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

May 2003

We will be closed on Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day!!

Thanks to those of you who completed the patron surveys that were printed in the April edition of the Insight newsletter. If you haven't had a chance to fill yours out, have misplaced it, or are unable to complete it, please feel free to give our staff a call, and we will help you complete one over the phone. Our phone number is 706-613-3655 or 800-531-2063. The results are still be tallied but comments and answers to some of your questions will be in upcoming newsletters. Many thanks again!!!

Friends Like Me

People with disabilities, including the visually impaired, will find "Friends Like Me" is an easy to use website for meeting friends, making dates and general information. Check them out at

Summer Reading Program

Our 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. You will be rewarded with a gift for reading 12 or more books throughout the summer. We also encourage you to join your local libraries for their Summer Reading programs.

All children with special needs are welcome to join the Vacation Reading Program and attend programs in the Athens Regional Library Children's Area. Call ahead to help us accommodate your child's special needs at our programs. There will be a sign language interpreted puppet show on June 12 @ 10 a.m. To find out what programs will be offered this summer and/or to request a sign language interpreter for any of the programs offered, please phone 613-3650, ext. 314 at least 14 days in advance.

VISTAS Announcements

VISTAS Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is sponsoring the following activities in the month of May. For more information, call Peggy Chavis at 706-583-8001.

Gardens and Gumshoes Galore

In honor of spring, Reader Advisor Ericka Alten has selected a variety of books featuring gardens for your reading pleasure. Many are mysteries, some are good old-fashioned fiction, but all are best enjoyed while reading outdoors on beautiful spring days!

Winterville Retirement Center Announcements

To RSVP or to get directions to the above mentioned events at Winterville Retirement Center, call Brendan Stephens, Outreach Coordinator, at (706) 742-5106. Both events are hosted and sponsored by Winterville Retirement Center.

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