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.

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Staff: Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek, Lavern Gordon, Amber Wilkerson and Dorothy Daniel


Family Night at the (Described) Movies

The next Family Night at the Movies will be on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing "Babe" from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served.

Senior Cinema

The next Senior Cinema will be on Thursday, March 1st at 2:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing a video from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served.

Emergency Cell Phones

Phones for Life, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in California, offers free cell phones to senior citizens and handicapped individuals. The phones are intended to be used for emergencies only and are programmed to dial 911 with jus the touch of a button. Phones for Life also offer the option of having a limited number of minutes that allow the user to call a select group of family members, their doctor, etc. Call (888)211-9722 or go to to find out more about this program and how to apply for a phone.

Vocational Rehabilitation's Business Enterprise Program

Georgia's Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides work opportunities to persons who are blind and who want to manage small businesses such as vending machine routes, snack bars, cafes/grills, and full-service cafeterias. BEP was established in 1944 under its authorizing legislation, the Randolph-Sheppard Act, and opened its first vending facility in 1945. There are currently more than 130 locations. Sales for FY05 exceeded $11.2 million and generated nearly $764,000 in sales tax revenue. Perhaps even more notable is that the average salary for a licensed blind vendor in Georgia for FY05 was $41,565. For further information about the Business Enterprise Program, contact the Central Office of Vocational Rehabilitation at 770-724-6590, or e-mail them at

Vision Aware

A new information website that provides self-help techniques, resources, and basic eye medical information was launched in October 2006. It is aimed at consumers and family members who are searching for answers to dealing with new vision loss and want to know what services and techniques are available to them and/or their family member. It is easily searchable and experts answer questions. Screens are friendly to use with screen readers and offer magnification choices. Visit

Books for Black History Month

Georgia Braille Challenge

The first annual Georgia Braille Challenge, a program of the Braille Institute, will be held on February 27th at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon. They have invited students in grades 1-12 to compete in a series of skill contests, demonstrating Braille reading and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading, and tactile graphics. For more information, call Mary Phagan-Kean at (478) 751-6085. You can also review contest descriptions and download practice contests at the Braille Challenge website:

Books for the February Holidays

…and now some romance books for Valentine's Day

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