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: Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek, Lavern Gordon, Amber Wilkerson and Dorothy Daniel
The Special Needs Library will be closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st for the holidays.
Holiday Open House
The Special Needs Library is having a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please come meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments.
The next Senior Cinema will be Thursday, January 4th at 2:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing a movie from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be given out.
Pen Pal Wanted
One of our patrons is interested in finding pen pals that are blind or visually impaired. They must be able to read and write Braille. If interested contact the Special Needs Library.
New Digital Player
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has put pictures and a verbal description of the new digital player up on their website. So if you can't wait until 2008, and are excited by the new technology visit their website: loc.gov/nls/businessplan/playerdescription.html
Axistive Assistive Technology News Portal
Axistive is the world's leading news portal for assistive technology, providing a wide range of free services including product reviews, industry news, market trends, workshops, downloads, and product and organization information.
Their goals are:
" Free, accessible and objective information on assistive technology products, organizations and services.
" Stimulate global innovation of easy access technologies.
" Creating market transparency and awareness of assistive technology products and services.
For more information visit axistive.com
The Blind Reader's Page
This site is a guide to sources of information in alternative formats (braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities--those with visual and physical handicaps as well as dyslexia. It is also a guide to information about blindness, visual handicaps and other physical handicaps, with a special collection of Wisconsin resources. There are about 2,300 individual links, all evaluated, annotated and organized by subject.
The website is blindreaders.info
Are you a talk show fan? Would a show dedicated to the
issues of people with visual impairments be of interest? How about a
show that is accessible at any time just by dialing a phone number?
Here is one that a group of folks with visual impairments have put
together. The name of the show is Real Talk. You can access it at:
On Real Talk we discuss a variety of subjects including:
Friendships, Families, relationships, issues of discrimination,
education, and even sports in which we participate. This is an open
forum and we encourage the inclusion of any subject of interest to
you. In addition we have many conversations about movies, music, TV,
and lots of other stuff. One of the nice parts is a way to contact
other interested folks if you might have some equipment or other
items you would like to share or sell.
Though the number is long distance, most cell phone
accounts and many home phone accounts have the option to call it for
free. Real Talk is at: (206) 279-1387
Books for the Holidays
Here are books about the December holidays or whose setting is one of these holidays.
- RC 33242 The Story of Hanukkah by Amy Ehrlich for grades K-3
- RC 42533 The Complete Kwanzaa by Dorothy W. Riley
- RC 56298 Puzzle in a Pear Tree by Parnell Hall
- RC 58657 The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
- RC 58836 A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
- RC 59472 The Gift by Nora Roberts
- RC 59655 An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco for grades 3-6
- RC 59854 The Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
- RC 60587 Manhattans and Murder by Donald Bain
- RC 60910 Hot Flash Holidays by Nancy Thayer
- RC 62028 Hanukkah Lights by Susan Stamberg