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


Happy New Year!!!

The Special Needs Library will be closed Monday, January 17, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Awareness Month is coordinated by the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. People at higher risk for glaucoma include African Americans over age 40, everyone over age 60, and people with a family history of glaucoma. People at higher risk for glaucoma need to get a dilated eye examination at least every 2 years. Medicare now covers the cost of this examination. Ask your doctor at your next visit.

**Don’t forget you can receive the Insight Newsletter recorded on tape. Call if you are interested in receiving this alternative format.

NLS Music Section

Did you know that in addition to providing the books, catalogs and playback equipment that we loan to you, the National Library Service (NLS) administers a music program through the NLS Music Section? The program of music services includes a circulating collection of more than 30,000 braille and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional recordings about music and musicians on cassette. It also includes a subscription program of magazines produced in Braille, on cassette, and in large print. Musical recordings intended solely for listening are not part of the music collection. The NLS Music Section provides music service directly to registered patrons and may be contacted by calling 1-800-424-8567.

New Testament on CD

The New Testament Bible on CD is available from LTD Commodities LLC for $15.95. The 15-CD set comes inside its own zipped nylon CD holder which features inside pockets and carrying handle. The set features 17 hours of inspirational listening with multi-voice recording, original orchestra music and sound effects. To order your copy, please contact:
LTD Commodities LLC 2800 Lakeside Drive Bannockburn, IL 60015-0735 Phone: 847-295-5532 7:30-4:00 Central Time To fax your order: 847-604-7600

Technology Newsletter

E-Access Bulletin is a free, independent monthly e-mail newsletter on information technology issues for people with visual impairment and blindness. The Bulletin covers everything from consumer electronics to the Internet, examining design and access issues and technical developments. To subscribe, e-mail and put “subscribe eab” in the subject line. For more information, visit

Did You Know?

The 2000 Census reports that 19% of the U.S. population has some type of disability (including hearing, vision, physical, mental, developmental). About 3.3 million Americans, age 40 and over, are blind or have low vision that interferes with their ability to perform everyday tasks. This number is expected to reach 5.5 million by 2020, due to the “Aging of America.”


All patrons must borrow at least one talking book on cassette in order to keep the cassette book machine. Patrons not using the machines to listen to National Library Service cassettes must return them to the library so that other eligible patrons may enjoy them.

First Book

This is a listing of books written by first time authors. Often time's authors burst on the scene in literature with their best work being their first novel. Here is a list of first time novels compiled by Reader Advisor Brandon Kempf, that may be of interest to you. **If any of these titles sound interesting, give us a call and we’ll tell you a little more about the book.

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