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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.

800-531-2063, 706-613-3655

Email: specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

Staff: Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek, Lavern Gordon, Amber Wilkerson


AUGUST 2006

Library Closed for Labor Day

The Special Needs Library will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day. Please let us know if you need extra books to read over the long weekend.

Welcome Back Students

Summer vacation is almost over and we would like to welcome back all of the students who use this service. Please let us know if you need any materials for the new school year.

Vacation Reading Program

The Vacation Reading Program is wrapping up and we would like to thank everyone who participated this summer. We will be tallying the results and getting the prizes out to the winners shortly.

Digital Talking Book Player for 2008

The digital talking book system affords numerous advantages to users. Patrons will experience crisper, clearer sound when reading their favorite books. Thanks to the automated bookmark function, patrons need not be concerned with losing their place when they stop reading. The bookmark remembers where users left off in the book even if the machine is turned off. The machine buttons will be easy to press and will identify themselves and their functions when patrons enable the key-identifier function. Advanced readers can move instantly from chapter to chapter. The player's new look will also accommodate readers who are on the go. The streamlined dark charcoal gray machine is smaller and lighter-one third the size and less than half the weight of the current player and includes a built-in handle designed to be easily grasped. Players will also operate on rechargeable batteries that support fifteen hours of play time. The machine will verbally warn readers to charge the battery.

Descriptive Videos

The Descriptive Video collection is a special service offered by the Special Needs Library for its registered patrons who have visual limitations. These movies are designed to allow a non-sighted viewer to enjoy movies along with sighted viewers. The videos can be played in a standard VHS VCR machine with no special equipment needed. The videos contain narration that does not interfere with the actual movie action and dialogue to assist those who are unable to see the picture clearly. The narration describes action, scenery, and gestures that are not explained in the movie dialogue. Videos are available for up to two at a time for a loan period of 14 days. If any of the videos are lost, returned damaged, or consistently returned late, the patron may be denied the privilege of borrowing descriptive videos. If you are interested in the Descriptive Video collection, please contact the Special Needs Library to request a current video listing.

Web OPAC

Many people expressed interest in the Online Public Access Catalog(OPAC). The Web OPAC is located at www.klas.com/glass. You need to call the Special Needs Library to obtain your User ID and your Password. The Web OPAC can be used to search for and order books, to check on what materials you have out now or have had in the past, to check your contact information, and many other things. Carroll Tech offers a free online self-paced course that teaches you how to use the KLAS Web OPAC. It consists of six lessons that contain both text and audio and video recordings. It was developed for the Perkins Library in Massachusetts, so when taking the course you have to use the web address above for the Georgia Web OPAC instead of the one for the Perkins Library. Carroll Tech's website is www.carrolltech.org/ For more information about the Web OPAC please call the Special Needs Library at 706-613-3655 or toll-free in Georgia at 800-531-2063.

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