Talking Book Machine Repair Project
The Pioneers have partnered with the National Library Service for the Blind through the Volunteer Repair Project since 1960.
Pioneers use their knowledge and technical abilities to repair talking book machines. Pioneers repair approximately 70,000
machines a year and to date have maintained more than 2.1 million players, a contribution valued at more than $80 million.
We provide the Pioneers with a well-equipped work room where they inspect and repair the machines. Technical manuals and parts
lists are available along with specialized tools and parts that are provided by the library.
The Colorado chapters of the Pioneers have been inventive leaders within the Talking Book Machine repair projects. Members of our local
chapters have been honored for designing a special set of tools called The Denver Kit, and writing the Fully Charged newsletter which is
distributed to machine repair groups nationwide. Their leadership and creativity have been recognized by the National Library Service.
BeepBall & Easter Eggs
In 1964 Charlie Fairbanks invented the beeping baseball which marks the beginning of baseball for visually impaired and blind athletes
through the National Beep Baseball Association, a Pioneers project partner. The Pioneers continue to fit a regulation 16-inch softball
and equip it with a specially designed rechargeable beeping device. The development of the beeping baseball eventually leads Pioneers to
develop and manufacture the beeping Easter egg for visually impaired children. In 2009, Pioneers provided beeping eggs for the annual White
House Easter egg hunt.
Since 2012, CTBL has proudly served as the homebase for the Pioneer's Beep Ball and Easter Egg building projects. For more information
about this unique partnership contact Bob Kurtz at firstname.lastname@example.org