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: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek


June 2003

The Special Needs Library of NEGA will be closed Friday, July 4, 2003, for Independence Day.

Summertime!

Our summer reading club for children ages preschool-seniors in high school will begin on June 1st. By now, all of our younger readers should have received a summer reading club packet in the mail with details about the summer reading program and some recommended reading lists. If you are a younger reader and did not receive a packet in the mail, please call us here at the Special Needs Library at (706) 613-3655 or 800-531-2063.

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, 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.

Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness

The Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness will convene on Saturday, June 14, 2003. The purpose of the coalition is "to come together to establish positions on all issues concerning blind people in order that we might be able to present a united front to get the best possible service for all blind people in the state of Georgia." The meeting will be held at the Georgia Academy for the Blind, 2895 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204. For more information, contact Dr. Mildred Howard at (478) 751-6083. Registration is $10.00 cash at the door, which includes food, beverage, tax, and tip cost for lunch. If you need accommodations for the meeting, please contact Kay McGill at (404) 638-0376.

Magazine Available

Georgia Regional Office for Talking Book Centers has found a free magazine that is now available. The title is "Black Enterprise", and it is available monthly. If you are interested in receiving a copy of "Black Enterprise" on tape, please contact the Special Needs Library of Northeast Georgia, and we'll reserve you a copy. ALSO: NLS will offer a cassette version of Horticulture Magazine beginning with the March-April 2003 issue. New Choices and Flower and Garden have been discontinued.

American Foundation for the Blind Launches CareerConnect Web Site

American Foundation for the Blind announces the launch of CareerConnect. A development of AFB employment and web teams, this interactive web site is a free resource for people who are blind or visually impaired to learn about the range and diversity of the jobs that are performed throughout the United States and Canada by adults who are blind or visually impaired. The database contains a wealth of career-related information and self-help tools for career exploration and job seeking. The site offers blind and visually impaired people advice on finding a job, getting hired and keeping a job. The site is www.afb.org/careerconnect/.

Check it out!--The Legendary West

Just mentioning the names of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Annie Oakley evoke immediate thought of the Old West. Take a look at some of these factual accounts of these lives to see how the legends compare with reality.

Interesting Research

The American Foundation for the Blind announces America's five best places to live for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  1. Charlotte, North Carolina
  2. Berkeley, California
  3. Kalamazoo, Michigan
  4. New York City, New York
  5. LaCrosse, Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky tied for 5th place.

The American Foundation for the Blind launched the Livable Communities Project to document environmental features such as walkability of a city, availability of public transportation, cost of living, and availability of jobs at various skill levels that create or limit access for blind or visually impaired people. The above-mentioned towns and cities have developed solutions for facilitating the participation of blind or visually impaired people in community activities.


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