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

January 2008

The Special Needs Library will be closed Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Family Afternoon at the Movies

The next Family Afternoon at the Movies will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 4:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing the descriptive video "101 Dalmatians."

Athens Council of the Blind

The Athens Council of the Blind meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at 11:00 a.m. in the conference room at Multiple Choices CIL at 999 Gaines Shool Rd in Athens. Come and join us!!!

Cinema Classics

Our next movie will be Thursday, January 3rd at 2:00 pm. We will be showing the descriptive video, "Road to Bali."

January 3, 2008

ROAD TO BALI  1952 - Comedy, 92 min

Two American vaudeville performers (Bing Crosby, Bob Hope) wind up on a South Sea island where they vie for the favor of gorgeous Princess Lala (Dorothy Lamour) while crooning and buffooning their way around headhunters, a giant squid, and a smitten gorilla.

February 7, 2008

JACK & THE BEANSTALK 1952-Comedy, 78 min

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet the giant in this comic fairy tale that aims to please children of all ages.

Mopix Motion Picture Access

Access to Movie Theaters for Patrons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind or Visually Impaired

Rear Window┬« Captioning and DVS Theatrical┬«, developed by The Media Access Group at Boston public broadcaster WGBH, make theaters accessible to audiences with disabilities the day and date films debut, and during regular showtimes. Rear Window Captioning enables movie fans with hearing loss to enjoy a film via reflected captions that appear on a plexiglas panel at the seat. Patrons sitting in the surrounding seats cannot see the captions. DVS Theatrical presents concise narration of visual cues, including scenery, facial expressions and silent movement of characters, through a FM or infrared system delivered to headsets. There is no additional charge to use the systems. For a list of theater locations and showtimes visit their website at

***The Special Needs Library also has a collection of descriptive videos for the visually impaired available for checkout. Contact us for more information.***

NLS Announces BARD

For patrons who haven't already heard it through the grapevine, NLS has expanded its download pilot test program to include any patron with a player capable of reading its new Digital Talking Book (DTB) files. The expanded and re-titled Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) program allows patrons to download digital talking book files over the Internet and play them back through a DTB-enabled player. Patrons enrolling in the program must be active readers in good standing; have access to a commercially available digital player compatible with NLS materials(Victor Reader Stream); have an e-mail address; and have access to a high-speed Internet connection. You can apply for this program on line at

January Books

Here are some books about January and Winter.

Bobby WorldWide Approved