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.

800-531-2063, 706-613-3655


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


The Special Needs Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.

Thanks to our Volunteers!

Our Talking Book Center would not run effectively without the assistance of our super volunteers. Our volunteers usually work collectively over 100 hours each month. Our volunteers perform many tasks including: recording local newspapers, rewinding and inspecting cassette books, shelving cassette books, entering new book titles into the computer, placing labels on newsletters, pulling books for the mail, and cleaning and repairing cassette machines. They arrive faithfully each week or once a month, and we look forward to their friendly visits and hard work. Thanks for all you do!

Senior Cinema

Senior Cinema for November will take place on Thursday, November 2nd at 2pm and we will be showing "Breakfast at Tiffany's" from our described video collection. Senior Cinema for December will actually take place on Thursday, November 30th at 2pm due to a scheduling conflict with the auditorium for the following Thursday. Refreshments will be served.

Family Night at the (Described) Movies

The Special Needs Library is hosting a Family Night at the Movies on the last Tuesday of the month. This will take place on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:00 pm in the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium. We will be showing "A Charlie Brown Christmas" from our described video collection. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday Reading Program

The Special Needs Library is having a Holiday Reading Program that will take place from Thanksgiving Day until New Year's Day. There will be two categories- Under 21 and Over 21 years of age. The person that reads the most books in the allotted time period in each of the two categories will win a prize. To take part in the Holiday Reading Program you must call the Special Needs Library by Monday, November 20th and sign up. Our phone numbers are 706-613-3655 or 800-531-2063.

Touch the Future 2006

Touch the Future 2006, the 8th Annual Georgia Workforce Conference, will be held on November 1-3, 2006 at the Classic Center in Athens. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 30-31. For more information about the Touch the Future Expo contact Georgia Tools for Life at 1-800-497-8665 or visit their website

Holiday Open House

The Special Needs Library is having a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 8th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Please come meet the staff and enjoy some refreshments.

TCPI Offers Affordable Computers Customized for Visually Impaired Users

The Texas Center for the Physically Impaired (TCPI) takes donated computers, refurbishes and customizes them, then sends them to blind or visually impaired users. TCPI asks only a $100 gift to cover replacement parts and handling. This offer is available to residents of the United States and Canada. See the TCPI Web site ( for more information about the computer program and other TCPI services.TCPI computers come with speakers, sound card, a 56K dial-up modem, and a CD-ROM drive - everything you need to perform basic computer operations.

Books for Thanksgiving

Here are books about Thanksgiving or where the setting is Thanksgiving.

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