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.

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Staff: Claudia Markov, Pete Hayek, Lavern Gordon, Amber Wilkerson and Dorothy Daniel

MARCH 2007

The Special Needs Library will be closed on Tuesday, March 20th and Thursday, March 22nd for training on a new version of the software that we use. We will also be without computers for the week of March 19-23 so please order plenty of books ahead of time.

This is going to be a big change for us so you will have to bear with us while we learn the new system. Hopefully this will allow us to provide you with even better service. If you have any questions, please call the Special Needs Library at 706-613-3655 or toll free in Georgia at 800-531-2063. We don't want anyone to run out of books so make sure you have enough on hand to last you through our down time. Thanks

Hadley Course-Blindness Basics

"Blindness Basics," is an interactive, tuition-free Web course that allows a person to apply knowledge of the blindness field to real-life situations. The course is open to students in the Professional Education Program and acts as an orientation for anyone working within a blindness organization. This accessible e-learning course presents important information about blindness in various formats. In Lesson 1, many misconceptions about blindness are addressed, in addition to successful techniques for interacting with visually impaired people. Computer simulations give students the opportunity to decide what words or actions are appropriate in various situations. Lesson 2 presents the history, relevant laws and attributes of the service delivery and educational systems of the blindness field, through radio interviews. Magazine articles in Lesson 3 explain the stages of adjustment and common causes of visual impairment, as well as the characteristics of deafblindness. Finally in Lesson 4, journal articles present how persons who are visually impaired can become self-sufficient and independent. "The interactive aspects of this course help students make the information their own in an enjoyable way," said George Abbott, Hadley's Dean of Educational Programs and Instruction. "Anyone who works in a school, agency or other organization involved with people who are visually impaired can benefit from this course." Please contact Student Services today to enroll. To do so, just call (800) 526-9909 or enroll online at

Family Night at the (Described) Movies

The next Family Night at the Movies will be on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium. We will be showing a movie from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served.

Senior Cinema Gets a "Classic" Make-Over

We are pleased to announce an exciting program change! We have recently added some new described videos to our collection-at least, they're new to us! These are classic films, released from the 1930's - 1970's. To celebrate, Senior Cinema will now be called Cinema Classics. Come join us in the Athens-Clarke County Library Auditorium and enjoy Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Bob Hope, and many more on the big screen. Our first movie will be Thursday, April 5th at 2pm. We will be showing "My Man Godfrey", starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Refreshments will be served. Look for a schedule of upcoming movies in the April Insight.

March Books

Here are some books where the characters name is March or about events that took place in March.

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