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

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

January 2003


Just a reminder that the Special Needs Library will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2003 for New Year's Day and Monday, January 20, 2003 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Special Needs Library will soon be installing a new automated circulation system. To plan for this new system, we will be closed on Monday, January 13, 2003. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 14. The actual dates of installation of this new system will occur February 11th - February 14th (Tuesday through Friday). We will also be closed at that time. I will put another reminder in the February newsletter reminding you of those dates. Please keep this in mind so that when the time approaches, you can order extra books and any needed equipment to last through that week. We are very excited about our new computer system and the improved service you will receive once it is up and running. If you have any questions about this transition, give us a call.

Growing Older and Wiser

Here are some recent and forthcoming books on the subject of aging that some of our senior citizen patrons (and even some of the not-so seniors) might enjoy!


In the December newsletter, there was an article titled "World Share Pharmacy". This was an article about receiving discounts on certain medications and vitamins by calling the toll free number to obtain information and compare prices. I'm very sorry to tell you that this program only applies to residents living in California- not us Georgia folks. I spoke to the pharmacy there and was told that this program used to be for persons anywhere in the United States, but it became too much of a hassle. Therefore, they only serve California residents.

Braille Book Service for Children

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost Braille books for children. At present, they have a couple of on-going projects that provide free materials in Braille. If you visit their website (, go to "Special Projects" or for more information call 1-800-777-8552.

Modern Maturity Reminder

We are now 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

Gothic Romance

Gothic romances are mysteries that often feature spirited young women, either governesses or new brides, who go to live in large gloomy mansions populated by strange servants and precocious children and presided over by darkly handsome men with mysterious pasts. If you like books that are mysterious, romantic, and sometimes a little scary, you might like these titles highlighted by Reader Advisor Cheryl Hassler.

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