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

July 2003

The Special Needs Library of NEGA will be closed Friday, July 4, 2003 for Independence Day. We hope each of you have a safe and happy holiday!!

Descriptive Videos

The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia has purchased two new descriptive videos to add to our collecion:

Call the Special Needs Library to request a list of all our descriptive videos. We currently have 89 descriptive videos in our collection. Descriptive videos are designed to allow a nonsighted viewer to watch video movies along with sighted viewers. The videos can be played in a standard VHS VCR machine with no special equipment needed. The videos contain narration that does not interfere with the actual movie action and dialogue to assist those who are unable to see the picture clearly. The narration describes action, scenery, and gestures that are not explained in the movie dialogue. Call us at (706) 613-3655 or toll free at (800) 531-2063 to find out more.

Keep on Reading

Our summer reading program for children ages preschool to 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 and August, and will reward a prize for reading 12 or more books throughout the summer. Call with summer reading requirements for school assignments and don't forget to read some fun books for leisure reading too.

Alzheimer's Association Offers 24-Hour Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association understands that caregiving responsibilities do not stop at the end of a business day. Caregivers need help and support at all hours of the day-morning, noon, and night. This is why the Georgia Chapter is pleased to announce the 24-hour helpline. After hours, a knowledgeable and caring individual at a central nationwide location will answer your call. In order to help locally, the Georgia Chapter will provide follow-up the next business day after your call. You are not alone. Call toll free: 1-800-272-3900.

Leave a Message

If you call the Special Needs Library and you reach our voice mailbox, please leave a message. We do our best to answer each call as it comes in, but sometimes we just don't make it to the call. We may be on the phone with another patron or helping a patron who has come to pick up books or a machine. In any case, please do not hesitate to leave us a message. We will call you back as soon as possible. When you leave a message, please spell your last name, give us your telephone number and leave a brief message as to how we can assist you. You can access our voice mailbox 24 hours a day.

Let us know

If you are not receiving enough books, the right kind of books, or even too many books, please let us know. We can customize each patron's reading preferences. We want to hear from you about what, if any, changes need to be made to your record. Let us know if there are problems with your books or machines. We are here for all of your talking book needs.

Catalog Available

The 2003 catalog for Braille, large print and electronic books is now available from National Braille Press. You can request a copy on line or by phone. For more information, contact the National Braille Press at (617)-437-6160 ext.20 or toll free at 1-800-548-7323.

Project Independence

Georgia's Project Independence for the Older Blind or Visually Impaired provides services throughout the state to senior adults experienceing vision loss. Rehabilitation specialists provide instruction in the home environment as well as in group settings. A low vision evaluation in designated clinics around Georgia will provide assessment and training along with daily living skills training. Services are available regardless of income, at little or no charge. Call (800) 541-7903 to find out if you qualify.

Lewis and Clark

Check out these books that follow Lewis and Clark on their expedtion!

For Adults:

For Youth:

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