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


The Special Needs Library will be closed on Monday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Family Night at the (Described) Movies

The next Family Night at the Movies will be on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing "Beauty and the Beast" from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served.

Senior Cinema

The next Senior Cinema will be on Thursday, February 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.

Mons International Technology Display

Mons International, Inc., a company providing services and products for the visually impaired for over 20 years in Georgia, will be presenting the newest "high tech" devices for the visually impaired. The devices will be on display for all to experience on Tuesday, January 30th in the Small Conference Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library at 3:00. All library staff and interested patrons are invited and encouraged to participate. Mons International, Inc. promises to amaze and dazzle you, if you have never before seen these systems.

Habitat for Humanity

The Athens Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for qualified residents of Clarke, Oconee and Oglethorpe Counties to build homes for. If you would like more information visit their website: or call and talk to Spencer Frye at 706-208-1001 to see if you qualify.

Vistas Advocacy Class

VISTAS will be holding an advocacy class on Thursday, January 18th at 10:00 am and the topic will be Diabetes Awareness. For more information contact VISTAS at 706-583-8001. For more information visit http://www.

Changes at Multiple Choices

Peggy Chavis-Garrett has resigned her position as executive director of Multiple Choices to move to Houston to be with her new husband. We wish her good luck in her new surroundings. The new executive director of Multiple Choices will be William "Bill" Holley.

Accessible B & B's

There is Room at the Inn is the first guidebook devoted entirely to accessible inns and bed and breakfasts focusing on the needs of the wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Candy Harrington, author and editor of Emerging Horizons, covers 117 properties in 40 states from Victorian inns, mountain retreats, a dude ranch and two safari parks. Each listing includes a detailed description of accessible features and sightseeing suggestions. For more information, call Demos Publishing at 800-532-8663 or visit www.Emerging to read a chapter.


Exclusions are a term used by the Special Needs Library to describe the subject and other characteristics of a book that patrons do not wish to receive. The majority of exclusions on patron accounts are for a book's strong language, violence, and/or sexually explicit material. The problem is these exclusions might be keeping you from receiving books by your favorite authors. So, if you've requested books by a favorite author and haven't been receiving very many it could be because you have exclusions for these characteristics of their books. Please call the Special Needs Library if you have any questions.

Books about Civil Rights

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