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

May 2006

Memorial Day

The Special Needs Library will be closed Monday, May 29 in honor of Memorial Day.

Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness

The Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness is having a meeting in Athens on Saturday, May 20 from 8:30-4:30. It will be held at the Dept.of Labor Career Center at 472 North Avenue in Athens. Lunch for the meeting will cost $10 and only cash will be accepted. The purpose of the coalition is: "to come together to establish positions on all issues concerning blind people in order that we might be able to present a united front to get the best possible service for all blind people in the state of Georgia." There will also be a networking dinner on Friday, May 19 at 6:00 pm. This will be held at Applebee's which is located at 2226 W. Broad St next to Hampton Inn in Athens. For more information contact Peggy Chavis at 706-549-1020.

Low Vision Support Group

A new Low Vision Support Group has formed in Athens and it will be meeting on the 4th Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM. There will be no meeting in May due to Memorial Day so the next meetings are June 3rd and 24th and they will be held in the Butler Building Conference Room at 337 Milledge Avenue in Athens(across from Clarke Central High School). The Athens Council of the Blind will have their meeting at 11:00 AM in the same location immediately following the Support Group meeting. For more information contact Peggy Chavis at 706-549-1020.

Georgia Council of the Blind State Convention

The Georgia Council of the Blind will hold its 50th annual state convention in Savannah on August 3rd -7th at the Hilton Savannah Desoto located at 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401. The 50th Anniversary celebration will include legislative updates, trainings, workshops, exhibits featuring the latest in technology and visual aids for people who are blind or visually impaired and tours of historical Savannah. The convention will host a reception for attendees on Thursday with a poolside cookout. Room rates are $111.78 (including tax) and reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 912-232-9000 and mentioning that you are with Georgia Council of the Blind to get the conference rate. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vacation Reading Program

Just a quick reminder that summer is fast approaching and with summer comes our Vacation Reading Program! Our Vacation Reading Program, for children ages preschool-seniors in high school, will begin on June 1st. There will be more details in June's newsletter about our vacation reading program and requirements. If you have any questions about the vacation reading program, call us here at the Special Needs Library.

ACB Radio

ACB Radio Showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind/low vision community. It is heard by a global audience via the internet using the free media players included with most computers. It has four channels to listen to including: Main Stream- which features talk of the blind community, Radio Café- which features the talent of blind musicians, Treasure Trove-which features vintage comedy and drama, and Radio Interactive- for live unpredictable internet radio. The web address for ACB Radio is

America's Jobline

America's Jobline is a toll-free hotline developed with help from the National Federation of the Blind and the U.S. Department of Labor. Jobline is available 24 hours a day, and allows job seekers to create and store personal job-search profiles for use in quickly locating vacancies for which they are qualified. It allows users the option to retrieve only new and relevant job listings that have been posted since the last call. When you call Jobline, you are directly connected to the Jobline for Georgia. Jobline can be reached at 1-800-414-5748.

Here is a list of books about mothers in honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 14.

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