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
Start off Spring with a little Spring Cleaning...
Many of you still have books needed by other readers. Please return any finished
books to us as soon as you can. It may be time to do some spring cleaning as
well! We would appreciate if you or someone could check closets, look under
beds, and check classrooms at school. Also, if you have any magazines you are no
longer interested in, please make sure you return the green containers back to
us. We are running short of the green containers that your talking books are
mailed in. If you have extra green containers lying around, please send those in
Question of the Month
Q: My books are sent automatically and sometimes I receive book number three in
a series but not books one and two. Why does this happen?
A: The computer selects books according to availability and patron’s interest
codes. The computer does not know if a book is part of a series. If this
happens, please call us and we will send or reserve the other books in that
series for you.
Study Group Participants
If you are over 55 and have a vision and hearing loss, you are invited to
participate in a 3-5 year Study Group. The Study Group will be used to examine
the impact of the secondary sensory loss on transportation, community
integration, communication systems, assistive technology access and usage, and
employment. Involvement would be primarily in the form of volunteer surveys and
interviews. If you are interested in participating or would like more
information, please contact:
Ms. B.J. LeJeune, Principal Investigator
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
Mississippi State University
P.O. Box 6189
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Drive for Sight
During the Georgia license renewal process, residents are given the option to
donate $1, to “prevent blindness and preserve the sight of Georgia residents”.
The money goes into the Drive for Sight fund, which is distributed to
vision-related nonprofit agencies-statewide through state contract. The agencies
currently supported by Drive for Sight are Blind and Low Vision Services of
North Georgia, Georgia Eye Bank, Prevent Blindness Georgia, Emory University Eye
Clinic, Medical College of Georgia Health Systems, Savannah Medical College of
Georgia Health Systems, and Savannah Association for the Blind. These agencies
provide vision screenings for 4-year-olds, vision services for the needy,
rehabilitation for people who are blind or have vision loss, diagnosis of eye
disease and public education about the risk for eye problems and the need for
eye donation. Since the program began in 2000, more than $1.5 million has been
donated to the effort by the drivers of Georgia. For more information, call
404-266-0071 or 1-800-477-4448.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that affects central vision loss
among people over the age of 60. Because only the center of your vision is
usually affected, people rarely go blind from AMD. However, it can sometimes
make it difficult to do everyday activities such as reading, driving, or any
task that may require fine central vision.
The following are some signs of AMD:
If you notice any of these changes, schedule a dilated eye exam as soon as
possible. For information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund,
call 1-800-331-2020 or visit on the Web at www.preventblindness.org
- Straight lines such as telephone poles, streetlight poles, and the sides of
buildings look wavy.
- Written text and/or type can appear blurry.
- A dark empty spot may block the center of your vision.
Reminder: Don’t forget to call us when your name, address, or phone number
changes or for any changes that we may need to know. This will help us serve you
In Their Own Words
If you have ever wondered about the unique qualities that make someone a leader,
perhaps you will find the answers in these autobiographies written by some of
the most famous, or infamous, military leaders of all time.
- RC 35557 It Doesn’t Take a Hero: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the
Autobiography by H. Norman Schwarzkopf
- RC 30946 Memoirs of General William T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
- RC 41549 My American Journey by Colin L. Powell
- RC 32109 My Life on the Plains by George Armstrong Custer
- RC 50672 Napoleon on the Art of War by Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
- RC 24377 Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
- RC 44090 Reminiscences by Douglas MacArthur
- RC 50099 A Soldier’s Story by Omar Nelson Bradley
- RC 29460 To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy
- RC 48965 Warriors Who Ride the Wind by William F.X. Band