INSIGHT

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.

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

Email:specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


December 2002

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Just a reminder that the Special Needs Library of NE GA will be closed the following dates: (Please mark your calendars)

NEW VIDEOS!!

We have just purchased two more descriptive videos:

Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International has published a new booklet, When Your Partner Becomes Visually Impaired: Helpful Insights and Tips for Coping. It provides practical tips on care and coping for partners and family members of those with impaired vision. The booklet is free and available on audiocassette. Contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or www.lighthouse.org

World Share Pharmacy

This program is a mail-order prescription service allowing consumers to enjoy the convenience and simplicity of ordering prescriptions from the privacy and security of their homes without having to pay high prices or membership fees. The World Share Prescription program offers bargains on over the counter medicines, food supplements, and vitamins in addition to low-cost prescriptions. Consumers wishing to obtain information or to compare prices can do so by calling the pharmacy toll free at 1-800-542-1110.

Livable Communities

Americans Foundation for the Blind has launched a national research project that will provide information about the "livability" of cities and towns in the United States from the point of people who are blind or visually impaired. The purpose of this project is to help people advocate for improving the accessibility of their communities and to provide information resources for people considering relocating into another community. For more information, call 1-800-232-5463 or visit AFB's website at www.afb.org/livability.asp.

New Magazine Subscription

We are offering a new magazine on audiocassette. The name of the magazine is Modern Maturity. It features articles of interest to older adults, including travel, cooking, economics, and health. Call the Special Needs Library at (706) 613-3655 or 1-800-531-2063 if you would like to subscribe to Modern Maturity or you can e-mail us at specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org.

Library Closure

The Special Needs Library will be closed from February 11- February 14, 2003. A new automated circulation system will be installed in the library during this time. We will remind patrons again in the January Insight. A couple of weeks before we close on February 11, we recommend you order extra books and any needed equipment to hold you over while we are closed from the Feb.11-14 until we reopen on February 17. We are very excited about our new computer system and the improved service you will receive once it is up and running.

Attention: Seeking Pen Pal

We have a patron at the Special Needs Library who is very interested in becoming a pen pal with someone. This patron wants someone to write to. He says he can find someone to read the correspondence to him. This person is also a Braille reader. If you are interested in becoming a pen pal, call us here at the Special Needs Library for more information. Ask for Claudia!!

New Name for Regional Library

The Atlanta Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Atlanta has recently changed its name. It is now called the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS). The phone number is the same, 1-800-248-6701, should you need to call and order Braille materials.

Reminder

Please keep the box your talking book cassette machine comes in and use it to send the machine back for repairs or if you wish to discontinue service with us. The post office has gotten really strict and does not like us sending empty boxes to patrons so they can return the machines.


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