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.

Phone: 800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Staff: Paige Burns, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek

August 2002


As the summer vacations draw to a close, we'd like to offer some advice for students & teachers who are heading back to school.

  1. Don't forget to keep reading for the summer reading club prize. At the end of August, we will tally the reading count for all of our preschool - high school readers and award t-shirts for those of you who have read 15 books from June - August. If you don't get a call by the first week of September asking for your t-shirt size, and you think you should receive a t-shirt, please give us a call to double check your numbers.
  2. Call early for required reading assignments to make sure we have enough copies available for your reading assignments.
  3. If you are a teacher who is using our service for your classroom or for a student in your classroom, please call to make sure we have current applications on file. You may also want to make sure your machines are in good working condition and request specific materials that you'll need this fall.

2002-2003 Student Aid Audio Guide

The US Department of Education has released an audio CD version of their 2002-03 Student Aid Audio Guide. This guide contains information on the US Dept of Education's federal student aid programs including application procedures, eligibility criteria, loan repayment options, and deferment and cancellation provisions. We have a copy of this CD available for our patrons, or you may listen online at

Braille and electronic versions of the Student Guide, Funding Your Education, and Free Application for Federal Student Aid are available as well. Contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4 FED AID or

Lekotek of Georgia

Lekotek is a unique organization that provides services and support to families with children who have disabilities. Some of the services offered include an adaptive toy-lending program, play groups, adaptive computer software & training, support groups for parents, grandparents, siblings, and more. Their main office is in Atlanta at (404) 633-3430, and they have satellite locations in Cobb, Duluth, Alpharetta and Athens. Their Athens location is located at:

Resource Valley Office Park
1551 Jennings Mill Rd. Suite 2800B
Bogart, GA
(706) 208-8113

Their Children's Healthcare location in Duluth is located at:

2660 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30136
(770) 497-9179

Check out their website at for more information.

Georgia Radio Reading Service

In addition to our cassette books and magazines, many of our visually impaired patrons may enjoy services of the Georgia Radio Reading Service. This non-profit organization, based in Atlanta, provides 24-hour, 7 days a week radio programming, using volunteers to record newspapers, magazines, & literature. In order to access their services, you must apply to receive a radio that will allow you to hear their broadcasts. Once you receive your radio, you will receive a programming guide that lets you know when to tune in to your favorites. Contact the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS) at 404-685-2820 or at their website

Sweet 'N Low Recordings

The following recordings have been made available to us for duplication by the Sweet 'N Low company. If you wish to receive any of these recordings, please call or check this order form and return to us.

___ Savor the Flavor Cookbook - features low-calorie, low-fat recipes
___ Naturally Simple but Elegant - dessert recipes from pastry chef Claudia Fleming
___ Sweet 'n Low Cakes for All Occasions - provides cake recipes made with Sweet 'N Low sugar substitute
___ Taking Charge - Diabetes and the African American Woman
___ Taking Charge - Lowering Your Risk of Breast Cancer
___ Taking Charge - Lowering Your Risk of Heart Disease
___ Taking Charge - A Guide for Children and Parents (about diabetes)
___ Taking Charge - Diabetes and Hispanic Americans (English)
___ Taking Charge - Diabetes and Hispanic Americans (Spanish)

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