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
Staff: Paige Burns, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON POLITICAL EVENTS
- RC 52778 The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States
Contains the full text of both documents and an introduction that provides historical information. Bestseller. 1998.
- RC 52899 Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, by Ahmed Rashid
Journalist discusses the origin and rise of the Taliban and its fundamentalist concepts of Islam. 2000.
- RC 52900 The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism, by Simon Reeve
British journalist traces the capture of pakistan-born Muslim extremist Ramzi Yousef, who masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Examines Yousef's relationship to Osama bin Laden, the creation of the al Qaeda terrorist network, and the dangers of jihad against the West. 1999.
- RC 52901 Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan, by Michael Griffin
Analyzes the nature of politics and tribal rivalries in Afghanistan when the USSR retreated in 1989 and the Muslim fundamentalists assumed power. 2001.
NFB Newsline Goes Nationwide on March 1, 2002
Developed by the National Federation of the Blind, NEWSLINE is a free service used by blind and visually impaired subscribers to read newspapers through any touch-tone telephone. Thanks to a one-year grant through the Institution of Museums and Libraries, subscribers in all fifty states will soon be able to access every newspaper that NEWSLINE currently supports. As soon as this service is online, any blind person registered for NEWSLINE can dial a toll-free number to access all the newspapers carried on the service. For a one-page application form, contact the Special Needs Library at 706-613-3655 or 800-531-2063 or download a copy from www.nfb.org. Upon acceptance of your application, you will be sent access numbers to call the NEWSLINE service. The NEWSLINE service provides today's, yesterday's, and the previous Sunday's issue of dozens of newspapers such as USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Dozens of local papers are also available each day to subscribers. In addition to carrying the news, local sites can use one or more special channels to distribute announcements of specific interest to the blind. (from National Federation of the Blind)
New Services for the Visually Impaired through VISTAS
VISTAS, an affiliate of the Institute On Community and Organizational Development, is a regional center for the visually impaired. Funding for this project is through the US Dept of Commerce Technology Opportunities Program (TOPS). VISTAS mission is to improve life for persons who are blind or visually impaired through advocacy, education and training. The central office is located in Athens, but through its partnership with Action, Inc., VISTAS will also provide adaptive technology (for use by persons who are blind or visually impaired) to several of Action's satellite offices in the near future. This will provide residents in rural areas not only the use of computers, but also access to the Internet. These services will be offered at no charge to the users. VISTAS will offer computer training using adaptive technology and classes in Braille Literacy. VISTAS will also offer classes in leadership and advocacy training. These services will be available to persons with other disabilities as well as persons without disabilities when space is available. Classes are scheduled to begin in early April. VISTAS is located at 999 Gaines School Road, Athens. For applications or more information, contact Peggy Chavis at (706) 583-8001.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
If anyone in the Gwinnett county area is interested in participating in a talking book discussion group, please contact Todd Alewine at (770) 923-2790. This will be a great opportunity to meet other talking book users to discuss and suggest favorite books.
STITCHING STARS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Join featured and local storytellers for the first annual Stitching Stars storytelling festival on Saturday, March 16, 2002 at the Historic Seney-Stovall Chapel at 201 North Milledge Avenue in Athens. Featuring Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk and Andy Offutt Irwin, as well as local tellers Mary Jean Hartel and Kelly McGlaun Fields, this is sure to be a delightful program. Registration begins at 1:30, with an afternoon concert from 2:00 - 5:00, and an evening concert from 7:00 - 9:00. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8, full day or $5 for either afternoon or evening concert. A free concert will be offered by Bobby Norfolk from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Athens-Clarke County Library. For more information, vist our Stitching Stars web page, call 706-613-3650 ext 314. or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECORDINGS FOR RECOVERY
Recordings for Recovery (R4R) is a library of music that is available for loan to patrons who are visually or physically impaired or home bound. A one-year membership is $10 for an individual and $25 for a facility, and the fee can be waived if necessary. The library contains over 1200 selections from classical to country and jazz. They also have some short stories, poetry, nature sounds and exercise music. The tapes can be kept for 60 days and returned "free matter" through the mail with the self-addressed label. Contact Recordings for Recovery, 5103 Eastman place, Suite 101, Midland MI 49640-6723 or 1-800-798-1192 or www.r4r.org to receive an application form, catalogues and to order tapes.
NEW WEBSITE AND ONLINE ACCESS TO INSIGHT
The Special Needs Library is pleased to announce our new website at www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/specialneedslibrary.html. This website provides links to our email address, the national library service website, the national library service WBLND catalog, and provides an online version of our monthly Insight newsletter. We plan to add a disability web resources page in the near future.