older, dedicated to making books available to Colorado's print disabled readers can volunteer at CTBL. We accept volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and experience including students, professionals, and retirees. Two volunteers enjoying the brunch

Who does CTBL serve?
CTBL provides services and programs to individuals who are visually impaired, blind, unable to hold a print copy of a book, reading disabled, or who have multiple disabilities. Patrons live throughout Colorado and range in age from preschoolers to senior adults.
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Do volunteers need to have prior experience working with people with disabilities?

Volunteer guiding a patron at CTBL Open House

No experience is necessary for most positions. Volunteers are given training specific to each volunteer position. In addition, CTBL provides sighted-guide training twice each year for new volunteers. To ensure volunteers are comfortable with their assignment, CTBL staff is available to provide support beyond the initial training.
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What types of volunteers does CTBL need most?
CTBL's need for volunteers varies throughout the year, depending on the activities or programs being offered by the library. Many of our volunteer assignments involve using a computer and most volunteers need to demonstrate proficiency on typical office-type applications (word processing, file management, spreadsheets, data-entry, and databases) using a screen-reader, if necessary.
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Does CTBL require a time commitment from its volunteers?
Yes. Although CTBL makes every effort to work with a volunteer's schedule, we find that most volunteers are successful when they can work two to four hours per week. Some positions require a longer commitment and have less flexibility in scheduling; this especially applies to all studio positions.
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Volunteer working on Brailling items Do all of the volunteer opportunities involve working in the recording studio?

No, CTBL offers a variety of ways to help us fulfill our mission. Please refer to possible volunteer opportunities.
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Do volunteers select their own assignments?
Volunteers are offered placements in positions to meet the needs of the library patrons that best match the volunteer's skills and abilities and the interests expressed on their applications and in their interviews. To be a narrator requires passing an audition.
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How many volunteers does CTBL have?
Approximately 200 people volunteer at CTBL every year. They help out at special events and provide ongoing support for CTBL's services and programs including Summer Reading, Patron Open House, digital on-demand books, and patron requests for recorded materials.
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How does someone apply to be a volunteer?

You can complete an application on-line at Volunteer Application. To request an application in print, contact the Volunteer Program at 303.727.9277 ext. 17 or marco_t@cde.state.co.us.

Once you have completed the application, return it to the volunteer office at:

Colorado Talking Book Library
180 Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80226
Attn Terri M

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Who runs the Volunteer Program?
Terri M is the Director of Volunteer Engagement. She can be reached at marco_t@cde.state.co.us or by phone at 303.727.9277 ext. 17
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Still have questsions?
Go ahead and drop us a line, send an e-mail or give us a call. Terri will gladly answer your questions and help determine if we have a good match for you!
Attn: Terri
Colorado Talking Book Library
180 Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80226
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