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: Paige Burns, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek

July 2002


Our summer reading club for children ages preschool - seniors in high school began on June 1st. All of our younger readers are invited to read all summer for special prizes. We will monitor your reading through the months of June, July & August and will award a free T-shirt for reading 15 books or more throughout the summer. Call with summer reading requirements for school assignments and don't forget to read some fun books for leisure reading too.

Going on vacation? You can call ahead to hold your books or to order more to take with you.

During the heat of summer, relax inside with your cassette books! We now have the large print edition of the adult Cassette Books 2001 catalog, which is an annual compilation of all books recorded in 2001. We also have a new edition of the Younger Readers catalog for 2000-2001 which includes cassette & braille books for ages preschool through high school. Call us now if you need a copy of either of these!


We get phone calls at various times requesting sources to purchase your own cassette machines that will play our 4-track tapes. Because we don't endorse one particular brand or company, we have listed various companies below and request that you call them directly for a catalog. You can find 4-track machines in a portable, "walkman" style that will play only 4-track cassettes, or 2 & 4-track cassettes, and that may record as well. Prices range from approximately $60 - $200. These companies are also great sources for other adaptive equipment, such as talking clocks and watches, big button phones, computer software and more.


The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped continues to work towards its goal of moving to a digital format of talking book in the future. With other organizations, they have recently developed a set of standards to use for the digital format, and they have also recently conducted a design contest for a new machine. The current goal for introducing a new format of digital talking book is 2008, and they plan to continue using the cassette format for several years after that point. Interested? Call us for a copy of the new "Fact Sheet" entitled "Frequently Asked Questions: the Digital Talking Book."

Association of Blind Citizens

The purpose of the Association of Blind Citizens (ABC) is to advance relevant causes, increase opportunities in education, employment, cultural, recreational and other life activities, as well as enhance the social, political, and economic well-being for all persons who are blind or visually impaired. ABC offers publications, informative meetings, a special radio show, In Focus, as well as education, employment, recreational, and cultural opportunities to promote full inclusion in society. Contact the association to find out more about their assistive technology fund, which provides a discount for eligible applicants to purchase assistive technology.

Association of Blind Citizens
PO Box 246
Holbrook, MA 02343
Telephone: (781) 961-1023
News and Activities Line: (781) 654-2000
Fax: (781) 961-0004

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