INSIGHT

A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA

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

Email:specialneedslibrary@athenslibrary.org

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


June 2002


SUMMERTIME!

Our summer reading club for children ages preschool - seniors in high school will begin on June 1st. All of our younger readers should watch for a special summer reading club packet to arrive in the mail with details. 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.

With the increased heat throughout the summer season, we ask that you be more careful with your cassette tapes. Be careful not to leave them sitting out in a hot car for too long.

Calling all Record Players & Disk Records!

The Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia has made a local decision to discontinue the circulation of our Flexible Disk/Record books. We made this decision due to lack of recent materials in good condition, as well as the need for additional storage space. Although the National Library Service has not made this decision on a national level, they are beginning to phase out this format.

Because of this decision, we are asking our patrons to return any record players, combination record/cassette players and flexible or rigid disk books that may be around your house, lurking in closets, or hiding under beds. The flexible disk books are found in a square, flat cardboard mailing container, and the rigid disk books are found in a square, flat plastic container. To return the record players, simply mail them in the original mailing carton or in an appropriate box. Do not pay postage! Write "Free Matter for the Blind" in place of a stamp, and send them to "Special Needs Library of NEGA, 2025 Baxter St, Athens GA 30606."

We hope this will not be an inconvenience to any of our patrons. Most of you are receiving cassette books or magazines and have one of our cassette players. However, if you do not have a cassette player or have not been receiving cassette books from us, please give us a call so we can switch you over to the cassette format. If you prefer using the combination record/cassette machine to play your cassettes, contact us to request an Easy Cassette machine that is similar to the cassette player found on the combination machine. Please feel free to call with any questions.

Mobility Cane Repair Source

Contact the following source for free mobility cane repair. They can repair tips, grips, reflective tape & bungi cord, and mail materials free matter.

Elizabeth Isaacs, COMS
1785 Presidents Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(770) 963-9562
whitecanes@hotmail.com

DESCRIPTIVE VIDEOS

Many of you requested more information on our Descriptive Video Movies in our recent patron survey. We currently have a collection of over 80 video movies and hope to add more on a regular basis. These videos can be viewed with a standard VCR and can be watched by individuals who are sighted and visually impaired. The movies are the exact movies that are found on home video in stores, but they have a special feature for the visually impaired. A narrator describes the action, scenery, and movements of the characters to aid the viewer who is visually impaired to fully "see" the movie. The narration is beautifully descriptive and occurs during the pauses of the movie dialogue. These videos can be checked out from us for a loan period of 14 days. We do not randomly send out movies, but ask that patrons specifically request the titles they are interested in. We can loan out up to two movies at a time. These videos are for our visually impaired patrons only. Please call for a list of our videos!

Summertime Reading!


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