A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS LIBRARY OF NORTHEAST
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.
Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
Celebration!!You are invited to join the
celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness at
Simpsonwood Center in Norcross, Georgia, on Saturday, June 26, 2004, from 4:00
pm to 11:00 pm. The cost will be $22 for each adult/teen, $11 for children under
12 years old and free to children age 3 or younger. The cost includes the
program book, food, celebration and awards. The speaker, Jamie McNamara,
Executive Director of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind in Silver
Spring, MD, will speak about self-determination, empowerment and self-advocacy.
This celebration is open to anyone who supports deaf and blind individuals,
professionals, family members of deaf/blind children or adults, visitors, and
friends. For directions, room reservations, and/or registration, contact Mark
Gasaway at 770-471-5178 (or TTY: 770-270-1537). No registration at the door.
Summer Reading ProgramOur 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 12 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.
National Braille PressNational Braille Press has a new
online presence, where you can: order books online, subscribe to Children’s
Braille Book Club, sign up for Readbooks, browse their textbook catalog, visit
their National Braille Test Center, tour their Plant and get a price estimate,
read about their history and staff, and support their mission. Just go to http://www.nbp.org/. Visitors can raffle to win a
beautiful silver Braille alphabet bracelet.
**The following paragraph was submitted by one of our patrons who strongly
recommends book clubs. Here is what she writes:
Hooked on Books: By Judy PresleyI was eleven years old
when someone gave me the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. >From that day
forward I was hooked on books. Reading was one of my favorite pastimes. When I
could no longer read the written word I signed up with the talking book program;
that was hundreds of books ago. Last year I thought it might be fun to join a
book club and share my love of books with other people. My first concern was
that I wouldn’t be able to get the books that the club was reading. That turned
out not to be a problem. My Athens Special Needs Library has searched near and
far to accommodate me. My next concern was the age old problem of how to get
there. I got the name of a member who lived near me and asked for a ride. She
was happy to give me a ride. Now, someone in the club always calls before every
meeting to make sure I have a way to get there. It has been so much fun this
past year discussing the authors, plots, and characters of the different books.
I’ve made a lot of new friends, and it has led to other social outlets. I would
urge anyone who is hooked on books like I am to seek out a book club and join.
You’ll find there are clubs in almost every community.
Advocacy Class at VISTAS CenterThe June Advocacy class at
VISTAS will feature Dr. Jon Forche, an Optometrist at the Five Points Eye
Center. Dr. Forche specializes in low vision evaluations and rehabilitation
optometry. The presentation will include an explanation of various eye
conditions, an update of available treatments and state of the art vision
equipment. The class is scheduled for June 17, 2004, at 10:00-11:00 a.m., at the
VISTAS Center, 337 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 122. There is no charge for the
class. For more information, call (706) 583-8001.
Patron RecommendationOne of our patrons has recommended
the following book for job seekers of all ages. It is RC 47596,
Career Smarts: Jobs with a Future by Martin Yate. It has a lot of
information, tips, and quizzes to find the right type of employment you are
suited for. Call to request this book today!
This is a website about assisting people with disabilities in a disaster.
Growing Up in Small Town AmericaLife in small town and
rural America is depicted in these books selected by Reader Advisor Ginny Ryan.
Most are biographical memoirs. Some are fictionalized accounts of the life and
culture of small towns.
- RC 12385 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
- RC 55334 A Long Way from Home: Growing up in the American
Heartland by Tom Brokaw
- RC 50461 Remember When…? Family, Friends, and Recipes by
- RC 54819 Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
- RC 47006 Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! By Fannie Flagg
- RC 54433 Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte
Canteen by Bob Greene
- RC 51331 A Painted House by John Grisham
- RC 15380 The Year the Lights Came On by Terry Kay
- RC 42189 Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- RC 46323 Homesteading by Percy Wollaston
- RC 50867 World of Pies by Karen Stolz