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


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


The Special Needs Library will be closed Friday, December 24. We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season!


The Staff of the Special Needs Library would like to invite all of our patrons and their families to come visit us here at our center. We will be hosting a small holiday drop-in reception on December 14, 2004, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet the staff here that works so diligently to meet your needs, tour the center and see exactly what all we do on a daily basis. Our volunteers are invited as well, so hopefully, you will be able to meet those who give much of their time and hard work to better deliver this service to you. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend or relative. Call if you need directions to the library or if you have any questions. We hope to meet all of you who are able to make it. If you can’t make it to visit us on December 14, please stop by whenever you are in the area. We love it when we are able to meet our patrons.

2005 Calendars

Order your large-print Braille 2005 calendar and it will be mailed directly to your home this December. Each 8 ½ x 11 page has the month and days printed in bold, 14-point type, with important dates listed at the bottom. It’s also embossed in Braille, with room for making notes with a slate and stylus. Each page includes information printed in standard text about blindness issues and the many services offered by the Braille Institute. The cost is $5.00 per calendar. For more information, contact the Braille Institute at 1-800-BRAILLE (1-800-272-4553). This would be a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

“Take a Talking Book” Campaign

There is a statewide campaign to inform individuals 65 and older of the library services provided by the Georgia Library for Accessible Services (GLASS) and the 13 Subregional Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The campaign started October, 2004 and will go until January, 2005. If you know anyone that enjoys reading but has difficulty seeing regular print, holding a book, or turning a page, please let them know about talking books.

VISTAS Center Holiday Hours

The VISTAS Center will close for the holidays on Friday, December 17, 2004 and will return on Monday, January 3, 2005. They wish all their consumers and friends a safe and joyous holiday season. They look forward to serving and working with you in the New Year.

Holiday Open House

The Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living is celebrating the holiday season by hosting an Open House. This is an opportunity for the community to visit the center, meet the staff, and get familiar with the services provided by this agency. The Open House will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2004, from 12:00 until 3:00 PM. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by December 15, by calling Multiple Choices at (706) 549-1020.

RxAssistance, Inc.

Are your prescriptions too expensive for you to afford? RxAssistance, Inc. is here to help you. What will RxAssistance do for you? There is an enrollment fee and application process. For more information, contact Karen Johnson, Authorized Patient Advocate, at (706) 248-3119.

All Aboard!

A toy train under the Christmas tree has been a tradition in many families. For some, however, the model trains are not boxed up and put in the attic when the tree comes down. Instead, the model train, with a toy village surrounding it, has a special place in the home year-round. This booklist, compiled by Reader Advisor Ginny Ryan, is for all the railroad buffs among our readers.

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