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.
Staff: Stacey Chandler, Lavern Gordon, Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek
Narrator Web Site
In response to patron requests, NLS has created a web site
www.loc.gov/nls/narrators/ where the public can learn more about program
narrators. Each narrator may decide whether to provide information. So far,
narrators working at the American Printing House for the Blind studio and at the
NLS studio have provided information, including an audio sample of material that
is not copyrighted. As narrators at other studios make information available,
NLS will include links to those studiosí web sites.
Great Decisions 2004
Volunteers at the Arizona Regional Library have recorded Great Decisions 2004
for us to send to our patrons. If you are interested in receiving Great Decision
2004, call us here at the Special Needs Library. The Great Decisions Discussion
Program is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the important global
issues of our time. The program provides materials that help people reach
informed opinions on the issues and participate in the foreign policy process.
You can find more information about Great Decisions on the Foreign Policy
Association website at www.fpa.org.
Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.
Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Palmetto,
Florida, that trains and gives guide dogs to visually impaired and blind
persons. One of our patrons recently returned from Southeastern Guide Dogs with
her first guide dog! The patronís name is Lana C. Carder. She has given us
permission to list her telephone number if any of you would like to call her and
ask about her experience with Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. She also wanted us
to mention that Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. will be having a Walkathon to help
raise money so that they can continue to give blind men and women the
opportunity of getting a free guide dog from them. The Walkathon is scheduled
for March 13, 2004, in Palmetto, Florida. Ms. Carder will be participating in
the Walkathon. She has raffle tickets to sell for the Walkathon. One of the
prizes is a 7-day cruise! You donít have to be present to win if your raffle
ticket is drawn. If you are interested in getting a guide dog, participating in
the Walkathon, or buying raffle tickets from Ms. Carder, please give her a call
at (770) 945-5603. You can also check out Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.ís
website at www.guidedogs.org.
Learning Disability Information
The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation have a website for parents of children
with learning differences. You can register online to receive their weekly
newsletter and other free resources. For more information, go to their website
at www.schwablearning.org or contact Schwab Learning, 1650 South Amphlett
Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94402, or call 1-800-230-0988.
Check out the following website for information about affordable assistive
Blind Coalition Meetings
If you wish to receive announcements, minutes and other information regarding
Blind Coalition meetings via email, call Kay McGill at (404) 638-0376 or email
Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation has a toll-free hotline for air travelers
with disabilities, which is available seven days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00
p.m. Eastern Time. The Hotline serves to provide air travelers with disabilities
with education as to their rights under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), and
with on-the-spot assistance in resolving disability-related air travel problems.
Hotline operators are well versed in the ACAA and Part 382 and can also respond
to requests for printed consumer information about air travel rights. They
provide a variety of services to callers including contacting air carriers and
convincing them to accept service animals and electric wheelchairs on board
flights, to stow folding wheelchairs in the cabin, and to provide requested
assistance. Call the hotline at 800-778-4838 (voice) or 800-455-9880 (TTY).
Tell Me is a free voice activated service which can be accessed via touch-tone
phone and enables callers to check the time, get news, weather, traffic and
entertainment updates, set up and follow stock portfolios and access a host of
other information. Call 800-555-8355.
Scottish and Irish Romances
Cheryl Hassler has compiled a list of romances that feature Irish or Scottish
characters or settings just in time for St. Patrickís Day. Enjoy!!
- RC 37314 Legacy of Secrets by Elizabeth Adler
- RC 39883 The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy
- RC 42797 The Duke by Catherine Coulter
- RC 34680 Georgina by Clare Darcy
- RC 48796 The Princess by Claire Delacroix
- RC 37135 Dublin Crossing: Romance and Adventure in the Viking Era by Sandy Dengler
- RC 37983 Highland Velvet by Jude Deveraux
- RC 30474 Seasons by Anna Dillon
- RC 36535 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- RC 52154 The Bride by Julie Garwood
- RC 29168 The Magic Cup: An Irish Legend by Andrew M. Greeley
- RC 48552 Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
- RC 29032 A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
- RC 48302 An Ocean Apart by Robin Pilcher
- RC 49482 Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
- RC 48251 Season of Wishes by Christina Skye