A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE
SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA
The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia is a part of your public library and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, serving Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hancock, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Rabun, Stephens, Walton and White counties. We do not endorse any product or service mentioned in this newsletter.
Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
New Descriptive Videos Available!!
We have just added 5 new descriptive video titles to our collection here at the
Special Needs Library. They are listed below. Call for a complete listing of our
descriptive videos available or if you have any questions about what descriptive
- DV010275 Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, rated PG
- DV010280 Chicago, rated PG-13
- DV010282 Pirates of the Caribbean, rated PG-13
- DV010283 Seabiscuit, rated PG-13
- DV010284 Finding Nemo, rated G
One of our faithful patrons from Madison County called and highly recommended RC
55283 titled, “For the Love of Books: One Hundred Fifteen Celebrated Writers on
the Books They Love Most”. This book is compiled of 115 brief essays by
American, British, and Canadian writers on the books that influenced and
affected them most deeply and they explain why. Call to find out more and
request this book!!
Founded in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is one of the
nation’s most important and powerful membership organizations of blind persons.
Its main purpose is to help blind persons realize self-confidence and
self-respect and to act as a means for group self-expression by the blind by
providing public education about blindness, information and referral services,
scholarships, literature about blindness, aids, appliances and other adaptive
equipment for the blind, advocacy services, and protection of civil rights. NFB
also publishes “Braille Monitor” and the NFB-Newsline now has the Atlanta
Journal & Constitution, Columbus Ledger, and Macon Telegraph available.
These, along with over 90 newspapers nationwide, are available to you daily by
telephone. To access NFB-Newsline, dial 1-888-882-1629.
The National Federation of the Blind of Florida will be having their 2004
State Convention Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31, 2004, down in Jacksonville,
Florida. The registration fee is $10. The convention will include seminars on
many informative topics, such as transportation, legislation, technology, guide
dogs, blind seniors, and other subjects of interest relating to blindness. NFB
Board Member Pam Allen, Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind and
President of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, will be the
National Representative there to address the convention. If you want more
information about the conference or have questions, you can call 1-888-282-5972.
Reminder to Braille Readers
Just a reminder to you Braille readers out there that when ordering Braille, you
need to do so through the Utah Library for the Blind. If you enter Braille
requests into the KLAS system through Web OPAC, Utah will not get the order and
your request will not be filled. To order Braille, call the Utah Library at
1-800-453-4293 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 65
years of age. The Wilmer Macular Degeneration Center in Maryland produces a free
large print newsletter called MACFACTS. To subscribe, contact them at (410)
A new treatment study for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is being conducted at the
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston with the support of the National
Eye Institute and the assistance of The Foundation Fighting Blindness. If you
are between 18 and 60 years of age and wish to participate, or if you wish to
learn more about this study, call 1-800-683-5555.
Get the Braille Bug!!
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is launching the Braille Bug, a web
site created to teach sighted children about Braille, and to encourage literacy
among all children, sighted and visually impaired, in a fun environment packed
with games, graphics, and activities. Check out their website at
Spring is upon us, so for those of you with green thumbs or not-so-green thumbs,
here is a list of recommended titles selected by Reader Advisor Carol Mathews
that will get you in the mood and ready to plan and grow everything from A to
- RC 29122 The Epicurean Gardener by John F. Adams
- RC 29616 The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch
- RC 40311The Able Gardener by Kathleen Yeomans
- RC 43253 The Enabling Garden: A Guide to Lifelong Gardening
- RC 49080 Accessible Gardening: Tips and Techniques for Seniors and the Disabled
by Joann Woy
- RC 52241 Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities: A Guide to
Methods, Tools, and Plants by Janeen R. Adil
- RC 53450 The Garden Problem Solver
- RC 53896 How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back: A New Method of Mulch
Gardening by Ruth Stout
- RC 54750 The Ultimate Container Gardener by Stephanie Donaldson
- RC 54756 The American Horticultural Society Gardening Manual
- RC 55960 The Houseplant Encyclopedia by Maggie Stuckey